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Cork masons

Cork Masons Historical Society campaigning against the loss of local stone.

17 June 2018 | Market Intelligence
Members of the Cork Masons Historical Society in Ireland marched in May to protest about the proposed replacement of natural local stone in Cork’s historic quay walls with concrete and the use...

Heritage Minister Michael Ellis.

17 June 2018 | Market Intelligence
A new high level Heritage Council announced by Heritage Minister John Glen at the end of last year that was to be chaired by him as Minister, apparently met for the first time in May, although...
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...
 
Cladding

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.

30 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...
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...
Insider

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...

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