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Pokesdown Children’s Centre, Bournemouth

Pokesdown Children’s Centre, Bournemouth

Client: P W Reynolds
Type of works: developed and supplied paving solution

The highly creative yet extremely intricate design developed for a new paving area at Pokesdown Children’s Centre for Bournemouth YMCA provided the perfect challenge for the design and technical support teams at SureSet.

As the design for the new crèche area featured a series of cartoon-like, underwater creatures in vivid primary colours, architects Terence O’Rourke initially anticipated that mosaic tiles would have to be used to match the accuracy required for their intricate scheme.

However, when landscape contractor P W Reynolds contacted SureSet, the companies developed a paving solution that fully met all the client’s requirements, accurately recreating the stunning look and vibrant colours of the design as well as providing a low maintenance, highly durable and permeable paving surface, backed by a comprehensive 10 year guarantee.

To achieve the 20 different colours that were required, SureSet used a number of mixes from the company’s extensive Spectrum range which features recycled colour-coated glass in virtually any RAL colour. Once on site, laser-cut formers were used to create the outline and detailing of the design, into which the SureSet resin bound paving was hand-trowelled to provide a precise, smooth finish. For the surrounding areas to complement the vivid ‘cartoon’ colours, a 3mm Sahara Gold aggregate was used, to give the appearance of sand against the surrounding water.

Commenting on the finished project, Stephen Foster at PW Reynolds said: “The staff at Bournemouth YMCA are absolutely thrilled with the overall look of the crèche garden area and with the designs that were achieved with the SureSet surface. The quality of the project is absolutely fantastic, matching incredibly closely the architect’s initial design concepts”.

SureSet resin bound paving has brought life, colour and texture to a wide range of projects throughout the UK, across both the public and private sector.

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