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    Alpine White Slabs

    December 8th, 2017 in Factory Visits

    We have just returned from a successful trip to Turkey and more specifically to the factory of our Alpine White supplier. With the winter closing in quickly quarries in the area will close soon and remain closed for months, possibly until March. So to see a fantastic block of slabs cut, polished and ready to ship was a good result.

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    Schroders, London Wall. Grigio Perla Dry Lay

    September 21st, 2017 in Factory Visits

    We have just returned from a short trip to Italy with stone specialists Arena Stone & Ceramic, the main contractor Overbury and architects TP Bennett to inspect a dry lay of our Grigio Perla for the Schroders main reception, London Wall, London.

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    Schroders, Grigio Perla slab inspection

    March 7th, 2017 in Factory Visits

    The very first slabs of Grigio Perla were recently cut and filled and for the Schroders project.

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    AKDN in Kings Cross

    February 8th, 2017 in Case Studies, Factory Visits, Stone Finishes

    We received an inquiry from Vladimir Djurovic of VDLA early last year to ask for help with an exciting and challenging new project in London. The AKDN in Kings Cross, consisted of a number of gardens. Each garden was to give the feeling and aesthetic of a particular part of the world.  

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    Stone selection: from inspiration to delivery

    June 8th, 2016 in Care & Maintenance, Factory Visits, Slab inspection, Technical Data

    GDStones is more than just a stone supplier. The journey from a client’s initial idea to the full shipment of stone delivered to site is a long and complex one, and that’s the way we like it. Because by taking so much care through the entire process, we ensure clients get exactly what they need, at the very best quality. This is how it works:

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    Blackfriars Tundra Blue

    April 29th, 2016 in Factory Visits, New Stone

    In addition to the Petra Alba Travertine specified and already supplied to One Blackfriars we were asked to also assist in procuring 10,000sqm of Tundra Blue Limestone in 20mm of various sizes and 1000sqm of 12mm tiles.

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    New Embassy dry lay inspection

    April 15th, 2016 in Factory Visits

    We are currently supplying around 1000sqm 50mm Pietra Del Mare Limestone to clad the New Embassy in London. The specification started 3-4 years ago with Dunston Limestone from Lincoln. This ideal material swiftly progressed to a French alternative to accommodate the sizes and quantity required. However the French limestone from Metz was from an aggregate quarry and the colour changed considerably over the period of specification and by the time the stone was needed we had to find something else! Another search and another solution. This time it was Pietra Del Mare.  A limestone supplied by Grassi Pietre in Vicenza. This was not a million miles away from the original spec both in colour and structure and very consistent too.

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    Schroders London Wall quarry inspection

    April 15th, 2016 in Factory Visits, Quarry Visit

    This week we took a trip the incredible quarry of Grigio Perla . With orders being placed imminently for the exciting Schroders London Wall project we thought it good to take a quick trip out to see the current extraction and discuss the project in more detail. The quarry (working since 1897) and factory have got to be in one of the most unique settings with views across Lago d’iseo The factory building is in typical 1950’s style and the quarrying now inside the mountain. So nothing really upsets these unusually tranquil surroundings.

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    Boutique 1 - Bianco Alba inspection

    April 7th, 2016 in Factory Visits

    Our new Bianco Alba is a product we are very excited about. From the same family run quarry in Rapolano as our Pietra Alba the Bianco is the whitest variety available.

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    Petra Alba travertine for Number One Blackfriars

    March 24th, 2016 in Factory Visits, Slab inspection

    Production underway for Number One Blackfriars. Bespoke cutting of our Petra Alba travertine for this specific design by Simpson Haugh Architects for St Georges Plc.

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