Carmelite Riverside is a £25m office redevelopment on Victoria Embankment, overlooking the River Thames. It was designed by award-winning architects Fletcher Priest for Quadrant Estates, and built by Morgan Sindall. The redevelopment provides 135,000 sq ft of grade A office space with BREEAM Excellent rating.
Fletcher Priest specified Belgian Blue limestone tiles for the reception and lower ground floors, as well as the open-riser staircase between the two. Due to its exceptional durability, excellent slip resistance, and unique natural beauty, Belgian Blue stone has been used for hundreds of years for flooring, paving and cladding. In recent years, it has become increasingly popular for commercial projects where the client wants natural stone finish for flooring or paving with the durability of granite, but the carbon footprint of a locally sourced limestone. Buying direct from the quarry in Belgium also ensures a short supply-chain which means the client’s anti-slavery policy is not compromised as every aspect of the stone extraction, processing and delivery can be traced.
400m2 of 600x600x20mm thick Belgian Blue limestone tiles with Sabbiato finish were supplied to WB Simpson by Trans-European Stone, the UK commercial agent for Pierre Bleue Belge.