The Hard is a huge asset to Portsmouth - being one of the biggest transport interchanges in the area. Buses, trains, and boats all run services from it and it is often the first thing visitors see when arriving in the city by public transport. Despite this, the area was run down and over crowded, with multiple old bus stops crowding one small area and providing little seating for visitors. Following consultation with residents and businesses, Portsmouth City Council decided to transform the area into a modern and stylish interchange that is both safer and more attractive to its visitors.
A hard wearing yet attractive surface was needed to complete the project after the main building had been built and the old bus stops removed. The council specified a SuDS-compliant surface, in order to reduce surface water run-off and reduce the risk of flooding. Meon’s Resin Bound surfacing offered the perfect solution, due to its durability and the fact that it is permeable. It was selected in two different blends, to match the modern and fresh feel of the regenerated area. The success of Meon’s recent project with Portsmouth City Council, Northern Road bridge, gave the council confidence to go through with the Hard Interchange.
The project was recently completed and has received a vast amount of positive feedback from both locals and visitors. DekorGrip Resin Bound was installed in Frosted Dawn and Mocha Beach to compliment the new building perfectly, and give a fresh and new feeling to the whole area.