United Slates is a family owned and operated business established in 2013, with a head office based in the Lake District and regional office in London. Despite only officially forming in 2013, United Slates has 25 years of slate and stone experience at it’s helm in Mark Nicholson, United Slates Managing Director. Mark acquired David Wallace International Limited in 2000 and traded slates from global quarries including the UK, North America,Spain,Brasil and China under the successful Wallace Slate UK name. Wallace Slate UK supplied numerous, prestigious projects with the unique, American Vermont Structural slate and continues to thrive to this day under the UK Slate Ltd banner. In 2013, United Slates came to fruition as the decision was made to dedicate efforts to focus on the distribution of fine, American slate products. The Nicholson family has a close working relationship and friendship with the Markcrow family of Vermont Structural slate quarry. Established in 1859, Vermont Structural quarries and fabricates top-quality natural Vermont slates, producing all types of architectural, flooring and roofing slate products.
United Slates has a direct supply and holds stock within the UK of both Vermont’s beautiful, unfading green and mottled stone and Virginia’s James River black slate. Vermont Structural Slate Company has recently completed the formation of its subsidiary business, the James River Slate Company. James River Slate quarries and fabricates Grayson Slate, the classic unfading domestic black slate from Buckingham County, Virginia.
United Slates is pleased to announce that we have been appointed sole distributors of the Vermont Structural Slate Company’s slate products for the UK and Europe. Every person at United Slates has a sharp eye for detail, is focused on quality and providing slate solutions for a range of projects, commercial, domestic and bespoke. United Slates is there to help from the specification stage and offers a full design service for self-builders, architectural and bespoke projects. We are proud of our work with all clients and we enjoy the challenge of meeting the fabrication requirements of different designs. We will accommodate any design possible.
Our slates have been used in many prominent buildings and have appeared in numerous publications including Architectural Record, Architecture, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Digest, Country Living, The New York Times, Home and House Beautiful.