Pret A Manger, Glasgow Fort
Project year: 2017
Posted: 24 Mar, 2021
Fort is a large out of town shopping and leisure park, on the East
side of Glasgow. With almost 100 outlets including fashion shops and
restaurants, the paved areas need to be robust and able to deal with
spillages and significant daily foot traffic.
Caithness paving we supplied for the central square area in and
around the Pret, a Manger restaurant showcases just how beautiful and
varied this stone is, as well as how practical it can be when used in
this type of setting.
ancient material from the North of Scotland boasts a very high
flexural strength which makes it extremely suitable for heavily
trafficked pedestrian areas. Often thought to be a predominantly dark
grey material, once exposed to sunlight, comes to life with an array of colour bands from oranges and ochres through to hints of
blues and greens.
quarried this stone shears naturally to thickness bands of ±5mm and
is best procured with the natural riven surface, which is extremely
non-slip and yet also very flat. As we did here we can further select
the thickness bands at the quarry to ensure pallets are of like
thickness to aid the ease and speed of laying larger areas together.
initial project order was for over 2000m² of 70 to 80 mm thick sawn
sided paving in fixed widths of 200mm, by random lengths of 400 to
800mm. To minimise wastage at the quarry and to keep the price
competitive, taking random lengths for Caithness paving is the best
and most environmentally friendly way to order this stone. As the
project progressed we supplied a further 500m² of paving as well as
some Caithness setts.