Andover Textured paving supplied for Leicester city centre conservation area.



St Martin's Square and The Lanes in Leicester city centre is a conservation area, which is home to a fashionable collection of independent shops, cafes and bars.

Thanks to its rich industrial heritage, paving within Leicester's city centre traditionally used Leicestershire granite; which with predominantly brick buildings provides a blend of warm reds, pinks and charcoals.  The highways team of Leicester City Council was keen to replicate this colour palette throughout The Lanes and St Martin's Square, with a series of high-quality, durable colour matched block paving products, which would offer aesthetic value and longevity in equal measure.

In order to deliver on its ambition, the highways design team needed to find a hard landscape paving supply partner who could not only deliver on the required product specification in a sustainable way, but also add value to the project through its advanced technical capabilities and expertise.


Aggregate Industries' has a successful history of supplying product to Leicester City Council and was keen to be part of the competitive tender process for what was set to be a high-profile project for the city, and the country.

With product choice due to get the final approval of the City Mayor before the project could begin, the Charcon team worked closely with the landscape planners and engineers at Leicester City Council to create three bespoke products which perfectly matched the exacting quality specification and particular colour scheme.

In total, 6672m² of Charcon Andover Textured premium precast concrete paving was supplied in three new shades; Washed Pink Granite, Washed Heather Porphyry and Washed Tuscan Porphyry.  The bespoke products were delivered in various configurations, comprising different quantities of each colour to create a unique, high quality look which complimented the feel of the area and wider city street scene.

Vianova in Anthracite Charcoal shade, a contemporary polished paving, which was laid in a linear format to act as a guidance strip for pedestrians.

This tender was won on sustainability credentials, block design and cost assessments. The Lanes project is a real testament to Charcon's bespoke product design expertise, high-quality manufacturing output and ability to create unique paving solutions which perfectly match a very specific set of criteria.

Project details

  • Leicester City Coucil

    • Andover Textured supplied in three new bespoke shades.
    • The Greyfriars conservation area, has come to worldwide attention following the discovery, in 2012, of the remains of Richard III.
    • £1.1m of lottery funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded to help regenerate the Greyfriars Conservation Area

Materials were supplied on time and to specification leading to a quality scheme on the ground.

Leicester City Council Highways Design Division