Preview: Landscaping

The natural choice for your landscape & urban design

The influx of imported natural stone into the UK over the last 15 years has led to stone becoming a more affordable option, its use growing exponentially in both commercial and residential hard landscaping projects.

Caithness Flagstone was used for this award-winning landscaping project at Conway Square, Newtownards
Caithness Flagstone was used for this award-winning landscaping project at Conway Square, Newtownards

Source from the extraordinarily varied palette offered by stone from around the world at the Natural Stone Show, taking place 25-27 April at ExCeL London.

Granite, sandstone, basalt, limestone, terrazzo, slate, travertine and marble will be available from 200 companies offering an impressive and versatile range of sizes, textures and finishes. From honed to polished, tumbled to chiselled, natural cleft to sandblasted, flamed to bush-hammered and many more…. there is a style to suit any urban design.

Malbros will be presenting Porphyry grey brown flamed paving
Malbros will be presenting Porphyry grey brown flamed paving

There is plenty of indigenous stone too with more UK producers presenting than ever before and most including a selection of paving products: Forest Pennant from Forest of Dean Stone Firms; Caithness Flagstone; Johnsons Wellfield’s Crosland Hill Hard Yorkstone; Purbeck limestone from Lovell Stone Group; the award-winning Stoke Ground Bath stone from the Bath Stone Group; Portland stone from Albion Stone; the Hard White limestones of Creeton; the rustic brown Ironstone of Great Tew; Gallagher Group’s Kentish Ragstone; Artisan Stone Supplies’ Gwrhyd Pennant; Welsh Slate’s Heather Blue slate from Penrhyn Quarry; Lamb Group’s Wealden Sussex Sandstone; and the list goes on…..

Click here to peruse the exhibitor list.

These complex planters at Tudor Square Sheffield are made up from anything between 10-23 pieces of intricately shaped Crosland Hill Hard Yorkstone, produced and processed by Johnsons Wellfield
These complex planters at Tudor Square Sheffield are made up from anything between 10-23 pieces of intricately shaped Crosland Hill Hard Yorkstone, produced and processed by Johnsons Wellfield
Cornish Granite supplied by CED for these bespoke benches in Sunderland
Cornish Granite supplied by CED for these bespoke benches in Sunderland

You can also select from an enormous range of consumables used for fixing, finishing and maintaining your stone landscape.

And there is a whole programme of free CPD run in conjunction with the Show at the Natural Stone & Building Conservation Conference. The opening day (25 April) explores European innovation in stone design with five hours’ worth of CPD credits and a free three-course lunch, perfect for networking.

Day two  looks at industry initiatives including the Ethical Stone Register which has been set up to assist clients in making informed decisions about the companies they should be using, so they avoid sourcing paving materials from quarries that employ child or bonded labour.

Architects will also present a number of award-winning landscaping projects. Andy Thomson from BCA Landscape provides an insight into the Douglas Town Centre regeneration, whilst David Green of SimpsonHaugh & Partners discusses the Deansgate Metro Station scheme.

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Beading effect on stone protected with ProtectGuard by Guard Industry
Beading effect on stone protected with ProtectGuard by Guard Industry
As part of the £250,000 regeneration of Abertillery, in the heart of the Welsh Valleys, Forest of Dean Stone Firms (Stand E1) supplied its Forest Pennant paving plus bespoke furniture, architectural masonry, steps and street signage
As part of the £250,000 regeneration of Abertillery, in the heart of the Welsh Valleys, Forest of Dean Stone Firms (Stand E1) supplied its Forest Pennant paving plus bespoke furniture, architectural masonry, steps and street signage

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