The National Memorial Arboretum

Long Rake Spar were proud to be part of the recently unveiled RAF 47 Squadron Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

Addagrip approved contractor Coatech Ltd were chosen to install the surfacing around the recently unveiled Situated in Alrewas, on the edge of the National Forest. The Arboretum is home to over 330 memorials.

The new memorial, a representation of all the past, present and future members of No. 47 Squadron, features three pilots by sculptor Peter Naylor and is sited next to the River Thames. The design required a Resin Bound paved surround in a wave pattern using two contrasting colours that would be aesthetically pleasing but not detract from the sculpture.

For the decorative but functional surfacing surrounding the memorial, Terrabound Resin Bound surfacing in Autumn Toffee and Terracotta blends were selected that include a variety of natural aggregates from the Long Rake Spar Grantex range.

Coatech Ltd installed the pattern which featured 16m2 of the Terrabound Resin Bound Autumn Toffee 5mm and 12m2 of the Terrabound Resin Bound Terracotta 6mm. The different colours were segregated with an aluminium edging strip. The BBA approved Terrabound surface is porous, low maintenance, hard wearing, smooth underfoot and wheelchair friendly, making it accessible all year round.

The Terrabound installation was completed in February 2017 with the new memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum being unveiled on the 1st March 2017. The ceremony began with a service and a one minute silence, followed by the flypast of three Hercules aircraft, crewed by members of 47 Squadron, based at RAF Brize Norton.

Supplier: Addagrip

Contractors: Coatech

Client: National Memorial Arboretum