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Stone Federation Great Britain’s Interiors & Surface Materials Focus Group is dedicated to the interiors side of the natural stone industry and promoting the use of Federation members for interior work.

23 May 2018 | Market Intelligence
At the start of the year Stone Federation launched the At the start of the year Stone Federation launched the Ethical Stone Register specifically for the natural stone industry in response to The...

Latest developments from chemicals manufacturers.

15 May 2018 | Market Intelligence
When using stone, you have to treat it right. New ways of using stone and tiles – larger formats; taking interiors out into exteriors – puts new demands on the materials used for sticking...

Robert Merry is an independent stone consultant and project manager who ran his own company for 17 years. He also acts as an expert witness.

15 May 2018 | Market Intelligence
What, who or why is engineered stone?There is a debate going on – and in some places raging. Knickers are very twisted. When is a stone not a stone and when does it become engineered?What does...
Bath Stone

Hartham Park Bath Stone, these days supplied by Lovell Stone Group, clads the University of Bristol’s £56.5million Life Sciences building. Bristol University now plans to build a £300million city centre campus that will transform a seven-acre site next to Bristol Temple Meads railway station.

15 May 2018 | Market Intelligence
To those working on fast track projects, the government’s complaint about a lack of productivity in construction might seem harsh. But the government is looking for innovation.The fire at...
Construction output down

More houses are being built but construction output is down overall.

11 May 2018 | Market Intelligence
Construction output continued its recent decline in March, falling 4.9% compared with March last year to £12.5billion. New work declined by 5.2% and repair & maintenance by 4.2%.The figures...

Paper made from limestone and resin - that's one way of recycling waste.

21 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
Limestone quarries and stonemasons are always wondering how to reduce the amount of waste they have to dispose of. One solution might be to turn it into paper. A company is making paper in just...

Cambria's stand at KBB at the NEC, Birmingham, this year where the company exhibited with the support of its UK partner, Granite Granite. Cambria is seeking tariffs on cheap Chinese quartz imports to the USA.

19 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
Following President Trump's imposition of tariffs on imported steel and aluminium, quartz manufacturer Cambria, partnered in the UK by Granite Granite, has now (17 April) filed an action calling...

Collyweston roofs in Stamford.

12 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
Twenty years ago this year a campaign by English Heritage called The Roofs of England came to an end. It had some success. Since then, Terry Hughes has continued to champion stone roofing.Terry...

Construction output fell 3% in February.

12 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says it has anecdotal evidence that snow contributed to a 3% fall in construction output in February compared with the same month a year earlier - the biggest...
Oliver Dowden

Oliver Dowden: tough new measures to help specialist sub-contractors win more government contracts and get paid more promptly.

10 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
You might feel you have heard it before, but following the collapse of its pet construction contractor, Carillion, the government says it wants fairer payment terms for sub-contractors and it wants...

Stone Federation's Stone Heritage Group comments on its sector of the market.

5 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
Almost 50% of Stone Federation’s members work in the conservation and restoration sector, which plays a large part in the overall natural stone arena.This month, we are taking a brief look at...

Mark Priestman.

5 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
As 2020 looms closer I have been thinking that surely this is going to be a year exploited by the nation’s opticians. So far I have been disappointed.Imagine my glee, then, to see this headline...

Robert Merry.

5 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
One of my biggest concerns over the past year has been the rising number of installation failures in bathrooms. The main culprits – mesh backed stone and failed waterproofing.There is still a...

Dekton’s Industrial collection combines the look of weathered stone and aged metals. Coming soon is a distressed concrete addition to the range.

5 April 2018 | Market Intelligence
The look of marble and industrial chic are highly desirable, especially when they come packaged as a product that can cope with every day living. That’s the promise of engineered stone as it...

Prince Charles meets the Phillips family during his visit to DeLank granite quarry in Cornwall.

28 March 2018 | Market Intelligence
HRH Prince Charles, who is the Duke of Cornwall as well as the Prince of Wales, paid a visit to DeLank quarry in Bodmin, Cornwall, on 21 March to see the source of one of the county's great...