Advanced Turf Reinforcement Case Study

Project Information

Application:Fire Vehicle and Cherry Picker Access
Location:Goodricke Campus, York University, UK
Client:University of York
Contractor:Shepherd Construction (York)
Consultant:BDP
Product
Advanced Turf System : ATS400/B
Quantity:
1500m2


Benefits:
Load Bearing for HGV’s
Free-draining (SuDS Source Control)
Resists deformation and compaction
Discreetly reinforced, no trip hazards

The £30m student accommodation campus development at York University forms an exciting and environmentally considerate design, sympathetically blending with the natural surroundings. 

The eco-friendly designed buildings are arranged around a series of intimately scaled landscape spaces, connected by pedestrian routes to encourage interaction of the 600 on-site students.

The Challenge

The surrounding grassed areas and pedestrian routes to the student accommodation were required to be sympathetic with the building and ecologically sound with the design ethos, but capable of providing high load bearing capacity for Emergency Fire Vehicle access and Cherry Picker access for building maintenance.

The Solution

Advanced Turf grass reinforcement  mesh system was specified by the Landscape Architect, BDP Manchester, for its ability to meet the client’s sustainability requirements, providing a natural and discreet, free-draining (SuDS Source Control) reinforced grass solution. The necessary high load bearing capacity for HGV loadings was easily achieved by Advanced Turf, whilst retaining the distinctive and flowing landscape design features.

The Advanced Turf Mesh Element rootzone blend, selected turf and fertiliser were supplied and installed over a designed sub-base profile. After a short establishment period the ATS400/B System was able to provide an aesthetically pleasing, structurally sound compaction & rutting resistant natural grassed surface, whilst the lawn areas are also able to provide a sustainable, safe and pleasant environment where students can spend their leisure time on grassed surfaces which present no visible structures or trip hazards, minimising Health & Safety risks. The free-draining ATS rootzone also enables surface water to drain into adjacent swales for localised infiltration and reuse.

The ABG Service

After assessment of the ground conditions and project application, a full design, construction and installation proposal was provide for the sub-base, ATS mesh reinforced soil and turf profiles. An ABG technician was on site to oversee installation.

Netlon Advanced Turf Construction profile from ABG

ABG Advanced Turf System (ATS) is a plastic reinforced rootzone system designed to reinforce grass surfaces designed for regular traffic, grass roads, amenity and landscaped areas

This scheme is an example of implementing an idea from the Highways England "Managing Down Costs" Toolkit.

Plastic mesh is mixed with soil rootzone to reinforce the grass
York University has reinforced grass from ABG for fire and cherry picker access
Grass fire access roads are permeable and heavy load bearing if ABG ATS Advanced turf is used
Netlon ATS mesh being installed at York University to provide grass reinforcement


Advanced Turf - Reinforced Grass

Netlon Advanced Turf System (Netlon ATS) is a high performance mesh-element reinforced natural grass rootzone system. It provides an aesthetic, SuDS compliant free-draining grassed surface, capable of sustaining heavy vehicle loadings in occasional-use applications.

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Netlon Advanced Turf reinforced grass system for traffic from ABG Geosynthetics
 

Products

Advanced Turf - Reinforced Grass

Netlon Advanced Turf System (Netlon ATS) is a high performance mesh-element reinforced natural grass rootzone system. It provides an aesthetic, SuDS compliant free-draining grassed surface, capable of sustaining heavy vehicle loadings in occasional-use applications.

more...

Netlon Advanced Turf reinforced grass system for traffic from ABG Geosynthetics
 
 

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