North Wales slate company Welsh//Slate has ramped up production at its Cwt-y-Bugail Quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog.
It has reassigned 24 production operatives to Cwt-y-Bugail from the nearby Penrhyn Quarry.
The move comes as the company looks to increase the amount of slate being produced from Cwt-y-Bugail, which is currently being used on several prestigious projects in North Wales, across the UK and internationally.
â€¨More than 1,700m2 of dark blue grey riven slate from the quarry is being used to clad the £45million Snowhill commercial property development in Birmingham city centre. â€¨
The stone is also being used in a high-profile re-development project at a landmark building on The Strand in London – the 10-storey Marconi House, which is being converted into a five-star hotel called the ME London. It is owned by Spanish firm Melia Hotels International.â€¨
Closer to home, 10,000 slates have been supplied for use in the Blaenau Ffestiniog town centre regeneration project. â€¨
Mark Hodgkinson, production director at Welsh//Slate, says: “We are increasing production at Cwt-y-Bugail in order to satisfy growing demand and ensure that our current customer base continues to be well served.
â€¨“It should be a great source of pride to the people of North Wales that slate from Cwt-y-Bugail is being put to such fantastic use, both at home and further afield.
â€¨“Welsh//Slate is committed to ensuring that it continues to provide the finest architectural and roofing slate for prestigious projects locally, nationally and around the world.”