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Building Elements At a time when living space is at a premium and keeps having to work harder, Drexus Pave Drain can provide subtle but effective demarcation

How Drexus Pave Drain is set to change the face of drainage For centuries, drainage has been considered a purely functional element of any design. So much so that it’s often something landscape architects try to squirrel away and hide – anything to ensure it doesn’t detract from the overall look and feel of the space that’s being created.

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ssentially, drainage is viewed as a necessary evil, with metal grated systems a particular eyesore.All too often expensive slot drainage is the only solution left standing – purely due to the relative subtlety of the product, at least when compared to the alternatives. But that’s all now set to change. In a huge leap forward for the industry, landscape architects no longer need worry about how to incorporate drainage or conceal it from view. In fact, there’s now a reason to actively embrace it. Marshalls is a UK-leading hard landscaping provider – and now can supply drainage that blends with its concrete paving and natural stone ranges. With Drexus Pave Drain, Marshalls can provide a discreet natural stone-topped drainage solution in the exact same material as the paving that surrounds it.This means the drainage can either blend into the landscape to effectively hide it, or be contrasted to offer some form of delineation to frame a public space and create a design feature.

Drexus XL Natural Stone Pave Drain In short, drainage no longer needs to be a barrier to great design.With Drexus Pave Drain it can actually contribute to the aesthetic appeal and the functionality of an outdoor space.

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Delineation Pave Drain can be used as an effective delineator between pedestrian and vehicular areas instead of a line of paving – essentially killing two birds with one stone. It was recently installed at a hospital bus interchange where the drainage is being used as a delineator between the road and pavement. As emergency vehicles need access a kerb was inappropriate, but Pave Drain was still able to make the layout clear to both pedestrians and vehicles. A line of drainage can also be supplied in a contrasting colour to be used as a border around a public space. As the product can now be rendered in the same texture and material, it no longer looks unsightly but instead functions as a design feature in its own right. At a time when living space is at a premium and keeps having to work harder, Drexus Pave Drain can provide subtle but effective demarcation, creating the sort of zoning that allows great public areas to do all that’s increasingly being asked of them.

Blending Where a landscape architect still wants to hide the drainage, it can now be created in the same material and colour as the surrounding paving – allowing it to be subtly integrated into the paving design. It means there is no longer any need to resort to ugly grates or expensive slot drains, marking a huge step forward for the industry.

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Where a landscape architect still wants to hide the drainage, it can now be created in the same material and colour as the surrounding paving

Thistle Street lies at the heart of Scotland’s capital city in Edinburgh’s New Town. Engineers at Edinburgh City Council were looking to improve drainage around the walkways in this essentially flat area.With pedestrian safety and comfort in mind, they wanted to minimise the issues of ponding and standing water, creating effective channels and falls while retaining the character of these charming city streets. Marshalls’ Drexus Pave Drain provided the perfect solution, offering a unique aesthetic for linear drainage. Utilising Marshalls’ expertise in both concrete and natural stone, Pave Drain offers an effective combined paving and drainage solution which perfectly complements natural stone paving products, including the Scoutmoor Yorkstone installed on Thistle Street. 8 www.marshalls.co.uk

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