CED Stone Inspiring Beautiful Landscapes

Greenford Quay

Project year: 2020
Posted: 24 May, 2021


Bespoke Granite Planter Units, 1000m2 ~Chinese Granite Setts, mixed colours, Silver Grey Granite Steps


Greenford Quay is an exciting and vibrant waterfront neighbourhood in West London. It is the largest purpose-built rental community in the UK and is set within a new Public Realm, overlooking the Grand Union Canal.

Our granite supply included for multiple large silver-grey planter units to make up the Amphitheatre and Water Feature area. These sections weighing between 1.5 and 2.0 tonnes each, were produced to very tight tolerances in multiple shapes and with various radius dimensions. They are sectioned together in layers of curved seating, forming viewing platforms and relaxation spaces at different levels.

The degree of technical skill and accuracy required to ensure units would work seamlessly together led to CED's Commercial Director, Calum Fraser, travelling to the factory in Xiamen, China to quality check every single individual piece. Each layer of the Amphitheatre was dry laid in position and numbered for identification on the inside ends. All pieces were measured for accuracy and visibly checked to ensure compact fit. After resolving some minor issues and queries, the quality control checks were complete and all pieces were packaged in individual high strength crates.

Our supply to this project also included over 1000m² of Chinese granite setts. The five colour mix was carefully selected, eventually being produced and supplied from three factories in three different provinces; Fujian, Shandong and Jiangxi. The colours supplied were Silver Grey, Pink, Green, Dark Grey and Red. Split finish tops to the setts in the Amphitheatre area and flame textured finished tops in the main walkways. The depths and widths of the setts were fixed allowing the random pattern to be created by the varying lengths.

We also supplied silver-grey steps with black visibility inserts and ribbed corduroy hazard paving.

Overall this project demonstrates a very attractive and extremely creative use of natural stone in the Public Realm.

Photography credit: Maylim

HTA Design LLP

Designer: HTA Design LLP

We are HTA Design LLP. We are housing design specialists focused on creating great places and delivering better housing where people choose to live.


Contractor: Maylim

We specialise in high quality external works and hard landscaping, as well as highway and civil engineering projects. Working across both public and private sectors, our integrated approach enables us to be agile and flexible so that we can adapt and deliver anything from small scale developments and improvements to multi-million pound projects.