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DSWA calendar

The Dry Stone Walling Association calendar for 2020 can be bought from the organisation's website. 

16 November 2019 | Market Intelligence
The Dry Stone Walling Association has once again published a calendar for the coming year featuring dry stone walls from around the country. The calendars are £6.50 each. To buy a copy click...
Roberto

Roberto Colonetti gives some tips on using porcelain during his workshop at Planet Granite near Coventry. 

16 November 2019 | Market Intelligence
A small group of stone fabricators gathered at Steve Murphy's Planet Granite premises near Arley, just outside Coventry, this week for a three-day training course on using porcelain.Cutting large...
Stone at Battersea

Robert Merry is impressed by the diversity, inclusion and mental health policies at the Battersea Power Station development.

15 November 2019 | Market Intelligence
My trip to Battersea Power Station was hosted by Sir Robert McAlpine. They have a Construction Management contract with the client to build several overlapping phases of new construction. There is a...
 
Biodiversity

With its quarry restoration programmes the minerals extraction industry makes a significant contribution to biodiversity in the UK, as these award-winning projects demonstrate. On the left is Aggregate Industries' Ripon City Quarry and on the right Tarmac's Broom Quarry.

24 October 2019 | Market Intelligence
The Mineral Products industry is uniquely placed to deliver biodiversity net gain and has a track record of leaving better conditions for wildlife than before quarrying began. That was the conclusion...
Modern Slavery

Arrests follow CITB raids on HS&E test centres. Staff are suspected of taking money for giving candidates, some illegal immigrants in modern slavery, the right answers to enable them to work on UK construction sites.

21 October 2019 | Market Intelligence
Three men involved in the delivery of CITB HS&E tests have been arrested for Fraud Act offences. They are suspected of taking money in order to supply the right answers to candidates, including...
Interiors

For more information about the Stone Federation Interiors  & Surface Materials Group, email [email protected].

15 October 2019 | Market Intelligence
The Interiors & Surface Materials focus group is one of the sector specific groups of Stone Federation Great Britain. It includes a wide range of stone companies, including stone suppliers and...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry is looking forward to visiting Battersea Power Station. You can read about the visit in the next issue of Natural Stone Specialist magazine.

5 October 2019 | Market Intelligence
The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has organised a visit to Battersea Power Station, which I am going to attend. I am looking forward to it, although you have to take all your own five point...
Business growth

In business-friendly Britain the number of registered businesses continues to grow, with construction leading the way.

2 October 2019 | Market Intelligence
Construction saw the largest growth in the number of firms working in the sector in the year to the end of March 2019, according to figures just released (2 October) by the Office for National...
Lime kiln

The Scottish Lime Centre’s experimental lime kiln.

30 September 2019 | Market Intelligence
Nigel Copsey, professional stonemason and member of the Building Limes Forum Committee, talks about the Building Limes Forum Gathering & Conference that took place this year at the Engine Shed 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]

16 September 2019 | Market Intelligence
The runaway train came over the hill and she blew. She blew!Bo-yo’s million-to-one-against a no-deal Brexit comment on 26 June actually shortened the odds being offered by the bookies, which...
Stone wholesaling

The stone supply chain is changing.

29 August 2019 | Market Intelligence
Stone wholesalers in the worktops and interiors sector are used to selling quartz and now they are getting used to selling ceramics. But the market is changing and wholesalers are having to find new...

For more information about the Stone Federation Landscape Forum, email [email protected]

29 July 2019 | Market Intelligence
The Landscape Forum is one of the sector focus groups of Stone Federation Great Britain. It includes British and international quarry operators and other stone and mortar suppliers working in this...
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]

 

29 July 2019 | Market Intelligence
Robert Merry is an independent stone consultant and expert witness in disputes. He ran his own company for 17 years before becoming first an independent project manager and now a consultant.DCW 2019...
Barbour June

Construction orders were up again in June and less dominated by London.

25 July 2019 | Market Intelligence
There were £5.2billion-worth of construction contracts awarded in the three months to June, an increase of 5.5% on the three months to May. Regional analysis shows the North West led the way...
Bath Stone

Bath Stone being cut from a face at Hartham Park underground quarry. Bath Stone has this month (on 19 July) been designated as a Global Heritage Stone Resource.

23 July 2019 | Market Intelligence
Bath Stone, one of England’s famous limestones, and marble from Makrana in Rajasthan used to build the Taj Mahal are among the latest seven stones to be designated as Global Heritage Stone...

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