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Posted: Tuesday 30th December 2014

Paving and walling specialists Kilsaran International, has been chosen to supply and install paving for the prestigious Beswick Regeneration Project in Manchester. The project is part of a major investment programme aimed at improving and uplifting the East Manchester area comprising 17 neighbourhoods; a site of 1,900 hectares.

The win sees Kilsaran working alongside building contractors Laing O’Rourke and landscape architects, Planit-IE, to install 1800m2 of paving, adjacent to the new Manchester City Football Academy site, which will then link it to the existing public realms, new college, leisure facilities and swimming pool frontage.

The specification has been made for Mellifont in Curragh Gold, Inish in Black Granite, a bespoke colour variant especially for this project, and Pembroke Slate in Silver and Black Granite. All of the flags are from Kilsaran’s block paving range and measure 800x200 and five size mix 80mm. Because of the high footfall within pedestrian and high crowd venues, a product had to be specified that allows for ease of access whilst reducing incidents of slips or trips in and around the public areas.

Commenting on the contract, David Livesey, project landscape architect at Planit-IE, said: “The Beswick Regeneration programme is a flagship project for Manchester City Council, and so we required a paving solution that is robust for the high footfall area and aesthetically balanced, blending well with the surrounding streetscape. Using a reliable, cost-effective supplier was also essential due to the project's keen timeline and budget. We enjoy a good relationship with Kilsaran and I would certainly specify them again in the future.”

With one of the most sophisticated block paving ranges in the concrete industry, Kilsaran will fulfill all practical and aesthetic requirements for the project. The chosen flags are ideally suited to the site because of the design criteria, in terms of colour, shape and pattern. The Pembroke flag is part of Kilsaran’s popular eco paving range, which contains 100% recycled water and a minimum of 25% non-primary aggregates. All of Kilsaran’s paving products boast an ‘A’ BREEAM rating in accordance with the Green Guide Specification.

As a competitively priced paving supplier, Kilsaran delivers a cost effective, eco-friendly paving solution, without any compromises to the aesthetic appearance of the project. The restoration of Beswick and surrounding areas will guarantee high footfall, therefore it is crucial that the paving is safe, hardwearing and boasts sustainable credentials. Beswick Regeneration exemplifies Kilsaran’s growing reputation across influential supply chain members, establishing the range of products as a worthy alternative.

Robert Davenhall, specifications manager at Kilsaran, commented: “We are delighted that Kilsaran was specified for a project that has been in progress for 10 years! The reach of this regeneration programme is huge, in both the workload and positive effect that it will have on the area, residents and tourists. It was important for the paving flags to be uniformly strong, safe and sustainable but also offer the architects scope to create visually different looks across the site, our products offered that variety and the required eco credentials.”

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