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  • Congratulations!

    Posted on February 11, 2014 by Simply Paving

    Wow!

    Every year that we run our photo competition we are absolutely astounded by the incredibly high standard of entries that we receive. This year has been no different. The only problem that this brings is the nigh on impossible task that we have here at Simply Paving of choosing a winner!

    It's taken a great deal of thought to narrow down the entries to just one outright winner and ten runners-up and we've been very careful to take into account all aspects of each entry, from design of the project, right through to the level of workmanship on display.

    We'd like to thank everyone who entered the competition and we're sure that the images that have been sent in will provide future customers with bucket loads of inspiration!

    All that's left for us to do is to reveal the results...

    Our first prize winner and the deserved recipient of a cheque for £500 are Ms Barbara Fawcett and Mr Joe Green of Cumbria with this truly awe inspiring entry, which pictures the StoneFlair by Bradstone Smooth Natural Sandstone Paving Rainbow.

    Here in the Simply Paving office, we were all so in awe of how breathtakingly beautiful this seating area is and my word, what a view! The high level of workmanship on show has really put the finishing touch to an already enviable outdoor space and we would like to offer our sincere thanks for sharing this picture with us.

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Smooth Natural Sandstone Paving Rainbow

    And now for the runners-up, who will each receive a cheque for £100. We're sure that you'll agree that all the projects are deserving of their prize.

    Mrs Maria Joliffe from Hampshire has used Bradstone Woburn Rumbled Block Paving Autumn wonderfully to create this outdoor space, showing that block paving isn't necessarily just for driveways. It certainly looks like someone has been enjoying their new playground!

    Bradstone Woburn Rumbled Block Paving Autumn

    Here, Mr Chris Hearn from Kent has produced a stunning patio area using Bradstone Natural Slate Paving Vijaya Gold, which works perfectly in contrast with the buff brick walling. We were all in agreement that this looks a wonderful place to enjoy a relaxed summers day.

    Bradstone Natural Slate Paving Vijaya Gold

    Ms Judy Cowan designed and created this outdoor space for her 93 year old mother using StoneFlair by Bradstone Old Town Paving Grey-Green 900x600's and a StoneFlair by Bradstone Old Town Paving Grey-Green 2 Ring Circle. We're sure that you'll agree that the combination of the paving and the decorative aggregates make this beautiful and also ideal as a low maintenance garden.

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Old Town Paving Grey-Green 900x600

    This entry from Mr Patrick Allen from Devon has shown that functional can be beautiful. Using Bradstone Countrystone Walling Buff, they have been able to create a wall that not only serves as a perimeter boundary but also gives the property real kerb appeal! The buff block works perfectly in contrast with the Bradstone Textured Coping Grey.

    Bradstone Countrystone Walling Buff

    Mr and Mrs Mayer from Kent again demonstrate how block paving can be a great option for creating a stunning patio area. They have created a contemporary outdoor space using a combination of materials and it's clear to see that the wooden sleepers and Bradstone StoneMaster Block Paving Mixed Shades Grey work perfectly together.

    Bradstone StoneMaster Block Paving Mixed Shades Grey

    Here we have another example of how striking the Bradstone Natural Slate Paving Vijaya Gold can be. We think you'll agree that Mr Darren Capehorn from Hampshire has created a stunning patio area which really highlights the natural beauty and variation exhibited in this stone. The Austin-Healey on display isn't bad looking either!

    Bradstone Natural Slate Paving Vijaya Gold

    Mr and Mrs Hawkes from Derbyshire have created a delightful patio area, combining the rich colour of the wooden decking with the rustic charm of the brick wall and the clean lines of the Bradstone Natural Slate Paving Blue-Black. The contrast of the traditional and modern works perfectly to create a relaxing space to enjoy a glass of wine!

    Bradstone Natural Slate Paving Blue-Black

    Mr John Lawrie from North Lanarkshire has laid StoneFlair by Bradstone Smooth Natural Sandstone Paving Dune to create a charming outdoor area. Whilst this product can be used to create a contemporary feature, it has been used here in a more traditional setting to stunning effect.

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Smooth Natural Sandstone Paving Dune

    Another example of how mixing materials can create a superb finish. Here we have a lovely curved feature wall built using Bradstone Natural Sandstone Walling Autumn Green and combined with wooden decking. Mr Philip Older from Buckinghamshire has created this feature which adds real impact to the garden, choosing to dry lay the stone to give a more rustic feel.

    Bradstone Natural Sandstone Walling Autumn Green

    Last but by no means least, we have another excellent example of the StoneFlair by Bradstone Smooth Natural Sandstone Paving Dune, this time cut to give an elegant curved edge. We're sure you'll agree that the photograph sent in by Mr Russell Oxenden shows a superb level of workmanship.

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Smooth Natural Sandstone Paving Dune

    Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who entered the competition. As with every year, the entries were all of an incredibly high standard and we here at Simply Paving had a very tough time reaching our decision. You will find many of the images entered into the competition will be featured on our website and in our gallery hopefully proving to be a source of inspiration to all of our customers.

    Make sure you keep an eye out for more fantastic competitions from Simply Paving over the coming months.


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  • The Responsible Supplier

    Posted on April 26, 2012 by Simply Paving

    At Simply Paving, we believe we have an ethical responsibility to ensure that the products we supply to you are made and sourced in such a way that minimises impact on communities and the environment.

    Bradstone and Charcon have been focusing their efforts on developing sustainable solutions for well over a decade.

    As part of Aggregate Industries, our main suppliers, Bradstone and Charcon are at the forefront of developments to increase the sustainability of domestic and commercial landscaping materials.

    The journey began a decade ago, when the company took the decision to focus on and invest in developing sustainable solutions across their comprehensive range of innovative building products.

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Panache Textured Paving Chocolate, Cream and Fudge

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Panache Paving is manufactured using up to 83% recycled content.

    Today, their investment is reaping rewards, with Aggregate Industries involved in a number of important and influential initiatives designed to make it easy for you, the consumer, to both recognise the most sustainable materials and identify those that have been most responsibly sourced.

    The Responsible Source

    Chances are, you've heard the mention of responsible sourcing in the news recently. In straightforward terms, responsible sourcing is all about measuring and managing the specific environmental, social and economic impacts of any products, taking into account all elements including its manufacture, delivery, use, reuse and the ability for it to be recycled.

    The good news is that Aggregate Industries is the first company in the world to achieve BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Certificate from BRE Global.

    Breeam

    As such, you can have absolute confidence that Bradstone products have been responsibly sourced and that you're getting the garden landscaping industry's most sustainable and future proof solutions. You don't just know what you're getting - you also know where you're getting it from.

    Ethical Trading Policy

    When you see the ethical trading logo, it's your assurance that Bradstone is working harder than ever to ensure their imported natural stone products meet strict ethical criteria.

    Ethical Trading Initiative

    Bradstone works with global suppliers to support the principles of the UN Global Compact and the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code. This is reflected in their policy and code of practice that aims to ensure that together with their suppliers, Aggregate Industries fulfil their obligations and responsibilities in order to maintain long-term benefits to all parties.

    Examples of the criteria Bradstone insist their suppliers have to meet are:

    • Provision of a safe and healthy workplace.
    • Prohibition of child labour.
    • Paying wages which meet or exceed national legal standards.
    • Provision of employments rights.
    • Prohibition of bonded or forced labour.

     

    Carbon Labelling

    Wouldn't it be great if you could see, at a glance, just how much carbon dioxide a product generates?

    Now you can, thanks to carbon labelling, an initiative piloted by The Carbon Trust. In simple terms, the carbon footprint is the total amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gases created during the life of a product from production to use and disposal.

    Life

    Working with one of the industry's most respected governing bodies, the Building Research Establishment (BRE), Bradstone have developed a system that calculates the carbon footprint for any Bradstone landscaping product.

    Bradstone Stone Master Block Paving Buff Shades

    Bradstone StoneMaster Block Paving is manufactured using 50% reclaimed and recycled material.

    Look out for these logos in the latest Bradstone brochure but also keep an eye out for them appearing on our website in the very near future.


    This post was posted in Our Products, Our Suppliers, Simply Paving and was tagged with Aggregate Industries, BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Certificate, Bradstone, Breeam, Charcon, Concrete, Driveway, Driveways, Ehtical Trading Initiative, Environment, ETI, Natural, Patio, Patios, Paving, Responsible Sourcing, Simply Paving, StoneFlair by Bradstone, The Carbon Trust, UN Global Compact

  • Paving Around a Swimming Pool

    Posted on April 24, 2012 by Simply Paving

    Considerations

    Swimming pools - we'd all like one but if you're lucky enough to have one or if you're considering installing one, you'll want to make sure that you can make the best use of it possible when we have some good weather.

    One of the most important considerations for making the most of your swimming pool is what paving to use around it. You need to make sure that the paving is going to be suitable for all the activities you're planning for your poolside, whether that be sunbathing, entertaining or fun and games with the family.

    If slip-resistant properties are an important factor, our textured products such as Bradstone Textured Paving or StoneFlair by Bradstone Panache Paving Textured may be top of your list. However, just be careful if you're planning on using this type of paving as it will have quite a rough finish for bare feet, especially if children are running around.

    Bradstone Textured Paving

    If you're looking to recreate the look and feel of the Mediterranean, why not use Bradstone Tile Paving to evoke all the spirit, charm and warmth. With this product, you'll be back poolside at the villa without even boarding a plane!

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Tile Paving Mellow Terracotta

    If natural products are more appealing to you, why not try something ultra contemporary such as the StoneFlair by Bradstone Ventura Paving. This product uses 500mm x 500mm sized slab with a grooved design to give a very modern feel.

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Ventura Paving

    Precautions and Aftercare

    If concrete or natural stone flags are splashed with chlorinated water, they are liable to develop white crystalline marks as the water evaporates; this is not damaging and can be easily removed with clean water.

    However, concrete paving, and to a lesser extent, natural stone paving can be structurally damaged if exposed to chlorinated water in periods of freezing temperatures. As swimming pools are generally not used in such conditions, this is rarely an issue.

    Where can I get more advice?

    Bradstone flags have been recommended as pool surrounds many times, if you would like further guidance please give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 or call the Bradstone helpline on 01335 372 289.


    This post was posted in How to..., Our Products, Simply Paving and was tagged with Bradstone, Concrete, Landscapers, Landscaping, Limestone, Manufactured, Natural, Patio, Patios, Paving, Sandstone, Simply Paving, StoneFlair by Bradstone, Swimming Pool

  • And the winner is...

    Posted on January 19, 2012 by Simply Paving

    Another competition and another incredibly difficult decision.

    Year after year, the standard of entries to our annual photographic competition has left us gobsmacked here in the Simply Paving office. This latest competition has been no different - we were in awe of the level of skill in both design and workmanship on show in the photographs - because of this we have chosen one outright winner who will receive a cheque of £500, a second place entry who will receive a cheque of £200 and nine runners-up who will each receive a cheque for £100.

    Enough of us telling you how good the entries are, see for yourself below!

    The first prize of £500 goes to Mrs Zoe and Mr Craig Lewis of North Yorkshire with this stunning entry, which really displays an incredible level of workmanship and demonstrates the clean lines and subtle tonal variations of the Bradstone StoneMaster Block Paving range. Using a mix of the three colours in the Buff shades; Dark Buff Cast, Dark Buff Washed and Light Buff Washed they have produced a very attractive driveway that perfectly replicates the look of natural sandstone block paving, which works perfectly with the brickwork of the house.

    This year, for the first time we have chosen a second placed entry who will be cashing a cheque for £200.

    Second place in our competition has been awarded to Mrs Jane Morris from Surrey who has created an absolutely beautiful outdoor space using Bradstone's Woburn Rumbled Block Paving Graphite. Using three sizes, the customer has created an eye-catching concentric circle design which adds interest, whilst we think you'll agree the Graphite colour works superbly with the wooden building, fencing and decking and also the planting scheme.

    Our nine runners-up, each winning a prize of £100 are:

    Mr Kevin Paterson from Kent who has used Bradstone Textured Paving Grey 600 x 600's to fantastic effect, creating this stunning contemporary outdoor space. Although, this product is part of our Value Range the finished job is clearly of very high quality, underlining just what can be achieved with any of our products.

    Here, Mr Daniel Jones from Shropshire demonstrates how using a combination of materials can produce a very effective modern look. The decking, trellis and pergola work incredibly well when used alongside the StoneFlair by Bradstone Vogue Paving and the StoneFlair by Bradstone Polished Natural Sandstone Paving Fossil Buff.

    Mr Darren Ayres from Cambridgeshire has produced a stunning outdoor space using StoneFlair by Bradstone Polished Natural Sandstone Paving Fossil Buff. It looks a wonderful place to enjoy a relaxed summers evening, perhaps even with a few beers or a bottle of wine!

    In this photograph, Mrs Jennifer Floutier from Derbyshire shows that practical can be beautiful. Using Bradstone Woburn Rumbled Infilta Permeable Block Paving Rustic they have been able to create a driveway that is not only pleasing on the eye but also conforms to the legislation regarding paving the front of your home. For more information on the laying of Bradstone's range of Permeable Block Paving click here.

    Mr John West from Cambridgeshire again demonstrates how one of our Value Range products can transform your outdoor space without spending the earth! This is more of a traditional feel than the earlier entry and uses Bradstone Weathered Riven Paving Weathered Cotswold 450 x 450's to create a stunning patio incorporating an access ramp.

    Another example of how mixing materials can create a superb contemporary finish. Here Mr Martin Markcrow from Oxfordshire has combined wooden beds with Bradstone Decorative Aggregates Nordic Spar and StoneFlair by Bradstone Panache Long Aspect Black Textured to create both a dining area and pathways between planted areas. I think you'll agree, this photograph could have been taken straight out of Bradstone's new brochure.

    Mr Mike Ellis from Flintshire has used StoneFlair by Bradstone Polished Natural Sandstone Paving Rainbow to create a charming outdoor dining area. The paving, decking and furniture work perfectly together and you can just imagine enjoying a summer salad here, unwinding after a day at work.

    Ten out of ten on our next entry for both effort and Photoshop skills (we want that number plate)! Mr Phil Sutton from Cornwall has created a stunning driveway using Bradstone's Woburn Rumbled Block Paving Autumn. First impressions are important and the customer has given his property an extra touch of class and real kerb appeal.

    You could be sat somewhere in the Mediterranean, but in fact you'd be sat in the garden of Mr Ray Lane from Kent. Using Bradstone Tile Paving Mellow Terracotta 300 x 300's the customer has evoked all the spirit, charm and warmth associated with true terracotta tiles.

    Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who entered the competition. The entries were all of an incredibly high standard and we here at Simply Paving had a very tough time reaching our decision. You will find many of the images entered into the competition will be featured on our website and in our gallery hopefully proving to be a source of inspiration to all of our customers.

    Make sure you keep an eye out for more fantastic competitions from Simply Paving over the coming months.


    This post was posted in Competitions, Our Customers, Simply Paving and was tagged with Aggregates, Autumn, Autumn Cotswold, Black, Block Paving, Bradstone, Buff, Concrete, Cragside, DIY, Driveway, Driveways, Edging, Fossil Buff, Graphite, Grey, Infilta, Landscapers, Landscaping, Long Aspect, Manufactured, Mellow Terracotta, Natural, Panache, Patio, Patios, Paving, Polished, Rainbow, Rustic, Sandstone, Simply Paving, StoneFlair by Bradstone, Textured, Tile, Vogue, Weathered Riven, Woburn Rumbled

  • Building Walls

    Posted on November 23, 2010 by Simply Paving

    As part of our Simply Do It Yourself series, we next look at building walls.

    When building a wall, start by building up the ends of the wall over the level foundations to approximately three or four courses.

    Using traditional dressing methods to reveal the natural decorative aggregate chippings, Bradstone Pitched Walling provides a more economical alternative to natural stone.

    If you plan to build a retaining wall higher than 600mm or for any wall over 900mm, we recommend that you seek expert advice on its structure. As a general rule, the depth of the foundations should be between 1/4 and 1/3 of the walls height and the foundation width should be two or three times the walls width.

    Remove topsoil and dig to firm ground and lay concrete foundations using 6 parts ballast to 1 part cement (or 4 parts coarse aggregate to 2 parts building sand to 1 part cement).

    A building line should then be stretched from one end of the foundations to another. Build one course at a time, using a spirit level to check for accuracy, vertically, diagonally and horizontally.

    Checking levels.

    Using a trowel, spread mortar (4 parts building sand to 1 part cement) evenly over the foundations and then over the blocks of each course as you lay them. The mortar should slightly exude from between the joints and any surplus should be removed with the trowel. Fill vertical joints as you go by applying mortar to one end of the block before positioning it adjacent to the previously laid block.

    Laying walling block.

    The blocks should be laid in a stretcher bond using half blocks at the end of each alternate course. It is recommended that no more than 6 to 8 courses are built at a time, allowing for the mortar to set before beginning building again.

    Using a pointing trowel, smooth and finish the mortar joints. Top the wall with a matching coping.

    Walling blocks are perfect for creating many garden features including raised beds, planters and steps. If you are building a raised planter, barbecue or similar small garden feature on an existing concrete base or well laid patio, foundations may not be required.

    If you require any help, please give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 and we will try to assist you in all aspects of your landscaping project.


    This post was posted in How to..., Simply Do It Yourself and was tagged with Blocks, Bradstone, Bricks, Building Materials, Concrete, DIY, Landscaping, Natural, Patio, Patios, Paving, Sandstone, Simply Paving, Walling, Walls

  • Our Suppliers and the Environment

    Posted on February 26, 2010 by Simply Paving

    As part of Aggregate Industries, our main suppliers, Bradstone, Charcon and StoneFlair are at the forefront of developments to increase the sustainability of domestic and commercial landscaping materials.

    The journey began a decade ago, when the company took the decision to focus on and invest in developing sustainable solutions across their comprehensive range of innovative building products.

    Today, their investment is reaping rewards, with Aggregate Industries involved in a number of important and influential initiatives designed to make it easy for you, the consumer, to both recognise the most sustainable materials and identify those that have been most responsibly sourced.


    The Responsible Source - a world first

    Chances are, you've heard the mention of responsible sourcing in the news recently. In straightforward terms, responsible sourcing is about measuring the specific environmental, economic and social impacts of any product, taking into account such factors as its manufacture, delivery, use, re-use and the ability for it to be recycled.

    The good news is that Aggregate Industries are the first company in the world to achieve the BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing Certificate. With this unique status, you can have absolute confidence that the products supplied have been responsibly sourced and that you're getting the industry's most sustainable solutions. You don't just know what you're getting - you also know where you're getting it from.

    Ethical Trading

    As a group, Aggregate Industries support the principles of the UN Global Compact and the Ethical Trading Initiative base code. This is reflected in their policy and code of practice that
     aims to ensure that together with their suppliers, Aggregate Industries fulfil their obligations and responsibilities in order to maintain long-term benefits to all parties.

    Examples of criteria their suppliers have to meet are:

    • Prohibition of child labour
    • Provision of a safe workplace
    • Provision of all employment rights
    • Prohibition of bonded or forced labour
    • Paying wages that meet or exceed national legal requirements.

    Carbon Labelling

    Wouldn't it be great if you could see, at a glance, just how much CO2 a product generates?

    Now you can, thanks to carbon labelling, an initiative piloted by The Carbon Trust. Carbon labelling calculates the carbon footprint of products across their entire life cycle - from production, to use and disposal - and then displays the information clearly on a label.

    Carbon labelling not only clearly indicates how much a company is committed to reducing carbon emissions, but the 'footprint' logo also enables consumers to make a more informed decision about the products they're buying.

    Look out for these logos in the new Bradstone and StoneFlair 2010 brochures but also keep an eye out for them appearing on our website in the very near future.


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