Client: Somerset County Council
Type of works: supply of 6,500sqm of Aquaflow permeable block paving.
Over 6,500sqm of Aquaflow permeable block paving was installed as part of a multi-million pound regeneration project in Minehead, Somerset. The county council-led redevelopment includes: modern workspaces for business, retail opportunities, a 110-space car park and a viewing area for the new West Somerset Railway turntable.
Sustainability and protecting the environment were key issues for Somerset county council. A wide range of Formpaves products were specified for the project to provide environmentally friendly and economically viable paving solutions throughout the development. Aquasett, EcoGranite, Chartres edging, Cornish edging and Tactile paving have been installed in the car-parking areas and access roads at the extensive site, offering a practical and hard-wearing surface whilst providing an aesthetically-pleasing finish.
It was essential that the paving on this project looked good and was in keeping with the area. It was equally important that a permeable paving and SUDS solution was used in a low lying flood risk area. Installing both the Aquaflow system to prevent flooding and EcoGranite as a green solution, a truly environmentally-friendly paving was achieved.
The project created a new hub of activity in Minehead for the benefit of the community, in one of the most deprived areas in the region. The new development will helps create a more vibrant economy for Minehead and the wider Somerset area by providing much needed work space for small business, as well as providing a welcome boost for tourism in the area.