Landscape & Amenity

December - Jan 2022

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READER ENQUIRY 8 Industry News EMAIL: 03 The key to successfully grouting the joints of external porcelain paving is to use an equally high- performance jointing material. Traditionally, cement-based tile grouts are used for porcelain tiles on internal walls and floors which is fine indoors, but for external porcelain paving, these cement and so-called 'hybrid' (means cement with a bit of polymer added), tile grouts are not sufficiently durable for long term external exposure to weathering. Cement-based pointing products today are polymer modified to counteract cement shrinkage, but this is very sensitive to any residual water in the joints that will change the ratio leading to shrinkage and cracking in the cement grout itself. Cement residues are also difficult and time consuming to remove from porcelain surfaces and require additional cleaning treatments to remove 'cement-haze'. The best solution for porcelain paving jointing today is not an Landscape designs that answer the world's most pressing issues of climate change and the biodiversity crisis with rewilding are among the winners of the Landscape Institute Awards. The successful projects include the Beijing Forestry University, which was awarded Excellence in Landscape Design, and the Guangzhou Ecological Belt, which has protected eight waterfalls, dismantled 10 small hydropower plants, restored 16 bird habitats and protected 42 water sources. Winners also included projects that promoted mental and physical wellbeing following the Covid-19 pandemic. Oxhey Park in Watford (pictured), awarded the prize for Excellence in Public Health and Wellbeing, encourages inclusive physical activities to tackle community obesity – with Porcelain tile paving – successful jointing explained Rewilding projects championed at Landscape Institute's awards some of the best wheeled sports facilities in the country. The development extended to green spaces, attracting multiple species of bats and birds which will inhabit the newly planted habitats. Professional services company ARUP won the prestigious Landscape Innovation award for its report on Meanwhile Use projects in London. These designs take derelict and underused buildings and spaces in the city and re-purpose them as transitional projects, such as affordable workspaces for local creatives, that benefit local communities before they are re-developed. The Landscape Institute announced the winners at its 2021 virtual awards. Judges from bodies like Historic England, National Lottery Heritage Fund and Public Health England selected 23 winners from a 73-project shortlist that featured developments from across the globe. Presented by Hannah Jackson, farmer and public figure, with a keynote speech from celebrated architect, Indy Johar, the awards showcased the best in sustainable and resilient design. "The world is beginning to pay attention to the important work champions of this industry are doing," said Landscape Institute President Jane Findlay. "The awards this year combat issues that have arisen from the pandemic, such as vacant buildings and mental wellbeing. Nearly every project also includes some form of rewilding, which we so desperately need to address the current biodiversity crisis. These projects should be used as shining examples of what should be common practice across all landscape projects moving forward." "Winning awards is always special, but The Landscape Institute Awards represent the pinnacle of achievement in our profession," said Edward Green, landscape architect at Southern Green, winners of the Excellence in Public Health and Wellbeing award. "Especially for projects that benefit the physical, mental and environmental wellbeing of our communities. "The unprecedented popularity of Oxhey Activity Park will drive social change through community cohesion, disorder reduction and social inclusion. This project and inclusion within these awards will highlight the returns green spaces and parks can make to improve communities' health and mental wellbeing and help drive the agenda of extra funding for a sector that has been underfunded for years." Awards were divided into professional, open and student categories, along with three separate accolades, including the President's Award which is supported by headline sponsor Hardscape, a paving materials supplier. The Landscape Institute Enquiry 6 A mower that tackles so much more. So you can mow less. With its innovative triple flail cutting system, the highly productive Toro LT-F3000 makes light work of longer, wetter or coarser grass so you can go longer between cuts, saving time and money. Plus the new cylinder attachment provides a finer finish when needed, too! What more could you ask for from just one machine? Get MORE from your turfcare partner this year: More products . More advice . More training . More finance Reesink UK LTD is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Images shown for illustration only. STAGE 5 COMPLIANT TG2289 LAPU Dec CS GM3000.indd 1 TG2289 LAPU Dec CS GM3000.indd 1 28/10/2021 16:20 28/10/2021 16:20 internal tile grout, nor a cement mortar, but a high performance, two-part, epoxy resin bound, graded fine alluvial sand based jointing system. The right product for the job depends on the type of stone, the size of the paving and the dimensions of the joints – for example, a two-part, epoxy resin based, GftK vdw 815+ or GftK vdw 850+, for joint widths from >3mm, or >5mm respectively, which are undoubtedly the best products we have seen for durable external porcelain tile jointing / pointing. NCC Streetscape is the UK's exclusive agent and distributor of GftK's vdw 2-part, epoxy resin based, wet-slurry applied (these are not so-called 'brush in's) jointing products, which have been used extensively for grouting to point porcelain paving for more than seven years throughout the UK, which is significant given the recent growth in porcelain tile paving. NCC Streetscape Enquiry 7

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