Regeneration: Widemarsh Street, Hereford

Following the specification of its Forest Pennant paving materials by Herefordshire Council, Forest of Dean Stone Firms was appointed natural stone supplier for the regeneration of Widemarsh Street in Hereford city centre. Working to a strict Christmas deadline, over 1,500m2 of Forest Pennant paving was supplied to complete the street enhancement. Forming part of the Hereford City Centre Refurbishment Scheme, the refurbishment programme, headed by main contractors Alun Griffiths Ltd, follows the creation of a pedestrianised zone on Widemarsh Street in 2006.

Local Stone Naturally Complementary

The Forest of Dean Pennant sandstone was selected due to locality and indigenous qualities of the stone, making it a naturally complementary material for the existing and historic city centre buildings.  Local product sourcing also contributes to a reduced carbon footprint.

Councillor Brian Wilcox, cabinet member for highways and transportation for Herefordshire Council said:

“To have such high quality and accessible natural stone on our doorstep is a real privilege.  By incorporating these materials into our regeneration and refurbishment projects, right across the county, we are confident of delivering a completed scheme that is a true reflection of our region and proof of our extraordinary capabilities as a city and county town.”

The paving design team comprised: project consulting engineers, Amey; lead architects, Powell Dobson; street designer, Mr Ben Hamilton-Baillie; and project designers, Anthony Jellard Associates, working together to deliver a cohesive and tailored design for Herefordshire Council.

Rob Rodger, Anthony Jellard Associates, project designer said:

“The key to the success of this design was the integration of all the materials, and it is a first class combination. The use of the Pennant sandstone with its natural tones of blue and grey provides the ideal complement to the Porphyry stone, also used within the street. The quality of the stone is excellent and the overall finish is as good, if not better, than any other UK scheme.”

Hardwearing, Durable Surfacing

In partnership with surface solution specialist, QSS Ltd, the Pennant sandstone arrived on-site pre-treated to withstand the daily grime of an external pedestrian area.  The coating facilitates easier cleaning and maintenance of the paving; retaining the high standard of finish achieved by the project team.

Nick Horton, Forest of Dean Stone Firms, managing director commented:

“We have delivered a hard-wearing and durable paving system that will not only stand the test of time and the footfall of millions of shoppers and tourists but one that also benefits and complements the town centre environment.  Being a locally produced product we can also aid the council in it’s bid to reduce the county’s carbon footprint.”

Meeting the Deadline

The Widemarsh Street Refurbishment Scheme was completed on schedule and officially opened by Cllr John Stone, chairman of Herefordshire Council, at an official opening ceremony in front of a gathered crowd of carol singers and festive shoppers.

Forest Pennant is a Forest of Dean Stone Firms Ltd brand.  Forest Pennant products are supplied by Forest of Dean Stone Firms Ltd.

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