The trade association Interpave has just launched a new case study exploring the transformative power of inspired hard landscape design, with precast concrete paving.
Covering a 6-year period, the case study revisits the phased regeneration of Orchard Village – previously known as the Mardyke Estate – in east London, master-planned and designed by the multi-disciplinary practice PRP. The case study features the application of a restrained palette of precast concrete hard landscape products as part of a master-plan. It includes extensive use of permeable paving for SuDS on a sensitive site bounding a multi-award-winning wetland park, home to a variety of wildlife. It also demonstrates the longer-term robust performance of precast concrete paving.
A simple palette of hard landscape materials defines the road hierarchy and creates a language that unifies the whole site. Simple and ‘clean’ materials predominate, so that an open feel to the site is maintained. The concrete block paving was carefully selected to complement the buildings, with a silver-grey granite finish. Concrete kerb units are also used extensively, some flush with the paving.
The case study is available via Interpave’s new website – an essential resource covering all aspects of design with precast concrete paving, including permeable paving for SuDS.