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World heritage site embraces eco technology from Langford Direct

World heritage site Fountains Abbey in North Yorkshire used the latest eco friendly landscaping product from Langford Direct when refurbishing its tearoom at Studley Royal Water Garden.

Outdoor seating area at tearoom

The Studley tearoom on the National Trust property underwent a restoration which aimed to improve facilities while maintaining the aesthetics of the tearoom, which overlooks the lake, part of the gardens created in the 18th century.

Part of the project involved landscaping and tackling drainage problems. Michael Ridsdale, head of landscape for Fountains Abbey, had viewed the Sudstech™ system, which uses recycled car tyres, at an installation at York University and decided this would be the way to deliver a sustainable urban drainage solution for the Studley tearoom while keeping the building’s desired period aesthetics.

A 302 sq metre area providing outdoor seating was surfaced with the Sudstech™ system. The product boasts SUDS-compliant properties totally eliminating the risk of standing water or flooding, achieved through a sub layer of recycled car tyres topped with resin bound aggregate. The aggregate can be specified in a range of grades and colours to suit surroundings.

The flexible rubber sub base is able to hold water in its voids before it can be naturally absorbed back into the water table, with transference of water up to 1,000 litres per square metre attenuating a full 360 degrees. Sudstech™ has been freeze-thaw tested at the British Research Establishment.


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