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Traditional design is paving the way

Domestic hard landscaping manufacturer Bradstone is reporting an increased level of interest in traditional paving following a successful 2016 spring/summer season.

Toby Stuart-Jervis, commercial director for Bradstone, commented: “This year, there has been a marked renewed interest in traditional designs. In terms of our own sales, our Old Town and Old Riven collections, both traditional in design, have outperformed our expectations.”

Old Town is a concrete paver that authentically recreates the appearance of old timeworn York flagstones, featuring a riven appearance, tooling marks and weathered edges. Its profiles are faithful replications with individual character, lifted from natural stone flagstones that were laid as flooring in a cotton mill in the north of England in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

The facets that accumulate on natural stone over centuries of use are a design feature that is sought by many, yet will never be provided by newly quarried stone. For homeowners seeking the look of worn natural stone, they would typically think their only option would be to visit reclamation yards where hefty prices are often demanded. The affordable alternative is Old Town; the perfect feature for a quintessentially British garden.

Toby Stuart-Jervis continued: “With Old Town, you get a real feel of history. You can actually see that the surfaces are worn on some pavers where someone once stood working at a machine, such as a loom, which is an astonishing thought.

“This year, we have used new colour pigments to introduce two more realistic and more enticing shades to our Old Town collection – Dark Grey and Cotswold, in addition to our existing Grey-Green and Weathered Limestone pavers. These have proved very popular, as have our patio kit options.”

Old Riven was the first of Bradstone’s riven paving ranges to be cast and manufactured from polyurethane moulds. Here, the profiles were taken from slabs of quarried split natural limestone in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The profiles then being turned in masters’ tools and dressed by hand with a sawn edge detail.

Recent product development has seen Bradstone investing in improved manufacturing moulds and pigments in order to enhance the quality of Old Riven, whilst making sure the price remains competitive.

Toby commented: “For us, the nice thing about working with concrete is that we can produce a traditional design or replicate natural stone – just like our Old Town and Old Riven ranges. We base our moulds on real natural stone so we can create that truly authentic look.

“Of course, contemporary options continue to do very well. Our porcelain paving collection, in particular, has been hugely successful again this season. But there is a desire amongst a growing number of homeowners to recreate a time gone by – or simply to achieve the aesthetic appeal of British natural stone without searching through reclamation yards.”

To find out more about Bradstone’s range of products, or to request a brochure, visit www.bradstone.com/

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