Oakley Horseboxes, Hertfordshire
Oakley horseboxes are built with modern, lightweight materials to avoid excess weight and maximise vehicle payload. Rather than use heavyweight granite slab for work surfaces in the crew quarters, the company opted for a lighter, low maintenance, yet equally luxurious alternative finish, in the form of our beautiful agglomerate surfaces.
These materials are made from Italian granite, quartz, recycled glass or porcelain chips, bonded together with a powerful polyester resin for class-leading strength and flexibility and outstanding resistance to chemicals, moisture, abrasion, heat and staining. At just a quarter-inch (6.7mm) thick, this agglomerate finish is ideal where weight is at a premium and long-lasting good looks contribute to the overall setting.
To date, Peter Morrison’s Granite Transformations showroom has supplied material for over 60 Oakley horseboxes, starting with lightweight non-HGV’s and gravitating to Supreme and Supremacy long wheelbase HGV’s. The work is carried out at his nearby fabrication workshop, with Oakley dropping off the metallic sub-assemblies and expert GT fitters bonding on the worktops, cutting drainage grooves, installing undermounted sinks and splashback upstands, as well as making tabletops and other fittings.
Peter’s fabricators actually shave off further backing material, to reduce unladen weight still further, and gently heat the agglomerate to obtain tight curves up to 100mm radius, before fixing to the substrate with an epoxy adhesive.
Our top-selling White Star recycled glass is Oakley customers’ most popular finish, although the coachbuilder has been provided with samples of around 50 different agglomerate colours, to match all manner of interior fitouts. Less than one complete slab is typically used for each horsebox, including edging pieces and other finishing touches, and the standard 3 metre length enables stylish, seamless surfaces.