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Landscape Forum

The Landscape Forum is one of the sector focus groups of Stone Federation Great Britain.

2 February 2020 | Market Intelligence
Natural stone pavements have tangible benefits. Here’s an extract of an architect’s viewpoint on using natural stone when designing pavements:The treatment of the surface of streets and...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry writes about his month in stone in each issue of Natural Stone Specialist.

25 January 2020 | Market Intelligence
In response to this column in December about the white marble floor turning yellow I had several emails from marble folk, advice from an eminent geologist and contact from an architect who seems...
VR headset

Artifical intelligence, virtual reality, point cloud scanning, building information management... even stone is digital.

15 January 2020 | Market Intelligence
Building Information Modelling (BIM) may still be in its infancy but it is already beginning to look out of date as technology continues to evolve. And BIM is only one of the digital technologies...
 
Robert Merry

Merry Christmas.

12 December 2019 | Market Intelligence
A contractor calls. They have installed acres of 20mm Bianco P marble in a very large mansion on the top of an expensive hill in London. But the owner is upset. His nice white floor with its classic...
Founders

Founders of the Worktop Fabricators Federation (WFF) that will go live in the new year. They are (left to right): Simon Souter, Mark Mills, Andy Phillips, Mem Zekayi and Rob Jay.

8 December 2019 | Market Intelligence
Five worktop fabricators have formed an organisation called the Worktop Fabricators Federation (WFF). They plan to start accepting others from across the UK into membership in the new year, when they...
Planet Granite

Roberto Colonetti explains how to make a sink from porcelain slabs duirng the three-day workshop in the impressive showroom of Steve Murphy’s Planet Granite business near Coventry. 

26 November 2019 | Market Intelligence
Ever since tile manufacturers realised they could make porcelain slabs as big as those of stone and quartz they have had an eye on worktops.Stone fabricators paid £500 each to attend a three-...
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...

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