Lovell Stone Group celebrate 15th anniversary

Simon and James Hart with some of the team from Downs Quarry, Purbeck in Dorset.

Lovell Stone Group, which was founded by Simon and James Hart is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The original quarry in Purbeck, Dorset was acquired by the brothers in 2009 and today, the family business has grown and offers a wide range of iconic British Stone that has shaped towns and cities across the UK.

The group now incorporates six quarries across the South West and also works with other historic stones, such as Portland and Lincolnshire limestones. Forest of Dean Stone Firms joined the family in November 2020 and this year, the company is investing around £2m in a new paving factory that will transform its commercial paving operations.

James Hart, commercial director of Lovell Stone Group said: "Our growth and success are testament to the hard work and support of all our teams, many of whom have been with us since the start. We initially started with twenty employees and now employ nearly 100 people across all the businesses. And of course, we wouldn’t be where we are today without our customers; we’ve worked on some fantastic projects and have developed some long-term partnerships, which reflects our passion, experience and insight in the industry."

Simon Hart, managing director, who has pushed forward a substantial investment programme of new state-of-the-art machinery and infrastructure at all the sites, added: "Our passion is British Stone – we own and operate our quarries; from the extraction of the mineral to the processing of natural stone, we have an intricate understanding of the raw material. Our expertise allows us to supply beautiful products for a range of products, from restoration to  the contemporary. We are also committed to our responsibility as a sustainable and environmentally conscious business - we’ve invested in solar panels, water treatment systems and quarry restoration work. We are constantly looking to develop new products lines, minimise waste and are working to ensure the long-term sustainability of the quarries. We are really looking forward to the years ahead as we fly the flag for British Stone and all its benefits as a sustainable building material."