Boral’s Sales Representative Andrew Mawson describes the Longo™ as “a stylish and versatile shot blasted textured paver that can be laid in different patterns and is available in charcoal and oyster colours”.
The Council wanted to use materials that “reflected the former light industrial nature of Kent Town, as well as the character that was evolving” and this sentiment was echoed by Oxigen, the landscape architects with over 20 years experience who took on the project. Director James Hayter recognised that “the paving choice needed to be contemporary but also compatible with a heritage precinct”.
Andrew Mawson describes the meeting about the Longo™ paver for Kent Town as “a light bulb moment”. He knew that “the Longo™ had found its home”. Hayter agreed saying it is a “narrow brick with ‘classic’ European proportions” which he believes makes it a stronger option “and more attractive when used as paving.”
The result has been a stunning transformation of Kent Town that will continue to evolve over the 10 year project timeline. Oxigen’s James Hayter says “the pavers look great and are performing well structurally. The improvements to the public realm are noticeable and part of the success of the overall urban renewal program currently gaining pace in Kent Town.” A council spokesperson adds that “the result is a refreshing and inviting modern space that reflects the changing face of Kent Town.” Boral’s Longo™ paver is an unequivocal success.
The landscape architects at Oxigen were always confident in specifying the Longo™ paver for Kent Town, as they knew it was “backed by Boral’s excellent customer service and the surety that these pavers will be available over a long period of time.”
The Kent Town project is a wonderful example of how different groups can work together to create a stunning urban renewal.