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Hull City of Culture

  • Location: Hull City Centre & Hull Fruit Market
  • Traffic Loading: Pedestrian
  • Project Size: >40,000 m2
  • Region: UK North East
  • Main Contractor: Eurovia
  • Client: Hull City Council
  • Designer: Re-Form Landscapes
  • Elements: Slabs, Setts & Cobbles
  • Completed: 24 March 2017

Britain’s biggest paving job

The transformation of Hull as the 2017 UK City of Culture was a huge undertaking with more than 40,000 square metres of paving laid as part of construction work, making this Britain’s biggest paving project.

The work was carried out by Eurovia on behalf of Hull City Council. Dozens of paving gangs working with forced action mixers spent months on a challenging timetable to deliver a magnificent end result for March when the City celebrated its recognition. Along with renewing historic areas of town including the Fruit Market and dealing with the intricacies of specialist braille paving in Jameson Street, there were tricky water features and ironworks to contend with along the way. 
All the paving elements of the project were laid using Steintec materials: tuffbed 2-pack, tuffset G, tuffbond and tufftop.

As part of its added value services throughout the project, Steintec established local distribution arrangements up to ensure products, machinery and tools were readily available round the clock. Dedicated Steintec experts were on hand to deliver on-site technical support to the Eurovia project team and its contractors, as well as early consultation with architects Re-Form Landscapes which continued until the project was complete.

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Products Used

  • Washboy Hand Sponge

    Often overlooked, the Washboy is an accessory that can help put the finishing touches to any joint grouting job. The 23-litre bucket ...

  • 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 ...

  • Squeegee

    The squeegee is essential for thorough cleaning of freshly grouted paving. Steintec’s squeegee tool makes it possible to achieve ...

  • Pergo 880: Grout Cleaning

    Use to sponge off cement grouts Rapidly cleans surplus grout Works on sawn or cropped surfaces Leaves a tidy and uniform ...

  • Forced Action Mixer

    Forced action pan mixers are a far more effective and efficient way of mixing dense bedding mortars such as tuffbed 2-pack. Paddles are ...