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  • The Great Pagoda - Kew Gardens

    Resin bound pedestrian walkway around the base of the Great Pagoda at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

    Contractor - Limegate  Ltd

    Product - 175sqm Terrabase Rustic Oak

    Images courtesy of  Historic Royal Palaces

    Addagrip approved contractor Limegate Ltd was invited to install 175m2 of Terrabase Rustic Resin Bound porous surfacing around the Great Pagoda that sits within the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London.

    The Great Pagoda, built in 1762, has recently undergone a major restoration which has seen the structure returned to its 18th-century splendour. Inspired by his visits to China, English architect Sir William Chambers designed the Great Pagoda for the royal family. The 163ft tall building offers spectacular views and a new exhibition centre detailing the history of the pagoda.  The restoration also includes the re-introduction of 80 dragons which originally adorned the roofs.

    Accessibility was a key consideration when choosing the new surfacing for the area around the base of the building. The renovation project included plans to extend the existing pedestrian base, which consisted of the original sandstone surround, to provide easier access for the public. Given the historic importance of the structure, the new surfacing needed to be sympathetic to the setting, decorative, low maintenance and smooth underfoot.  Ideally, groundworks needed to be kept to the minimum but allow the surface to be substantial enough to withstand the volumes of visitor traffic for many years to come. 

    Terrabase Rustic, our patented Resin Bound system was the perfect solution. Limegate Ltd were appointed to install 175m2 Terrabase Rustic Oak blend over a compacted MOT Type 3 base and open graded binder course to ensure maximum porosity and durability. The result is a high quality, seamless, decorative surface that completes this stunning restoration.

    The installation was completed in June in time for the re-opening to the public on 13th July 2018.

    Images courtesy of  Historic Royal Palaces