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Project: Vega Controls
Client: MJB Architecture
Product: GeoCeramica® Impasto Grigio


When global tech company Vega Controls built a new HQ in East Sussex they created an interesting challenge for the architect designing their 33,000 sq ft offices.

Vega wanted to create a consistent outdoorto-indoor feel using slabs which were stylish enough to be used in the office building but hard-wearing enough to be used as paving and for a balcony. MJB Architecture carried out extensive research, inspected a large selection of samples and then concluded that the porcelain pavers supplied by Brett Landscaping would perfectly satisfy the requirements. Brett Landscaping’s GeoCeramica® porcelain surface slabs are a hybrid porcelain and concrete paving flag tile with a pre-bonded cementitious water permeable drainage layer.

They are permanently and inseparably bonded to a drainage mortar base which offers excellent stability, strength, drainage and adhesion. This system is supplied as a porcelain tile with a concrete backing which can be flexibly laid rather than a ridged installation usually associated with porcelain. The Vega building has a café area with a continuous inside/outside area, stepped areas and ramps internally and also a large walkway that starts outside the entrance and right through the building all finished in GeoCeramica® Impasto Grigio. An exterior walkway, interior walkway and the director’s personal office balcony have been complete in GeoCeramica Impasto Grigio and Noir.

Architect Sam Clisby, from MJB Architects, said: “Brett Landscaping was chosen as the products met the requirements in terms of providing a product where the same porcelain tile could be used both internally and externally. We have worked with porcelain tiles before but not those exact products, and not tiles with the aggregate backing and it was possible to source from Brett the 10mm porcelain tile alone for the internals and the porcelain tile with the aggregate backing for the externals.”

The car parking bays at the Ashdown Business Park site were also completed using Brett products. This time it was Alpha Flow paving which offers a hard-wearing permeable solution satisfying the surface water drainage requirements, without sacrificing any aesthetic qualities.

Vega Controls is a global manufacturer of process instrumentation which is used in a wide variety of processes including the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, the food industry, power generation and water supply systems. They operate in 80 countries around the world. The project was completed in December 2020.

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