Case Studies

Paving And Hard Landscaping At Sandbanks

Customer – Woodmace

When – Summer 2015


A stunning installation by Suttle Purbeck Stone at a new development of nine flats in Sandbanks started out as a much smaller job.

Suttle Purbeck Stone, based at California Quarry, Swanage, was initially tasked with supplying stone for a landscaping feature for the properties – which are located on Evening Hill and offer exceptional views across Poole Harbour and to Brownsea Island – by Woodmace in Summer 2015.

Their brief later grew to include stone for the steps, pathways, and outdoor garden area of the complex. Quarry manager Nick Crocker visited the site and met with  olleagues from Woodmace, main contractor Colmar, and landscape architects Camlins. Nick came up with a suitable solution and the site was fully cleared.

The landscaping stones weighed around 1.5 tonnes each and had to be put into place by crane. “It went fantastically well,” said Nick. “Colmar spoke to us about other elements of the job – including the hard landscaping.

“They ordered curbs, treads, Riven paving, textured paving and sawn coping – which sits on the top of a wall like a cap to shed water.

“By the end of the project, our element of the job had quadrupled in size.”

He added: “It was a wonderful showcase for our materials.”

Sawyer Matt Suttle said: “Praise needs to go to Nick who turned the initial enquiry into a substantial multi-product contract, providing several months of work for the sawn workshop.

“Nick did this by identifying the needs for the whole project and showcasing our product range to the customer on their quarry visit, demonstrating we could supply a start to
finish solution.”

Woodmace director, Russell Crate, said: “The landscape architect liked it once the feature stones were in and wanted more of it.

“We do quite a bit with Suttles, and they provided a good selection of materials on time, and to the satisfaction of the client.”

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(Photos: Ryan Crocker)