BBS Granite Concepts portfolio for landscape architects and civil engineers


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BBS Granite Concepts, are able to offer almost every type of natural stone from around the world. Currently importing from China, Vietnam, Spain, Portugal and Italy. In addition Granite Concepts can now offer genuine Scottish Whinstone.

BBS Granite Concepts is staffed by individuals who all extensive experience of the natural stone industry. This wealth of experience is invaluable when considering the now often complex jobs, how they should be planned, detailed, quality controlled and administered.

Natural Granite is a common and widely occurring type of intrusive, felsic, igneous rock. Natural granite has a medium to coarse texture, occasionally with some individual crystals larger than the groundmass forming a rock known as porphyry. Granites can be pink to dark grey or even black, depending on their chemistry and mineralogy. Outcrops of granite tend to form tors, and rounded massifs. Granites sometimes occur in circular depressions surrounded by a range of hills, formed by the metamorphic aureole or hornfels.

Granite is nearly always massive (lacking internal structures), hard and tough, and therefore it has gained widespread use as a construction stone. The average density of granite is 2.75 g/cm3 and its viscosity at standard temperature and pressure is ~4.5 • 1019 Pa·s [1] . The word granite comes from the Latin granum, a grain, in reference to the coarse-grained structure of such a crystalline rock. BBS Granite Concepts have put together a gallery of the most widely used Portuguese and Chinese granites for you to view.

There are numerous mortar systems currently on the market and our products have been laid using most of them.

Instarmac Group plc is a multi award-winning market leading company, a specialist in the manufacture and distribution of cement, bitumen and resin based products to the world market for over 30 years. We have built a solid reputation based on the research, development and manufacture of innovative products for use in the highway maintenance, concrete repair, streetscape, tiling and commercial flooring industries. All of our products are manufactured under the Quality Management System BS EN ISO 9001.We are committed to delivering high specification, rapid strength, fast-track products and systems to ensure high standards of quality and resilience. We offer everyone expert customer service, technical advice, site support, comprehensive bespoke training and RIBA CPD accredited seminars.

Innovation, Research and Development are stimulated by the relationships with our customers – listening to needs and providing real solutions.

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BBS Granite Concepts portfolio for landscape architects and civil engineers

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  2. 2. BBS was established 1990, full name BBS Brick and Stone, since then it hassupplied natural stone from UK sources, principally sandstones from Yorkshireand Derbyshire. In 2007 a new Company was formed by the principals of BBS.The Directors were getting frustrated that they could not offer imported stonesat competitive rates thereby limiting their ability to win a large number ofprojects. Principally those consisting of a mixture of UK and imported materials.The new Company, BBS Granite Concepts, are now able to offer almost members of staff. Firstly against the customer’s order then GC’s ownevery type of natural stone from around the world. Currently importing written order against detail drawings. At the same time that the orderfrom China, Vietnam, Spain, Portugal and Italy. In addition Granite goes to the factory it is acknowledged to the customer with a request forConcepts can now offer genuine Scottish Whinstone. any details to be “signed off”.Granite Concepts is staffed by individuals who all have extensive Service levels are very important to Granite Concepts and as part of thisexperience of the natural stone industry. This wealth of experience is each customer is provided with a regular up-date. Three weeks after anyinvaluable when considering the now often complex jobs, how they order is placed with a Factory in the Far East or one week in the case ofshould be planned, detailed, quality controlled and administered. Europe an up-date is given on progress. Should anything occur that might have an effect upon the progress of any project it will be highlighted, toFrom the outset, especially when involved at specification stage the customer, within the order up-date.Granite Concepts will try and offer advice on finding practical solutionsto often encountered problems, assisting with writing sensible A lot of time and effort is spent on improving the quality of crates andspecifications and value engineering projects where possible. Granite packaging and the manner in which GC deliver in different ways to variousConcepts have access to technical data if required and can provide further locations. Each crate is clearly labelled with everything cross referencedspecialist input if needed. against a detailed packing list. The label gives a crate number, our order reference, the material, size and quantity. Any specials will have referenceGranite Concepts take great care in the detailing of each new order.Once an order is received and all details agreed this will be placed with numbers marked on the units as well as the label.the factory setting out what is needed and when it should be shipped.Any special quality control or packaging requirements will also be In addition to sending regular up-dates GC’s transport department makedetailed at this stage. contact with the customer during the period the goods are on order to ascertain exactly how deliveries will be dealt with. Further contact is madeFor special items, usually anything more complex than a paving slab or a few days before the shipment is expected to arrive in the UK to makesett, GC will produce shop drawings. Whilst GC can accept, detail and final arrangements.issue information on CAD the most successful way of dealing with thesespecials is by isometric sketches, either in lieu of two dimensional Following delivery the Granite Concepts team is available, withdrawings or to compliment them. To ensure that no mistakes are made representatives throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northerneach factory order will be double checked by one of GC’s experienced Ireland should a site visit be necessary. The UKs leading supplier of natural stone from around the world >
  3. 3. www.bbsgraniteconcepts.comProducts > Granite GRANITE Granite is an igneous rock occurring in many regions throughout the World, formed by the slow cooling of pockets of magma, trapped beneath the earth’s surface. It is therefore present as massive raw deposits. Because of its excellent technical characteristics Granite is widely acknowledged as one of the premium hard landscaping and construction materials available today. Granite is available in various colours, shapes, sizes and textures. It can be manufactured either by the traditional ‘Hand Hewn’ method or by more Barking Brixton modern and dimensionally accurate processes using state of the art machinery. At BBS Granite Concepts, we are able to source Granites from Europe, South America, Africa, India and the Far East, with the result that we can satisfy the requirements of even the most complex projects. For more details of the products which we can offer, along with case studies of projects previously supplied, please visit our web site. BBS Granite Concepts have put together a gallery of the most widely used Portuguese and Chinese granites for you to view at These images combine to show you some of the colours and textures available in our industry, although you may prefer a sample of your chosen stone to be sent to you. Inverness Glasgow
  4. 4. Belfast Products > Sandstone & Slate SANDSTONE Sandstone was formed in excess of 300 million years ago; it is a sedimentary, carboniferous rock, created by the actions of wind, pressure, heat and water which combined quartz, mica and feldspar, together with natural bonding agents such as silica, calcium carbonate, iron oxides and clays to create it. The resulting stone, has been a large part of the construction industry for centuries. Sandstone paving was traditionally produced by splitting layers from a block extracted from the quarry. Split or riven paving remains a popular choice today mainly for commercial conservation projects, although the domestic market is taking a greater interest in this product. More recently, sandstone or “York”stone paving has been produced by the process of diamond-sawing blocks of stone into slabs and then into paving flag and sett dimensions, in a variety of sizes and finishes. Some sawn sandstones can be textured by flaming the surface whilst others are shotsawn, sandblasted, picked or chiselled to achieve a slip resistant surface finish. For a greater in depth description of how sandstone is manufactured and quarried, please contact our BBS UK sandstone sales team on 0044 1924 241100. Belfast White City Historically, sandstone has been sourced in the UK, mainly from the Pennine areas of northern England, this is how the name Yorkstone was originated. As the popularity and demand for natural stone products has grown in the UK, suppliers have had to look to other countries with a view to importing sandstone to keep up with the needs of this constantly growing market. BBS Brick & Stone and BBS Granite Concepts have been able to source a technically and visually equivalent material to the two colour Yorkstone currently used in the UK for commercial applications. This new stone can be viewed opposite. It is available in sawn, flamed and sandblasted finished and can be manufactured into tactile paving if required. SLATE Slate is a a fine-grained metamorphic rock that forms when shale undergoes metamorphosis. Slate splits into thin layers with smooth surfaces. It ranges in color from grey to black or from red to green, depending on the minerals contained in the shale from which it formed. Slate has been used in construction for hundreds of years in applications as diverse as roofing to paving, and walling to garden decoration. This material can be easily worked as its layered make up allows easy splitting. Slate is available in a range of colours, finishes and sizes.
  5. 5. www.bbsgraniteconcepts.comProducts > Limestone & Porphyry LIMESTONE Limestone is a sedimentary rock made up mainly of mineral calcite, with the other main constituents being silica, flint, sand and clay. The main source of calcite is most commonly marine organisms. Limestone is quarried and extracted from regions which originally formed the beds of shallow seas millions of years previously. Limestone is formed close to earth’s surface capturing fossilized plant and animal life. Limestone is used in a wide range of interior and exterior building applications. Hard limestone can be manufactured to produce a polished, honed or flamed finish. Limestone creates a tough but sophisticated surface that appeals to many and varied construction applications which require durability and character. There are many varieties of limestone ranging from whites through beige, blues and black, although some may be suited to one application better than another. Should you be unsure on which type to use please contact us. PORPHYRY Porphyry is a volcanic rock and is formed during a slow cooling process of igneous material, giving it high compressive strength and density. Porphyry can be sourced in various colours in particular earth tones of grey, brown, rust, buff and violets. Porphyry can be sourced from various countries around the world although Italy has become the main attraction with areas to the north of the country most popular. Other countries able to supply Porphyry include China and Argentina. Over recent years Porphyry has become a popular architectural stone with Planners and Specifiers alike, in particular for projects needing an edge St. Andrew’s Cathedral of quality or a subtlety of tone. It is an ideal surfacing material for walkways and town regeneration schemes, but also lends itself to domestic applications.
  6. 6. Case Study > BBC White City Historically London has often been paved using UK two colour sandstone, bringing warmth and colour to the city. This type of paving is still fully embraced by Borough Councils including Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Richmond and Hammersmith and Fulham to name but a few. With UK supplies of this type of sandstone at an all time low London has had to look to imported material to ensure demand is met by supply. BBS Granite Concepts Ltd have been at the forefront of sourcing these materials, and can boast a range of imported sandstones which include our buff/grey two colour sandstone which is being laid throughout London as an alternative to the UK supplies. This economically viable and aesthetically pleasing alternative carries a technical specification in line with the UK materials and is held in stock at our UK depots. With selected areas around the Westfield Shopping Centre, the new Wood Lane tube station and the frontage of the BBC studios, our two colour sandstone has been the material of choice to complement the existing UK sandstone previously supplied. Visit for more case studies.
  7. 7. www.bbsgraniteconcepts.comAudits > AUDITS Along with BBS Brick & Stone, BBS Granite Concepts Ltd have already built a proud reputation on Ethical Trading, brought about by a strict policy. Continual visits throughout the year ensure welfare and working conditions in overseas operations are of the highest standards possible. Trading with potential suppliers cannot commence until our expectations and standards of supply have been discussed and agreed. All our suppliers are keen to show their high health and safety standards, their onsite training programmes and the health and welfare available to their workforce. Having been independently audited by varying UK interests, our suppliers sustainability has shown an extremely high standard in all areas of manufacture and supply of natural stone. This topic is increasingly discussed and is high on our agenda when promoting our products. Granite Concepts were recently tasked with carrying out a full quarrying and manufacturing audit on behalf of Transport For London. On site visits and photographic/video diaries were kept with a full written report submitted on our return from China. The report was well received, and showed the safe working conditions for the granite workforce, coupled with extensive and full use of PPE by the workers. Granite Concepts has always had the supply workforce at the forefront of our minds, believing a fair price paid by us will increase the standard of the working conditions for the suppliers. As a company we invest in supplier development ensuring H&S, PPE and general working conditions are as high as possible. The Ethical Trading Initiative is a ground-breaking alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations. We work in partnership to improve the working lives of people across the globe who make or grow consumer goods - everything from tea to T-shirts, from flowers to footballs and granite to sandstone. BBS GRANITE CONCEPTS LTD are proud to be a member of the alliance, and add our own best wishes to the group for its future success world wide. For further information on how our alliance is working to make a difference please visit
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