Landscape Architect, Gillespies, was set the task of sourcing a SuDS method to meet the requirements of the new £42 million Centre of Medicine at the University of Leicester and Tobermore provided the ideal solution with Hydropave Fusion – a permeable block paving product designed to prevent flooding issues arising whilst offering an attractive appearance.
The construction of the 12,836 sq. m. six-storey building, which is designed to cater for 2,350 students and staff, was managed by Willmott Dixon. The new centre provides the most advanced medical facilities to study medicine in the UK and acts as a hub for research into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of some of today’s major health problems, as well as housing research aimed at finding new ways to improve quality and safety in the NHS.
Tobermore’s Hydropave Fusion in the colours of Silver and Graphite was installed on the trafficked areas at the centre by Praza Construction. Aesthetics are not compromised with Tobermore’s permeable Hydropave range as Hydropave Fusion is manufactured with the same visual appeal as Fusion block paving, the non-permeable product equivalent. Additionally, Tobermore’s Hydropave permeable product range offers cost savings of 10-15% over traditional drainage methods, such as pipes, manholes, etc.
Gillespies also specified Fusion block paving which was installed on the pedestrian areas on site. Like the Hydropave Fusion products specified, the Fusion colours of Silver and Graphite were selected to provide continuity between the trafficked and pedestrian areas at the medical centre.