Low-intervention permeable paving overlays can transform worn-out paving and deliver SuDS, green infrastructure and healthy streets. To understand how, it’s worth reminding ourselves of the unique characteristics and attributes of modular concrete paving generally. Concrete Block Paving This long-established technology is based on high-strength, interlocking units installed with granular material filled joints and laying course.…

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The pandemic has heralded a fundamental rethink of our public realm showing that a fresh approach is needed to designing the spaces between buildings with multifunctional and long-life but adaptable solutions, ready to meet climate change requirements. Apart from temporary measures for social distancing, the pandemic has accelerated implementation of issues raised in the past…

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Australia Road Case Study

The second edition of this case study highlights the impact of concrete block permeable paving as an irrigation source, sustaining street trees and green infrastructure, following a site visit some 5-years after completion. Its low-intervention, thin overlay technology enables sustainable reuse of conventional road bases and their embodied carbon, creating attractive, safe shared-surfaces. Capturing rainwater…

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Expanded and updated 26th June 2020 Announced in May, the government’s post-pandemic investment package for cycling and walking provides a unique opportunity to transform the streets and public spaces of our towns and cities. Established and innovative new techniques – using modular concrete paving systems – offer adaptable, low-intervention, retrofit solutions to these new challenges,…

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A new case study is available exploring the transformative power of inspired hard landscape design. Covering a 6-year period, it revisits the phased regeneration of Orchard Village – previously known as the Mardyke Estate – in east London, master-planned and designed by PRP. The case study features application of a restrained palette of precast concrete…

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Orchard Village Case Study

A new case study is available exploring the transformative power for housing of inspired hard landscape design. Covering a 6 year period, it revisits the phased regeneration of Orchard Village – previously known as the Mardyke Estate – in east London, master-planned and designed by PRP. The case study features application of a restrained palette…

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A case study is available. Around 3,500m2 of precast concrete block and flag paving, featuring enhanced surfaces and exposed granite aggregates, defines the urban landscape of this exceptional residential project, shortlisted for the 2016 Stirling Prize. Download Case Study here.

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