A new state-of-the-art building in Exeter Science Park houses a major part of Met Offices’ new supercomputer for climate and weather modelling, and a two-story ‘collaboration’ building for researching climate change.
Embracing the principles set out in the Design Code for the Exeter Science Park, the design team wanted to develop a high quality external space for staff and visitors that would blend into the natural landscape on the prominent ridge top location.
Marshalls helped the landscape design team select granite paving with tones and textures that would both complement the contemporary architectural design and have the required compressive and flexural strength to satisfy the requirement for a durable paving solution.
Grassguard and Priora permeable paving solutions were chosen as a sustainable water management solution that would compliment the scheme’s contrasting natural and contemporary aesthetics. Grassguard provides the stability of a concrete base with the aesthetic of natural grass. Mistral Priora is a permeable, award winning concrete block paving SuDS solution; the colouring and texture of the Charcoal and Grey was chosen to complement the granite products used on the scheme.
The combination of grey hues created by using a mixture of natural stone and concrete paving produced a contemporary outdoor space that sits easily with the natural landscape and complements the modern high tech building.
Marshalls’ permeable paving systems have helped create a sustainable water management solution.
• Prospero granite paving - mid grey
• Thalassa granite paving - silver grey
• Tritanial granite paving - dark grey
• Conservation silver grey concrete paving
• Grassguard cellular concrete paving
• Mistral Priora permeable CBP – Charcoal & Silver Grey