The Terra Firma Consultancy provided an informal landscape design advisory service to Marks Barfield Architects, sourcing the most appropriate hard landscaping solution at British Airways i360, the new landmark attraction on Brighton beach.
Tobermore’s Sienna Duo - a block paving product with a striking granite aggregate finish was chosen that offered the contemporary look desired for the iconic structure.
Robyn Butcher, Landscape Architect at The Terra Firma Consultancy, explained the objectives of the high-profile project: “The design vision for the external landscape was to provide an attractive landscape to accompany the highly anticipated British Airways i360 building and enhance the experience for visitors."
Robyn noted that due to the contemporary style of the design and build, paving products were the most suitable hard landscaping material for the project. “The aesthetics of paving was ideal for the envisioned design and, as other areas on the beachfront close to the project were due to be refurbished with new paving in the near future, we knew that paving around the British Airways i360 building would create continuity with these existing elements. “Paving also provided the benefits of being easy to lay and easy to replace.”
“Competitor paving products had been put forward for the project but they did not meet the desired aesthetics for the landscape. A product with a modern appearance was needed to complement the structure which was crafted with a real futuristic feel. “The modern finish and duo sizes available with Tobermore’s Sienna block paving was ideal for creating a contemporary look that was in keeping with the style of the national visitor attraction. We put this forward to Marks Barfield Architects - they were sold on Sienna Duo, resulting in the product being specified.”
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