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Natural Paving Products debut appearance at Eco Build proved to be another success for the company. The impressive 62m2 triangular display showcased their new and exclusive product range for 2013, which became a stunning focal point for visitors.
The new fresh ‘VandeMoortel’ range of natural clay pavers was a particular hit with designers and contractors who marvelled at the products versatility and design possibilities. Natural Paving is now exclusively stocking four different pavers in a variety of colours and finishes. A new dark limestone has also been added to the Cragstone collection, Ebony, a contemporary black flagstone with smooth rounded edges but with a delicately textured surface for a rustic and practical finish.
INSTALLER AWARD WINNERS
The eagerly anticipated winners of the Natural Paving 2012 annual quality awards were also announced at the show; The Best Driveway Award went to Dragon Driveways, The Best Patio Award to B J Patios and Best Overall Design to A Ward Landscapes.
Dragon Driveways took the judges seal of approval with a winning entry based on a prestigious driveway installation using Natural Paving’s Walnut block paving. The judges commented that “The extensive installation created by Dragon Driveways was laid impeccably, taking into account a number of intricacies around walling, garages, flower beds and a grand beam entrance. The design incorporated the contrasting Midnight Blue block paving, to give the installation a subtle edging.”
B J Patios claimed the title of Best Patio with a fantastic garden that they had created from a mixture of Golden Fossil walling and Harvest flagstones. One of the judges commented that “B J Patios have created a multi layered garden adding depth and interest to a large open space, giving the owners a number of delightful areas and levels for relaxation, planting and dining. The installation was relatively complex with a number of angles, levels and obstacles to overcome, which B J Patios did with ease and professionalism.”
A Ward Landscapes fought off some tough competition to win the Best Overall Design category, but well deserved with a stunning design that has given a lovely property a real sense of connection to its ‘outdoor rooms.’ The judges parting comments on A Ward were “A clever selection of products and colours have been used to create a modern Midnight Blue and Walnut driveway, with complementary Lakeland flagstones in the garden to provide a pathway around the garden connecting the house, garden and outhouse with areas for relaxation.” Meadow cobbles and walling have been used around the edge of the garden which creates a very relaxed and inviting feel that accompanies the gardens classic and traditional style and also poses a fantastic contrast to the modern driveway.
In a closely contested battle, the deserving runners up include: Ecclesall Developments Ltd, who claimed the runner up prize for Best Driveway with a pristine Silver Mist installation in Sheffield, turning a driveway into an integral design feature of the property. Garden Creation Services Ltd were awarded the runner up prize for Best Patio, with a beautiful installation combining Midnight Blue and York Grey flagstones in a contrasting design that has created a truly bespoke and modern garden for the lucky property owners. Snapdragon took the runner up prize for Best Overall Design with a stunning courtyard and driveway of Meadow cobbles that have been installed to create a tailored design, with Lakeland flagstones connecting the courtyard to the back of the property.
All of the winners received cheques for £500 and the runners up a cheque for £250 each. With so many high quality entries the judges felt it only fair to reward this pedigree and effort with a selected number of Highly Commended awards with a prize of £100. Highly Commended awards have been given to: Mason & Turner Construction Ltd and A & M Paving for entries in the Best Driveway category. Elite Landscaping Ltd, the only company to do this, has received two Highly Commended awards for both Best Patio and Best Driveway. The Best Patio also had Highly Commended Awards given to All Seasons, Pave-A-Way, and Evitt Landscapes. For Best Overall Design, Brookhill Landscapes Ltd, Advance Contractors, Gagajoo Gardens and D.J McLeod Landscape Gardening were all awarded as Highly Commended.
Natural Paving would like to thank everyone who entered the awards, all of whom made the judging challenging yet an honour, due to the high levels of quality craftsmanship and innovative, inspiring designs. Marketing Manager Rebecca Hughes commented “The awards are a fantastic way to showcase our industries talent and importantly a way for us to demonstrate commitment to our independent, Installer and Designer scheme members. Congratulations to all the award winners and thank you to everyone who took part.”
6 NATIONS PRIZE DRAW
The winning does not stop there, as Natural Paving are pleased to announce that Steve Hill, Managing Director of the Builders Supply Company won the prize draw at Eco Build, enjoying 2 tickets to the 6 Nations England v Italy game, at Twickenham Stadium on 10th March, with overnight accommodation and breakfast. Runners Up Jason Rotton, Sales Manager from Jewson, Alan Harris of E.T Clay and Tom Lee from Professional Builders Merchant each took away an official England rugby ball and shirt.
On review Eco Build seems to be the main show for the UK construction industry, as Natural Paving exhibited alongside the industry’s key players. With an impressive range of visitors to the stand, the Natural Paving team strengthened existing relationships and made a wealth of new contacts from independent specifiers through to multi national chains. Eco Build also provided the firm with a chance to exchange knowledge on best practice for sustainability with eco experts and organisations such as the Carbon Trust. With the first successful exhibition at Eco Build under its belt, Natural Paving are now looking forward to the rest of their UK scheduled exhibitions, incorporating a mix of trade and retail shows including; Home Build and Renovation and The Stone Show.
To find out about more Natural Paving, the products showcased at Eco Build, our Award Winners or Scheme please contact a member of the team on 0845 072 1150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.