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Dunelm Group PLC
Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd
Conservation paving; Conservation kerb; Mistral block paving; Mistral Priora block paving and edging
Dunelm, a leading UK soft furnishings retailer, moved to a new 55,000ft2 Head Office and Store Support Centre at Watermead Business Park in Leicester.
Materials used in construction consisted of glass and precast concrete cladding. Hard landscaping needed to suit this minimalist design. In addition, the need for safe surface water removal had to be taken into consideration.
To enhance the contemporary frontage of the building, Mistral textured granite sett paving was selected. Mistral is a practical solution, suitable for use in any loading application across civil, retail and commercial projects. In addition, around the perimeter of the building, Mistral paving with Conservation edging was used to create a clear demarcation between building and soft landscaping.
In the car parking areas, Mistral Priora was specified in two contrasting colours on paths and roadways to delineate pedestrian and vehicular space. The exposed granite aggregates of Mistral Priora made it the first choice SuDS solution for this clean and contemporary public space.
Conservation Textured Kerb was also used around planted areas to protect the soft landscaping. Conservation Kerb is also enhanced by granite aggregate and features a wider and squarer profile, ideal for use in areas where a more attractive kerb unit is required.
Alongside the aesthetic benefits, this scheme successfully combined practicality and safety with a source-control SuDS solution, mitigating flood risk, removing surface water and improving water quality, eliminating the need for additional linear drainage systems.