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Paving the future of British football



The new £105m St George??s Park near Burton-Upon Trent is a groundbreaking centre of excellence aiming to transform the development of our national game. Such a renowned site needed the highest quality of products, right down to the exterior paving, so world leaders in concrete block paving, Tobermore were asked to provide the solution.



The 330-acre site lies amongst the National Forest, and will also be the training home for the England Senior Team and 23 other squads supported by The FA.


In addition to delivering a learning and development centre for refereeing, training and qualification programmes for coach licencing St George??s Park also boasts two hotels and a conferencing centre for leisure and business guests, and medical and sports science disciplines. It consists of a flexible indoor sports building with a multi-use sports-hall, a full-size indoor 3G artificial pitch with a viewing gallery for up to 200 people, an altitude chamber to mimic a variety of playing conditions and an indoor 60m sprint track with equipment to measure speed and running style.



The UK??s most advance football centre needed high quality external landscaping to match the modern internal and architectural designs. To deliver the best quality in concrete paving and kerbing, Tobermore provided a range of paving solutions at various locations around the FA centre. including a unique radius kerb named ??Radii??, used in locations where there were bends in the kerb-line of a pathway or road.


Over 3000 of Tobermore??s silver Mayfair flags were used across the site with complimentary steps and kerbs. These, top of the range, Mayfair flags are made using a selection of premium granites and quality materials to give the products a high class appearance, which is ideal for this type of prestigious project.


To complement the flags Tobermore supplied a number of Mayfair step units, which have a contrasting delineation strip.


Throughout the park, 3 variations of Tobermore kerb were used, including Country Kerb, Radii & Solid Quadrant, each providing a different style of finish to the roads and pathways of the FA centre. Over 2500 Country kerbs were used with its exposed granular surface, emulating a unique aged appearance of traditional granite, while maintaining the benefits of modern concrete kerbing.


This specially manufactured step flag avoids the hassle of having to add a delineation strip to the product after it has been installed. More importantly the new Mayfair product provides continuity between the main stairway and walkways as the same product can be used.


Tobermore is well known for its world class manufacturing facilities and these Mayfair flags were manufactured on one of the most advanced and sophisticated machines in the world. The manufacturing process gives the slabs a special hardwearing surface layer, which improves the durability of the product and also gives the surface a beautifully consistent and dense finish. All Tobermore??s products are given the luxury of a 12 hour steam bath process, which significantly reduces the possibility of efflorescence and helps the hardening of the product. Furthermore, the paving is manufactured using recycled water and renewable energy, adding to Tobermore??s environmental credentials. This combination of world class manufacturing and high quality materials made the Mayfair flags the ideal choice for a flag ship project like St George??s Park.


Sales Manager Brian Wilson said: ?It was an honour for Tobermore to be involved in this prestigious project for the FA. The high class finish our products complement and enhance the overall design outcome of this fabulous project.??


Following construction, St George??s Park achieved the rating of ??Very Good?? in the bespoke BREEAM Assessment (2008) and was officially opened by the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge on 9th October 2012.


For more information visit www.tobermore.co.uk



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