Andover Washed block paving installed at Wythenshawe transport interchange

  • 18 Dec 2015

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Charcon has supplied its Andover Washed premium block paving to the Transport for Greater Manchester’s new £6 million transport interchange in Wythenshawe.

The project included footpaths, ramps and circulatory routes in addition to the area of public realm connecting the existing Metrolink station to the new transport hub. The entire project was completed over a period of three months.

PhotographerTransport of Greater Manchester (TfGM) specified 1,371m2 of Andover Washed paving for its flexible design and sustainable properties in Anthracite Charcoal and Silver Grey. 

Charcon’s design team also created two new colour shades specifically for the project. 1,083m2 of the new Mid Grey and Light Grey colours were used in addition to the existing colours to achieve a contemporary backdrop for the project, creating aesthetic designs in adjacent areas whilst retaining overall texture and colour consistency.

To ensure compliance with the City Council’s Design for Access 2 (DFA2) document, Charcon supplied 61m2 of its Elite (Format 3) deterrent paving to deter pedestrian and vehicular access and provide way finding measures for the interchange.

A key aim for the project was to make sure that the new interchange was as sustainable as possible. The use of Andover Washed helped meet these requirements by containing up to 50 percent of non-primary materials.

John Atkinson, Project Manager for TfGM, commented: “We are committed to reducing the impact that transport has on the environment, whilst creating more ways for people to easily travel around the region. Charcon provided a professional and experienced team to help us achieve these goals by exploring various product and design options.

They went above and beyond to make sure the product quality was guaranteed and that the colour variations were as promised.  We look forward to working with Charcon on future projects.”

Mike Davies, Specification Manager at Aggregate Industries, added: “Wythenshawe Interchange has been a fantastic project to be involved in. Our Andover Washed block paving was the ideal choice to complement the contemporary design of the project and also helped contribute to the sustainability credentials of the scheme.

We always welcome the opportunity to create bespoke products for our clients. The two new shades created for the transport hub looked so good in situ, we have since added them to our overall range.”

TfGM’s transport interchange for Wythenshawe is a state-of-the-art gateway to the town centre, providing better links between buses and trams and improved safety for passengers.


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