Waiuku Town Centre Goes Permeable
Paving an urban space is problematic as it must be durable and take consideration of longevity, look great, be safe (slip resistance), have a practical, low cost cleaning regime and it must do all this for years to come. Along with all these requirements there is now a conscious demand towards sustainable building. It can be difficult to source products that will tick all of these boxes.
Jagas were happy to put forward the new Hydropaver, ceramic permeable paving product as a solution to this problem to be tested in stage 1 of the project. Not only did this product meet all the requirements after testing by Auckland Transport, it just happens to be entirely made of recycled porcelain tiles!
The project began in 2016 with an initial installation of approximately 1800m2 in the very centre of the town. This year in 2018, stage two has just gone in. This gave a period of two years for the product to prove itself against all the city’s demands, from spilled wine to dropped food from the local take-aways. Guess what? It’s difficult to see where stage 1 ends and stage 2 begins.
You may have noticed that we haven’t even mentioned the fact that permeability was a requirement in this project? That’s because it wasn’t! Auckland Transport were more concerned that the pavers provided a beautiful, easy to maintain solution that was resistant to staining. The product already solved their problems before we even got to permeability. The fact Hydropavers will absorb all spills and rainwater leaving a high slip resistant surface is an added BONUS.
“The existing pavers in Waiuku were difficult to keep clean to a standard required by the businesses in the Town Center. We have found the HydroPavers easier to clean and have met the business owners’ expectations. Thank you Warwick and the Jagas Team for working with Auckland Transport to find this effective solution.” – Richard Firth, Road Development Manager – South
The end results of this project look amazing two years down the track when these photographs were taken and it is fantastic to see NZ beginning to utilise sustainable building products in its urban design.