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Barbour June

Construction orders were up again in June and less dominated by London.

25 July 2019 | Market Intelligence
There were £5.2billion-worth of construction contracts awarded in the three months to June, an increase of 5.5% on the three months to May. Regional analysis shows the North West led the way...
Bath Stone

Bath Stone being cut from a face at Hartham Park underground quarry. Bath Stone has this month (on 19 July) been designated as a Global Heritage Stone Resource.

23 July 2019 | Market Intelligence
Bath Stone, one of England’s famous limestones, and marble from Makrana in Rajasthan used to build the Taj Mahal are among the latest seven stones to be designated as Global Heritage Stone...

In Ireland, dry stone walling has been classified as one of the country's Intangible Cultural Heritages.

20 July 2019 | Market Intelligence
The Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland has received news from the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht that an application it made to have dry stone walling recognised as an...

The 'Cornerstone' is being created under the arches near London Bridge railway station. It is hoped to have it installed on the corner of Bermondsey Street and Whites Grounds in the Whites Grounds estate owned by Southwark council in time for the Bermondsey Street Festival in September next year. 

10 July 2019 | Market Intelligence
Tonight (10 July) in a railway arch near London Bridge railway station, mason artist Austin Emery is holding a fund-raising event to try to raise the outstanding £28,000 for a community stone...
Construction site

Construction workers are 3.6 times more likely to get killed at work than the national average.

3 July 2019 | Market Intelligence
Provisional figures published today (3 July) by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) show 30 construction workers died at work in the year April 2018 to March 2019. There were a total of 147...
30 May 2019 | Market Intelligence
Granite worktop manufacturer Grantech Ltd of Spencer’s Industrial Estate in Buckley, north Wales, has been fined £30,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,906 for failing to...
MPA guidance

The Minerals Products Association and Planning Officers Society have published a guide to using the planning system to ensure mineral supplies will continue into the future and not be built over.

22 May 2019 | Market Intelligence
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) and the Planning Officers’ Society (POS) has published new Minerals Safeguarding Practice Guidance, which sets out how Local Authorities and Mineral...
Eric Brookes

Eric Brookes (16 December 1921 - 18 May 2019)

20 May 2019 | Market Intelligence
Eric Brookes MBE, a past President of Stone Federation Great Britain and a Liveryman and Honorary Court Member of the Worshipful Company of Masons, died peacefully at home on Saturday (18 May).Fellow...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry gives his views on the stone industry this month.

15 May 2019 | Market Intelligence
Robert Merry is an independent stone consultant and expert witness in disputes. He ran his own company for 17 years before becoming first an independent project manager and now a consultant.Firstly,...
Hot lime

Nigel Copsey will talk about the benefits of hot lime at the symposium in York on 10, 11 and 12 June. To book a place on the symposium, click here.

13 May 2019 | Market Intelligence
Want to know about traditional lime mortars? Then book a place on the Building Limes Forum's ‘Traditional Mortars Symposium’ taking place in the Hall of St Anthony in York and York...
Trade wars

USA considers tariffs on European granite and quartz - but not marble or limestone.

13 May 2019 | Market Intelligence
Europe could soon be joining China in having tariffs imposed on its quartz and granite by America.An American interagency group is meeting on Wednesday this week (15 May) to consider import duties on...
Tim Yates - Marcus Paine

Marcus Paine (right), the new President of Stone Federation Great Britain, is welcomed into the post by his predecessor, Tim Yates, during the Federation's AGM at the Natural Stone Show at the start of this month (May).

5 May 2019 | Market Intelligence
Marcus Paine is the new President of Stone Federation Great Britain. He was elected at the Federation annual general meeting on 1 May that took place during the Natural Stone Show at ExCeL in London....
Peter Harrison

Peter Harrison receives his Duke of Gloucester Gold Medal from the Duke at the Mansion House in London.

Photo: Michael O'Sullivan Photography

20 March 2019 | Market Intelligence
Peter Harrison, stalwart of the Stone Federation, aficionado of British (and other) Standards, stone consultant and system designer (temporarily retired but now busier than ever with a new...
16 March 2019 | Market Intelligence
Low carbon, low maintenance, sustainable stone has a lot to offer housing. And with the government having committed to adding 300,000 homes a year to the UK’s housing stock by the mid-2020s to...

Oleksandr Sukhoviy, who has been jailed for six years for his role in a gang that supplied forged documents, including CSCS cards for construction workers. Photo: National Crime Agency.

14 March 2019 | Market Intelligence
The National Crime Agency has secured a fifth conviction of a member of a gang responsible for making and supplying false identity documents, including CSCS cards and passports for illegal immigrants...