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Aggregate Industries supplies Torbay Hospital and leaves hospital car park in good health.

Key facts

Sector: Local Authority / Car Park
Client: Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
Contractor: JTT Contracting

Brief

In October 2015, the newly merged Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust became the first trust in England to join-up acute and community healthcare and social care. It was a firm belief that joining the two trusts together to create a single integrated care organisation was the best and most sustainable choice for future service delivery.

The combined trust serves a local population of 300,000, plus approximately 100,000 visitors at any one time during the summer holiday season, and sees more than 78,000 in its A&E department annually. To accommodate this demand the trust employs a 6,000 person strong team and 800 volunteers.

The efficient running of the trust depends heavily on the hospital having adequate facilities. As the Trust identified, crucial to maintaining a high level of efficiency is for staff to be provided with quicker, easier, safer and less stressful parking arrangements, given the reactive nature of their job.

In September 2016, the board announced plans to improve all car parking across its site for both staff and the public. The plan included the construction of a number of purpose built car parks, including a new 200 space car park at Cadewell Lane, spanning 2000ft² that would operate 24 hours a day, via a pay-on-exit barrier system. 

Partnership

With more than 26 years of civil engineering and surfacing experience in the local area, Devon-based contractor, JTT Contracting Ltd, was successful in securing the contract to construct and lay the new car park and access road.

An essential component for the successful delivery of the complex project was finding the right materials supplier to work with to produce the right, sustainable solution for the car park. The ability to deliver both technical advice and an innovative solution was key.

As a non-quarry backed contractor, JTT Contracting has benefitted from the ability to focus entirely on its experienced management and labour force, and investment in specialist equipment. The company prides itself on the longstanding relationships it has with key materials suppliers.

Aggregate Industries has operated an extensive operation of supplying building and construction materials in the South West for decades and as such was the go-to choice for JTT Contracting.

Sarah Thomas, Director of JTT Contracting, said: “Our relationship with Aggregate Industries goes back to the very start of our company. We use their material often not only because of the geographic benefits but also due to the consistency and quality.

“Most importantly, what wins us around is the whole service package we get from Aggregate Industries. When on a project together we view each other as partners and their technical knowledge and capabilities are invaluable to us.”

Problem

Aggregate Industries’ Andy Spencer, Commercial Manager for Asphalt South West, adds: “All car parks face a similar problem once the material has been laid – be it a hospital or a supermarket – whereby the static loading of a vehicle which is transmitted through its four wheels, can over a period of time, cause stresses within the asphalt which result in deformation. The problem is further aggravated when rain puddles form in the indentations – which can eventually lead to premature surface failure.”

Aggregate Industries’ Asphalt Specification Manager Keith Harvey recommended SuperParking, a bespoke car parking solution which has been designed and engineered to provide a tough, hard wearing, low maintenance asphalt surface, that would overcome the issues associated with static loading.  Aggregate Industries’ Andy Spencer and Keith Harvey subsequently worked closely together to ensure JTT Contracting was given all the appropriate information allowing them to complete a successful project.

Proven to outperform both traditional and current surfacing options, the 6mm asphalt is four times more resistant to the scuffing action of car wheels, 35 per cent more durable, and five times more resistant to deformation.

Ticking all the right boxes for indentation resistance, as well as offering uniformity giving an aesthetically pleasing finish resistance, it wasn’t long before JTT Contracting was presenting the specification to Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust as a long-term sustainable solution, complete with all the cost saving benefits associated with low maintenance, that the NHS was looking for.

Solution

All of the prep work was completed in the week prior to the surface installation, which included material from Aggregate Industries’ Stoneycombe Quarry, in Newton Abbot, for the sub-base, 200 tonnes of 20mm dense binder and the gabion baskets that surround the car park.

Given that this was the first project of its kind in the UK, Aggregate Industries’ technical team was on-hand on the day of the surface installation to check the spread rate and how the material was going down. In total 140 tonnes of SuperParking was laid.

Sarah, from JTT Contracting, comments: “This was the first time the team had worked with SuperParking and, as advised, we treated it as any normal asphalt application and it went down superbly and performed exceptionally well!

“Torbay Hospital has been really pleased with the outcome and we’ve also recently received a referral letter from the NHS. We hope local authorities can look to this project as a case study in practice that showcases an asphalt solution that addresses real problems faced by car park owners, thus saving them a substantial amount in refurbishment costs every year!”

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