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This article by Lewis Proudfoot, the Stone Section Manager at Cliveden Conservation in Taplow, Berkshire, first appeared in Natural Stone Specialist magazine


The Building Limes Forum gathers at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim to discuss the hot subject of lime mortars.

Supplying stone for projects in London such as 50 St James (where a Presidential suite is £40,000 a night) and winning jobs around the world from London architects has persuaded Italian company Eli

Part of Elite Stone's super stylish showroom in London's West End.

The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA) celebrates its 50th anniversary next year (2018) and to mark the occasion is planning a National Walling Competition at Kirkby L

The Dry Stone Walling Association's 50th anniversary calendar featuring all 12 of the projects that have won the Association's Pinnacle Award.

Major Belgian stone wholesalers Brachot-Hermant and Beltrami have joined forces, with Brachot-Hermant having bought all the shares of Beltrami.

Gilles Van Overberge (left) and Dirk Van Overberghe (right) from Brachot-Hermant with Herwig Callewier of Beltrami following the merger of the two family-owned companies.

Photo courtesy of Lies Paelinck,


Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal joined Dekton and Silestone company Cosentino in London last night (9 November). 

Paul Gidley (left), the new Cosentino Area Director for the UK, with Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal in London last night.

An inaugural Heritage Building & Conservation (HB&C) lunch was held on 6 November in the magnificent Plaisterers Hall at One London Wall in the City of London, with more than 175 guests fro

The inaugural heritage lunch in Plaisterers Hall hosted by Heritage Building & Conservation.

Proposals for the revision of BS 8415, the Standard for Memorials, are now open for public comment. Closing date for comments is 15 January.

You can comment on the proposed changes to BS 8415 online until 15 January. They include some significant changes to the fixing systems of headstones. You have to register to use the BSI site, which you can do at the web address below. Once you have registered you can view the standard and comment on it.

Although there were fewer prosecutions for health & safety infringements in 2016/17, the value of the fines imposed on those convicted shot up 80%.

Health & Safety fines up 80% although there were fewer prosecutions.

Want to talk about heritage? Heritage2020 is running a Twitter Chat on the third Thursday of each month from 1-2pm, starting on 16 November.

Join in the live debate about the built heritage on Twitter at #HeritageChat.

More machinery needs more water. To provide it, many stone companies are now installing new water recycling systems along with their new machines.

The table below is a guide from New Stone Age and OMEC showing combinations of silos and pumps and the size of filterpresses.