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Ben Warren

Ben Warren joins Marshalls as the new Managing Director of the commercial hard landscaping side of the business.

Marshalls PLC has appointed Ben Warren as its new Managing Director leading the commercial hard landscaping side of its business.Ben was previously the MD of start-up Baumit, having worked...
Johnson Quarry Group - Bill Bolsover and Nicholas Johnston

Bill Bolsover (left) and Nicholas Johnston on the Johnston Quarry Group stand at the 2019 Natural Stone Show. Bill Bolsover is looking at a piece of Guiting stone, extracted by a company owned by Bill and Nicholas and now part of the purchase by SigmaRoc.

SigmaRoc PLC has told its shareholders that it is buying Johnston Quarry Group Ltd (JQG), with its eight quarries in the South West, Oxfordshire and Lincolnshire, and Guiting Quarry Ltd. Directors of...
3.5m long fireplace head

The huge new fireplace being ‘liberated’ from a single 17.3-tonne block of particularly fossil-free Portland limestone from Portland Stone Firms’ Broadcroft Quarry. The size of the 3.5m long head is put into perspective against Operations Director Martyn Cuff.

Throughout the premises of Meister Masonry are signs saying ‘liberating stone’. Here owner Richard Heather and his team talk about how they are doing that.Meister Masonry has just added...
Noctis from Silestone

Noctis from Silestone, one of the four designs in the newly launched Ethereal collection.

While some stone fabricators are beginning to wonder if the white marble look of quartz is going the way of the once dominant glittery black quartz, the latest launch in Cosentino’s Silestone...
Joining forces in stone fabrication

Joining forces are (left to right) Mike Boydon and Rob Wilkinson from Bellagio, and Steve Buck from Marble Ideas.

Two well-established worktop companies, Rob Wilkinson’s Bellagio and Steve Buck’s Marble Ideas, are joining forces under the name of Bellagio Marble Ideas Ltd. The final arrangements...
Craid Liddle RIP

A service to celebrate the life of Craig Liddle will take place at Rowan Chapel, Stockport Crematorium, from 11.30am on 24 November followed by a reception at Stockport Golf Club. Craig asked that guests should dress colourfully and not in black.

"It is with deepest sadness that we must announce the death of our CEO and founder Craig Liddle." So begins the announcement of Craig Liddle's death on the website of Aura, the...
Pack Masonry personnel

Pack Masonry Director James Pack (seated) flanked by his brother, Nic (left), who is charge of the factory workshop, and Commercial Manager Martin Park.

It’s been a crazy summer, says James Pack of Pack Masonry. Most of the houses being built in Holburne Park, Bath, sell for more than £1million. And there are nearly 200 of them. They...
Marco Cioffe, Director of UK Solmar

Marco Cioffe, Director of UK Solmar, at the company’s newly opened warehouse in Bishop’s Stortford.

As the UK left the European Union last year Italian stone company CMP Solmar formed a British company, UK Solmar, in conjunction with Marco Cioffe, an Italian who set up home in the UK 15 years ago...
London Stone in Eastleigh, Hampshire

A computer generated 3D graphic of what the the new London Stone showroom in Eastleigh, Hampshire, will look like.

Nationwide hard landscaping materials supplier London Stone has announced it is opening a 450m2 showroom in Eastleigh, Hampshire, two minutes from J13 of the M3. The plan is to open it early in...
Lovell Stone Directors

New Lovell Stone Group Executive Director Tom Waddington (right) with Managing Director Simon Hart (left) and Director James Hart.

Lovell Stone Group has a new Basebed seam of Bath Stone from its Hartham Park underground quarry in Corsham, just outside Bath in Wiltshire. It is identified as Hartham Park Bath Stone T2 Basebed....
Bidwells Quarry extension open

Blocks of Clipsham stone are now available from Stamford Stone from a 41-acre extension to Bidwells Quarry.

Stamford Stone is extracting block stone from its Clipsham Bidwells Quarry in Lincolnshire, formerly known as Davenport Handley Quarry or Bullimores Quarry. Stamford Stone Director Dan Wilson...
Ardex buys Wedi shares

Mark Eslamlooy (left) CEO of Ardex Group with Wedi MDs Stephan Wedi (centre) and Fabian Rechlin.

German companies Ardex, the construction chemicals specialist, and Wedi, which makes backer boards for wet rooms, have combined. Ardex says its purchase of Wedi shares is the largest acquisition...
Carrie Horwood carving

Carrie Horwood carving Harold Edwards, the WWII soldier, on the sawn side of the 2.5m high block of Forest of Dean sandstone.

On 15 September Mitcheldean and Abenhall in Gloucestershire finally got their war memorial. It was carved in Forest of Dean sandstone by Carrie Horwood, of Cat’s Eye Carving in nearby Lydney....
J Rotherham premises at Holme-On-Spalding Moor

Part of the premises of J Rotherham at Holme-On-Spalding Moor. Now 99 former employees have received compensation for not being consulted about their redundancy when the company went into administration last year.

Ninety-nine former J Rotherham Masonry staff have won a pay-out total of £328,713 following the company’s collapse. The staff were made redundant without consultation when the...

Antolini unapologetically luxuriates in natural stone at its new Stonecentre, opened in time for FuoriSalone 2021, Milan Design Week, earlier this month (September).

Antolini, the Italian stone supplier that specialises in the exotic and colourful, has opened a new concept showroom in Milan, Italy. It is called Stoneroom, and seeing it encourages you to wax...