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Robert Merry

Robert Merry, MCIOB, is an independent Stone Consultant. He ran his own stone company for 17 years before becoming first an independent project manager and now a consultant. He is also an expert witness in disputes regarding stone and stone contracts. 0207 502 6353 / 07771 997621. [email protected]

28 May 2021 | Market Intelligence
Stone consultant and Expert Witness Robert Merry is celebrating a ‘significant’ birthday and 10 years of writing this column. This column is officially 10 years old now – just...
kitchen worktop

A look at some of the products that can help with fabricating surfaces that can cope with lockdown.

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25 May 2021 | Market Intelligence
Kitchens can be harsh environments, with hot pans, steam, corrosive and staining materials and a lot of use, especially when they are also being used for home working and schooling. It makes it more...
Bloomberg

Part of Foster & Partners’ £48million Bloomberg development in London, with its Stanton Moor sandstone cladding. The specialist contractor was Grants of Shoreditch, which owns dimensional stone quarry companies Cadeby, which supplied the cladding, and Blockstone, as well as Grants Precast. Grants designed what is described as a ’hybrid façade solution’, a combination of precast concrete, structural steel and conventional handset stonework integrated into a prefabricated façade system. The façade involved large format prefabricated sandstone beams and columns along with solid 2m x 2m stone cruciforms at the intersecting node points. In addition to the beams and columns, Grants designed, supplied and installed 3,500m2 of sandstone-faced honeycomb soffits, more than 10,000m2 of internal sandstone cladding, and 5,000m2 of granite paving.

8 May 2021 | Market Intelligence
The government is trying once again to cure the ills of construction. Maybe turning it off and on again last year will have done the trick. The past year has been a game-changer, says Marcus...
Worktop Fabricators Federation

For more information about the Worktop Fabricators Association (WFF) visit the website at the address below or contact General Secretary Chris Pateman at [email protected] or on 07366 391105.

1 May 2021 | Market Intelligence
With kitchen showrooms re-opening along with other ‘non essential’ retail businesses, members of the Worktop Fabricators Federation are starting to enjoy the new trading environment....
Green Homes

The scrapped Green Homes Scheme could be returning in the autumn, probably under a new name.

29 April 2021 | Market Intelligence
The Green Homes Grant that was scrapped in March because of a lack of take up (read more here) could return, probably with a new name, in the government's autumn spending review, David Pinder,...
Drugs

Smugglers who hid millions of pounds worth of heroin in shipments of stone are due to be sentenced on 11 May.

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19 April 2021 | Market Intelligence
Smugglers who hid millions of pounds worth of heroin in shipments of stone are due to be sentenced on 11 May by a court in the Netherlands. According to police, shipments would arrive in...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry, MCIOB, is an independent Stone Consultant. He ran his own stone company for 17 years before becoming first an independent project manager and now a consultant. He is also an expert witness in disputes regarding stone and stone contracts. 0207 502 6353 / 07771 997621. [email protected]

17 April 2021 | Market Intelligence
Stone consultant and Expert Witness Robert Merry looks back on a year of Covid in construction and what post-Covid might look like. A year has passed since the first lockdown. A birthday, a...
Caesarstone Outdoor collectio

The Caesarstone Outdoor collection has been developed over several years and is introduced in three designs: Palm Shade, with the look of white marble with a subtle veining; Midday, a white concrete look; and Clearskies, a pale grey concrete design.

16 April 2021 | Market Intelligence
Quartz is still the most popular hard surface for worktops by far, but the number of challengers is growing all the time and they all claim to be more ecologically sound.Unfortunately, the stone...
6 April 2021 | Market Intelligence
A new government-backed loan scheme launches today (6 April) to provide additional finance to those businesses that need it. The new loan scheme will provide:further support to protect...
Old house being insulated

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) says Green Homes Grant closure will hit the retrofit industry.

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30 March 2021 | Market Intelligence
The National Federation of Builders (NFB) is disappointed that the government is closing applications for the Green Homes Grant tomorrow (31 March).Green Homes Grants were to help people make their...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry, MCIOB, is an independent Stone Consultant. He ran his own stone company for 17 years before becoming first an independent project manager and now a consultant. He is also an expert witness in disputes regarding stone and stone contracts. 0207 502 6353 / 07771 997621. [email protected]

16 March 2021 | Market Intelligence
Stone consultant and Expert Witness Robert Merry considers issues of equality and diversity in stone and construction in general. The UK construction industry has a poor record on diversity and...
WFF

The Worktop Fabricators Federation looks back on its first year and prepares for a post-Covid future.

14 March 2021 | Market Intelligence
On the first anniversary of its launch, the Worktop Fabricators Federation announces an ambitious agenda to champion professionalism and develop industry training in a post-Covid world, says General...
landscape

Stone Federation's Landscape Forum collaborates in in the publication of Natural Stone Pavements: The Tangible Benefits.

8 March 2021 | Market Intelligence
Stone Federation’s Landscape Forum collaborated in the publication of Natural Stone Pavements: The Tangible Benefits by landscape architect, Rosey Paul. This is an extract.The treatment of the...
Sam Thistlethwaite talking to Stone Federation members

Sam Thistlethwaite talking to Stone Federation members on Zoom in February about changes to the planning system.

4 March 2021 | Market Intelligence
The fast-track changes to planning being made by the government have now reached public consultation on the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and National Model Design Code (NMDC).The...
Wentworth Woodhouse

The high level stonework restored by Heritage Masonry Contracts could be seen again as the scaffolding came down.

2 March 2021 | Market Intelligence
Wentworth Woodhouse, one of Yorkshire’s architectural gems, can be seen again as 700 tonnes of scaffold comes down after 18 months.Wentworth Woodhouse, one of the grandest of Yorkshire’s...

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