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As part of a refurbishment at Orchard House and Chandos House on the Holyrood Estate in Southampton, the drab grey paving slabs that originally lined the footpath have now been replaced by an impressive and contemporary linear design using SureSet permeable resin bound paving.
The design, created by project artist Chris Tipping, incorporates different aggregates from the SureSet natural aggregate and marble ranges. When discussing the project, Chris said: “The brief was very open. Although this was a fairly straight forward footpath, it gave an opportunity to play with repeating elements which suggested movement and rhythms as well as sightlines. The smaller areas represent meetings along the path between pedestrians coming from either direction”.
The simplicity of the design is brought alive by the use of contrasting colours and was installed at a 16mm depth (required for an urban pedestrian area), using 6mm aggregates in the Maple, Tuscan Terracotta, Winter Frost and Charcoal mixes. The stark contrast between the colours of the permeable resin bound paving brings life to the once plain footpath, which links the housing estate to the local shops and amenities.
As well as carrying out the design on the footpath, the tree pits were also completed using the 10mm Maple tree pit mix, a very open textured mix that allows water and air to penetrate through to the roots of the tree.
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