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Hanson Formpave Sails Into Little Harbour

Posted: Friday 11th May 2012

Eco Permeable Paving SUDS Solution For Children’s Hospice

Hanson Formpave has recently completed the car park and landscape areas at a new hospice, called Little Harbour, part of the Children’s Hospice South West organisation by supplying 2,000m2 of its market-leading sustainable paving system, EcoGraniteTM Aquasett®.

The new centre, overlooking St. Austell Bay, provides hospice care for children and their families, across Cornwall, Plymouth and South Devon. Completed on schedule, the hospice was opened to its first families in time for Christmas, which was key to all those involved.

David Wilson Partnership, a multi-discipline practice specialising in building architecture, landscape architecture and building surveying, specified Hanson Formpave; a first for the Barnstaple-based business.

Pete Leaver, landscape partner at the David Wilson Partnership, commenting on the specification said: “We needed a paving system that could be used for a variety of uses including SUDS, whilst also complementing the building and surrounding area of outstanding natural beauty. We also had to consider the functionality and practical issues required by the hospice.”

“Having evaluated various products on the market, we needed to be certain that whatever we specified would be a future-proof solution. The Hanson Formpave EcoGranite range met all these requirements, allowing us to achieve this and also deliver a product that was as aesthetically good as local granite. The added reassurance that the product was designed and manufactured by an established, national company, also gave us the confidence to specify Hanson Formpave’s products for the first time.”

EcoGranite Aquasett comprises of a permeable paver, EcoGranite, which is manufactured from up to 77% recycled content, and the company’s patented Aquaflow water management system.

Due to the site’s excellent composition and high permeability rate, the Aquaflow infiltration system has been installed as opposed to the company’s tanked alternative. Infiltration down into a sub-base, combined with microbial action and filtration, cleans the water to a pH neutral level, and works to reduce both surface water and runoff whilst discharging clean, non-potable water back into the watercourses in a controlled manner.

The Children’s Hospice South West Precious Lives Appeal funded the construction of Little Harbour, having met the £5m target in September 2011. Main contractors, Midas Construction, managed the project.




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