The clean, modern lines of Lugano flag paving from Brett Landscaping have helped to bring a suitably impressive flavour to the exterior landscaping at a new hotel, part of the Ageas Bowl Cricket Stadium in Southampton.
The prestigious development is a major investment on the South Coast, built by Southampton Developments for Ageas Bowl owner and Hampshire County Cricket Club chairman Rob Bransgrove. With ambitions to become an Ashes Test Match ground by 2019, it is critical that the site achieves the right aesthetic appearance.
This is equally true for the hotel, whose entrance needed to match the opulence of the world-famous hotel brand as well as complementing the wider area encompassed by the Bowl. The hotel is built into the curve of the stadium and offers extensive conference and wedding facilities in addition to accommodation.
It was with these factors in mind that Brett Landscaping was specified by the landscape architect, Isabeau Meyer-Graft of Johns Associates, following extensive research. “I looked at various suppliers and Brett offered the right product, in terms of sizes and finishes and price,” she explains.
“The customer support was also excellent, with Brett happy to talk me through all of the options to find the most appropriate paving solution.”
The chosen product was the Lugano flag paving range, whose textured surface and colour helps to create a cool, contemporary looking urban space around the hotel entrance. With a high level of slip resistance as well as exceptional durability, Lugano also meets the functional requirements in an area with a high volume of pedestrian traffic.
The installation was completed by Hampshire contractor Powells Ltd, whose Contracts Manager Mark Weston confirms, “The paving solution from Brett Landscaping has brought a rich aesthetic dimension to the hotel forecourt, which is well complemented by street furniture and landscaping features.
“The hotel is now an integral part of the Ageas Bowl and something that will help the stadium’s ambitions to become a leading venue for international cricket, conferences and other events,” he concludes.