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Situated in the heart of Portadown, High Street Mall is home to big name retailers such as Lidl, Home Bargains, Greggs, Holland & Barrett, Superdrug and The Works. 

High Street Mall has been transformed into Portadown’s leading retail and parking hub. The £6m regeneration project included a new shopping centre layout, enhanced parking, greater town centre access and a new pedestrianised central plaza with modern landscaping.  

The entrance to the new 25,000ft2 Lidl store features a new pedestrianised square complete with seating and planters. Tobermore provided a complimentary landscape design proposal which was embraced fully by the client.  

Tobermore’s Fusion block paving in Silver, Mid Grey, Sandstone and Noir was chosen for the 2000m2 plaza which created a striking, modern look. Unique laying patterns were used to ‘zone’ and break up space in the expansively paved area. Anchor tenants, Lidl, opted for 600m2 of Fusion paving to be laid outside their premises in keeping with the rest of the retail park. 

Client
Lidl
Architect
SDS (Structural Design Solutions) Ltd
Contractor
JH Turkington
Products used
Fusion

The Challenge 

Modern paving was required for the entrance plaza of a shopping destination 

High Street Mall has been transformed into Portadown’s leading retail and parking hub. The £6m regeneration project required a new shopping centre layout, enhanced parking, greater town centre access and a new pedestrianised central plaza with modern landscaping. 

Over 2000m2 of modern paving material was required for the entrance to the retail hub. Due to the expansive nature of the area, laying patterns would need to be used to ‘zone’ and break up areas into smaller pockets of space. 

The plaza needed to be designed in a way that people could use it as a place to gather and socialise. The client wanted the retail project to have a public realm feel to it that the community could enjoy. 

The Solution 

Tobermore’s Fusion block paving created a plaza with a striking, modern look.  

Fusion block paving in Silver, Mid Grey, Sandstone and Noir was chosen for the 2000m2 plaza which created a striking, modern look. The entrance to the new 25,000ft2 Lidl store features a new pedestrianised square complete with seating and planters. Anchor tenants, Lidl, opted for 600m2 of Fusion paving to be laid outside their premises in keeping with the rest of the retail park. 

The client fully embraced the complimentary hard landscape proposal which was provided by Tobermore. Unique laying patterns were used to ‘zone’ and break up space in the expansively paved area. The paving design provided by Tobermore featured ‘pockets of space’ where coffee docks and pop-up markets could be situated. 

Fusion in Sandstone and a small proportion of Mid Grey was used to zone ‘public’ areas like the courtyard. The walkways feature Fusion in Silver and Mid Grey with a low percentage of Sandstone in the blend. These design choices were made to distinguish each area while still giving subtle reference to each other. 

Bands of Fusion in Noir were used as buffer strips to create a clear distinction of where people can walk into and out of the Lidl store.  

The retail project certainly has a public realm feel to it as it is fully pedestrianised. The plaza was designed in a way that the local community could use it as a place to gather and socialise. There are seated areas with soft landscaping that creates a calming atmosphere for people to relax.  

"High Street Mall is an outstanding location serving a busy local community and we’re delighted to welcome shoppers to our brand new, state-of-the-art store today. Not only can shoppers enjoy an expanded, state-of-the-art store, but its outstanding location within a newly transformed shopping precinct provides a superior shopping experience. "

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