With layered feathery soft grey tones, a smattering of yellow hues, warm ochre flecks, black and blizzard white, it’s hard to imagine that Heron came from humble beginnings. But, in fact, it was created from the staple kitchen fixtures we use every day.
Would-be discarded white goods make up the foundations of the Heron mix, bringing a unique aesthetic and colour palette that is less reminiscent of its original material make-up and more alike the appearance of the statuesque bird after which it was named.
Available in 5mm, 12mm and 20mm thickness.Shop Heron samples
We are a small batch manufacturer using craft techniques to make our materials. The raw materials we source for our products vary and therefore the subsequent patterns in our surfaces can vary between batches. If you strictly need to minimise colour variation, discuss your needs with us prior to ordering to make sure all your material comes from the same batch.
We try very hard to make our sheets as blemish-free as we can and see every quirk, imperfection and mottle telling a different recycling story. Please contact us to discuss this if it could be a problem.
Due to the nature of the raw material and in response to UV exposure, you may find Heron will yellow over time. For this reason, we do not recommend Heron for external use or for applications in constant / direct sunlight. If discolouration does occur, there are restorative processes that can be considered to bring the original surface appearance back. Please review the handling instructions or get in touch for further information.
The listed board thicknesses are nominal. The thermal expansion of some sheets can be 2 mm per metre over a 10-degree Celsius range.
We offer a range of in-house finishing services to suit the needs of your creative project.
Our Panel Sizes
Supersize panels: 3000mm × 1200mm
Large panels: 2000mm × 1000mm
Mid panels: 1200mm x 1000mm
Planks: 1000mm x 200mm and 2000mm x 200mm
Small panels: 500mm x 500mm
Note; Often the Supersize, Large and Mid panels will arrive slightly larger – in the range of 1-5cm.
5mm, 12mm, 20mm.
Prices and Lead Times
Panels are not available for purchase through the website. Please get in touch to enquire about prices and lead times, mentioning the quantity and thickness of panels you require. Most of our panels are made to order and we hold very limited stock. Smile Plastics’ terms and conditions apply to all sales.
We make up batches of Alba material in 5-10 tonne lots and batches will vary depending on the raw material available. There will always be a base of soft grey tones, and yellow hues, however, there may also be colour inclusions that can vary in ratio and tone between batches. Here are some examples of current and previous batches of Heron.
Hand prepared High Impact Polystyrene (post-consumer or post-industrial)
Up to 80kg – dependant on panel size and thickness
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