EcoPave textured paving at Manchester Met's Birley campus

Charcon eco paving specified for UK’s most sustainable campus

  • 17 Dec 2015

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Charcon has completed the delivery of over 2,000 tonnes of landscaping materials for Manchester Metropolitan University’s new £140 million sustainable campus in Hulme.

Materials delivered included 7,501m2 of EcoPave; 4,521lm of Eco Countryside Kerb; 896lm of wide top Eco Countryside Kerb units and 398 EcoPave step units. 

The products, which also included 1,051m2 of Charcon premium Andover Textured flag and block paving, were specified due to they sustainable qualities and unique range of shading.

Highly sustainable and durable paving

The Charcon Eco range was specified to help Manchester Met meet its sustainability targets, with the campus’ student accommodation being amongst the most sustainable buildings in the UK.

EcoPave Textured is made up of 50 percent recycled and reclaimed materials, whilst the Eco Countryside Kerb contains up to 82 percent.

The paving products have been developed to maximise resource productivity by minimising waste and including high proportions of non-primary materials. 

It has been utilised to complement the external design of the teaching facilities and student accommodation, whilst appearing sympathetic to the campus surroundings.

In addition to providing materials, Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping product range of Aggregate Industries, helped develop bespoke kerb angles and Eco units for the project.

Contrasting Charcon step inserts were incorporated into the design to reduce the risk of slips and increase visibility.

Mike Davies, Specifications Manager at Aggregate Industries, said: “The Birley Campus project has been an exciting one to work on and we are delighted our Charcon product range and expert advisory role on-site have been able to contribute to such a prestigious educational facility.

The Eco range of paving and kerbing is highly sustainable and durable, meaning the University is environmentally friendly without having to compromise on quality or functionality.”

UK’s most sustainable campus

Manchester Met’s vision was to make the new Birley campus “the most sustainable campus in the UK”. 

The campus will offer teaching training and health facilities which will educate up to 6,000 professionals for the region’s schools, hospitals, health and social services. The development will see the creation of 300 new jobs and the local economy in Hulme and Moss Side will be boosted by a predicted £29 million.


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