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The latest news from the Stone Industry

Chichester Cathedral Font

The Chichester Font by John Skelton at Chichester Cathedral is fashioned in Cornish Polyphant stone with a copper bowl in it. It was installed in 1983 as part of a memorial to Bishop Bell. The making of it involved selecting the stone in Cornwall and sawing it out by hand.

The Lettering Arts Trust, the champion of the lettering arts in stone and other media, sees an exhibition of the work of John Skelton open on 13 March at its gallery in Snape Maltings, Suffolk. The...
Phil Winter, Italian Stone Surfaces

Phil Winter, the Sales & Marketing Director of Italian Stone Surfaces, in front of some of Stone Italiana’s range of Kerit porcelain.

“We’re building our business on solid foundations focussed on adding value to our customers” – Phil Winter, Sales & Marketing Director. Italian Luxury Surfaces has...
J Rotherham Masonry - in Administration

The headquarters of J Rotherham at Holme-on-Spalding Moor. The company went into Administration on 3 February.

One of the UK's leading worktop companies, J Rotherham Masonry Ltd in Yorkshire, has gone into Administration. Howard Smith and David Costley-Wood from KPMG have been appointed joint...
Alphacam waterjet cutting is easier

Updates on Alphacam have made cutting easier.

Stone companies will find improvements for waterjet cutting and for sawing surfaces and solids in the 2020.1 release of Alphacam software.You can now create waterjet tools and specify parameters...
Lovell Belveredere coming soon

Launching soon, Lovell Stone Group's new Belvedere Stone business supplying imported stones.

Lovell Stone Group, which quarries a number of English limestones including Purbeck and Hartham Park Bath Stone, has set up a company called Belvedere Stone to sell a range of imported stones for...
Masons with Silestone kangaroo

Matt Spearing (left), co-owner of Stoneworx, and general manager Charlie Davison with 'Bouncer' the Silestone Kangaroo at the silent auction in The George.

Wanting to help the animals rescued from the fires raging across Australia, stone company Stoneworx in Ropley, Hampshire, made a Silestone Kangaroo to auction in a local pub in order to raise money...
 Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Shackerley’s SureClad Ceramic Granite ventilated façade at the £329million Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

We are used to ceramics on horizontal surfaces (worktops and patios) but they are also increasingly being used for vertical surfaces (façades). Here are some examples from Shakerley.Shakerley is one...
Ian Knapper

Ian Knapper and the company that bears his name are famous for exemplary architectural stonework, notably stairs and fireplaces. Here Ian talks about his work.

Returning from another research trip to Europe to meet some of my stone suppliers, I have been thinking about the process of finding the perfect stone for a project.For us, it’s a two-sided...
Ben Newman

Ben Newman has joined Cliveden Conservation.

Ben Newman has joined the management team of Cliveden Conservation as Stone Project Manager. He is the company’s third SPAB Fellow and an award-winning stonemason,Ben has in-depth practical...
Bamburgh ware memorial

The new war memorial in Bamburgh carved by Andrian Melka as a replica of the original.

The parish of Bamburgh, Northumberland, is understandably proud of its new war memorial, created in a collaboration between Classic Masonry, based in North Shields, Newcastle, and celebrated stone...
Cumbrian Stone

Cumbrian Stone at the Natural Stone Show in London last year. Sam Morris, the company's Sales & Marketing Manager, is trying out the virtual reality headset the company had on its stand to give visitors a virtual tour of its premises. This year Cumbrian Stone is Principal Partner of its local Penrith Show.

Cumbrian Stone, the Penrith-based natural stone manufacturer that exhibited a giant stone chess set and had virtual reality tours of its factory at the Natural Stone Show at ExCeL last year, is this...
Ian Knapper stairs

The finished stairs, made by Ian Knapper stonemasons.

In the Scottish borders a country house has undergone a top to bottom renovation, with an Ian Knapper Moleanos limestone staircase connecting the top to the bottom.The renovation project was led by...
Fyfe Glenrock granite

Local granites supplied by Fyfe Glenrock, which champions the use of indigenous materials, have been used for paving for the renovated Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Natural stone specialist Fyfe Glenrock, based in Oldmeldrum just outside Aberdeen, has paved the way for the re-opening of Aberdeen Art Gallery by laying Scottish granite paving.Fyfe Glenrock...

LG Hausys introduce Hi-Macs Exteria for cladding accredited to the French QB certification and CSTB (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment) ATec Avis Technique for façade applications.

Hi-Macs solid surfaces company LG Hausys has expanded its products for exteriors with a new range called Exteria. Following the Grenfell Tower fire in London developers and planners have become...
Dekton Slim

Dekton Slim in the popular Trilium design on the cabinet doors
. This is one of 10 new Dekton Slim designs. 

On the Houzz wesbite, Cosentino has posted '10 Kitchen Trends Sizzling Into 2020'*. It says "Be a step ahead in the style game with these game-changing kitchen trends from those in the...