Job done - Waltham Cross piazza scheme

Client: Borough of Broxbourne
Value: £240,000
Contractors: Colin Buchanan and Walker Construction

One of the UK's rarest memorials was the focus of a 1,000sq m landscaping job at Waltham Cross piazza. The Eleanor Cross Memorial owes its origin to King Edward I, who placed around 70 memorials across the country to mark the death of his wife, Eleanor of Castile, in 1290.

Three remain and the council, based in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, wanted to flag up this one with high-quality paving. Up went brick pavers, which proved unpopular with pedestrians because of their uneven surfaces. Down went Yorkstone paving to create a smoother, safer surface.

Urban design and engineering firm Colin Buchanan designed the scheme and Walker Construction laid the paving in a 12-week job that ended before Christmas. Evangelos Giannoudis, an associate at Colin Buchanan, said a main concern was to lay the paving without disrupting a busy shopping area.

"We didn't want to upset pedestrians and shoppers and were keen to deliver the project bang on time," he said. "Everything had to be completed before Christmas - it was a tight time frame."

A representative for Borough of Broxbourne said: "We aim to roll out more improvements to the area this spring by softening Waltham Cross piazza with landscaping. In order to maintain its high-quality appearance, the area will be used as a focal point for events and specialist markets."

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