We take a look at this popular new surface that is not only hard-wearing but can also be made to order.
With approx 700 recycled bottles in a typical kitchen worktop, Resilica is a hard-wearing, low maintenance surface that is manufactured entirely in the UK.
Using a cold casting process to reduce embodied energy, thousands of fragments of recycled glass are combined with a unique binding agent to create large slabs of Resilica. These slabs are then diamond polished and perfectly cut to shape using state of the art computer controlled technology.
Ideally suited for kitchens, bathrooms and high wear commercial interiors, Resilica can be straight, curved, subtle, bold, it can also seamlessly incorporate logos or lettering, be backlit, and even made to glow in the dark!
‘People and companies alike, really do care about what they are buying, where it comes from and its social implications’, says Resilica founder Gary Nicholson. ‘There has been a huge shift in purchasing decisions since we first started out’ he added, ‘and there are now more sustainable options…’
While running an environmental research programme at a leading university, he developed Resilica to address the mountains of waste glass that were stockpiling as a result of the Governments newly introduced landfill tax in 1996. Having since been specified by the UK’s leading architectural firms, designers and contractors, Resilica has established a strong reputation as a sustainable alternative to quarried stones or to the mass produced surfaces that are shipped in from around the globe, and previous clients have included, The National Trust, The Dept of Health HQ and London Zoo.
Their award winning surfaces are made in the UK from waste glass and as each piece is made to order, the colour recipe can be developed to suit each individual client or site location.
Having over 12 years experience in creating these surfaces, Resilica can ensure a very special and unique addition to the project and to maintain the highest quality possible, all surfaces are installed by Resilica’s in house team.
‘Choosing work surfaces for a kitchen or bathroom is a big investment, both financially and emotionally’, says Gary. ‘All of our customers have researched what is available on the high street and simply aren’t inspired… they want more for their money… they want something they can love!’
There are lots of inspiring case studies on the Resilica web site and a colour archive to illustrate what can be achieved with waste glass.
If you would like to find out more, or discuss your project requirements, please visit Resilica's website
or call 01273 511564.