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Smiths take a look at this year’s most popular products

As 2014 is coming to its closure, Smiths thought it an opportunity to have a glance back over the year to see how their products have been received.

A late entry to this year’s ever increasing range of `Smiths recycled products is IBAA – Incinerator Bottom Ash Aggregate. IBAA is a non-hazardous by-product of raw ash produced from local non-recyclable domestic waste which is burnt at temperatures exceeding 850°C. The raw ash is then ‘aged’, processed, to remove ferrous and non ferrous metals and then graded to meet EN and Highways Agency specifications.

This is a new and exciting product to add and complement the Smiths existing recycled range of products. With the main applications being roads, earthworks/embankments, concrete and asphalt production, along with landfill construction.

Add this new IBAA product to that of the recycled washed aggregate now being produced at Smiths flagship quarry – Gill Mill, along with our already established recycled materials, shows the commitment to the  ever increasing demand for recycled aggregates.

As last year the quality Cotswold walling stone they produce is ever popular. With its warm and charming Cotswold colouring and the quality of stone the popularity is hardly surprising! The stone is being used in projects such as boundary walls on new housing estates, the rather more grand walling and entrances for larger homes and the building and repair of the more traditional use – field boundaries. Landscape designers have found the Cotswold cream colour of the stone very practical and easy on the eye, fitting into most gardening and landscaping projects, wherever they may be.

Their range of decorative shingle has always been popular but they have noticed a continuing trend for the natural products . Smiths have a large range of decoratives, from hard flints and quartz to the softer shingles. However the range of limestone gravels has seen a definite increase in popularity. Maybe it is the Cotswold warm tones, or its subtle appearance that blends so well into most surroundings. Whatever the reason Smiths range of soft tones shingle, such as the Oxford Shingle range, the Cotswold Limestone Chippings, Cotswold Gravel and the Natural Flint seem to be setting a new trend.

Another popular product in the ‘Cotswold soft tone range’ is the Self Binding Path Gravel. Superb for all kind of paths, from hardware cycle and walking paths to heavy foot traffic areas, for example at schools, churches etc. It can be used for parking and of course in gardens. Basically anywhere – but especially where wheeled access is required, be it a wheelbarrow, pram or wheelchair. This crushed limestone material, when laid correctly, produces a closed and stable surface with the added attraction of the natural Cotswold stone colours. Again making this product blend perfectly into its surroundings.

On a more industrial/architectural note – gabion stone. The most common use for our gabion stone is as a fill material for gabion baskets. Which in turn are used for ground stabilisation work. The more industrial use.

A trend that has recently proved itself is the more architectural approach to gabion. Used as retaining walls in gardens, terraces or other landscaping projects. Smiths gabion stone is limestone and available in various sizes to suit the project. Being limestone it once again brings that natural creamy buff colour with it, so for a subtle yet striking appearance these gabion baskets create very strong industrial strength, yet a very modern architectural design. As an alternative why not ‘face’ the gabion basket with Smiths’ Cotswold dry walling stone? The best of both worlds perhaps? This creates a strong economical wall with a warm Cotswold stone face.

There are plenty of photographic examples of how all Smiths products are used, along with many helpful hints and advice on products, quantities, deliveries and ordering, all available via download from our website.

For full details of all Smiths’ products, services and the free sample option telephone 01869 331281, email sales@smithsbletchington.co.uk or visit www.smithsbletchington.co.uk

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