UrbanStone Pty Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Schaffer Corporation Ltd.
It began manufacturing paving products for the Western Australian residential market in early 1993, and in conjunction with the Engineering Department of the City of Perth, developed an exposed aggregate concrete paving module to resist the highly abrasive pedestrian traffic experienced in the Central Business District.
This new generation of UrbanStone products, with its very attractive, exposed natural aggregate, satisfied the City Engineers’ requirements of durability and wear-resistance, and hence the full range of UrbanStone’s purpose-designed paving modules was launched into the commercial market.
The immediate success of this new range of exposed aggregate paving products lead to the launch of UrbanStone’s entire landscaping system and, ultimately, to its range of commercial products being installed and specified in many of Australia’s most prestigious projects.
In 1993, in addition to the Commercial product range UrbanStone expanded its range of landscaping products to satisfy the desires and demands of the residential market and, in particular, the needs of landscape architects, designers and specifiers. This innovation added a welcome new dimension to the home builders’ and renovators’ landscaping concepts and enabled these specialists to complement and enhance their home design capabilities.
Late in 1996 UrbanStone continued its innovative trend by expanding its commercial range of paving products and introducing various combinations of shapes and sizes to satisfy the needs of architects and designers.
Since then, accessories such as bullnoses, stair treads, border inlays and tactile paving have been developed to assist and cater for the design requirements of architects and landscapers alike.
With the growing local and national demand for the UrbanStone landscaping system, UrbanStone has now been made available in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and ACT.
During 2006, Schaffer Corporation expanded its already extensive Building Materials Division through the acquisition of Limestone Resources Australia.
The addition of the range of natural and engineered limestone walling and cladding products has only served to strengthen our market presence around the nation.
After the successful integration and partnership with Limestone Resources, another acquisition was decided upon and in 2007, when Archistone joined the Building Products Division, again strengthening our landscape walling offer to the Australian market.
Additionally, we have introduced through the Archistone brand, our sensational new Besser Masonry Walling Block range which includes coloured, and machined, exposed aggregate products designed specifically for the Commercial and Architectural markets.
In late 2009, UrbanStone Commercial again expanded its product-offer nationally through the introduction of a series of natural granite products designed specifically for the harsh Australian landscaping conditions.
This exclusive range of Australian granites was launched into the market and in 2009 aided us in securing major landscaping projects around the nation.
Our exclusive Australian Bruce Rock, Juperana and Coffee granites, coupled with South Australian Balmoral Green and Austral Black were chosen to complete such prestigious contracts as Forrest Chase in Perth and the Queensland University of Technology.
This exclusive Australian offer is also supplemented by our Global imported natural stone range with combined granites, marble ,and quartzites as well as many other natural paving, cladding and walling products imported from all over the world.
UrbanStone, and indeed Schaffer Building Products, has a proud history and is privileged to have been specified in many commercial and residential projects throughout Australia, as well as being well received in the Asian market as a superior-quality to traditional paving and landscaping products.