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10
Jul2017

Background 

The popular tourist destination of Amble in Northumberland is typical of many market towns across the country.  The bustling town centre has grown as more and more visitors sample the delights the shops and restaurants have to offer while the existing road network has struggled to cope with the ever increasing traffic volumes.  The most widely accepted solution is to introduce one way systems within the towns where it is impossible to widen the roads to increase capacity.
 
This remedy however does have draw backs - the main one being that vehicle speeds increase as the traffic flow becomes uninterrupted.  In order to combat this Northumberland County Council have turned to Quicksetts to provide a visual and tactile deterrent to vehicle users driving at excessive speeds which also fits with the elegant historic settings of this market town.
 

Results

Following the successful installation by Northumberland County Council operatives and the wide public approval of the Quicksetts scheme, further rumble strips have been placed around the perimeter of the town centre where a reduction in vehicle speed was also 
required.  These deterrents have also aided in easing congestion in the area’s busiest locations as locals look for quicker alternative routes.
 
Northumberland County Council’s Site Supervisor commented on the speed of installation stating “Our crews are now experienced in applying the Quicksetts having installed a number of different schemes however we are still amazed at how little time it takes us, meaning we can minimise the disruption to the local community while we install these features.”
 
 

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10
Jul2017

Background 

Like many town centre’s around the country, the High Street shops in Amble, Northumberland, face harder times with the increasing popularity of internet shopping.  Their continued existence and input to the local economy relies upon customers being able to easily access the shops and services.  The responsibility to support these local business in providing adequate, clearly demarcated car parking bays falls to the highways planning department within Northumberland County Council.
 
Faced with the requirement of marking out on street parking bays whilst preserving the historic aesthetics of the town, the Northumberland Highways team turned to Quicksetts to provide a cost effective, artistic solution.
 

Results

Placed at 500mm intervals along the road, the low profile rectangle Quicksetts were adhered directly on to the asphalt surface.  The 200mm x 100mm Quicksetts not only are far-and-away more visually appealing compared with the thermoplastic white lining alternative, but at just over 7mm overall profile height, they also offer drivers a tactile assistance when parking helping to ensure drivers park within the designated bays.
 
“Wow - Don’t they look good!” stated Northumberland County Council’s Site Supervisor who went on to say “My crews enjoy laying the Quicksetts.  It takes them very little time to apply which means minimal disruption ensuring we receive positive comments from all the interested parties.  Laying them in this staggered format is cheaper and even quicker.”
 

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12
Jun2017

Background

Existing, wide rural roads which interlink villages throughout the country are faced with the increasing issues of slowing traffic down as they approach these ever sprawling conurbations. Many carry large numbers of HGV’s requiring careful consideration from roads engineers to slow the traffic to the desired 30mph without causing delay and frustration to road users.
Faced with this exact situation, specialist contractors - Styleseal Ltd proposed the use of Quicksetts to be applied in a 1 metre wide median strip to visually reduce the width of the road whilst still allowing HGV’s to cross over or straddle the centre line when necessary.
 
 
 
 
 

Results 

Styleseal Ltd carried out the installation in April 2017 under a strict two week road closure during which time other works coinciding with a new housing development took place.The chamfered edges of the Quicksetts ensure that should a wide vehicle need to traverse the setts, easy, smooth passage is permitted whilst visually the road has been narrowed and a barrier placed in-between the traffic discouraging overtaking on this 30mph straight road.  Aesthetically the Quicksetts have an agreeable historic appearance and look as if they have been there for years.
 
Styleseal Ltd’s Technical Director Stephen Ward stated “We have been really impressed with Jobling Purser and their Quicksetts material.  Everything from the product training through to delivery of materials has been excellent.  The client is really impressed with our finished work and having installed all 362m² in just 10 days, we would definitely agree with Jobling Purser’s claim - Quick Setts.”
 
 
 
19
May2017

Background

The rolling hills of Northumberland conceal a large number of quaint villages and towns all steeped in countryside history and resplendent architecture.  The network of roads which connect these conurbations offer superb scenery and fast easy access for motorists.  Slowing road users down as they approach the populated areas is the challenge faced by Northumberland County Council.

Numerous concepts have over the years been tried, from coloured gateway markings, rubber speed cushions and interactive signs to reduce vehicle entry speeds, all with varying results and detriment to the visual appeal to these countryside locations.

Northumberland County Council turned to Quicksetts and found the solution.

Quicksetts Low Profile Rumble Strips are ideal for use in populated areas where traffic flow is to be maintained.  The lower profile reduces the vehicle impact and generated tyre and suspension noise when compared with standard rumble strips.

Results 

The low profile Quicksetts have a psychological traffic calming effect when laid in strips across the road by breaking up the linearity of the road surfacing and emphasising the gateway boundary.  Research indicates that the greatest effect on speed reduction is a combination of visual and physical features, as such the low profile Quicksetts offer both vibration and audible outcomes although the effects are greatly reduced when compared to standard Rumble Strips.  These benefits combined with the aesthetically pleasing natural granite stone sett effect have lead Northumberland County Council to continue rolling these rumble strips out across the county.
 

Northumberland County Counci's Construction Manager stated “We are really pleased with the Quicksett rumble strips.  The low profile nature of the setts has all the aesthetics of a rumble strip.  The relatively smooth passage over the strip lessens noise experienced by local residents while still offering road users a tactile reminder to check their speed as they enter these populated areas.”

 
 
27
Apr2017

Alnwick - Car Parking Bays 

Background 

A brand new asphalt car park is a real treat for any business owner.  Positively transforming their premises appearance and offering their clients a dedicated well kept space to leave their vehicle whilst visiting and using the services on offer.  The investment is well worth it and helps project the right company image.

Conventional thermoplastic line markings for smaller scale projects can not only be cost prohibitive but also be less aesthetically pleasing - but now there is an alternative.

Northumbrian Surfacing Contractor, DC Contract Solutions Ltd, commissioned by the residents of Croft Place and Greycroft Bed & Breakfast, had already re-surfaced the roadway in the picturesque market town of Alnwick, were faced with the requirement of providing surface markings outside the historic guest house.  They turned to Quicksetts to provide a cost effective, aesthetic, retro fit solution which could be installed quickly without the need for specialist equipment.

Installed on top of the compacted surface course, without the need for cutting out or the awkward issues of laying bituminous surfaces along a thin line of stone setts, Quicksetts accurately replicate the look of granite setts providing a timeless appeal which has a proven record of withstanding modern day trafficking.

Results 

Installed by two operatives in less than an hour with material costs of less than £170.00*, with no specialist plant required, the rectangle low profile Quicksetts were adhered directly onto the surface using the cold applied Quicksetts Bedding & Jointing Compound.  Perfectly complimenting the building and original granite setts already in situ, the Quicksetts clearly delineate the parking bays for the customers of the Bed & Breakfast.  The owners of Greycroft Bed & Breakfast, Audrey and Tom Bowes said "The Quicksetts are perfect!  They have made it clear to our guests where to park but look great next to the building and its like they've been there for years."

David Colvine from DC Contract Solutions added "The Quicksetts are the ideal solution for this application, amazingly easy to apply and were far more cost effective to install than sub contracting a lining company in.  They look better too!"

* Price correct April 2017 and exclude VAT 

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22
Dec2016

Moreton-In-Marsh - Quicksetts Traffic Islands

Background 

The significant market town of Moreton-In-Marsh has a colorful history reaching back 1,000 years back to the Saxon era.  With the Fosse Way, a Roman built road, cutting through its centre, the High Street in Moreton-In-Marsh is lined with elegant 17th and 18th century buildings.  Ensuring efficient flow of traffic along the Fosse Way (A429), whilst leaving the character of the town unscathed is the challenge facing Amey, Highways Contractor for Gloucestershire County Council.

 

A Senior Engineer for Amey Gloucestershire, faced with the requirement of providing a decorative traffic island to help separate vehicles around a tight mini roundabout, turned to Quicksetts to provide an aesthetic, retro fit solution which could be quickly installed to minimise disruption to all stakeholders.

Quicksetts accurately replicate the look of granite setts providing a timeless appeal which has a proven track record of withstanding modern day trafficking.

Results

Installed during two night road closures in October 2016, the Amey team, finished the works on time to be re-opened to the morning rush hour traffic on the busy A429.  The traffic islands perfectly compliment their historic surroundings whilst effectively segregating the traffic approaching and exiting the mini roundabout whilst also allowing longer vehicles to ride over the feature without causing any damage.  The initial feedback on the appearance from local residents has been very positive.  Future schemes are already in the planning following another successful Quicksetts application.

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04
Nov2016

Stow On The Wold - Quicksetts Speed Table

Background 

The delightful market town of Stow on the Wold is one of the Cotswold's best known small towns.  

Situated alongside the Fosse Way, a Roman built road, Stow on the Wold is stepped in history and its buildings and architecture reflect that past.  Finding modern day paving solutions which compliment these important tourist destinations is the challenge facing Amey, Highways Contractor for Gloucestershire County Council.

A Senior Engineer for Amey Gloucestershire, faced with the requirement of providing a decorative Gateway feature for the Pedestrian Improvement Scheme in the town's Market Place turned to Quicksetts.

Results

Installed and opened to traffic in just one day by the Amey team, the finished Speed Table perfectly compliments its historic surroundings.  The initial feedback on the appearance from local residents been very positive.  Future schemes are already in the planning following the success of Quicksetts.

 

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22
Jul2016

Background

Concerns for children's safety using the car park access to the Frank Muir Memorial Field as an extension to the local skate park meant Quicksetts were the perfect retro fit solution to create aesthetically pleasing rumble strips to deter youngsters from using the are to play on.

Results 

Installed in just 2 hours by Runneymede Borough Council staff - the three rumble strips, spaced such to make them impossible to jump on a skateboard, now discourages children from playing in the car park, whilst also slowing entering and exiting vehicles.

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15
Jul2016

Background 

Entrances to car parks where they cross pedestrian pathways are notoriously hazardous places.  Ensuring both user groups act with suitable caution but are not inconvenienced is a delicate balancing act.  This site in Berwick upn Tweed is typical of many sites across the country

Results 

Installed and opened to traffic within 1 day without the need to excavate, Quicksett Low Profile Edging Setts have given an aesthetically pleasing finish which is in keeping with the historical nature of the area.  The design of the scheme clearly defines both the entrance to the car park and the intersecting pedestrian walkway promoting consideration from all user groups.  The visual and tactile nature of the Quicksetts also promotes a redution in vehicle speed upon entry to the car park promoting a safer environment for all.

 

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14
Jul2016

Westward Ho! - Quicksetts Lettering 

Background 

Torridge District Council were successful in securing £418,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund.  As part of the enhancements and following consultation with local residents, a desire emerged to honour the memory of Rudyard Kipling who spent several of his childhood years in Westward Ho!  In memory of Rudyard, the first verse of his most well known poem If, was to be spelt out along the promenade in granite setts.

IF you can keep your head when all around you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

Rudyard Kipling,1895

Design 

Whilst pricing for the tender, local contractor Devon & Cornwall Surfacingrealised the complexity of making shapes with traditional granite setts and began researching for a quicker, easier solution.  Quicksetts being a thickness of 18mm could be adhered without the need for excavation.  The smooth finished setts could produce elegant, perfectly formed letters making them the ideal choice for the project.  Resin bound aggregate would then be used to infill to a depth of 18mm between the letters.

Jobling Purser working closely with DCS began work formulating a layout plan to accommodate the dimensions required by the client allowing a tender price to be submitted, finally being awarded to Devon & Cornwall Surfacing in February 2016 with a completion required by the end of May 2016.



Installation

The installation of the poem began with Devon & Cornwall Surfacing carefully marking up the site to ensure that the letters would sit correctly on a straight line.  Following the guide sheet drawn up by Jobling Purser, DCS began by laying out each letter using a combination of the square and inner dovetail Quicksetts.  Once content with the shape of the letter, they marked around the area and removed the Quicksetts noting their position and spacing.

Unlike conventional granite setts no excavation was required.  The Quicksetts Bedding and Jointing Compound, which is based upon proven polyurethane technology, was mixed and applied to the marked out area.  The Quicksetts could then be simply placed into the resin to form the shape of each letter and allowed to set.

Once the poem was complete, resin bound surfacing supplied by Suresetwas laid to an 18mm thickness infilling around the Quicksetts and the site was handed back to the client.

Results 

The Devon and Cornwall Surfacing crew completed the laying of the Quicksetts totalling 71 words, made up of 271 letters in just 6 days!  The client, Torridge District Council are thrilled with the results Devon and Cornwall Surfacing have produced stating the finish is amazing!

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