Ed Standen is the driving force behind Refined Polished Concrete Specialists Ltd – with a passion for concrete that is unrivalled.
“There’s more to concrete than people think”, says Ed, having spent his entire life immersed in the stuff, learning its nuances and various applications to a level beyond the awareness of most industry insiders.
Ed was brought up around concrete, spending his formative years immersed in his Dad’s business which specialised in Insulating Concrete Formwork (ICF) basements and homes.
But it wasn’t until he went to Australia that Ed first encountered polished concrete, where he fell in love with the beauty, potential and benefits of this particular method of finishing.
“Polished concrete offers a seamless beauty, with deceptively non-slip surfaces that also happen to be environmentally friendly, thanks to the fact we commonly find ourselves working with materials that are already there.” says Ed.
“What I love is that every job allows you to start with a blank canvas, pick from a number of approaches and finishes, before creating an end-result that is utterly unique.”
Ed’s fascination and obsession with polished concrete is unrelenting and his thirst for knowledge unquenchable, which means he is constantly researching, experimenting with ideas and knowledge sharing with market leaders in the industry.
You only need to speak to Ed briefly about concrete to gain a sense for his passion and feel for his knowledge:
“No-one likes polished concrete more than me!” says Ed.
We challenge you to find anyone that comes close.