Our ability to source highly quality product came into its own when supplying the necessary materials for the public space in Nottingham city centre.

17.05.2011
 

Brief

Nottingham's 22,000m² pedestrianised Old Market Square sits in the heart of the city centre and is proudly the largest surviving market square of its type in the country.

Nottingham City Council wanted to create an attractive, high quality public space to be enjoyed by local people and visitors alike. Architects, Gustafson & Porter designed a modern centrepiece to the city that accommodated all those that wanted to rest and socialise on the seating, soak up the culture or play in the feature fountains.

Solution

As an important regeneration project for the city, Nottingham required a vibrant and high quality natural stone material. Our Crystal Azul, sourced specifically for this project, from Portugal was specified as the main stone used for the majority of the paving in the square for its beautiful light, course texture that is packed with large plagioclase feldspar crystals, all embedded in a fine grained matrix.

An even finer grained gold granite, also from Portugal, was used to make up a large part of the water feature and some of the stone bench seating terraces providing an interesting colour contrast.

The multiple award winning communal space (which includes two Civic Trust Awards) is now used to host various fairs, concerts and exhibitions for all to enjoy.

Project details

  • Gustafson & Porter 

  • Sports and leisure

  • Nottingham City Council

  • Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering 

  • Ove Arup and Partners 

    • Winner of two Civic Trust awards
    • Highly aesthetically pleasing
    • Great supply chain to offer high quality material