LI Webinar: Local or global materials sourcing – the power of choice

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Hardscape debates the local versus global specification question while keeping sustainability a high priority.

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Hardscape explore the pros and cons of indigenous local or domestic paving material supply and sourcing and discuss the parameters and influences of specifying materials from UK, Europe and globally with particular emphasis on:

Hardscape will debate how working together can save time and energy when sourcing local, European or global materials for scalability to suit specific project requirements. Striking a balance between sustainable high and low volume amounts with cost variables for sourcing and transportation and how pre-management and geological knowledge can influence decision making in the pursuit of British or imported paving materials for your next public development or large domestic project.

  • Short-term and long-term lead times
  • Setting the right volumes required
  • Larger projects that may have phased plans for further development
  • Supplier relationship and trust
  • Green at the expense of cost and supply
  • The Rock Cycle - Different stone types/geologies have different sizing limiting factors
  • Material embellishments to be factored in

Learning outcomes:

  • An overview of the specification implications of indigenous local materials compared to globally sourced materials.
  • A better understanding of the criteria involved from design to fulfilment.
  • Further understanding of a broader perspective around the links to the Rock Cycle and its relevancy when looking to specify hard landscape materials.

Webinar Speakers

Anthony Collins , Sales Director at Hardscape

Anthony joined Hardscape as a Project Co-ordinator in 2004 whilst at University. After graduating in 2005 he joined the team full-time and became Logistics Manager. Towards the end of 2006 he moved into a sales position as North West Sales Manager and developed the role to greater success and accomplishment for the company. In August 2014 Anthony was promoted to UK Senior Sales Manager being directly responsible for all UK – North sales, managing his own area whilst overseeing and managing sales activities of the North of England and Scotland. In November 2019 Anthony was invited to join the Hardscape board as Sales Director responsible for the companies post tender sales functions and order intake. 


Mat Haslam , Managing Director at Hardscape

A Geology graduate from the 1980’s who formed Hardscape Products Ltd in 1994. His desire has always been to encourage the use of raw geological resources, whether in an organic state, or shaped by multiple production techniques to realise aesthetic demands and functions. He is a passionate advocate of creative design especially within the landscape design sector.  

Leading from the front and with a close team, Mathew puts maximum energy into educating and informing others externally, whether a student at an early stage of understanding paving specification or professionals wanting to continually know more about hard landscaping material choice.  

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The Landscape Institute (LI) is the chartered body for the landscape professions.

With over 5600 members and 500 Registered Practices, operating in over 40 countries, we provide a professional home for all landscape practitioners including landscape scientists, landscape planners, landscape architects, landscape managers and urban designers.

The LI’s aim, through the work of its members is to protect, conserve and enhance the natural and built environment for the public benefit.

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