The trade association Interpave has launched a new, on-line project gallery highlighting the transformative power of good hard landscape design incorporating modern precast concrete paving, as well as the importance of considered detailing and execution.
The new Interpave Project Gallery showcases a diversity of schemes ranging from an RIBA Award winning new school, where sustainable drainage (SuDS) was integrated into the overall project from the very start, to a ‘DIY Streets’ project which empowered the local community to develop real, sustainable and long lasting improvements to an existing neighbourhood.
Urban regeneration and master-planning feature heavily in the new Gallery with an Edinburgh housing project based around innovative shared surfaces, using concrete block paving, to redefine the home-zone concept for residential streets. Then, in east London, extensive use of precast concrete surfaces in bold colours and patterns brings to life the public realm in the Brownfield Estate – which includes modernist architect Ernö Goldfinger’s ‘brutalist’ concrete high-rise blocks from the late 60’s and early ‘70s.
The new Project Gallery can be explored at: www.paving.org.uk where guidance on various issues ranging from Sustainability to SuDS, can also be downloaded. Interpave welcomes submissions of hard-landscape schemes from designers for publication on the Gallery by emailing a short description and around 5 photos to editor(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)paving.org.uk