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New Managing Director at Procter Bros Group

Posted 02-07-2017
We are delighted to announce we have appointed a new managing director, Darren Rhodes.

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Cast Stone for Landscaping Projects

Posted 05-05-2017
Gary Horsfall, Director of Procter Cast Stone, explains the benefits of using high-quality standard and bespoke cast stone for landscaping projects.

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Procter Cast Stone appoints new Sales Manager

Posted 27-01-2017
Procter Cast Stone has appointed James McVicar as its new Sales Manager and is taking this opportunity to build on the firm’s existing reputation for outstanding customer service.

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Stock in Brentwood

Posted 14-09-2016
Procter Cast Stone is now holding stocks of selected standard items in Brentwood, Essex for customers in the South East of England who need quick access to high- quality products. Other standard cast stone products can be delivered within a week from extensive stocks held at the company’s production facility in Garforth, West Yorkshire.

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<Understanding Cast Stone> Guide

Posted 09-08-2016
Procter Cast Stone has published a third edition of Understanding Cast Stone, a Guide to Cast Stone Products for Architects and Specifiers. This updated version includes new information relating to installation and CE marking. In addition, the extensive table of British standards and Eurocodes has been brought fully up to date, and there is a new section for Useful Resources.

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UK Cast Stone Association national awards

Posted 06-06-2016
Procter Cast Stone were awarded Highly Commended in the Best Use of Cast Stone, Commercial Projects category at the recent prestigious UK Cast Stone Association national awards presentation.

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Procter Cast Stone at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Posted 02-06-2016
With this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show now at an end and as each of the show gardens sadly gets dismantled, it’s worth recognising the less-publicised skill which went into creating some of the stunning gardens.

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Can cast stone be used alongside quarried stone?

Posted 01-06-2016

Cast stone is popular for new-builds as well as renovations, conversions and extensions to period properties. However, architects and specifiers are sometimes unclear about whether cast stone can be used alongside quarried stone. The answer is a resounding ‘yes’ – as can be seen in the photograph here – but read on to find out more.

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Procter Cast Stone launches improved website

Posted 01-06-2016
Procter Cast Stone has redesigned its website to improve the user experience. Visitors browsing with desktop computers, laptops, tablets and mobile phones will all appreciate the better graphics, while the main menus have remained unchanged so visitors who are familiar with the site can find the information they want as quickly and easily as possible. In addition, the responsive architecture has been retained following more than a year of positive feedback from customers.

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Flood Defence

Posted 15-01-2016
​It is essential that flood defences provide the required protection, yet these functional structures need not have a utilitarian appearance. One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to improve the aesthetics of a flood-prevention wall is to install cast stone copings. Many standard designs are available or bespoke copings can be manufactured very economically.

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Excess of £700,000 investments

Posted 25-11-2015
Procter Cast Stone is investing £715,000 at its factory in Garforth, West Yorkshire, which will benefit customers directly by reducing lead time for bespoke cast stone products, raising customer service and quality standards, and increasing stocks of standard cast stone products. In addition, the company has produced a video to showcase the improved facilities.

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Tips for Saving Money

Posted 16-09-2015
Cast stone offers an extremely cost-effective yet visually near-indistinguishable alternative to quarried stone for new projects as well as refurbishments, conversions and extensions to period properties, whether the requirement is for one-offs or large quantities. However, the price of cast stone can vary significantly from one supplier to another, largely due to the quality. Full Members of the UKCSA (UK Cast Stone Association) manufacture units in compliance with the requirements of BS 1217 and the more rigorous UKCSA Specification for Cast Stone. In addition, standard sized ashlar blocks need to comply with BS EN 771-5 and be CE marked to the Construction Products Regulation (CPR). Architects, specifiers and quantity surveyors are under pressure to reduce cost, so this present ’10 tips’ article suggests ways in which costs can be saved without compromising quality and resorting to low-cost manufacturers that might deliver non-standards-compliant products.

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CE Marking Cast Stone Explained, Plus Which Standards Apply

Posted 02-03-2015
Gary Horsfall, Director of Procter Cast Stone, explains under what circumstances CE Marking cast stone products to the EU Construction Products Regulation is mandatory, and when it would not be legal to do so. This technical article also discusses the related matter of the different standards that should be applied when manufacturing cast stone.

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Free Downloads: CE Marking Requirements for Cast Stone

Posted 20-02-2015
Two new downloads have been added to the Procter Cast Stone website, both relating to CE marking of cast stone. Prepared by the United Kingdom Cast Stone Association (UKCSA), of which Procter Cast Stone is a Full Member, the PDF table, decision tree and accompanying notes help architects and specifiers understand which British and European standards are applicable in different circumstances, and whether CE marking is illegal or necessary for compliance with the European Commission’s Construction Products Regulation (CPR).

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Cast Stone Entrance Features

Posted 18-12-2014
Procter Cast Stone has one of the UK's widest ranges of products for standard cast stone entrance features and can also adapt its standard designs and manufacture totally bespoke cast stone features to architects' designs. For more complex entrance features such as porticos, Procter also provides an installation service, so the company has complete control over the manufacture, transport and installation. Cast stone entrance features that Procter supplies are porticos, canopies, arches, steps, columns, pillars, pilasters, pedestals and gate piers. If required, Procter Cast Stone can work with its sister division, namely Procter Fencing Systems, which spcialises in standard and bespoke fencing, railings and gates and Procter Automatic Gates, which designs and manufactures standard and bespoke automatic gates.

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Copings and railings

Posted 17-12-2014
Procter Cast Stone can now supply cast stone copings and steel railings, so clients only have to deal with one supplier and they can be sure that the copings and railings will fit together exactly as they should. 

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Cast stone Decorative Features

Posted 26-08-2014
Stone has traditionally been used to add character and style to prestigious properties, but today architects are using cast stone instead, achieving the same or better visual impact and with the added benefits of lower cost and reduced project risk.

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Cast Stone compliments Prestigious Care Home in Headingley

Posted 03-04-2014
We love a challenge here at Procter Cast Stone, so when a customer asked us to provide and install a huge amount of Cast Stone to this newly purpose built residential care home, we were delighted to oblige.

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Bespoke portico or porch from cast stone

Posted 25-03-2014
A bespoke portico has been supplied by Procter Cast stone & Concrete Products for an architect-designed private house in Badsworth, near Pontefract. The impressive entrance portico, constructed from cast stone, cost considerably less than the equivalent in natural stone.

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Cast stone for commercial buildings delivers benefits

Posted 25-03-2014
Cast stone is increasingly being used for commercial buildings such as shops, banks, supermarkets, offices and even warehouses. These commercial projects are a far cry from the residential applications more usually associated with cast stone, but architects appreciate the material's versatility and the way it can add maximum impact for minimal cost and risk.

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Cast Stone Restoration project of Railway Bridge

Posted 19-03-2014
Procter Cast Stone has manufactured and supplied custom cast stone units for the restoration of Kimberley Bridge, replacing original stones that were damaged or missing.  To simulate the deep pitched carved surface of the original coping stones, the cast stone units were manufactured with a finish that was created by taking mouldings from representative samples of the coping stones on the bridge.

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Cast Stone for Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas

Posted 19-03-2014
Listed buildings that are being repaired, restored, altered, extended or converted can all benefit from cast stone.  In some cases it is appropriate to replace quarried stone that has been damaged or lost, while elsewhere cast stone can be used to mimic quarried stone features so that extensions or alterations blend in with or complement the existing building.  Procter Cast Stone's experienced staff can undertake a site survey to ensure as close a match as possible, including colours and surface textures.  Because cast stone weathers in the same way as quarried stone, the new units soon develop a comparable finish. 

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Cast Stone in Hospital Conversion

Posted 19-03-2014
City & Country Group has earned an enviable reputation as one of the UK's leading property developers, combining traditional values with innovation and the pursuit of excellence. In May 2009, the company's landmark development in Brentwood, The Galleries, received two top industry awards. This conversion of the Grade II listed derelict Victorian Warley Hospital won both the Best Conversion and Best Large Development awards at the Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2009. An important aspect of the development was the use of cast stone to replace damaged natural stone and to replicate natural stone for new features on the existing buildings as well as for new buildings and extensions on the site. All of the cast stone items were supplied by Procter Cast Stone, whose staff also provided advice, support and consultancy services to ensure that the project progressed smoothly, on budget and to the agreed schedules.

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Procter Cast Stone becomes Full Member of UKCSA - BC08

Posted 03-03-2014
Procter Cast Stone & Concrete Products has become a Full Member of UKCSA (the United Kingdom Cast Stone Association). This underscores Procter's longstanding commitment to high quality standards for design and manufacture, as well as exceptional standards of customer service.

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Versatile Cast Stone Products add Architectural Features

Posted 17-12-2013
Cast Stone products from Procter enable architects to incorporate high-quality detail features such as cills, mullions, copings, quoins, columns, arches and pilasters can all be produced in a range of colours that closely match those of natural stone. In addition to its standard range, Procter is in a position to manufacture Cast Stone products to architects’ designs thanks to the company’s in-house mouldmaking facilities and team of skilled craftsmen.

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Procter publishes free cast stone installation guide

Posted 04-12-2013
Procter is one of the UK's leading manufacturers of standard cast stone products bespoke designs, has published a free Cast Stone Installation Guide. This will benefit builders, contractors and self-builders, and also quantity surveyors who want a better understanding of the installation procedures.

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Cast stone porticos - Procter launches new range

Posted 03-12-2013
Procter Cast Stone has launched a new range of high-quality, cost-effective cast stone porticos. As well as standard designs in a choice of styles, the company can produce customised versions and bespoke designs, all in either standard or customer-specified colours.

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standard bespoke cast stone products from single source avoid management risks

Posted 09-06-2013
Procter is one of the UK's leading suppliers of high-quality bespoke cast stone, and the company also has an extensive range of standard products.  Sourcing standard and bespoke cast stone from a single supplier ensures a perfect match, saves cost and reduces administration.

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BS 1217 Cast stone national standard UKCSA specification

Posted 25-03-2013
BS 1217 'Cast stone - specification' and the specification published by the UK Cast Stone Association (UKCSA) are both important for architects and specifiers of cast stone, but there are important differences between the two documents, explains Jeremy Procter, the Managing Director of Procter Cast Stone & Concrete Products.

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Procter Cast stone installation service now available

Posted 05-02-2013
Procter Cast Stone is now offering a installation service for the porticos, steps and balustrade that it manufactures. This comprehensive service is available throughout the UK and overseas for both standard and bespoke products, and will be a major advantage for projects in which the main contractor has little or no experience with cast stone.

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Cast stone walling offers advantages over natural stones

Posted 30-12-2012
Procter Cast Stone manufactures an extensive range of cast stone walling products for use on new properties, restorations and extensions. Both smooth ashlar and textured walling is available, with a choice of standard sizes, edge finishes and colours to suit either period or contemporary styles. Alternatively, bespoke sizes and colours can be manufactured to order. In all cases, cast stone offers a number of advantages over natural stone, while adding style and value to the property.

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Cast stone balustrade comprising balusters plinths copings

Posted 30-12-2012
Procter Cast Stone & Concrete Products is now offering standard cast stone balustrade - comprising balusters, plinths, top rails, copings, piers and corner piers - for creating architectural features that are both attractive and practical. Compared with using natural stone, cast stone is far more cost-effective, plus it benefits from consistent colours and reliable deliveries.

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Cast stone downloads, samples for architects and specifiers

Posted 30-12-2012
Procter Cast Stone has assembled a wealth of useful cast stone resources and publications that are available to download or for delivery by email free of charge. As one of the UK's leading suppliers of standard and custom cast stone products, Procter Cast Stone has taken this step to help architects, specifiers and contractors get the most out of this versatile construction material

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Procter Cast Stone for Ornamental Gateway to Hindu Temple

Posted 17-12-2012

Procter Cast Stone has supplied 2280 bespoke cast stone units - amounting to 182 tonnes in total - for the construction of a substantial dual-purpose ornamental gateway and accommodation block for the Shri Venkateswara (Balaji) Temple in Tividale, West Midlands.

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Cast Stone Refurbishment Project in Brookfield Park

Posted 17-12-2012
A prestigious refurbishment and conversion project at Brookfield Park, Garforth, has seen bespoke products from Procter Cast Stone being used to match existing natural stone in several buildings, some of which date from the 1780s. An arch, mullions, sills, copings, and other items have been installed and are, to the untrained eye, indistinguishable from the original Halifax stone.

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Cast Stone enhance self build projects

Posted 17-12-2012
Cast stone is a remarkably versatile construction material that is suitable for all types of self-build project including renovations, refurbishments, extensions and new-builds. While it is often used to replicate natural stone features on period properties, cast stone is equally appropriate for adding striking details to contemporary designs. Furthermore, cast stone complements brick-faced, rendered block-built and rendered timber-framed properties. Benefiting from reliable deliveries and being easy to design with and install, cast stone offers maximum impact for minimum effort and cost.

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decorative stonework, heads and stringers in mosque

Posted 17-12-2012
Procter Cast Stone & Concrete Products supplied several hundred custom-made cast stone units for constructing the mosque for the Islamic Cultural and Educational Association in Thornbury Road, Bradford.

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cast stone manage and Reduce risk in construction projects

Posted 17-12-2012
It is vital to manage and reduce risk in construction projects, whether the projects are extensions or improvements, self-builds, one-off architect-designed houses, or major developments of residential or commercial properties. Reducing risk helps to avoid undue delays, increased costs and quality issues.

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cast stone guide for self-build projects

Posted 21-10-2011
Procter Cast Stone has published The Self-Builder's Guide to Cast Stone. This FREE guide has been specifically written to meet the needs of people contemplating or embarking on self-build projects. The cast stone guide explains what this versatile construction material can be used for, how it is manufactured and how easy it is to work with - both in terms of design and installation.

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standard Cast stone stock available for immediate delivery

Posted 21-10-2011
Cast stone stock is held by Procter Cast Stone at its factory in Garforth, near Leeds. To help customers find out what is available, Procter Cast Stone has published a list of the standard products that are stocked for immediate collection or delivery.

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Cast stone fastrackcad drawing downloads

Posted 23-03-2009
Procter Cast stone & Concrete Products has made CAD drawings for its standard cast stone products available to download from FastrackCAD.

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Bespoke Design Cast Stone benefits architects

Posted 23-03-2009
Bespoke cast stone units are a versatile and cost-effective alternative to natural stone. Judicious use of cast stone can transform a property, adding style, character and perceived value. Furthermore, because it is manmade, cast stone offers architects a level of design freedom that is not available from natural stone.

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extensive use of Cast stone define character and style

Posted 23-03-2009
Procter Cast Stone & Concrete Products has supplied cast stone products that have helped to define the character and style of a prestigious house in Bolton, Lancashire.

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