A high quality Duchy of Cornwall project called Kew An Lergh (Cornish for Way Close) delivering a range of community benefits including a nursery school, offices, shops and restaurant in three Arts and Crafts style buildings grouped around a landscaped courtyard.

Challenge:
AVS were appointed to work closely with the Duchy team, architect and engineer to provide product solutions in line with the architect’s design intent for the project, retaining the overall character and design of the intended buildings.

Solution:
AVS provided a full drawing package including unit design calculations and reinforcement details for all units including provisions for any potential site handling issues prior to delivery of the stone reinforcements. A varied range of products were required from 8kg to 630kg including self supporting and structural elements.

Result:
Products designed and supplied by AVS included window and door surrounds, name plaques, a bell tower along with a feature arched main entrance surround with a replica Sea Campion, the emblem for that quarter of Nansledan, contributing to the design attributes of the Kew An Lergh complex.

Client: Duchy of Cornwall

Architect: ADAM Architecture & ALA Architecture

Project: Kew An Lergh, Nansleden, Newquay

Materials: Wet Cast

Colour: Bathstone with Medium Etch Finish

Approx. tonnes of stone supplied: 34

Start: Sept 2021 | May: 2023

From the outset we found AVS to be helpful and honest about production and delivery periods and they did not let us down after committing to the very tight timescales required of our project programme.

AVS were able to offer a design service which managed the stone weights and unit sizes for delivery and installation. They guided us
through the process of coordinating fixing designs and worked with our wider design team to find a means for achieving the detailing required for the buildings’ period features. The AVS engineers designed stone reinforcement and fixing locations such that they could be feathered into our own project engineers’ overall structural designs. The experience and management that AVS brought to our design
stage became further evident later with the seamless installation of their product in the construction phase.

We were able to schedule deliveries to suit our build programme and AVS’s interest in our project did not stop once the deliveries had been made to site. We enjoyed helpful after sales service and advice when needed and AVS’s pride in their work and the contribution it made to the end result on site is still evident even after the buildings have been handed over and occupied.

We are likely to have similar feature stone work on future phases of our development and we will be approaching AVS to discuss the possibilities of working together with them again.

Mark Wheeler, Design Manager, Project Team

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Situated in 7.5 acres of landscaped grounds, Jephson House is a period property, carefully restored by Spitfire Homes to create a series of exclusive and unique one and two-bedroom apartments. Built around the 1850’s and one of the first country houses to be built in the area on the back of Leamington’s continuing golden age as a spa town.

Challenge:
Neo-Gothic in style, with limestone mullion windows contrasting with red brick, Spitfire Homes vision was to restore this once fine country house back to its former glory sympathetically into nine luxury apartments together with eleven new build houses. AVS was tasked with supplying the stonework to seamlessly blend with the existing.


Solution:
AVS visited the site to review the profiles and colour of the existing Jephson House Stone. Working with the architect details and survey notes, AVS produced full working drawings for the new stone elements. Once approved, our skilled joiners were able to manufacture the stone units required to complete the restoration.

Result:
The collaboration between Amber Valley Stone, the architects, and the contractors resulted in a successful project completion with high-quality cast stone units. These new stone elements have provided a timeless look to the exterior of the building and are in keeping with the building aesthetics.

Client: Spitfire Homes

Architect: Thrive Architects

Project: Luxury Apartments, Jephson House

Materials: Semi Dry & GRC

Colour: Bathstone

Approx. tonnes of stone supplied: 20

Start: March 2022 | Completion: 2023

Amber Valley Stone have helped us greatly with the specification and detailing of many architectural stone components, suited to both the new build and conversion elements at our Jephson Portfolio project near Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

Most components were supplied semi-dry cast although we did opt for a GRC design to a couple of entrance door surrounds for a pair of new build townhouses. Amber Valley assisted us greatly in both the detailing and installation of the latter, with GRC being a relatively new product to Spitfire.

Overall, we are delighted with the end result and the blend of original natural stone detailing with new components has perfectly harmonised in-line with our original vision for the development.”

Adrian Clift, Head of Department – Spitfire Hom
es

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As part of our continual improvement program, as well as our firm dedication to manufacturing quality products to the construction industry, we have renewed our full membership to UKCSA for 2023.

Belonging to UKCSA assures our customers that the quality of our products and services conform to the highest standards.

What is UKSCA?

The UK Cast Stone Association (UKCSA) is the ‘Guardian of Quality for Cast Stone and represents the UK’s leading manufacturers. 

Setting high performance standards and supported by rigorous testing and quality control, members of UKCSA must demonstrate their continuing adhesion to the UKCSA Standard.

UKCSA Standards are used by architects and contractors alike when specifying and using cast stone to complete projects.

As a company, we continue to place great emphasis on producing long lasting, quality units across our cast stone, precast and GRC ranges.

For complete peace of mind, when choosing your next cast stone, precast or GRC supplier, choose Amber Valley Stone for assured quality and service.

For further information or to forward your enquiry please contact us on 01773 540707 or info@ambervalleystone.co.uk  

Amber Valley Stone recently commissioned Mist-Air to supply and install the latest technology in effective dust suppression systems in both its indoor and outdoor production areas to improve the working environment for staff by significantly reducing airborne dust and odours without wetting floors, stock, personnel or machinery.

The system was customised to control dust in our entire indoor production area, by dispersing a micro fine fog that suppresses airborne dust resulting in improved visibility and working environment. It was then adapted for installation into our outdoor area where the cement silos and stored aggregates are housed and transited which, by their very nature, generate dust daily.  In addition, varying weather conditions can often increase the spread of dust or make it more difficult to manage and clean up without creating more dust. These varying outdoor factors can now be managed by the dust suppression system with its independent timer function that allows for either automatic operation or operation set at pre-determined levels.

Mist-Air Installation inside production area

The system works by producing large quantities of microfine fog from a small amount of water which then floats in the air without falling to the ground, keeping materials, floors, machinery and personnel dry, leaving the environment dust free and replacing it with safe dry fog.

An example of how ultra fine the fog is can be compared to that of an aerosol which sprays fifty microns, the fog created by the dust suppression system is as low as five microns or 5000th of a millimetre when dispersed making it physically undetectable.

Andy Bush, AVS Site Manager, commented, in the short time since its installation he has already seen significant benefits for the production staff.

In the recent extreme heat we have experienced, production staff have not had to come in extra early to ‘beat’ the heat of the day, in fact, we are seeing increased productivity because of cooler dust free working conditions. What we now have is a cleaner working environment together with the added benefit of delayed moisture loss in our cast stone, making the investment into this non-invasive, zero maintenance system a ‘win-win’ all round for staff, health and safety and the production of our cast stone.”

Andy Bush – Site Manager, Amber Valley Stone

A second significant benefit is its effect on our Semi Dry stone in the early and critical curing stage. The curing process causes a chemical reaction to occur which results in moisture within the stone being drawn inwards to its centre. The moisture dispersed in the dust suppression system replenishes the moisture on the outside of the stone prior to their entry into our state-of-the art vapour curing chambers, delivering a further benefit during the curing process.

It is well documented that dust can create both environmental and health hazards in the workplace but it is a hazard that can be managed effectively with a dust suppression system ensuring working environments are safe for our staff to work in, whether inside our production facility or outside of it and importantly, with the added benefit of providing a cooling effect for production staff throughout their working day.

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Amber Valley Stone were delighted to be selected by Owl Homes as stone supplier for the King Richard’s Wharf, Market Bosworth new development consisting of seventy-three standard house types ranging from two-bedroom to five-bedroom homes in Leicestershire. 

Owl Homes specialise in the construction of sustainable high-quality residential dwellings throughout the Midlands.

Incorporating design features such as brick arch lintels, pitched roofs, decorative chimneys, glazing and regency inspired door surrounds, Amber Valley Stone were appointed to manufacture and supply vapour cured semi dry cast stone heads, cills, string course, copings, pier caps and GRC door surrounds for the development.

OWL Homes Market Bosworth

Owl Homes, a long-standing customer of Amber Valley Stone began discussions for stone requirements in the initial stages of design and planning to ensure stone specifications, adaptations and manufacturing to the exact design detail were ready for supply and delivery, as scheduled, in line with agreed costs and to maximise any potential savings.

The cast stone elements needed to be robust and of high quality, with clean and consistent finished faces and corners. The project also required a special colour, which was achieved through a special blend of aggregates, pigments and the use of a medium etch finish.

Since development work commenced in 2022, Amber Valley Stone have supplied over 16 tonnes of vapour cured semi dry stone and over 4 tonnes of GRC door surrounds with another fourteen plots scheduled to be supplied.  Whilst the development is ongoing, a showcase five-bedroom show home is now open for viewing, alongside Owl Home’s two storey sales office and selections suite.

The medieval town of Bosworth offers much in the way of character for its residents with many listed buildings, thatched roofing and its charming cobbled market square to name a few, resulting in a development of new homes in a historic location that offers the best of town and country living.

Amber Valley Stone vapour cured semi dry cast stone is ideal alongside our modern GRC retro fit door surrounds for adding luxury features to residential and commercial buildings with the look and texture of natural stone; finishes that work to bring a project to completion.

If you are looking for experienced UK vapour cured cast stone suppliers, contact Amber Valley Stone today and find out our our team of experts can assist with your project.

Client: Owl Homes

Contractor: Owl Homes

Sector: Residential Developments

Materials: Vapour Cured Semi Dry Cast Stone & GRC Cast Stone

Completion: Early 2024

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The St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre is a state-of-the-art education facility that required the use of precast elements both internally and externally to meet its design requirements.

The architects, TSH Architects, collaborated with the contractors and Amber Valley Stone to ensure that the precast units met the design specifications and were manufactured and installed with the utmost precision.

Challenge:

The challenge for Amber Valley Stone was to manufacture and supply high-quality precast units that would meet the strict design requirements of the St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre.

The precast elements needed to be robust and of high quality, with clean and consistent finished faces and corners. The project also required a special colour, which was achieved through a special blend of aggregates, pigments and the use of a medium etch finish.

“I am happy to confirm that Amber Valley Stone has provided a professional and helpful service throughout the design, manufacture, and construction of the precast units for the recently completed Sixth Form Centre at St Helen and St Katharine School, Abingdon.”.

John Dymock – Benfield and Loxley
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre

Solution:

Amber Valley Stone engaged with the architects and contractors early on in the project to ensure that the design and fixings of the precast elements were discussed thoroughly. This allowed for smooth approval, production, and installation on the site. The team worked tirelessly to produce 114 tonnes of precast units, consisting of 881 individual units in the WC-0251ME colour specified by the architects. The precast elements were manufactured using a wet cast process, which allowed for a high level of accuracy in the finished product.

The precast elements are clearly robust and high quality with many complex shapes. All have satisfying consistent, clean finished faces and corners. We would be very happy to work with Amber Valley on future projects.”

John Dymock – Benfield and Loxley

Result:

The collaboration between Amber Valley Stone, the architects, and the contractors resulted in a successful project completion with high-quality precast units. The precast elements supplied by Amber Valley Stone met the design requirements and were manufactured and installed to the utmost precision.

The precast units were robust, with clean and consistent finished faces and corners, and their quality was evident in the finished Sixth Form Centre. The client, architects and contractors were happy with the quality of the precast elements provided by Amber Valley Stone.

Amber Valley Stone’s successful completion of the St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre project is a testament to their ability to collaborate with architects and contractors to provide high-quality precast units that meet the design requirements. Their attention to detail and commitment to precision resulted in a successful project.

Contact AVS Today To Discuss Your Next Project:

01773 540707

AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
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AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
AVS Project: St Helen & St Katharine Sixth Form Centre
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Following on from our previous communication, we are pleased to announce that further to significant changes and upgrades to our Somercotes production facility in 2022, our lead times have reduced to 8-10 weeks for our Vapour Cured Semi Dry products.

This is for both standard and bespoke requirements.

We understand the importance of timely delivery and are committed to providing our customers with the highest level of service and hope that our reduced lead times will help your sites plan easier.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions with regards to your order or call offs.

We appreciate your continued support and look forward to serving you in the future.

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01773 540707

All in all, its been an interesting year. As a company, AVS has a lot to be proud of. We started the year with the completion of a project in Camberley. 2 individually designed 5-bedroom, 5-bathroom family homes, pictured above.

Below we are pleased to share photos of the amazing care home project in West Byfleet, the impressive project in Stoke Newington, our award for Davidsons Home Supplier of the Year 2021, and the extensive seating project that is transforming the city centre in Broadmarsh, Nottingham.

A message from Matt Gillott, our MD
I would like to start with a thank you to all our customers new and old for placing orders with us over the last 12 months whether it be for our Semi Dry, Wet Cast, GRC or Architectural Precast specifications.

It has been another testing year for completely different reasons to the past few. With demand for our products increasing in all sectors and specifications coupled with housebuilder call off rates trebling from previous years, it has been a challenge to say the least.

That said, this has not stopped us with our mission to becoming the best cast stone supplier in the UK, we have continued to invest in our workforce, infrastructure and improvements to our production facilities with creation of a new site to house our GRC production enabling growth in this area along with the installation of a new semi dry batch mixer, several new pieces of joinery equipment and a new state of the art CNC machine due in early 2023 at our main Somercotes site.

As we head towards the end of 2022, I’d like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks to you, our customers & suppliers for your support though 2022 and continued support into 2023.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all at Amber Valley Stone!

Matt Gillott

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This exciting new green, pedestrian-friendly public space for the city centre involved the most significant changes to a city centre road layout for 15 years. The scheme has attracted over £20m of Government funding and work to transform the look and feel of the area began in August 2020.

The redevelopment of the whole Broadmarsh area will drastically improve the city centre once completed, with a new Broadmarsh Car Park and Bus Station, Central Library, Nottingham Castle visitor experience and Nottingham College City Hub and reimagined public realm.

Amber Valley Stone was instructed to supply architectural precast seating and step units including curved areas to the Broadmarsh redevelopement.

AVS manufactured various samples & mix designs for the landscape architects, Pick Everard, to find the perfect colour and finish to meet their strict criteria.

“We have had a very good experience working with Amber Valley. The design interface was efficient, with just in time deliveries.

I would have no hesitation in recommending and working with them on future schemes”

Vince Hacket, Thomas Bow Project Manager

The new spaces and traffic reduction allows improved pedestrian environments. The work provides a public space between the new college, shopping centre, Nottingham Central Library and Nottingham Castle, with spaces for outdoor seating, food and drink in Carrington Street and areas for children to play, creating a better atmosphere to sit and dwell during the day.

“It was a pleasure working with Thomas Bow on this combination of benches and steps for the regeneration of the Broadmarsh centre. The colour and heavy etched finish complement the surrounding block paving seamlessly. Another project by Amber Valley Stone expertly designed and engineered by Erskine Hurt Consultants Ltd.”

Ian Woollen, AVS Project Manager

Materials used: Architectural Precast

Customer: Thomas Bow – https://www.thomasbow.com/

Client: Nottingham City Council – https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/

Architect: Pick Everard – https://www.pickeverard.co.uk/

Approx. tonnes of stone supplied: 53.3

Products used: Public Realm Seating & Steps

Start: 2021 | Completion: 2022

Contact AVS Today To Discuss Your Next Project:

01773 540707

For additional information on the project:
https://www.pickeverard.co.uk/expertise/projects/broadmarsh-nottingham 
https://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/information-for-business/planning-and-building-control/building-a-better-nottingham/broadmarsh-area-transformation/ 

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Artform are a property development company focused on creating design-led homes throughout central London.

XO is a collection of eight unique apartments in the heart of Stoke Newington, London.

Created in partnership with Scenesmith and Dowen Farmer Architects. Artform describes the design as weaving a story of craft and sustainability. A celebration of raw interior materials and sculpted exterior design.

Amber Valley Stone engaged early in the design of this project with multiple Teams calls, factory and site visits.

“Artform appointed Amber Valley Stone to supply the precast concrete sections to the façade of our Garnham Street project in North London. They were incredibly helpful throughout, including the design stage, and we were even able to visit and see the manufacturing process. We are absolutely delighted with the finished product”.

Ben Lampert MRICS MCIOB, Artform Development Director
Artform

Precast & Masonry Services were appointed by the Artform Group in early 2021 to install architectural precast units comprising of columns and interlocking spandrels all designed, manufactured and supplied by Amber Valley Stone, for a new apartment block development in Garnham Street, Stoke Newington, London.

During the design phase, PMSL worked closely with the Amber Valley team to ensure that our requirements were met for the install.

The overall design of the columns with interlocking spandrels was technically very challenging, that challenge was met by Amber Valley Stone Ltd, the design of the fixings and the panels supplied were excellent which ensured the installation was as straightforward as possible.

The hard work by both AVS and PMSL resulted in a progressive installation and a superb looking building. This was probably one of the most enjoyable projects that PMSL have had the pleasure of working on in the last 10 years.

Nick Pitman – Director Precast & Masonry Services Ltd.

Ian Woollen, AVS Project Manager agreed: “Working closely with our in-house design team, Erskine Hurt Consultants Ltd and PMSL, Amber Valley Stone were able to satisfy all interested parties vison for the project and deliver a truly striking building.”

Materials used: – Wet Cast Structural / Architectural Precast / Vapour Cured Semi Dry

Client: Artform Group –
www.artformgroup.co.uk

Designer: Scenesmith –
www. scenesmith.com

Architect: Dowen Farmer Architects –
www.dowenfarmer.com

Installer: Precast & Masonry Services –
www.precastmasonryservicesltd.co.uk

Photographer: Richard Fraser Photography –
www.richardfraserphotography.co.uk

Approx. tonnes of stone supplied: 45

Products used: Columns, Fascia Panels and Copings

Start: 2021 | Completion: 2022

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01773 540707

For additional information on the project:

https://artformgroup.co.uk/spotlight-on-amber-valley-stone-precast-concrete-experts/
https://dowenfarmer.com/projects/garnham-street/
https://www.archdaily.com/986557/garnham-street-apartments-dowen-farmer-architects https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6962681929380814848/ https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6958052494908256256/

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