Sector Education
Project type Refurbishment
Services provided Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
Year completed 2017
Project location West Midlands
Client University of Warwick
Consultant Churchman Landscape Architects
Products used Kellen Lavaro Wit paving, Sferio Bianco Perla paving and steps with granite treads and risers; Breccia Tagenta E setts; Elemntale Donkergrijs seating and planters
 
 

Challenge

Churchman Landscape Architects contracted Hardscape Products to supply paving and kerbs for a project to reconfigure and improve the University of Warwick’s Business School and Central Plaza.

Upgrading the Central Plaza was central to a 2009 masterplan approved by Coventry City Council which sought to facilitate meaningful and co-ordinated expansion of the whole campus. The university has grown substantially over the last 10 years with completion of the Sherborne Residences in 2012 and the completion of Phase 3 of the Business School in 2014.. 

Design objectives

  • To provide more inclusive access to all buildings
  • To create a major piece of public realm, at the heart of the campus
  • To deliver a fitting threshold to the campus
  • To reduce the dominance of vehicles
  • To allow the University to demonstrate its aspirations
  • To provide an appropriate setting for the ‘Let’s Not Be Stupid’ sculpture

The designers were looking for paving to echo the white tile facades of the early 1960’s academic buildings which are specific to the Warwick campus, creating a unique identity and modern feel to the University’s landscape and public space.

The steps on the scheme stand out vividly. The designers wanted to place these steps on various levels and to create some measure of depth.

The design of the large space needed to be handled sensitively to avoid it looking featureless and devoid of activity

Solution

Hardscape Products worked easily with Churchman Landscape Architects to meet the brief, as they understood and shared the same need to supply immaculate and precise hard landscaping materials.

Materials used

Hardscape Products manufactured and supplied materials, fixtures and fittings that would connect with future projects.

  • Kellen Lavaro Wit 600/400/200/100 × 400/200/100 x 80mm paving
  • Sferio Bianco Perla 700 x 500 x 100mm paving
  • Breccia Tagenta E 100 x 100 x 80mm setts
  • Kellen Lavaro Wit steps with Crystal Black granite treads and risers - for practical definition for safety and longevity of use
  • Elementale Donkergrijs standard finish seating and triangular planter units - to complement the overall material choice and to act as a seamless veneer to the full project
  • Bespoke kerbing for disabled bays

Outcome

Asil Besim, Group Technical Manager at Hardscape, commented: ‘Working with Churchman landscape architects to select the right paving proved to be a delight and their attention to detail to select a near-to-white paver as possible, to complement the surrounding buildings, was achieved via an incredible range of innovative and highly practical Kellen materials. The Plaza's new status is simply defined as a key piece of public realm of campus.”


Challenge

Churchman Landscape Architects contracted Hardscape Products to supply paving and kerbs for a project to reconfigure and improve the University of Warwick’s Business School and Central Plaza.

Upgrading the Central Plaza was central to a 2009 masterplan approved by Coventry City Council which sought to facilitate meaningful and co-ordinated expansion of the whole campus. The university has grown substantially over the last 10 years with completion of the Sherborne Residences in 2012 and the completion of Phase 3 of the Business School in 2014.. 

Design objectives

  • To provide more inclusive access to all buildings
  • To create a major piece of public realm, at the heart of the campus
  • To deliver a fitting threshold to the campus
  • To reduce the dominance of vehicles
  • To allow the University to demonstrate its aspirations
  • To provide an appropriate setting for the ‘Let’s Not Be Stupid’ sculpture

The designers were looking for paving to echo the white tile facades of the early 1960’s academic buildings which are specific to the Warwick campus, creating a unique identity and modern feel to the University’s landscape and public space.

The steps on the scheme stand out vividly. The designers wanted to place these steps on various levels and to create some measure of depth.

The design of the large space needed to be handled sensitively to avoid it looking featureless and devoid of activity

Solution

Hardscape Products worked easily with Churchman Landscape Architects to meet the brief, as they understood and shared the same need to supply immaculate and precise hard landscaping materials.

Materials used

Hardscape Products manufactured and supplied materials, fixtures and fittings that would connect with future projects.

  • Kellen Lavaro Wit 600/400/200/100 × 400/200/100 x 80mm paving
  • Sferio Bianco Perla 700 x 500 x 100mm paving
  • Breccia Tagenta E 100 x 100 x 80mm setts
  • Kellen Lavaro Wit steps with Crystal Black granite treads and risers - for practical definition for safety and longevity of use
  • Elementale Donkergrijs standard finish seating and triangular planter units - to complement the overall material choice and to act as a seamless veneer to the full project
  • Bespoke kerbing for disabled bays

Outcome

Asil Besim, Group Technical Manager at Hardscape, commented: ‘Working with Churchman landscape architects to select the right paving proved to be a delight and their attention to detail to select a near-to-white paver as possible, to complement the surrounding buildings, was achieved via an incredible range of innovative and highly practical Kellen materials. The Plaza's new status is simply defined as a key piece of public realm of campus.”