Integra interlocking porous paving from Source Control Systems overlaid with turf has been used in an installation at Port Hamble Marina in Hampshire to form a structurally-reinforced high load-bearing grass-finished surface.
The Integra paving, supplied by W T Burdens and installed by Swanwick Civil Engineering, mechanically compressed into the partially topsoil-filled cellular matrix using a Bomag roller.
Now just over 1,100 square metres of grass-filled 70 millimetres thick x 500 millimetres square Integra surface reinforcement system lies in the marina, overlooking the Southampton Estuary.
Specially designed with intercell arches, ensuring lateral drainage and root growth development, the newly-laid Integra was more than capable of withstanding the considerable weight of the Bomag roller and, after some watering-in, the roots of the compressed turf have now properly penetrated the topsoil backfill to complete the desired finished effect.
Made from recycled polymers, Integra replicates the naturally existing drainage system, to ensure rainwater dispersement and, in so doing, minimises the risk of flooding while helping to protect the environment.