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Launching Belvedere Stone: an interview with Simon Willmott

Belvedere Stone: quality imported stone from around the World

The launch of Belvedere Stone

With decades of experience in the tile and stone industry both as an installer and latterly a specifier, I became disheartened with the influx of stone products on the market in the UK which did not comply with Building Regulations, British Standards and European regulations. I had visited too many projects in the UK where low quality stone, poor installation and maintenance systems had resulted in disappointment for the end user; creating a misconception that stone was a problematic and difficult material to work with.

Over the last year countless samples of stone have been sourced, tested and dismissed from all over the globe, leaving us with a very robust and unique collection of stones. We have applied the same rigorous testing methods to fixing and sealing materials, which allows us to offer a complete, warrantied specification for stone installation.

Belvedere: our family background

Belvedere Stone is part of the Lovell Stone Group, a family owned company who own and operate 5 quarries in the UK. We have taken our significant knowledge within the company and applied that technical expertise to source stones from around the World. Our strict quality, environmental and ethical standards are applied to the extraction and production processes in each quarry, which allows us to offer the very best stones available in the UK.

Both Lovell Stone Group and Belvedere Stone offer robust and beautiful stones, but we differ in the geographical area from which the stones are extracted. While Lovell Stone offer stone quarried from historic sites in Bath, Somerset, Dorset and Hampshire, Belvedere Stone offers high-quality products from further afield from partner sites in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. This allows us to offer colours, textures and sizes not available with UK stones.

What we offer architects, specifiers and homeowners

Belvedere Stone will offer architects, contractors and home-owners a collection of excellent quality, hard-wearing and versatile stone products. We offer a full NBS fixing, sealing and maintenance specification for all of our stones for contractors to follow; ensuring our stones will be installed according to current British Standards and that all tenders for installation will be like for like.

Our stones are sourced from historical areas around the world, from the Tuscany region of Italy to the mountains of North Western Vietnam. Each stone takes its name from the surrounding cultural landscape - from the Taishan Mountains of Southern China to the ancient Egyptian palace complex of Malkata.

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