Since 1991, UKCSA has worked tirelessly to increase awareness and confidence in cast stone, and to establish and maintain the highest standard of product quality and usage.

As part of our continual improvement program, as well as our firm dedication to manufacturing quality products to the construction industry, AVS feel it is appropriate to become members of such a select organisation.

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.

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

UK Cast Stone Association

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.

Former Police HQ Cheltenham

Recently completed, this project in Cheltenham was supplied with over 665 tonnes of Wet Cast, Vapour Cured Semi Dry and GRC products.

With work starting in 2018, this high profile redevelopment of the former Police Headquarters into a series of townhouses and apartments required strict adherence to planning specifications and has resulted in a stunning development in this sought after area.

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  

King’s Cross is one of the largest and most exciting redevelopments in London. The 67-acre site has a rich history and a unique setting. What was an underused industrial wasteland is being transformed into a new part of the city with homes, shops, offices and much more.

Amber Valley Stone was approached by Willerby Landscapes to produce 654 no. bespoke walkway planks in an Architectural Precast specification. The client also requested a bespoke colour to compliment other hardscaping.

Jack Hunn – Contracts Manager at Willerby said, “Amber Valley Stone have been fantastic from start to finish. Communication from their project management team has been excellent throughout. When we requested a site visit, they were quick to react to our request. We are pleased with the product and overall look.”

Client: Willerby Landscapes

Sector: Residential Development Rooftop Garden

Materials: Architectural Precast

Completion: 2021

If you’re looking for experienced UK precast stone suppliers, get in touch with Amber Valley Stone today, and find out how our team of experts can assist with your project.

Contact AVS Today To Discuss Your Next Project:

01773 540707

The year 2020 has been a strange one, I’m sure you’d agree. We’ve lived through daily updates, lockdowns, business as usual, social distancing, more lockdowns, tier restrictions and Christmas Bubbles.

Through all this though, we have seen a strength in both our staff and our customers to keep going despite the events of the year.

Join us as we look over the highlights of 2020:

So what happened during the course of the year?

1. Amber Valley Stone begin trading in January 2020. With a management team each with over 20 years’ experience, we have the skills needed to supply top quality reconstituted stone & precast for housebuilding projects, commercial projects and hard landscaping projects. A familiar face re-joins our team, Joe Wheatcroft as Head of Sales & Marketing.

2. In March, the news of the Covid-19 pandemic dominated world news, with social distancing and safety measures to be implemented without delay. Amber Valley Stone used this time to invest in our website and our business, with a new mixer, an updated telephone system and a new online brochure, which will be live in the new year.

3-4. Amber Valley Stone staff began working from home where possible. Dedicated Project Managers continue processing orders, answering queries and maintaining relationships throughout the lockdown.

5-6. As businesses reopened in May, all the social distancing and safety measures we’d implemented during lockdown allowed Amber Valley Stone to reopen our production facility, with teams back at work and fulfilling orders with lead times again at 4-6 weeks to help keep Britain building.

7. Investing in our facilities with a new precast mixer and batching plant means Amber Valley Stone continue producing quality products, speeding up production. 

8. Use of our new telephone system eases internal communications while we all work from home, and allow customers and suppliers to contact the department they require, with shorter wait times and a better quality call experience.

9. As lockdown measures are further eased, all AVS teams return to work, producing our top quality reconstituted stone products with increased efficiency and greater production capacity.

10. Restriction measures increased again at the end of the 2020, however, with the lessons we have learned over the year, Amber Valley Stone have weathered the storm, our lead times remain 4-6 weeks for standard products and we now have a heightened sense of cleanliness and communal safety.

11. Many thanks for all our customers, suppliers and staff for all your hard work over the year. We look forward to continuing working with you in 2021!

The new year will see the rollout of our new online product catalogue, along with various other pages on our website. Don’t forget to keep checking back!

If you’re looking for experienced UK cast stone suppliers, get in touch with Amber Valley Stone today, and find out how our team of experts can assist with your project.

Contact AVS Today To Discuss Your Next Project:

01773 540707

Back in 2018 work started on the site of one of Cheltenhams landmark buildings, the former Police Headquarters on Princess Elizabeth Way on outskirts of the city. Amber Valley Stone was selected by Cala Homes to supply over 19,200 cast stone units for the project.

This was a significant development for Amber Valley Stone, CALA and locals, bringing quality villas and apartments to this highly regarding area of Cheltenham.

With the Constabulary moving to Holland House, construction was able to start on the three vacant buildings, transforming them into 67 new homes.

The planning specification for this project was natural stone, with the cost of this product making the development a non-starter Cala engaged with AVS who tirelessly along side Cala’s planning team to show the Planning officer that reconstituted cast stone is a cost effective yet complementary to the surrounding buildings.

Former Police Headquarters sign, Cheltenham

To achieve a natual look with variance across the elevations three colours of ashlar block were supplied.

A range of products were supplied:

  • Wet Cast: 195 units – 14 Tonnes
  • Vapour Cured Semi Dry: Units 17,954 – 608 Tonnes
  • GRC: Units 1,092 – 43 Tonnes

Sabrina Hassell, from Cala Homes said “With such a complex project such as Cheltenham we really had to plan every aspect of the stone deliveries, we started planning almost a year before site start with Amber and after countless meetings and deliberation on how to manage this project we agreed on a strategy.

Amber worked with our payment system to ensure that the process was as smooth as possible and the schedules matched our purchase orders and with such complex deliveries this was not a small task. We had our own project manager who knew every aspect of the project and was always able to answer any questions we had alongside Joe who kept very close to the project.

With dedicated Project Managers, in-house teams of CAD technicians, joiners and casting operatives, Amber Valley Stone produced, deliver and install over 665 tonnes of precast stone, which met the designs down to the last detail.

Sabrina continues “The best part of using Amber was they completely owned the project and managed the whole package from the start, nothing was ever too much trouble.”.

Client: CALA Homes (Midlands)

Sector: Commercial Development

Materials: Wet Cast, Vapour Cured Semi Dry & GRC

Completion: 2020

If you’re looking for experienced UK cast stone suppliers, get in touch with Amber Valley Stone today, and find out how our team of experts can assist with your project.

Contact AVS Today To Discuss Your Next Project:

01773 540707

Cast stone products are suitable for a wide range of applications. New developments, refurbishment, renovation, private or public sector – no matter what your project involves, precast stone is a cost effective way of bring the beauty of natural stone to the finished product.

Standard and bespoke moulds are used to form everything, from cills and pier caps to balcony screens and porticos. Have you ever wondered how we do this? Please watch the time-lapse video below to see how…

If you’re looking for experienced UK cast stone suppliers, get in touch with Amber Valley Stone today, and find out how our team of experts can assist with your project. For further information or to forward your enquiry please contact us on 01773 540707 or info@ambervalleystone.co.uk  

Its well known that cast stone products are suitable for a wide range of applications, and that for a longer lasting finish, vapour cured cast stone is the way to go – however, how the finished product comes about is not so clear.   

Cast Stone Mould

AVS Vapour Cured Semi Dry cast stone moulds are produced in either standard or bespoke sizing, with the standard moulds sometimes forming the basis for these bespoke moulds.

As the name suggests, bespoke moulds are created for each job, with the final customers specifications guiding the dimensions. We keep 1000s of standard moulds in our indoor mould library, catering for a wide range of products shapes and sizes.

With so many standard moulds in stock, along with our mass-scale manufacturing process capable of a multitude of casts in a day, lead times are lower than that of other specifications available!

Supporting specifiers, architects, builders, contractors and their clients, our sales and technical teams will help to maximise the benefits of cast stone in your construction projects. Whatever your scheme, Amber Valley Stone have the perfect mould for creating or reproducing the beautiful cast stonework you need.  

AVS indoor mould library

If you’re looking for experienced UK cast stone suppliers, get in touch with Amber Valley Stone today, and find out how our team of experts can assist with your project. For further information or to forward your enquiry please contact us on 01773 540707 or info@ambervalleystone.co.uk  

As you may know, since July, our business has been allowed to re-open. We wanted to assure all customers of the changes we have made and to update on our situation:

  • We continue to follow all government guidelines for safety of customers and staff, and therefore we have less staff in our offices with some continuing to work from home.
  • All desks & work areas are regularly cleaned, with all staff adhering to government guidelines.
  • Despite the changes required in our manufacturing facility, our lead times continue to be 4-8* weeks for delivery, and we remain flexible when trying to accommodate each of our customers requirements.
    *delivery times vary by product specification and mould requirement.
  • We are conducting most meetings ‘virtually’, allowing us to keep abreast of projects, while staying socially distant.
  • From design to delivery, all our teams are once again fully operational.

Our telephone lines are diverted to ensure you can still contact us, and our hours continue to be 0830 – 1700 Monday – Friday. 

You can continue to reach out to us by email, our LinkedInFacebook or Twitter profiles or calling us on 01773 540707

We are carefully monitoring the situation as we are sure you are. The most important thing is to make sure we conduct business in a safe environment.

If you’re looking for experienced UK cast stone suppliers, get in touch with Amber Valley Stone today, and find out how our team of experts can assist with your project. For further information or to forward your enquiry please contact us on 01773 540707 or info@ambervalleystone.co.uk  

Cast stone products are suitable for a wide range of applications, ranging from pier caps and copings to window surrounds and porticos. For an even longer lasting, consistent finish, however, vapour cured cast stone is the answer. Due to the specialised manufacturing process, not all cast stone companies practice vapour curing.  

Here at Amber Valley Stone we offer standard and bespoke cast stone products, with the option for vapour cured semi dry cast stone.

What is the difference? Put simply, the vapour curing process is where a semi dry cast stone unit is placed in a chamber overnight or for a set period of time, and is exposed to set curing conditions involving heat and moisture content.

This not only speeds the curing process up compared to standard air curing but also makes the stone components consistent in their finish

Vapour Curing Chamber

Units that are not vapour cured are reliant upon external, variable weather and temperature conditions that cannot be controlled. This can have an adverse effect on the quality, finish and performance of the final stone units.  

The correct curing of cast stone is essential to resist damage during transportation and construction, as well as for its long-term durability and appearance.  

Example of Semi Dry Cast Stone & Wet Cast Portico

Amber Valley Stone Semi Dry cast stone is manufactured in accordance to BS1217:2008 achieving a 28 day cube strength well in excess of 35MPa with the help of our premium vapour curing technology.

Our Semi Dry product are therefore over 40% stronger that is asked by British Standard, which only requires a strength of 25Mpa.

Amber Valley Stone support specifiers, architects, builders, contractors and their clients, helping to maximise the benefits of cast stone in their projects. Whatever your scheme, our premium vapour cured semi dry cast stone is perfect for creating or reproducing beautiful cast stonework.  

With our mass-scale manufacturing process capable of a multitude of casts in a day, lead times are lower than that of other specifications available!  

If you’re looking for experienced UK cast stone suppliers, get in touch with Amber Valley Stone today, and find out how our team of experts can assist with your project. For further information or to forward your enquiry please contact us on 01773 540707 or info@ambervalleystone.co.uk  

We get asked this on an almost daily basis and wanted to publish some helpful information to assist buyers and specifiers make an informed decision.

Both Semi Dry and Wet Cast stone are a durable masonry product that emulates that appearance of natural stone while bringing much more flexibility to the design and production – and reducing costs.

Semi Dry Cast Stone

Vapour Cured Semi Dry is the most popular cast stone specification we sell equating to 70% of our annual production.

Vapour Cured Semi Dry cast stone is manufactured using a low water content and a blend of high quality sourced aggregates, colour pigments and additives.

The manufacturing process is faster than its Wet Cast counterpart due to its multicast production method, put simply multiple units can be cast from the same mould across a working day, making it ideal for casting repetitive units in large numbers giving a speedy delivery time too.

For a longer lasting, robust product, we vapour cure our Semi Dry units to give them early compressive strength.

AVS Vapour Cured Semi Dry cast stone is a non-structural dressing where a secondary support will be required when spanning across openings.

Wet Cast Stone

Wet Cast in comparison has a longer manufacture process due to its one cast per mould, per day production method with its casts requiring a surface treatment post cast by the way of acid etching.

Due to this labour intensive process Wet Cast can be considerably more expensive than Semi Dry and with longer lead times too.

Wet Cast is highly durable and lends itself to larger units and intricate detailing. It also can be reinforced to make its units structural saving the need for a secondary support or just to give a better detail than seeing exposed steel lintels.

Its units can also be cast in larger components compared to Semi Dry resulting in less joints.

If you’re looking for experienced UK cast stone suppliers, get in touch with Amber Valley Stone today, and find out how our team of experts can assist with your project. For further information or to forward your enquiry please contact us on 01773 540707 or info@ambervalleystone.co.uk  

Correct care of Amber Valley cast stone products prior to installation is vital for best results. When it comes to transporting, storing & opening your delivery, Amber Valley Stone want to ensure the safety of your products and most importantly, yourself.

To that end, we’ve compiled a short do’s and don’ts video on the safest ways to handle our products post delivery. Click on the video to find out more.

For more details of how to care for your cast stone products, storage and installation, please see the pdf documents below.

For Site Handling & Practice, click HERE
For Do’s & Don’ts, click HERE

If you’re looking for experienced UK cast stone suppliers, get in touch with Amber Valley Stone today, and find out how our team of experts can assist with your project.