UK Paving Suppliers
If you want a niche paving item, such as perhaps an Octagon kit or a Compass kit, it’s hard to tell how many different products are available. The reason it’s hard is because there are only a limited number of manufacturers (for man-made stone) or suppliers (for natural stone), but they supply the paving packs to many different retailers. You’re left wondering if “Octagon A” by “Retailer A” is the same as or different to “Octagon B” by “Retailer B”. Eventually you discover that they’re the same item, from the same supplier!
To tackle the problem, let’s look at the number of actual suppliers in the UK market.
The biggest manufacturer and supplier of them all is Aggregate Industries, at Aggregate.com. Previous listed on the stock market, Aggregate Industries is now part of a Swiss-based private company called Holcim.
In the UK, the company sells both natural and man-made stone paving under the trade-name / brand, Bradstone. The Stoneflair name has been incorporated into “Stoneflair by Bradstone”, and the Borderstone trade-name has been sold to KelKay.
Bradstone offer a wide range of paving circle kits and pack, but have reduced the number of Octagon kits available over recent years. They now only offer one.
As mentioned above, Kelkay aquired the trade-name “Borderstone” from Holcim and added it to their other brand-names which includes “Garden Stone“. Under the “Garden Stone” brand, they offer the following paving circles and shapes…
- Abbey Circle Kit 1.5m in York Gold (Optional Squaring Off Kit)
Abbey Circle Kit 1.5m in Antique (Optional Squaring Off Kit)
- Abbey Half Circle Kit 2.4m in York Gold
Abbey Half Circle Kit 2.4m in Antique
- Abbey Circle Kit 2.4m in York Gold (Optional Squaring Off Kit)
Abbey Circle Kit 2.4m in Antique (Optional Squaring Off Kit)
- Abbey Petal Circle Kit 1.8m in two-tone York Gold and Antique (Optional Squaring Off Kit in Antique)
- Astral Circle Kit 1.8m in two-tone Rustic Sage and York Gold
Astral Compass Circle Kit 1.8m in two-tone Heritage Brown and York Gold (Optional Squaring Off Kit in York Gold)
- Minster Circle Kit 1.8m in Autumn Brown (Optional Squaring Off Kit)
Minster Circle Kit 1.8m in Rustic Sage (Optional Squaring Off Kit)
- Nova Circle Kit 1.8m in Graphite (Optional Squaring Off Kit)
- Sunflare Circle Kit in two-tone Rustic Sage and York Gold (Optional Squaring Off Kit in Rustic Sage)
- Minster Octagon Kit 2.3m in Autumn Brown
Minster Octagon Kit 2.3m in Rustic Sage
Nova Octagon Kit 2.3m in Graphite
Tesco appears to be selling Kelkay products but with slightly different names. For example, the “Abbey” circles are called “Cotswold”, the “Minster” octagons are called “Balmoral” octagons, the “Sunflare circle” is called a “Sun circle” and the “Astral circle” is called a “Warwick circle”. They also have a “Sandringham circle” and “Sandringham octagon” which do not seem to be Kelkay products.
Another manufacturer and wholesaler of paving circle kits is Brett Landscaping.
Brett packs are available for…
Natural Stone 2.4m circle with squaring off kit included:
- Elite Stone – Textured Stone Circle
Elite Stone – Tumbled Sandstone Circle
Elite Stone – Granite Circle
- Style Stone – Sandstone Circle
Style Stone – Slate Circle
Style Stone – Limestone Circle
- Creative Stone – Sandstone Circle
- Westminster Circle 2.7m
Bronte Circle 1.8m (also available as a half circle)
Olde English Brick Circle
For details, see page 82 of the Brett’s brochure.
Wickes sells a range of paving circle kits and “Octant” kits under their own brand name, although a few products carry the Marshall’s name. Marshall’s don’t sell many products direct to the public, but a company and website called “SimplyPaving” was set up by Phillip Marshall who used to be, “Chief Executive of Marshall’s PLC, and more recently Chairman of Stoneflair and Director of Bradstone”. I thought the Wickes products could be re-branding of the ones available at SimplyPaving. However, Wickes has five Octagons available, whereas SimplyPaving only offer one, so I’m not sure where Wickes sources theirs. Wickes offers..
- Wickes Heritage Paving Octant Kit Weathered Yorkstone
- Wickes Heritage Paving Octant Kit Yorkstone
- Wickes Buxton Octant Kit Buff
- Wickes Wentworth Octant Kit Calder Brown
- Wickes Buxton Octant Kit Charcoal