Regeneration: Bridgend

Forest Pennant paving and masonry products from Forest of Dean Stone Firms have been used to complete a rolling regeneration programme by Bridgend County Borough Council. The project saw the renewal and improvement of streets and footways throughout the town centre, split over four phases.  The company supplied 4000m2 of 75mm Forest Pennant paving, around 1000m2 of standard Forest Pennant setts, fluted drainage channels and copings, in its mixed colour Pennant sandstone quarried in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.

The Council wished to minimise the carbon footprint of the new scheme by selecting a local stone while also helping to reduce whole life costs.

“We investigated a number of Pennant quarries in Wales and England,” said Allen Lloyd, project manager of Bridgend County Borough Council, “…and were satisfied that Forest Pennant [Forest of Dean Stone Firms] could deliver our requirements.”

Allen and his team attended an open day at Bixslade Stoneworks and Barnhill Quarry which secured the order. “The open house event was invaluable in the specification and order process,” continued Allen. “The company offered a good, repeatable product along with sustainable business methods, knowledge and expertise.”

The paving was supplied in three gauge widths; 300mm, 450mm and 600mm in random lengths.

“We wanted to achieve a more natural look, one akin to a more traditional paved area,” continued Allen. “Historically paving isn’t cut-to-size, the sizes reflected the nature of the stone. Unlike a modern concrete product it’s about working with the material rather than making it ‘fit’. This specification also minimises waste during the production process by maximising the potential of each block, helping to reduce costs for the client.”

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