Manége or ménage?

Well, it is not an uncommon way to pronounce it, however the second is a ‘meeting’ of usually three people for a ‘private’ reason! And the first is a French word for a riding school.
Typically 20 metres by 40 metres and laid to a rectangle, a manége has historically been laid in the following manner:
• Excavation of area to a depth of approximately 400mm below required finished levels
• Dig a herringbone drainage system, part fill with pea shingle
• Lay the drainage pipes and back fill with pea shingle
• Cover the area with a woven geotextile membrane
• Lay 300mm of free draining materials (type 3 reduced fines, clean stone, scalpings) compact
• Lay a woven geotextile membrane
• Lay a 100-150mm tread layer



• Expensive drainage system
• Woven geotextile breaks down
• Surface becomes swiftly uneven
• Top geotextile layer comes through the tread layer and produces a hazard
• Tread material is pushed to the outside
• When levelling the tread layer with machinery, geotextiles shred and swiftly need replacing



• Excavation of area to a depth of approximately 300mm
• Lay a clean stone drainage layer of 150mm compact
• Lay a geotextile membrane of minimum 115 g weight
• Lay a 20mm fine stone or sharp sand screed
• Lay 40mm Ecogrid (800 sqm = 3men, 1 day)
• Fill grid with screed material
• Lay a 100mm tread layer


• No expensive drainage system required
• No base membrane required
• Less drainage layer required
• Excellent support layer
• Complete and reliable free draining
• Easy to level out tread layer
• Easy to change tread layer
• Less tread layer material required
• 20 year guarantee for the Ecogrid
• Simple 140mm upstand recycled plastic edge restraints available
• Other packages to stop muddy entrance areas to paddocks


So the upshot is, if you want to build a manége or ménage! It is really a no brainer to use Ecogrid!