Solomontown Beach Plaza



Architect:

Hywel Jones Landscape Architects

Builder:

Outside Ideas

Manufacturer:

Adbri Masonry

Products Used:

Paving - Stradapave

Building Contractor:

Outside Ideas

Photography Credits:

Sam Noonan Photography


HJLA were commissioned by Port Pirie Regional Council in South Australia to design a new public square to link Main Road through to the Solomontown Beach Precinct along the river’s edge. The square was to be designed as an open plaza and key destination, with opportunities for accommodating a range of various public events and activities such as weekend markets and community fun days. After reviewing various materials, we decided the best option to deliver the design was to incorporate concrete pavers. This would contrast to the existing clover shaped pavers used throughout the town, however; would provide a fresh, new and exciting outcome. A key feature of the plaza paving is the compass rose with true orientation. To achieve this, it was important to ensure consistency and accuracy in the paving products. The main field pavers are 300x300 square, with paver bands consisting of single and double rows of rectangular pavers for greater definition and contrast. Through careful detailing of intricate cuts and joins and the use of concrete pavers installed by competent contractors, we were able to deliver an efficient, functional, and presentable outcome that is subtly modern without compromising the existing style and character of Port Pirie.