Concrete or natural stone for the pedestrian zone?

Concrete or natural stone for the pedestrian zone?

So it still remains open whether and where there will be concrete or natural stone. Only this much is already certain: asphalt flats have no chance.

Money or beauty
As the head of the civil engineering department explained to the city council members, the concrete stone was more economical overall. Roughly estimated, the natural stone was allowed to be 100 euros per square meter more expensive than its concrete counterpart. And that makes a good 10.000 square meters will cost around one million euros.
Concrete blocks were also more favorable for later repairs. Natural stone, on the other hand, had the edge in terms of strength, cleaning, winter maintenance and appearance, according to hornung.

Although the city council had the opportunity to look at gangway zones elsewhere thanks to a specially organized trip, the building committee ultimately followed a proposal from city councillor bernd czelustek (SPD), who wants to see the conceivable materials on site. Ergo no decision was made, because before the next meeting samples will be laid out in the fubganger zone.

Patchwork feared
The asphalt, which was not disliked by numerous city councillors and also quite a few burghers – especially at neuralgic points such as the curves – was allowed to stand no chance, however. Not only because marcel adam warned against a visually unsightly mix. The main disadvantage was that after repair work you could see every seam and every joint. "After 20 years, they had a network of tracks in the asphalt", warned hornung.

Particularly flat areas used by delivery traffic – also on the market square – should rather be paved with smaller format slabs. These offered more resistance to the servo-turned tires of the trucks than coarse flat plates.

The committee was unanimous in its decision to implement barrier-free access and guidance systems for the visually impaired. There was less consensus on which trees should be allowed to survive. The landscape architect had put three trees up for disposal: the plane tree on high kupsch, the lime tree behind the old town hall and the maple in front of the lavazza. In an individual vote, the building committee decided that the plane tree and the lime tree could fall, but not the maple on the market square.

The council also agreed that water should be shown in three places. For example, a drinking fountain behind the old town hall, a water wall facing the district administration office, and a water feature at ground level at the lower end of the market square that can be driven over.

Fewer light poles
There was also a preliminary design concept for the lighting. This will significantly reduce the number of pole lights. At the market place there will be only one row on the north side, also at the entrance of von-hessing-strabe there will be pole lights. The planners had planned the same at the end of the lower market street. Here, the majority of the committee followed a suggestion by klaudia schick (CSU), who preferred to see hanging lights there. Otherwise, the work is essentially done with wall-mounted luminaires and illuminated facades.

Numerous suggestions from burghers from the public workshop were taken into account in the discussion. Mayor kay blankenburg (SPD) was very impressed by the commitment of the citizens of burgundy. And he reminded of a hint given expressly by the burghers: the new fubganger zone must not only be already, but also durable.

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