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Building in London

In London, 28% of people in construction come from other parts of Europe.

19 June 2018 | Market Intelligence
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has come up with some figures on the impact of labour from overseas on the construction industry in the UK. It says that 35% of workers in London come from...
HAVS is serious

Balfour Beatty's £500,000 HAVS fine should be a warning to masonry companies whose employees are exposed to vibration.

Contractor Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions has been fined £500,000 with costs of £195,000 for exposing workers to Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) over a nine-year period and failing...
Asthall Manor

Asthall Manor, where 'on form' is now being staged, showing 384 stone sculptures from 40 artists. All the work is for sale.

18 June 2018 | Events
The more you look, the more you see at 'on form', an exquisite exhibition of sculpture, mostly for the garden and all in stone, at Asthall Manor in Burford, Oxfordshire.Even objects that do...
 
Judging

Judging in progress during the Winchester Cathedral Stone Festival on 17 June. The judges were led by Andrew Bowles, Master of the Worshipful Company of Masons that provided prizes for first, second and third place works. The other judges were Adrian Munns, Administrator of the Cathedral Fellowship, John Crook, Winchester Cathedral Archaeologist, and Cannon Nick Fennemore, the Cathedral Chaplain.

18 June 2018 | Events
The second of England's stone festivals in 2018 was held at Winchester Cathedral, 15-17 June. The theme was Kings & Scribes, which gave the masons and carvers plenty of scope to stretch their...
Talasay

Chris Whitlock (left) becomes MD of the hard landscaping product Talasey Group in the UK while founder Mark Wall becomes CEO and concentrates on expansion in America.

Rapidly growing hard landscaping product supplier Talasey Group (previously Natural Paving) has appointed Chris Whitlock as its new Managing Director. The company founder, Mark Wall, who was the MD,...
SkillBuild Bath winners

Bath College SkillBuild winners Josh Underwood and Hartaj Hunjan.

15 June 2018 | Training
Everyone involved in last motnh's (May) SkillBuild competition in Bath, run by Stone Federation Great Britain in conjunction with CITB, had been sworn to secrecy about the result until the...
Cambria lorry

The distinctive livery of Cambria and Granite Granite on Granite Granite’s new Mercedes truck.

International quartz brand Cambria has helped Granite Granite continue its expansion as a major national supplier of stone to the UK processing market.All the internal walls of the offices of stone...
Nicholas Johnston

Nicholas Johnston (centre) with two of his fellow Directors, Paul Keyte (left) from Oathill Quarry and Matthew Hawker from Bath Stone. Steve Johnson at Creeton Quarry (not in the picture) is also a Director.

Johnston Quarry Group has become a major supplier of Bath Stone following its purchase of The Bath Stone Group and Hanson Bath & Portland last year. Added to its existing reserves of other...
Adam and Ankar

Ankur Gupta (right), who heads Bloom Stones London, and sales representative Adam Reuvany examine a slab of polished Liana newly arrived at the company’s warehouse in south-east London.

In the past two years, Bloom Stones London has grown by 50% a year, establishing its name not just in London, but as a national supplier of a range of top quality natural and engineered stone.Bloom...
small claims online

Small claims are getting easier online.

4 June 2018 | Market Intelligence
Taking action to get paid is getting easier thanks to a new online service from HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS). It can be used to start a claim against anyone in England and Wales and...
Winners

Alex Wenham (left) and Mark McDonnell receiving their prizes at the European Stone Festival in Severne, France.

30 May 2018 | Events
British stonemasons and carvers Alex Wenham and Mark McDonnell have once again taken top honours at the European Stone Festival, held this year at the Parc of Rohan Palace in Saverne, France, 25-27...
City & Guilds of London Art School open house

The stonecarving competition in full swing at the City & Guilds of London Art School during London Craft Week.

25 May 2018 | Training
The City & Guilds of London Art School in Kennington Park Road, London, is the country's best known centre of excellence for teaching stone and wood carving. This year, for the third time...
Stone-Safe test

Anton Matthews demonstrates the effectiveness of his Stone-Safe memorial fixing system using a dug pit filled with sand.

24 May 2018 | Natural Stone Memorials
Anton Matthews, who makes the Stone-Safe memorial fixing system, here responds to a comment by David Francis in his 'Grave Concerns' column in Natural Stone Specialst magazine, May 2018 issue...
London house prices fall

London house prices have fallen for the first time since the crash of 2009.

24 May 2018 | Market Intelligence
Figures just published by the Land Registry show house prices in London fell in March for the first time since the 2009 crash. Prices in the UK as a whole increased 4.2% but in London they fell...
Dry stone walling

Two hours into the competition and the wall is starting to take shape. After seven hours it was finished, 1.2m high complete with coping.

22 May 2018 | Events
Dry stone wallers from across the UK (and even further afield) gathered in a field at Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria on Sunday (20 May) to compete with each other for the honours in a competition to mark...

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