With an annual turnover of just under £2 billion, IT giant Fujitsu Services wanted only the very best for its brand new state of the art offices at the Central Park development in Manchester.
And when it came to landscaping the exterior, specifying architects, Aukett, Fitzroy, Robinson had no hesitation in placing us at the top of their list of hard landscaping suppliers.
A spokesman for the architectural consultancy, which has designed dozens of major business and retail premises throughout Europe, said: "There is a definite hierarchy of materials when it comes to landscaping an urban area. At the top is natural stone and at the bottom is basic black-top. Clients such as Fujitsu Services expect us to source materials from the top end of the list, which is why we chose Charcon’s Andover Textured Block Paving."
“In addition to the price and quality, I particularly like the finish and edges of the Andover Textured Block Paving as well as the choice of sizes available, which make it suitable for a range of applications.”
Thanks to its pale, understated colours, the Silver Grey, Charcoal and Cream Andover Textured Block Paving paving helped create a contemporary backdrop mirroring the ultra modern design and colour of the three Fujitsu offices, which cover 175,000 square feet and house 900 staff.
Countrysetts in Silver Grey with a split face finish were also used in conjunction with the paving to segregate spacing and provide an authentic natural granite feel in keeping with the style of the building.
The thickness of the paving slabs was a further consideration in this project, needing to be durable enough to cope with frequent heavy goods vehicle usage. Again, the Andover Textured Block Paving comfortably met the criteria – their highly functional chamferless profile providing heavy duty loading capability, a smoother riding surface and high skid resistance.
Located a mile and a half from Manchester city centre, Central Park is a large scale mixed use urban business park, covering 450 acres. Initially 90 acres are being developed including office space totalling 1.4 million square feet.
In addition to the Fujitsu offices, Charcon’s Andover setts and Appalachian paving are also being used as part of the landscaping for the university-run MANCAT Learning Centre currently being built at the park.