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Conservation area church access gets H&S thumbs-up thanks to Brett paving solutions


Expert guidance and paving materials from Brett Landscaping have ensured that the entrance to a medieval church in the town of Sedgefield, County Durham has been appropriately adapted to improve the access needs of wheelchair users and pedestrians.

Originally built in the 13th century and protected by conservation area covenants, the hard landscaping of village green at the entrance to St. Edmund’s Church was in need of replacement setts, as the traditional quarried stone surface originally in place had become worn and uneven – causing access issues for wheelchair users, parents and carers with pushchairs, and pedestrians.

Leaving the paving in its existing condition was not an option; however, any improvement works undertaken on the village green needed to be in keeping with the surroundings – a requirement which led the Environment Committee for Sedgefield Town Council to research the most appropriate solutions:

“As the church’s turning circle had become hazardous to walk or move over, we knew it was time to address its surface replacement.  We needed a solution that looked appropriate, was reasonably priced, and could be installed effectively, while giving a professional-looking finish.

“As the church and village green is situated within a conservation area, consultation with our local conservation officer at Durham County Council was key, as was our contractor’s suggestion to benefit from the advice, services, and quality materials of Brett Landscaping.”

Understanding the importance of selecting the best match for the project in situ, Brett Landscaping visited the site to showcase several different block examples for the team to consider. The Council’s Environmental Committee approved the use of 430m2 of Alpha Antique Burnt Oak & Charcoal, supported using a mixed pattern of Charcoal edging.

Adding to its service, Brett provided a full design of the area being repaved together with appropriate laying details. Suitable pack quantities were also suggested and purposefully calculated to the nearest pack, to reduce waste and tighten costs.

With installation completed and the paving work now in full use, the Town Council comment how pleased they are with the finished result.

“Both Brett and our contractors have done a first class job. People using the church have commented on how effective it looks.  The team had the project completed in time for our medieval fair, which will enable our Morris Dancers to make best use of the substantially improved and much safer stone circle.”

Brett Landscaping
Sileby Road
Barrow upon Soar
LE12 8LX

Tel: 0845 60 80 570