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LANDSCAPE & GROUNDS MAINTENANCE


BROADENING HORIZONS


John McMullan of Firestone Building Products discusses the pond refurbishment carried out at Horizon Scotland, business incubator at Enterprise Park Forres in Moray.


Developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise as an innovative and flexible business location, Enterprise Park Forres is far from a standard collection of office buildings, car parking and grass verges. Set in 100 acres of beautifully landscaped, sustainable grounds it was established as a collaborative commercial location where companies can grow and contribute to the diverse economy of Scotland’s largest and most sparsely populated region.


Amongst the key developments at the park is Horizon Scotland, which combines 12,000 sq ft of office space with meeting room and conferencing facilities in a low carbon building.


Horizon Scotland’s aspect is as attractive as its philosophy with a green roof, cottage garden-style landscaping and a pond that wraps around the building. However, when the pond’s original clay lining system began to fail, water began leaking away, which impacted heavily on the appearance of this showpiece development.


Highlands and Islands Enterprise issued a tender for a pond refurbishment to rectify the landscaping issues and the resulting project, using GeoGard EPDM, an elastomeric synthetic rubber geomembrane from Firestone Building Products, has transformed the feature.


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Restore & enhance The pond at Horizon Scotland was originally built when the building was constructed in 2003. The falling water levels were initially managed by topping up the water, but this was both uneconomical and at odds with the environmental ethos of Enterprise Park. Consequently, the pond was allowed to drain and Highlands and Islands Enterprise decided on a refurbishment.


Biomatrix Water, a tenant at Horizon Scotland and a specialist in floating ecosystems and waterway restoration, was awarded the project.


While pond refurbishments are Biomatrix Water’s core business the company recognised an opportunity to design a scheme that would address the leakage problems while enhancing the water quality with improved natural flow. The design team also aimed to nurture biodiversity with natural habitats.


The brief called for a lining with a service life of at least 12 years so Biomatrix scoured the marketplace for a suitable solution and selected GeoGard EPDM for the lining because it has a proven service life of at least 40 years, excellent flexibility and puncture resistance and would be able to cope with the level of detailing required.


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