St. Bartholomew’s: Permeable Paving Logo
To celebrate a heritage dating back to 1466, St Bartholomew’s School in Newbury wanted a permanent memorial. Using modern technology and resin bound surfacing, Clearstone achieved this by reproducing the school’s logo in a stunning circular feature
"St Bartholomew’s School is delighted with the landscaping of the new Heritage Garden. The inlaid stone, which depicts the school’s logo, complements the garden and enhances the design which reflects the school’s history"Jude Bowers from St Bartholomew’s
St. Bartholomew's School Latin motto and emblem in resin bound
Tasked with the job of creating a peaceful garden haven for quiet reflection incorporating St Bartholomew’s Latin motto and emblem in a resin-bound permeable paving circle, landscapers Ian Toop and Stephen Knight of I & S Gardens turned to Clearstone.
“We had never used resin bound paving before in our garden design work,” says Stephen. But the intricate pattern and lettering called for a flexible, stable material and a company with the design and technical skills to see this challenging project through. Clearstone’s range of coloured shingle, granite and quartz and the capability of resin bound surfacing to reproduce curved and linear patterns with no joins made Clearstone’s product the perfect solution.
Ian and Stephen were very much aware that the circular paving feature was to be a reflection of the school’s proud traditions. Incorporating a flagpole in the design, the area would be used for laying wreaths and holding remembrance ceremonies commemorating years of achievement, dedication and care from present and former staff and students.
Accuracy of design, professional service and quality of product were therefore crucial. Clearstone used in-house technology and engineering skills to lay the magnificent 5m circular feature – a permanent celebration of the life and traditions of the school. Moreover, “Clearstone did everything we wanted – and more,” says Stephen. “They were absolutely fantastic. We will definitely be using them again.”
In addition, resin bound paving is water permeable and, with no loose chippings, wheelchair and pram friendly – benefits the school discovered at a recent televised remembrance ceremony:
“St Bartholomew’s School is delighted with the landscaping of the new Heritage Garden. The inlaid stone, which depicts the school’s logo, complements the garden and enhances the design which reflects the school’s history,” says Jude Bowers from St Bartholomew’s.
Since Clearstone’s resin bound surfaces are resistant to spills, invasive plants and colours do not fade, they will retain their beauty for years to come.
“What strikes me is that this place will be a haven – for ever: a quiet area for teachers, pupils and parents to reflect. It’s an amazing spot,” says Stephen.
- Clearstone working for: I & S Gardens and St Bartholomew’s school board.
- Project: School Latin motto for school heritage garden.
- Location: Newbury, West Berkshire RG14 6JP
- Design Service: Design and production of intricate stencil pattern for laser cut forma.
- Area: Installed area 5m2, circular pad of resin bound, laid at a thickness of 18mm.
- Installation Date: April 2013
Resin Bound Colour: 1-3m Havana and 1-3mm Black Basalt