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Slip-proof clay pavers for the town centre

The non-skid and modern design of the Langenhagen, Germany, town centre lies at the heart of the municipal administration quarter. The Wienerberger clay pavers are slip-proof with a particularly rough surface. This was especially done to make sure that elderly and disabled persons can walk in a beautiful public space with minimized risk of falling or tripping.

Germany is experiencing significant demographic changes. Since citizens are getting older, it is not only important to design apartments to suit the needs of the elderly – public infrastructure, too, increasingly becomes the focus of attention. The subject of surefootedness gains in importance. This also applies to public spaces in Langenhagen-Weiherfeld near Hannover.

Choosing an environmental friendly material

The project brief for the new town centre demanded “ecologically sound and safe building”–  this requirement also determined the overall concept and material selection. The relocation of the suburban train station, the existing water protection zone and the creation of several green spaces required a decision in favour of environmentally sound building materials. The naturally non-slip Penter clay paver with the custom-made “extra rough” finish was supplied for this project. The surface structure of the individually produced clay pavers was modified in a way that it guarantees a non-slip surface which is especially beneficial in winter.

Non-slip solution

“The surface of clay pavers has a pleasant look and structure. It conveys a feeling of safety to pedestrians. Such properties are important in this highly frequented public area”, architect Ina Hofmann from the landscape architecture office Irene Lohaus Peter Carl emphasises. “The colour of the red-blue multi paver matches the already existing ones, and the paver features the highest possible slip-resistance. That was especially important for us. It looks rustic, a quality that is definitely back in fashion”, the municipal administration substantiates the material selection. Clay pavers also convince with their durability, high resistance to weather as well as low absorption of water.

Facts
  • Project name
    Redesign Langenhagen Pedestrian Zone, Germany
  • Architect
    Ina Hofmann/Irene Lohaus Peter Carl LandschaftsArchitectur
  • Client
    Langenhagen Municipality
  • Used products

    Penter red-blue multi, custom-made finish extra rough

  • Year of completion
    2012
Penter custom-made

Pavers

Penter red-blue multi, custom-made finish extra rough