The UK’s rate of new home construction cannot keep pace with inner-city population growth. A new home built today would need to last 1000 years at current replacement rates. In addition, space restrictions in urban areas prevent housing developments where they are most needed. Without new housing, people in the UK must make the most of the existing housing stock.
The UK has experienced a rise in Outdoor Living trends over the last decade, as homeowners invest in maximising their plots. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated this trend, which saw the UK Landscape industry grow by 1.4% year on year between 2017 and 2022. Industry revenue is anticipated to rise by 5.2% in 2021-22 as trends continue.
How can homeowners in cramped, urban housing get in on the Outdoor Living trend?
Azpects Ltd offers a simple solution: EASYClickBase, a synthetic sub-base that significantly reduces the traditional ‘dig-out’ part of the installation process for patios, paths, and driveways. For example, early feedback shows that for a 50m2 patio, EASYClickBase requires an excavation of around 2-4 tonnes and just 2-5 tonnes of a fine replacement aggregate depending on site conditions. Traditionally, this would require the excavation of 16 tonnes of waste by-products, and the import of 16-20 tonnes of traditional subbase aggregates, requiring either heavy machinery or a significant amount of labour.
Several early adopters of EASYClickBase have reported trimming day’s labour from the expected completion time while giving clients the garden they have always wanted.
EASYClickBase is lightweight and easy to carry, making it easy to install even with restricted access. The reduced dig out makes wastage less of an issue for tight streets that lack space for a large skip, as smaller skip bags can be removed by a flatbed vehicle instead.
Manufactured from 100% recycled ABS plastic, any offcuts of EASYClickBase tiles can be recycled again, reducing waste and improving the sustainability of hard landscaping projects.
If lockdown taught us anything, it is how vital outdoor spaces are for our physical and mental wellbeing. With a significant percentage of the UK workforce expected to continue to work from home, it seems likely that investment in hard landscaping will only continue.
Find out more at www.azpects.co.uk.