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Resin bound surfacing at York student accommodation

3 Feb 2016
Case study

In brief

Route One Highways installed approximately 2000 square metres of Harvest Crunch to new student accommodation at Student Castle, Walmgate, York.

The project

Ronacrete Approved Contractor Route One Highways have installed approximately 2000 square metres of RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing in a Harvest Crunch aggregate blend to new student accommodation at Student Castle, Walmgate, York. The SuDS compliant permeable paving was laid to pedestrian and car parking areas.

The project involved the regeneration of an under used two acre brownfield site, providing new office accommodation in the city centre for York newspaper The Press and city centre accommodation for students, freeing up family homes in the city for use by York families, in line with the council’s policy. 

The development creates 58 purpose-built student flats and 303 studio apartments owned and operated by Student Castle, one of the UK’s most respected student accommodation providers.  The project also includes the redevelopment of the Wards warehouse, creates a new frontage on Walmgate with new 6500 square feet offices for The Press fronting onto Walmgate and Hurst’s Yard. 

The work was carried out for S Harrison Developments and Vinci was the main contractor for the project, design work was carried out by CSP Architects.

RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing provides a strong, durable and porous pavement, the porosity of the system allows water to drain to the base and ensures that paths are free from standing water. This permeability makes the surfacing system SuDS compliant when used in a porous construction.

Product and application

Ronacrete Approved Contractor Route One Highways mixed the two resin components with a slow speed drill and paddle before adding the resin to a large forced action mixer containing the aggregate blend.  After ensuring that the aggregate was fully coated with resin, Route One Highways spread RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing to level at a depth of 15mm and smoothed the surface with a steel float.  The finished surface was ready for foot traffic within four hours.


A newly regenerated brownfield site within York city centre provides accommodation for students and office space for The Press; it is enhanced by pathways and car parking areas surfaced with RonaDeck Resin Bound Surfacing.

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