Education sector provides ongoing business for hard landscaping supplier

Gloucestershire aggregate supplier Bituchem is supplying between 1,000 and 1,500 tonnes of its Natratex aggregate to Exeter University.

The university is refurbishing paths at its Lafrowda campus in highly used areas as part of routine maintenance.

Bituchem commercial manager Mark Stott said: "There’s a number of education sector projects at the moment. There’s an ongoing funding stream, it’s a steady market for us. Parks being refurbished with Heritage Lottery Funding is another.

"A lot of our material goes into schools and parks. We’ve supplied material to Victoria Park, Regent’s Park, St James Park and Kew Gardens in London."

The company is also supplying contractor Brookfields with material for courtyards and footpaths at Reading University in a project due to finish by June.

Natratex is available in three colours with buff flint gravel most popular.

Stott said the stone is sourced locally in Cinderford, Gloucestershire which keeps vehicle emissions low.

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