The division of Aggregate Industries that focuses on commercial hard landscaping, Charcon, has been working alongside Evolution Gateshead in order to supply a range of precast concrete flags, blocks and kerbs to the development as part of Evolution’s Gateshead BIG project.
The regeneration that is taking place as part of the Gateshead BIG is thought to be the largest regeneration of residential areas outside of London. The programme consists of 19 different sites that will be developed over the course of the next 15-20 years. The project is being carried out over 70 hectares of land and will deliver 2,400 new homes as well as brand new communities for people to live in. It is thought that the properties will be of a good standard and should be popular with prospective buyers.
The first phase will be started in March 2014 and it is thought that it will be completed in June of this year. This phase 1 will include three sites which are the Avon Street, Birtley Northside, and Bensham & Saltwell sites. These thee developments will create 450 homes in total across the different sites. The designs for the regeneration have been prepared by a number of different architects, landscape architects and surveyors in order to make the most out of each site. The architect firms used for this programme includes Brooks Architects, S333, Red Box Architects, Studio Egret West, Queensberry Design and Robinson Landscape design. Charcon has been asked to provide the hard landscaping for the projects. The commercial hard landscaping division will work to allow good access for vehicles and safe routes for pedestrians on the new developments.
Charcon has been able to supply more than 10,600 sq. m. of hard landscaping materials for the project, which includes 5,880 sq. m. of Moordale® Textured flag in Grey to be used for the paving. The Textured paving uses both yorkstone and limestone aggregates in order to offer the best performance and durability as well as having good slip-resistance.