Subscribe to our weekly newsletters
Subscribe to newsletter


Editor's Note: Granite Transformations provide:-

Granite surfacesGranite surfaces
Quartz surfacesQuartz surfaces
Glass surfacesGlass surfaces
Kitchen worktopsKitchen worktops

Request Information

Include Article

Request Information
Terms of use


Request Facilities / Interiors product information

Request Architectural product information External

Request Architectural product information Internal

Request Mechanical HVAC product information

Request Electrical product information


GRANITE TRANSFORMATIONS’ Finishes Feature At Sarah Beeny’s Rise Hall

The Italian granite, quartz and recycled glass agglomerate surfaces produced exclusively by Granite Transformations are usually associated with kitchen worktops. But for the TV property series, Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare, the material was used in a quite different way, for cladding walls and bath surrounds in the bridal room’s en suite facilities, two dramatic shower rooms and a particularly flamboyant ‘Dream Green’ bathroom. Emphasising its versatility as an interior finish, it also features as matching 300mm square floor tiles in all five completed rooms.

Far from being part of the ‘restoration nightmare’, which relates to the challenges of renovating a decaying 97-room mansion in East Yorkshire, Granite Transformations’ contribution to the project went very smoothly, prompting Sarah Beeny to comment ‘We found them brilliant’. Featured in Channel 4’s three-part series, the emerald green bathroom with its backlit bejewelled effect makes an eyecatching appearance, whilst a boxed bath and separate washroom grace Rise Hall’s brand new bridal suite, in readiness for Sarah’s first wedding ceremony.

The opportunity arose when Sarah Beeny and her artist husband Graham Swift, who were already clients of Granite Transformations, realised that the agglomerate material could be used in an innovative way. In view of its light weight, slim dimensions and large slab sizes, they felt it would be ideal for cladding complete bathroom walls, with no visible grout lines.

Given Sarah’s reputation as the ‘Queen of TV property shows’, her exceptional eye for design and materials, and the chance to showcase Granite Transformations surfaces in a Grade II listed stately home, Chief Operating Officer Danny Hanlon was delighted to become involved in the Rise Hall project, eventually supplying around 115m2 of agglomerate slabs and 30m2 of floor files, together with sundry materials and installation by its qualified fitters.

Following an on-site meeting with Sarah and Graham, Granite Transformations’ Italian design studio produced computerised renderings for the bridal suite’s corner bath and separate washroom, the feature ‘green’ bathroom and two separate shower rooms. The worst winter in thirty years notwithstanding, in February the Granite Transformations installation team started work, consisting of qualified fitters Luke, Steve and Kamil, expert tiler Antonio and, proving he can still roll up his sleeves, on occasion Danny.

The green issue was a consideration for Sarah and Graham, so the material selected for the feature bathroom was Trend G in Dream Green, made from 70% post-consumer recycled glass and one of the most eco-friendly finishing surfaces on the market. It contains fragments of green and clear glass from beer, wine and mineral water bottles, blended with around 5% high performance polymer for strength and resilience, and creates a diamond-polished finish of vibrant greens and bright crystals of light.

Exploiting a unique property of this slimline agglomerate, the bath’s fascia panel has been ‘back shaved’ to remove the opaque backing material, enabling illumination from a switchable light source to shine through the now-translucent surface. This back-lit twinkling twilight effect contrasts beautifully with the solid Dream Green panels and tiles used on the walls and floors, creating a sophisticated ‘nightclub’ look.

The same Trend G eco-friendly, recycled glass finish is used in the first shower room, this time in dramatic Black Star with silvery highlights. Originally designed as a wetroom, but later ruled out because the plumbing was prohibitively expensive, the room’s virtually seamless agglomerate walls are nonetheless impermeable to water, while floor tiles made from the same material are laid on moisture-resistant, dimensionally stable board, as indeed are all the agglomerate tiles.

The second shower room sees a change of material to Trend R in Rosso Alpi, with its mix of brick red, rose pink, terracotta, deep brown and cloudy white. A classically-styled finish made from Italian granite enhanced with polymer, it is practical, hardwearing, non-porous and much stronger than natural stone, with up to 67% recycled content.

For the corner bath in the bridal bedroom and a matching washroom reached by connecting corridor, Sarah selected a muted Trend Q natural quartz finish in Palm Desert, a subtle mix of oatmeal, warm golden brown and flecks of white, grey and black that evokes desert sand at daybreak. The horizontal top slab on the bath surround has a bath-shaped cutout to form a recessed rim, with side fascias creating a stylish oblong box and wall-mounted panels providing waterproof splashbacks.

In the washroom, there was to have been an ironic three-position ‘thunderbox’, but this was changed to a central WC and adjacent storage boxes, all concealed by a hinged Trend Q lid, reminiscent of an updated commode. The twin sinks opposite are mounted on a matching Palm Desert plinth, with the same composite quartz material also applied to sink splashbacks, walls and floor. The look is ‘modern boutique hotel’ and the chosen finish should last until fashions change, at which point it could simply be refaced with another Granite Transformations design.

So delighted is Sarah with the newly transformed rooms that she is already talking with Danny Hanlon about upgrading six more bathrooms. Excited by the unique capacity of Granite Transformations materials to fit neatly over existing surfaces, “so you don’t have to rip the bathroom apart”, she is looking to reface existing splashbacks and tiles, as the simplest, most economical solution. With a choice of more than sixty different designs and materials, she should have more than enough scope to satisfy her interior designer’s eye. The fact that Granite Transformations always fits its own products, she also views as a bonus.

“It was delightful working with Sarah, Graham and the rest of the crew and pleasing to see our materials used in this distinctive manner,” says Danny Hanlon. “It also highlights the range and versatility of our agglomerate surfaces, which are not only ideal for kitchen worktops, but bathroom and many other interior and exterior finishing applications too.”

E-mail Granite Transformations

Danfoss Heat pumps Heat pump training Commercial heat pumps News 221110

Kirkstone Natural stone Natural slate Slate tiles Stone tiles News 221110

Knauf Insulation Knauf insulation Wall insulation Roof insulation Wool insulation News 221110

McArthur Group Flood barriers Flood protection Flood fence Waterproof fence News 221110

Ridi Lighting trunking Architectural lighting Commercial lighting Efficient lighting News 221110

Greenstock LED lamps LED lighting Lighting products Lighting consultants News 221110

Rockfon Acoustic solutions Ceiling tiles Wall absorbers Ceiling insulation News 221110

Legrand Power distribution Power products Electrical fittings Wiring devices News 221110

Retrotouch Remote control light switches Glass switches Light switches News 221110

ICS Inverter heat pumps Air heat pumps Heat pumps News 221110

Knauf AMF Ceiling tiles Metal ceilings Acoustic ceilings Suspended ceilings News 221110

Twyford Bathroom sanitaryware Bathroom furniture Bathroom suites Bathroom showers News 231110

Eaton Power distribution Power management Electrical components Power control News 231110

Flowcrete Floor sealer Floor systems Floor adhesive Floor screed News 231110

Baxi Hot water systems Heating systems Space heating News 241110

ENER-G Energy management Renewable energy Energy efficiency News 241110

Socomec UPS systems Uninterruptible power systems Data centre power News 241110

C&B Systems Thermostatic valves Bathroom taps School taps Hospital taps News 241110

Emerson Network Power UPS systems Modular ups Uninterruptible power Power systems News 241110

Dimplex Solar PV PV systems Heat pumps Solar heating News 241110

Osram Osram lighting Retail lighting Lighting schemes LED lights News 241110

Flowcrete Car park coating Car park surface Coating system News 241110

Codelocks Coded locks Door locks Access controls Electronic locks News 241110

Morgan Lovell Office design Office refurbishment Office fit out Office lighting News 241110

Slingsby Workplace equipment Winter salt Maintenance kits Recycled matting News 241110

Cooper Lighting LED lighting LED downlights Fluorescent lighting Safety lighting News 241110

Redland Redland tiles Roof tiles Clay tiles Slate tiles News 241110

Flowcrete Retail flooring Floor membrane Flooring systems Resin floors News 251110

Monodraught Natural ventilation systems Natural ventilation controllers Natural ventilation News 251110

Eaton-Williams Data centre cooling Energy efficient cooling Air conditioning News 251110

House Couturier Bespoke furniture Classic furniture Upholstery fabric Soft furnishings News 251110

Formica Laminate products Laminate sheets Wall linings Formica sheets News 251110

HygroMatik Air humidifiers Steam humidifiers Steam generators Commercial humidifiers News 251110

Formica Laminate products Laminate sheets Wall linings Formica sheets News 251110

WindowMaster Home ventilation systems Automated windows Natural ventilation systems News 251110

Oventrop Oventrop valves Pressure valves Radiator valves Heating controls News 251110

Hanson UK Clay bricks Building materials Roof tiles Precast concrete News 261110

Danfoss Speed drives Danfoss drives Heat pumps Harmonic drives News 261110

Polyflor Vinyl flooring Vinyl tiles Floor products Safety flooring News 261110

Weatherite Fan coil units Air conditioning systems Building services News 261110

Owlett-Architectural Door closers Architectual ironmongery Door hinges Door locks News 261110

Scotframe Timber Engineering Timber frame kits Exterior wall panels Timber frame News 261110

Arco Safety workwear Safety boots Safety footwear Safety equipment News 261110

Silestone Quartz surfaces Kitchen surfaces Kitchen worktops Quartz worktops News 261110

Rockfon Ceiling tiles Acoustic ceilings Wall absorbers Rockfon ceilings News 261110

Marley Eternit Roof tiles Clay tiles Slate tiles Concrete tiles News 261110

Sliders UK Patio doors Bi fold doors High security doors News 261110

Gabriel Polishing French polishing Wood polishing Glass polishing MDF polishing News 261110

Vent-Axia Ventilation products Ventilation systems Air conditioning Extract fans News 261110

Rockwool Stone wool insulation Insulation products High performance panels News 261110

Isothane Polyurethane systems Roof waterproofing Foam insulation Waterproof membrane News 261110

Marshall-Tufflex Weatherproof switches Weatherproof sockets Circuit breakers Wiring accessories News 291110

Knauf Drywall Knauf plasterboard Drywall accessories Dry flooring Insulating laminates News 291110

Mumford and Wood Timber windows Entrance doors French doors Glazed doors News 291110

Steni Anti slip flooring Rigid sheet cladding Rainscreen cladding News 291110

Kawneer Aluminium systems Curtain walling Window vents Aluminium facades News 291110

Granite Transformations Granite surfaces Quartz surfaces Glass surfaces Kitchen worktops News 291110

Helvar Energy saving lighting Lighting control systems Commercial lighting News 291110

Spratley Studios Architectural services Glass structures Glass staircases Glass designs News 291110

Alfa Laval Air coolers Natural refrigerants Refrigeration systems Heat exchangers News 291110

CMS Acoustics Spray plastering Acoustic plastering Acoustic insulation acoustic plaster News 291110

Pulsar Renewables Plumbing equipment Plumbing products Underfloor heating Power tools News 291110

Safety Gas Detection Gas monitoring systems Carbon dioxide detectors Oxygen alarms News 291110

Washroom Washroom Washroom facilities Locker systems Shower cubicles Changing rooms News 291110

3M Printable film Transparent film Graphic film PVC film News 291110

Birchall Building services Warm air ventilation Compressed air services News 291110

Marshall Tufflex Cable management systems Electrical cable Cable trunking systems News 301110

Ancon Wall ties Cavity wall ties Ancon wall ties News 301110

Tarkett Vinyl flooring Hospital flooring Safety flooring Wood flooring News 301110

Dimplex Heat pumps Fan convector radiators Heat pump systems News 301110

Evac Chair Evacuation chairs Stair evacuation chairs Emergency evacuation chairs News 011210

Wolseley Pipe systems Plastic pipe Drainage pipe Waste pipe News 011210

Hepworth Terracotta Roof tiles Ridge tiles Bespoke tiles Terracotta tiles News 011210

Ventrolla Sash windows Window renovation Casement windows Timber doors News 011210

Upofloor Flooring products Sheet flooring Flooring materials Floor manufacturer News 011210

Saint Gobain Above ground drainage Drainage systems Push fit pipework News 011210

ENER-G Sustainable power Heat pumps Renewable energy Energy management News 031210

Trox Air handling Chilled beams Fan coils Ventilation systems News 031210

Pilkington Energy efficient windows Self cleaning glass Glass windows News 031210

Mitsubishi Energy efficient heating Heating and cooling Ventilation systems News 031210

Armstrong Speed pumps HVAC systems Heat exchangers Commercial pumps News 031210

Banyard Group Building services design Energy assessments Air conditioning inspections News 031210

NBS Building resources Building specifications Engineering services Construction information News 031210

Arundel Jones Associates Ltd Registered in England and Wales No. 07334149
Hill Farm, Linton Hill, Maidstone, Kent ME 17 4AL
Tel : 01622 745333 email
copyright all rights reserved

News Categories : Granite surfaces
Quartz surfaces Glass surfaces
Kitchen worktops