The project was a particularly complex one to manage, with three seperate phases of the job to identify, price and produce the required materials. The initial phase had a very tight timescale, and CED had to work quickly and efficiently to have everything scheduled and delivered to the factory in Portugal to start production.
Over 280 different sizes of paving had to be produced, sandblasted and acid-washed for the design. Coping, cladding and risers were also required in numerous different sizes. Each individual size had to be scheduled out for cutting, so this was a very complex operation for the factory to manage as the saws had to be adjusted with each unit. After production, the materials were required to be sealed with Lithofin. The factory applied Lithofin stain to five sides of the paving, treads and risers. Once applied, the treated materials had to be dried in large drying rooms at the factory. The weather conditions affected this part of the operation as the application of Lithofin has to be done outdoors in dry conditions and unfortunately during production of CED's order Portugal saw the worst rainfall of the summer which held up production slightly.
Despite the many challenges of the project, the first deliveries of paving were made to the site during June 2018 and the project was completed in its entirety in May 2019, within the agreed timeframe.
There were over 700 different sizes to produce throughout the project as a whole, so getting the detail right was very important. If any of the items had been produced incorrectly, then this could have been detrimental to the completion date of the project.
CED said: "It is testament to the factories we work closely alongside who ensure that we get the quality and production times we need for important projects such as this. And so after months of hard work by our factory and Modular Garden Ltd who have installed this beautiful garden, the client is very happy and now benefiting from a stunning garden, with beautiful natural stone materials sealed to look it’s best as time goes on."