CLA Member Profile - Westminster Stone
CLA Members Westminster Stone have been manufacturing stone paving and landscaping materials for over 30 years. As a third generation family business their reputation is built on producing the UK’s best reproduction paving and stone flooring. Replicated from sourced originals, their paving is so authentic it came to the attention of the National Trust who licensed them to produce a range on their behalf - The National Trust Landscape Collection.
MD John Clifford said: “We’re proud of what we’ve achieved. The beauty of our products is that they add an instant maturity and heritage to any setting so are ideal for conservation and restoration projects or where a traditional ambience is sought’
Many companies produce man-made paving but the degree of accuracy in colour, texture and size is what sets Westminster Stone’s paving apart and is why the National Trust approached them to produce ranges based on the houses & gardens in their care. With renowned flagstones and tiles such as Lancashire Mill, Yorkshire Street and Henslate, the company are able to work with listed buildings, country houses and traditional properties to offer sympathetic replicas of products not easily available. According to John, when he started working in the industry he found that products such as Yorkstone, while a perennial favourite, were expensive and difficult to lay. ‘I decided we could produce reproduction Yorkstone paving that has the patina and rich colour of natural Yorkstone but is cut to a uniform thickness that makes it easy to handle’. John continues ‘the huge positive of using our products is that you can return several years later and obtain an exact match which is invaluable for large properties that are landscaping in stages.
Westminster Stone started modestly in 1985 on the 8 acre estate on the Shropshire/Welsh border that still forms the Head Office and main manufacturing operation. John and his father Paul set out to build a company that would stand the test of time and be at the forefront of product development in the landscape materials industry. ‘We wanted to offer something different’ says John ‘we work hard to use sustainable production techniques together with strong ethical and environmental values, this includes using locally sourced raw materials wherever possible’.
In 2001, to widen their repertoire, the company launched the Livingstone Natural Stone Paving Collection. With ranges including sandstone, limestone, slate, granite & marble, Westminster Westminster Stone’s reputation led them to be approached by the National Trust in 2011. The resulting Collection comprises 4 ranges of paving, tiles and landscape materials based on their properties throughout the UK. One such product, the Cotswolds inspired Hidcote Flagstones has quickly become a best-seller as customers have found once laid, they look like they have been in situ for hundreds of years.Stone offer the most comprehensive natural stone offering of any supplier in the UK.
John is passionate about the ‘family business’. Son Tom joined the company in 2008 and is quickly learning the ropes and taking it on to the next level. As John says "our customers love the approachable hands-on family business that we have always been, but we also need to continually evolve which is why Tom is leading the business in new directions including our new e-commerce websites, social media and digital marketing - we want to continue to be the best."
Westminster Stone are experts in providing paving for large country estates, listed buildings and commercial projects. For more information please visit www.westminsterstone.com or call 01978 710685.