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Digging Bath Stone book published

Digging Bath Stone is a testament to the author, the late David Pollard, and the industry that fascinated him.

13 July 2021 | Market Intelligence
Just before he died unexpectedly in 2017, David Pollard completed a book he had spent a large part of his life researching and writing.Now the book has been published by Lightmoor Press of Lydney,...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry, MCIOB, is an independent Stone Consultant. He ran his own stone company for 17 years before becoming first an independent project manager and now a consultant. He is also an expert witness in disputes regarding stone and stone contracts. Tel: 0207 502 6353 / 07771 997621. [email protected]

9 July 2021 | Market Intelligence
Stone consultant and Expert Witness Robert Merry dances a Foxtrot (or is it an American Smooth?) as he discovers the beauty of gravestones. This month I have been solicited by some gravestone...
Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen

The granite steps that went missing from Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens.

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3 July 2021 | Market Intelligence
The disappearance of granite steps during a £28million refurbishment of Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens has been referred to the police by the City Council.The steps were supposed to be...
stone floor

Large floor areas need room to expand when it gets hot.

2 July 2021 | Market Intelligence
Interiors & Surface Materials is one of Stone Federation Great Britain’s sector focus groups. Here the Group answers some questions that should be asked about including movement joints in...
Simon Souter

Simon Souter: “If we get this right, it will finally enable fabricators to recognise their employees’ skills with a fit-for-purpose qualification which will be accepted right across the industry, and by both employers and customers.”

15 June 2021 | Market Intelligence | 2 Comments
If clients are seeking proof a worktop company is competent, it’s probably best for the company if the industry has decided what ‘competence’ actually looks like. That’s...
Cole's Monument

Cole's Monument in Forthill Park, Enniskillen, that is to be restored.

12 June 2021 | Market Intelligence
Fermanagh & Omagh District Council in Ireland is receiving conservation architecture advice from Consarc and has appointed JPM as contractor on a £200,000 project to raise the profile of...
BIM Survey

The BIM Survey is now the Digital Construction Survey and companies are invited to participate.

2 June 2021 | Market Intelligence
NBS, which has been tracking the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) via its National BIM Survey for the past 10 year, has expanded the scope of its survey to encompass more of the ways...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry, MCIOB, is an independent Stone Consultant. He ran his own stone company for 17 years before becoming first an independent project manager and now a consultant. He is also an expert witness in disputes regarding stone and stone contracts. 0207 502 6353 / 07771 997621. [email protected]

28 May 2021 | Market Intelligence
Stone consultant and Expert Witness Robert Merry is celebrating a ‘significant’ birthday and 10 years of writing this column. This column is officially 10 years old now – just...
kitchen worktop

A look at some of the products that can help with fabricating surfaces that can cope with lockdown.

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25 May 2021 | Market Intelligence
Kitchens can be harsh environments, with hot pans, steam, corrosive and staining materials and a lot of use, especially when they are also being used for home working and schooling. It makes it more...
Bloomberg

Part of Foster & Partners’ £48million Bloomberg development in London, with its Stanton Moor sandstone cladding. The specialist contractor was Grants of Shoreditch, which owns dimensional stone quarry companies Cadeby, which supplied the cladding, and Blockstone, as well as Grants Precast. Grants designed what is described as a ’hybrid façade solution’, a combination of precast concrete, structural steel and conventional handset stonework integrated into a prefabricated façade system. The façade involved large format prefabricated sandstone beams and columns along with solid 2m x 2m stone cruciforms at the intersecting node points. In addition to the beams and columns, Grants designed, supplied and installed 3,500m2 of sandstone-faced honeycomb soffits, more than 10,000m2 of internal sandstone cladding, and 5,000m2 of granite paving.

8 May 2021 | Market Intelligence
The government is trying once again to cure the ills of construction. Maybe turning it off and on again last year will have done the trick. The past year has been a game-changer, says Marcus...
Worktop Fabricators Federation

For more information about the Worktop Fabricators Association (WFF) visit the website at the address below or contact General Secretary Chris Pateman at [email protected] or on 07366 391105.

1 May 2021 | Market Intelligence
With kitchen showrooms re-opening along with other ‘non essential’ retail businesses, members of the Worktop Fabricators Federation are starting to enjoy the new trading environment....
Green Homes

The scrapped Green Homes Scheme could be returning in the autumn, probably under a new name.

29 April 2021 | Market Intelligence
The Green Homes Grant that was scrapped in March because of a lack of take up (read more here) could return, probably with a new name, in the government's autumn spending review, David Pinder,...
Drugs

Smugglers who hid millions of pounds worth of heroin in shipments of stone are due to be sentenced on 11 May.

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19 April 2021 | Market Intelligence
Smugglers who hid millions of pounds worth of heroin in shipments of stone are due to be sentenced on 11 May by a court in the Netherlands. According to police, shipments would arrive in...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry, MCIOB, is an independent Stone Consultant. He ran his own stone company for 17 years before becoming first an independent project manager and now a consultant. He is also an expert witness in disputes regarding stone and stone contracts. 0207 502 6353 / 07771 997621. [email protected]

17 April 2021 | Market Intelligence
Stone consultant and Expert Witness Robert Merry looks back on a year of Covid in construction and what post-Covid might look like. A year has passed since the first lockdown. A birthday, a...
Caesarstone Outdoor collectio

The Caesarstone Outdoor collection has been developed over several years and is introduced in three designs: Palm Shade, with the look of white marble with a subtle veining; Midday, a white concrete look; and Clearskies, a pale grey concrete design.

16 April 2021 | Market Intelligence
Quartz is still the most popular hard surface for worktops by far, but the number of challengers is growing all the time and they all claim to be more ecologically sound.Unfortunately, the stone...

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