Our thoughts on Modern Landscaping15th March 2016
Modern landscaping is often created through an eye catching combination of open spaces, structured plants and high quality paving. Flagstones and pathways help to define and structure empty spaces leading up to a strong focal point.
The regeneration of Londonderry City Centre, designed by Civil & Structural Engineers BDP, is the perfect example. UltraScape Pro-Prime, Flowpoint and Pro-Bed HS transformed the heart of the city into a modern, urban landscape, increasing footfall and enhancing turnover for the surrounding areas!
The work, carried out by FP McCann contractors, included upgrading the drainage infrastructure, removing the old concrete block paving and renewing street lighting and pedestrian crossings. The extensive revival of Shipquay Place and Waterloo Square therefore required reliable materials that conformed to BS 7533 part 12, making UltraScape’s mortar paving system perfect for the job.
Our premium product range is fully BS 7533 compliant and has been specified for use with many public realm projects, boasting a full UKAS accreditation for its capabilities.
UltraScape Pro-Prime slurry primer is specifically formulated to provide an exceptional bond between all stone types, with its quick and easy application and blending making it an ideal solution for the large-scale Londonderry project, reducing long term maintenance costs and increasing the life expectancy of the paved area.
Our Pro-Bed HS fine bedding concrete was chosen for its long term durability and ease of use, supplied to the contractors in pre-blended 30 tonne silos that only require the addition of water. Its fast strength gain allows for a quick turnaround, is ready for foot traffic in as little as 12 hours and vehicular traffic in just 24.
UltraScape Flowpoint rapid setting flowable grout was poured over the top of the freshly paved area and simply washed away with no risk of stains, allowing the scheme to be opened to foot traffic after only one hour due to its fast setting formulation.
The completed landscaping project creates a clean, fresh finish to the area, teaming open paving schemes with a clean border of trees and concrete fixtures, drawing the eye towards the brand new 80 nozzle water feature with integrated lighting outside the Guildhall.
Since its completion, businesses in the areas have reported a 30% increase in turnover – proof that modern landscaping really can stimulate the local economy.