Urban design at Ecobuild

The trade association Interpave’s stand at Ecobuild celebrates the transformative power of inspired hard landscape in our cities. It focuses on opportunities for innovative uses of water in urban design, presented by new government requirements for SuDS and enabled by concrete block permeable paving.

Sustainable drainage (SuDS) and concrete block permeable paving are essential to help fight flooding. But they can also form an integral part of inspired urban design, which government now acknowledges with its new approach to implementation using the planning system. This move away from dedicated drainage legislation signals a new opportunity for architects, master-planners and other designers to take the lead in using multi-functional SuDS as an integral part of development design.

Concrete block permeable paving is uniquely placed to play a key role by reducing, attenuating and treating rainwater runoff near the surface, while providing completely level, well drained and slip-resistance surfaces accessible to all. But its real strength is an ability to remove water-borne pollution, offering a gradual supply of treated water that can be exploited for harvesting, ecology and – particularly – innovative landscape design. As a recent RIBA report comments:

“For too long, we have been designing water out of our towns and cities when we should have been designing it in” – and permeable paving gives us a unique opportunity to do just this.

Interpave also showcases the latest, innovative hard landscape designs with all types of precast concrete paving and kerbs, meeting the widest sustainability criteria. Here, distinct, modular units and designed variations in colour, texture and shape can break up areas giving visual interest and a human scale not possible with monotonous, formless materials such as asphalt. Interpave manufacturers continue to develop new products, moving away from simple, regular patterns and colours to meet current designer demands.

Join Interpave at Stand N6075 on the Concrete Pavilion (next to the North Arena) from 3rd – 5th March to find out more about SuDS and urban design, and enjoy a free bottle of water (while stocks last). Keep up to date with the latest inspirational hard landscape case studies and guidance on issues ranging from Sustainability to SuDS, at the Interpave information resource: www.paving.org.uk