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44 LANDSCAPING & EXTERNAL FINISHES


be applied to paving blocks, flags and kerbs to give different textures, some exposing the inherent aggregates. Surfaces can be honed for a flat finish, polished, shot blasted to look weathered, or tumbled for a more rugged, naturalistic appearance. Combining these attributes with the range of shapes and sizes available enables designers to select paving styles, whether traditional or contemporary, that can enhance any development.


SUSTAINABLE PAVING


Precast concrete paving from reputable manufacturers is often demonstrably sustainable in every sense. As well as a low environmental impact, with such products frequently achieving a host of ‘Green Guide’ A+ and A ratings, precast concrete paving may be to be locally manufactured, making a vital contribution to the economy and community.


Local material sourcing and product supply is also a key element, and equivalent paving products shipped into


the country bear a substantial CO2 emission load over those locally supplied. Concrete block permeable paving is a key SuDS technique, helping in the fight against flooding and pollution. It can also supply a controlled flow of clean water to other SuDS features for amenity use in the


PRECAST CONCRETE PAVING FROM REPUTABLE MANUFACTURERS IS OFTEN DEMONSTRABLY SUSTAINABLE IN EVERY SENSE


landscape or recycling. It is one of the most space-efficient SuDS components available and does not require any additional land-take, making it an ideal solution for urban areas. In fact, it can handle runoff from roof drainage and adjacent impermeable surfaces around double its own area.


EASILY REINSTATED


The ongoing availability of a complete range of products and accessories in a single, predictable material is also essential over the long-term. Organisations working within the UK’s framework of established standards and regulations can easily achieve this aim. Precast concrete paving can be simply reinstated following excavation works, to access services for example, leaving minimal evidence with any replacement product readily available. It is also worth remembering that all these benefits of precast concrete paving are often available at an economic cost – in both initial and whole-life terms.


The key to cost-effective design with precast concrete paving products is to optimise their modular nature, by dimensioning areas to minimise cutting and combining compatible products to avoid it. As with any construction operation, detailing of edges, insertions, level changes and junctions within paving should not be left to site operatives, but resolved by designers. Inevitably, installation quality is key to the success of any project and Interpave, along with its sister association Interlay, supports NHSS30: ‘The Quality Management of the Installation, Maintenance and Repair of Modular Paving’. It assures the installed quality of modular paving products by providing an industry benchmark and a foundation for ongoing improvement, while highlighting the importance of a suitably trained workforce.


Chris Hodson is consultant to trade association Interpave


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