With a range of colours to either contrast or complement, tactile paving is available in natural stone and clay paving to aid the partially sighted.
This range of accessories enhance architectural designs whilst identifying a potential hazard or indicating a safe crossing place enabling pedestrians to proceed with care whilst maintaining the aesthetic appeal of a paved surface.
Lozenge paving is designed to warn users of the presence of a street platform edge for a supertram/monorail system. The lozenge runs parallel to the platform edge some 500mm away from the edge.
Tactile blister paving is used to identify the location of a dropped kerb and an appropriate place to cross.
Guidelines regarding the use of tactile paving specify the use of red units at controlled crossing points and buff units at uncontrolled crossing points. Some relaxation of these guidelines may be allowed in conservation areas.
Guidelines also exist on the layout and positioning of blister paving units.
Used to indicate traffic restrictions, parking space demarcation, provide high visibility indicators or draw attention to step edge details.
Hazard warning paving, often called corduroy paving, is used to identify any type of potential hazard, such as a change in level and advice pedestrians to proceed with care. The bars are laid at 90 degrees to the hazard, indicating the location or area of the hazard and are a requirement of the Building Regulations.
These units are often used at the top and bottom of steps, at level crossings and on shared pedestrian/cycle routes when the route meets a crossroad. These units are usually positioned 400mm from the hazard.
Where restriction or prevention of use by shopping trolleys, pedestrians, bicycles or to discourage vehicular over-run, deterrent pavers can prove functional but continue to provide an aesthetic solution to restricting movement of the above on a scheme.