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    Work Begins On Showroom

    When we moved to our new premises in December, we told you about our plans to build a showroom. Work has now begun, and it’s already looking great!

    Inprinting the pattern

    The process has not been dissimilar to the way we install pattern imprinted concrete for our customers. We started by stripping out all the existing storage shelves that were here when we moved in, and then got rid of all other the debris that had accumulated. The floor was then prepared for concrete in the usual way, by digging up and levelling the area, then setting up temporary barriers to contain the concrete and let us know how high to pour it. The concrete was then poured, coloured and the pattern was imprinted, as you can see in the image above.

    Building the interior walls

    Building the interior walls

    Work on the interior walls has just begun (above), and as with all our work, is being done by our own people. We don’t sub-contract, so when the showroom is finished, you will know exactly what our work looks like. When the work is completed you will be able to see and stand on a pattern imprinted concrete floor, just like we install on our driveways, and also view a wide variety of pattern and colour samples. We will announce when the room is ready, so please come and see us then!

    Case Study, Ffordd Y Graig, Holywell

    Pattern Imprinted Concrete Driveway, Holywell

    The Holywell project took place in an extremely rural part of North Wales. The customer wanted a transformation of both the back and the front of their property with a new pattern imprinted driveway and patio. Being enthusiastic motor cyclists and having vans, the customer required a hard wearing, durable and low maintenance surface, hence their decision to choose pattern imprinted concrete.

    The size of the project was immense, measuring a vast 480m2 area. There were variations in the colour of the concrete, from the back which was layed with Dove Grey, to the front which was layed in Steadman Buff. There were also variations in the pattern, with the back being printed with London Cobble, and the front being printed with Random Stone. A compass pattern was placed in the rear of the property, and an extra visual dimension was added by using acid stain to the compass to wonderful effect.

    To see the full case study of this job, with pictures taken from beginning to end, click here.

    Chelsea Awards

    The Plant of the Centenary, 'Rozanne' Geranium

    The Plant of the Centenary, the 'Rozanne' Geranium

    If you read our preview of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, you will no doubt be eagerly wanting to know the results. Some of the main awards were the Geranium ‘Rozanne’ being named as Plant of the Centenary, and the Trailfinders Australian Garden, built by Phillip Johnson Landscapes, being awarded Best Show Garden.

    The Plant of the Centenary is a special award this year to commemorate Chelsea’s 100th year. The ‘Rozanne’ was named after its discoverer, Mrs Rozanne Waterer, who found the strange looking geranium at the bottom of her garden in the small village of Kilve in Somerset in 1989. It is thought that it is a naturally occurring hybrid, which grows taller and has larger flowers than most other geraniums.

    The Best Show Garden, Trailfinders Australian Garden

    The Best Show Garden, Trailfinders Australian Garden

    The Trailfinders Australian Garden is an attempt at “capturing a small snippet of the beauty of the Australian country”. It uses native Australian plants, from lush ferns to bright kangaroo paws and bottle trees, and includes a waterfall and billabong. You can see a short video showing the garden, along with a chat with the designer Philip Johnson, by clicking here.

    You can see all the awards, along with lots of images and videos, at the show’s website.

    Training Day Moved To 15th June

    We are busy adding the final touches to our classroom, in preparation for our pattern imprinted concrete training day. Due to unforseen circumstances the date has been pushed forward by a week to Saturday the 15th June, but there are still places available if you wish to learn about the installation process of pattern imprinted concrete.

    The course will begin at 9am, with refreshments and lunch included. The booking fee is £25, or alternatively you can just turn up on the the day and pay the £150 + VAT total, but obviously a place will not be guaranteed for you.

    Complete Driveway Designs Ltd

    The Yard, Stubbins Lane, Ramsbottom, BL0 0PT
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