The Natural Stone Awards 2018

The Natural Stone Awards ceremony is a highlight event in the industry calendar. It provides an opportunity for the various professionals involved with the natural stone sector to come together and celebrate a range of fantastic projects and the teams behind them.

The 2018 Natural Stone Awards ceremony was held at , the The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, a five-star hotel close to two historic natural stone structures: The Tower of London and Tower Bridge.

BBC Sports presenter Jim Rosenthal was the evening host and voice of the National Lottery and Strictly Come Dancing, Alan Dedicoat was the announcer for the event.

We are delighted to have been commended for our recently completed Private house in Glasgow which used 75mm thick WittonFell sandstone ashlar cladding to the decades of the main living quarters of the house.

The judges noted that the overall impact is one of carefully specified masonry,built with a high degree of consistent quality control and appropriate craftsmanship.

Cottage Extension and Renovation in Killyleagh Conservation Area

Killyleagh Cottage Extension and Renovation. On approach the property has delightful kerb appeal with a rendered finish and a terracotta shrub lined path leading to the front entrance porch. Internally the property is unique with the addition of an internal courtyard allowing light to flood through the ground floor. The accommodation flows from living to dining to kitchen with a carefully thought out layout to include a utility area, WC and storage space. On the first floor there are two good sized bedrooms and bathroom all boasting beautiful design elements and style. To the rear there is a large, mature garden with a private patio space.

The Coach House,Bed and Breakfast

Newly constructed in 2016 from re-claimed architectural materials, the Coach House was designed by award winning architect, Des Ewing. The design is based on an original Irish cart house from circa 1850 with arches of red brick and re-claimed stone walls. The granite exterior staircase leads our guests up to the entrance hallway with its exposed period wooden floors and luxury vintage grandeur. Each of our 2 bedrooms are individually decorated and designed in an eclectic style with fine period Edwardian furniture and all the comfort of a small luxury hotel but retaining an intimate homely feeling.

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Schueco Glazing Enhances Views of Chichester Harbour

There are many people whose dream is to live in an energy-efficient, easy-to manage house that has been specially created to meet their individual needs. Since such home-owners will almost always engage an architect, the resultant houses are very often contemporary in design and make use of the most up-to-date building techniques and materials.

Entrance Elevation

This presents Schueco Residential Partners with a significant opportunity because the quality of Schueco systems makes them the natural choice for high-end, bespoke properties. Brightwater, a sleek, 4,000 sq ft, two-storey private house with a triple garage, overlooking Chichester Harbour, is an example of this type of project.

Designed by Des Ewing of Des Ewing Residential Architects and finished in soft white self-coloured render with contrasting dark stone cladding, Brightwater has a flat roof with extensive glazing which provides wonderful views of the harbour, enhanced by corner windows.

The overall effect of a home flooded with light and warmth is due in no small measure to the extensive use of a variety of Schueco systems that combine good looks with exceptional levels of insulation. In addition, whatever the type of system, all the profiles match perfectly together, delivering an important uniformity of design throughout the house.

The Schueco systems specified at Brightwater include FWS 50+ curtain walling (Ug value: 1.1 W/m2K), AWS 70.HI windows (Uw value: 1.3 W/m2K), an AWS/ADS 70.HI hinged door (Uw value: 1.6 Wm2K) and most significantly, several sets of ASS 70.HI lift-and-slide doors with slimline central interlock (Uw value: 1.5 Wm2k).

Lift-and-slide Schueco doors

These doors, which provide access to the patios and all the balconies on the first floor, have stylish Schueco stainless steel door furniture and an ultra-low threshold of just 25 mm so that the danger of tripping is virtually eliminated.

Des Ewing is unequivocal about his practice’s preference for using Schueco products: ‘We always specify Schueco systems as we know that clients will like their appearance and their ease of operation. We also know from experience of around twenty recent installations that they will prove extremely reliable over the years to come.’

Brightwater has been designed so that the extensive kitchen, living room and dining area all enjoy harbour views, while the snug and the study face inland. The first floor – which benefits from light streaming in through the Schueco window and door systems – has a master suite with two bathrooms and a large dressing space; the three remaining bedrooms are equipped with dressing rooms and en-suite facilities.

A Schueco AWS 70 double-height feature window in the hallway allows the morning light to penetrate deep into the building’s interior and, at dusk, lights up the circular glass-sided staircase in the hall. The latter is the focal point of the house and all the rooms lead from it.

The excellent thermal performance of the Schueco systems means that despite the large areas of glazing, overall energy consumption in the house remains very low, delivering important environmental benefits and economical energy bills.

All the Schueco systems in Brightwater were fabricated and installed by Croydon-based DG Glass Designs, a highly experienced and expanding aluminium and glass specialist that is active on projects across London and the South-East.