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New UK development unveils glow-in-the-dark pavements

by Sion Geschwindt
New UK development unveils glow-in-the-dark pavements

Tarmac’s glow-in-the-dark paving system has been installed on a new commercial development in Derbyshire, UK.

‘Toptint Glow’ concrete absorbs ultraviolet rays during the day and radiates a soft luminescent light at night.

Tarmac teamed up with developers Blue Deer Ltd to install the luminescent concrete on the main walkways and first-floor balconies around the new Glass Yard development in Chesterfield – a mixed-use scheme that will combine office and retail space.

Toptint Glow – which uses Chryso’s Lumintech technology – incorporates recycled composite luminescent chippings into a matching coloured concrete mix which helps illuminate areas such as footpaths, cycleways, and pedestrian areas.

Glanville Norman, product development manager at Tarmac, said: “New developments such as the Glass Yard or other existing high-profile sites often require something visually distinctive that will set them apart, and we’re always looking to develop new and exciting materials that can complement bold design.

“This is the first time that Toptint Glow has been used on a major commercial development and we were delighted to be able to propose a solution that not only has high aesthetic and environmental quality, but also helped to improve safety and visibility.”

Tim Turner, managing director of Blue Deer Ltd, said: “One of the key principles of our design at the Glass Yard was to introduce a new kind of working environment that is exciting, safe, and sustainable, and one that people enjoy travelling to and working within.

“We challenged Tarmac to come up with something that was a bit different for the central walkways and were impressed by Toptint Glow, as it gave us something that was durable but also serves as a design feature that puts a smile on people’s faces.”

Image credit: Tarmac

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