A New "Beach" Made of Coloured Asphalt

VÖGELE pavers lend a dash of colour to “Forumsplatz” in Hemer, Germany.

When constructing a promenade for the State Garden Show in Hemer, Germany, VÖGELE pavers delivered a premiere performance: three SUPER 1800-2 paved sand-coloured asphalt “hot to hot” across a width of 24m – the widest area of coloured asphalt ever paved.

The sand-coloured asphalt area as a promenade.

Summer, sunshine and gorgeous blooms. These are the ingredients that lure thousands of visitors to Germany’s garden shows each year. When preparing for this year’s garden show in Hemer in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, VÖGELE pavers also played a starring role. With the widest ever surfacing made of coloured asphalt, they transformed “Forumsplatz” square into a beach. At temperatures near freezing point, Hans-Joachim Greitemeier, Site Manager of Dortmund-based company Möllmann Straßen- und Tiefbau GmbH, gave the go-ahead for the paving work and creation of a summery promenade.

Impressive pave width of 8m

The contractor’s team first paved base courses. Möllmann tackled this job using a SUPER 1800-2 with AB 500-2 TV Extending Screeds built up to an impressive pave width of 8m. Crushed-stone base, 15cm thick, was laid on the existing antifreeze-layer followed by 8cm of asphalt base placed on the crushed stone.

“Hot to hot” for a flawless coloured asphalt

The surfacing with Vögele pavers on it.

Once this work was completed, two more SUPER 1800-2 arrived on the scene. The landscape architects wanted the surfacing to be paved in strips featuring impeccable joints. (For more details on how to pave perfect joints please refer to “Tips & Tricks” in RoadNews 18). To achieve an excellent result, the three machines paved the sand-coloured mix, 3cm thick, “hot to hot”. In order to ensure a good bond of layers despite the low temperatures, the base course was heated up before paving wearing course. For grade and slope control, the first paver tracked the curbstone with a variable mechanical grade sensor. The other pavers used multi-cell sonic sensors referencing from the previously placed layer. For the wearing course, too, all three AB 500-2 TV Extending Screeds in TV version were built up to pave widths of 8m. The paving team made swift work of laying the yellow asphalt, conjuring the perfect illusion of a 4,700m² sandy beach in Sauerland in just two hours.

Coloured asphalt needs clean machines


Paving coloured asphalt requires just one extra step when preparing the machine for the job. “We clean the paver as usual and then run hot chippings of 200 °C through the machine,” explained Greitemeier. “The black bituminous residues stick to the chippings. Then the machine is ready for paving the light-coloured mix.” Everything else proceeds in the same way as when paving conventional black mix.

SUPER 1800-2 with impressive technical features

The Möllmann team with the new, highly versatile SUPER 1800-2 asphalt paver from VÖGELE.

The team had cleaned the machines thoroughly, as proved by the asphalt surfacing, which was flawless right from the start – not only in terms of colour, but also of precompaction, evenness and paving quality. For the job, Möllmann used rented machines from VÖGELE, as the company intended to put the compact but powerful SUPER 1800-2 through its paces. Both the site manager and the paving team were much impressed with the laydown rate, the efficient and economical drive system, the easy supply with mix, as well as the logical and ergonomic operation of the SUPER 1800-2. And after completion of the project, the company ordered a new SUPER 1800-2 from VÖGELE – in its white company livery.

Paving screed.

Job Site Details
Paving coloured asphalt on the grounds of the State Garden Show in Hemer, Germany

Length of section: 195m
Width of section: 24m

Paving Details
Pave width: 8m
Layer thickness:
crushed-stone base 15cm
asphalt base 8cm
wearing course 3cm

Asphalt base course: AC 22 T S
Wearing course: AC 8 D N, sand-coloured

3 SUPER 1800-2 with AB 500-2 Extending Screeds in TV Version