April 2017 is a special date for us at Stamford Stone.
It marks two decades of quarrying and processing architectural limestone, building stone and other products from our base just outside Stamford in Lincolnshire. Laura Green, Director of Marketing and Planning, explains more about how we reached this landmark moment.
“As a family, we’re celebrating 20 years of ownership, and are proud to have grown the business progressively over two decades.
Our three sites include the 20 acre Clipsham Medwells Quarry which is over a century old, and our 30 acre Greetham site, which we took over in 2014. Our production site and recently refurbished showroom, which the general public is very welcome to visit, are based in Helpston near Stamford.
In an area famous for its food and drink, limestone is our bread and butter – we’ve been lucky enough to contribute to some very prestigious projects over the last few years, including buildings like Peterborough Cathedral, new property developments in Stamford, a new orangery at Grade I listed Rushton Hall in Northamptonshire and exciting refurbishment and restoration projects in historic Oxford and Cambridge.
Natural stone continues to be a wonderful building material for both new properties and aesthetic restorations of historic buildings. Although our main business is architectural masonry and house building, our stone is equally desirable for use inside the home, too, as bespoke stone staircases, flooring for reception halls, boot rooms, orangeries and fireplaces and in the garden for patios, paving and ornamental features.
After 20 successful years in the business, we’re not planning on going anywhere. Our Clipsham Medwells quarry has reserves guaranteed for the next 25 years, securing our company’s future and preserving continuity and consistency for all our customers.
We’re planning a special Quarry Visit in June where we’ll be carving our very own plaque to celebrate making buildings more beautiful inside and out since 1997.”
What do we attribute our success to?
Changes in technology
From mechanisation in the industry which began in the 1950s to the state of the art CNC saws we use today, guaranteeing accuracy and consistency like never before, we’ve witnessed huge changes that have improved our processes – although the careful finishing by hand of our skilled stonemasons will never be replaced.
We’ve established strong relationships with architects, specifiers, housebuilders and renovators across the building, construction and retail sectors and are very grateful for their continued support and loyalty.
We’re very aware of preserving the landscape around our quarries and have a renewal plan in place which is regularly reviewed so that we can assure green spaces in the future. With sustainability such a key word in architecture and construction, we are committed to doing everything we can to protect our environment and our resources.
Finally, we love what we do
Working with a beautiful natural product that enhances buildings never loses its appeal – it’s incredibly satisfying to be using the past to invest in the future.
According to research by Stone Specialist, natural stone remains a material of choice for commercial properties, home decoration and high end housebuilding, conservation work and memorials, boosted by major projects coming on stream in London and other key cities.
Hard landscaping has also turned to stone in a major way, both for public and private projects. In 1980 stone paving and walling was a rarity. Now it is only a question of which stone to use. Once again, the very symbol of permanence and longevity is being chosen to mark out significant buildings and shape landscapes. We’ll drink a toast to that!