Venus Building, Manchester, M41 7HA
Spherical 700 Bollard,
Spherical 500 Bollard
The Venus Building is a contemporary, fully glazed 8,500 m2 (91,500 sq ft) office building, developed by Peel Holdings. Located in Trafford Quays, adjacent to The Trafford Centre, it incorporates a full-height glazed atrium with first-class amenities, car parking and transport facilities. The design of the building’s rear exterior has a spectacular landmark sculpture and water feature.
The key challenge for Marshalls was to create a visually attractive hard landscaping area to complement the high specification of materials used in the Venus Building.
Marshalls applied its market leading expertise in paving to supply an integrated package of hard landscaping to the exterior, creating a practical, yet aesthetically pleasing landscape solution.
Marshalls supplied a total of 1,833 m2 of the Modal Paving, in a combination of sizes and three different colours. This paving was used to create a visually striking and varied pathway leading towards and around the exterior of the building.
A combination of 20 silver grey 500 mm spherical concrete bollards and 29 polished 500 mm granite cubes from Marshalls formed detailing around the pathways and mirrored the contemporary design of the building.
The immediate exterior to the main entrance was finished in 112 m2 of Marshalls Yorkstone Scoutmoor Case Study paving – chosen because of its excellent durability and slip and skid resistance. The natural stone colours combined well with the flame-textured limestone used in the interior reception and also provided a smooth transition to the Modal paving pathways.
Jonathan Fishlock, Project Architect for Chapman Taylor (Manchester), the lead architects for the development, said: “Marshalls Modal Paving was chosen because of the ability to create strong patterns through the bold use of contrasting colours. The colours and finishes available in the Modal Paving range were simply not available elsewhere.”
The combination of contemporary and traditional hard landscaping materials from Marshalls fully complements the striking glass, steel and stone design of the Venus Building.
The Venus Building now provides the Trafford area with a Grade A, eight-storey commercial business property, with high quality landscaping and an ideal location, designed to attract blue chip business clients.