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Exhibition Road

The £32 million natural paving project was completed on time for the London Olympics, and marked the first major overhaul of Exhibition Road since it was built for the Great Exhibition of 1851.

It is now a single kerb-free paved  along its half-mile length, from Hyde Park to South Kensington Underground, capable of withstanding a constant heavy two-way flow of buses, coaches, lorries, cars, and taxis, as well as 11 million walking visitors a year, whilst discouraging through-traffic and remaining pedestrian-friendly.

Each section of paving is bound within a hidden custom-built frame designed to prevent sideways movement and the final paving appears continuous and perfectly symmetrical. The combination of a concrete road base, a 300mm layer of Steintec Tuffbed 2-pack bedding mortar, and a coating of Tuffbond priming mortar to the base of every one of the granite setts -- each 160mm square at the surface by 180mm deep -- should help the project comfortably achieve its design life of 40 years.

The project, Initiated by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, was designed by architects Dixon Jones (designers of the Royal Opera House), with a brief to modernise the street's design to reflect its cultural and architectural importance and draw together its famous museums and frontages.

Composed of nearly 17,000 square metres of granite setts, incorporating tactile and contrasting paving materials, the project took nearly two years to complete, but opened on time to entice visitors to the 2012 London Olympics.

Products Used

  • Weiss Oil & Grease Stain Remover

    A paste that removes deep and stubborn stains from all types of concrete, porcelain and natural paving elements. Solvents attract oil ...

  • tufftop - Jointing mortar

    tufftop is a high performance non-permeable, self compacting free flowing slurry applied jointing mortar suitable for pavements constructed ...

  • tuffset G - Specialist mortar

    A specialist multi-purpose paving mortar. tuffset G can be used for top to bottom reinstatement of an entire paving structure. Ideal ...

  • tuffbond - Priming mortar

    A high performance bonding and priming mortar suitable for natural stone and pre-cast concrete paving units used in bound/rigid ...

  • tuffbed 2-pack - Bedding mortar

    ‘tuffbed 2-pack’ is a high performance bedding mortar that meets or exceeds the requirements of BS7533-101:2021, Table 9 for ...