Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has helped transform a once disused area into a multi-use public space in the heart of Bethnal Green, East London.

The Oval, which is just off Hackney Road, was once a hotspot for illegal car parking but thanks to a creative landscape design from London Borough Tower Hamlets, the new space is now fully accessible with safe seating areas, attractive lighting and a versatile stage area, meaning The Oval can now host a wide range of events from performances to markets.

Appointed by contractors JB Riney for London Borough Tower Hamlets, Charcon recommended the best hard landscaping products to complete the aesthetics of the street scape, whilst ensuring the specified products would be suitable for a multi-use venue. Gavin Fancote, specification manager for Aggregate Industries, comments: “This was a fantastic project to get involved in and we’ve enjoyed seeing the area transform into a striking community space for residents and visitors to enjoy. The project demonstrates how, when specified correctly, creative hard landscaping can really transform an area that not only offers minimum maintenance, but will stand the test of time for years to come.”

A total of 300m2 of Charcon’s Andover Textured Block Paving in White, Silver Fleck and Light Grey was supplied, as well as 300m2 of Andover Textured Paving in White Grey and White to complete the look. Both products were chosen due to their stylish appeal and exceptional durability.

Abhinav Kurup, project architect from London Borough Tower Hamlets, added: “It’s been wonderful to see the rejuvenation of this space and bring a new lease of life to the area. Despite the small nature of the project, Charcon stepped up to the mark and helped create an eye-catching design with its premium block paving and we’re thrilled with the result.”