ACO GroundGuard donated to homeless charity car park renovation at Emmaus Village, Bedfordshire

ACO GroundGuard donated to homeless charity car park renovation at Emmaus Village, Bedfordshire

ACO’s award-winning ground reinforcement system, was used as part of car park improvement works at Emmaus Village, Carlton, Bedfordshire.

Emmaus Village in Carlton, Bedfordshire is a community which provides employment and social enterprise opportunities for former homeless people. While the charity is largely self-reliant for funding, the need to deliver excellent customer service and facilities to match, is essential in keeping footfall high.

CRASH, a charity which assists homeless and hospice charities with construction related projects, has worked with Emmaus Village, Carlton on a number of projects over the years.

Following the improvement of the internal facilities, the next job was to improve the parking and create more spaces in order to allow more customers to visit the community. To facilitate this, a grass lawn area, which was rarely used, was designated for the new car park.

ACO Water Management donated £9,000 worth of its lightweight ground reinforcement system, GroundGuard, to the cause.

The permeable gravel-filled system is over 90 percent porous and delivers a highly efficient rate of surface water run-off. This was a key consideration, given the fact the car park was to be built over a piece of grass land.

The sustainable benefits of GroundGuard were a huge selling point, as not only is the system environmentally friendly, it is also cost-effective as it eliminates the expense of having to install a supplementary drainage system.

Due to its design and the inclusion of interlocking clip fixings, GroundGuard is quick and easy to install. This helped to ensure the project was completed in the specified five-week timeframe.

Crucially, the ground reinforcement system acts as a stabilisation tile, holding the gravel in place and helping to keep maintenance down to a minimum. GroundGuard has delivered on all aspects of the project, but most importantly the parking area is safe, clean and aesthetically pleasing, inviting customers to come back again.

ACO GroundGuard is suitable for a wide range of applications including paths, drives, parking areas and access routes.

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