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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...
Serpentine Pavilion

This year's Serpentine Pavilion with its 61tonnes of loose-laid Honister Slate.

Photo: Paul Slade 

25 July 2019 | Stone Projects
Honister Slate Mine in The Lake District has supplied 61 tonnes of Westmorland green riven by-product for this year’s  temporary pavilion on the Serpentine Gallery’s lawn in...
dirty loo

A picture of the site toilet taken by the HSE Inspector.

Failing to provide warm water in a site toilet that was not kept clean cost a company in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, an £8,000 fine plus £1,814.90 costs when it appeared before...
 
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...
DSW

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...
stonemasonry for bricklayers

Historic England is offering a free, week-long course in stonemasonry for bricklayers who want to extend their repertoire.

14 July 2019 | Stone Heritage
The heritage sector believes there is a shortage of stonemasons (among other trades) with traditional skills. So Historic England is trying to get bicklayers interested in stonemasonry by running a...
crashed staircase

A man's leg was crushed beneath the 1.7tonne staircase when it fell. The leg had to be amputated just below the groin.

An installer has had his leg amputated just below the groin after a section of staircase weighing 1.7 tonnes fell on him when the fabric slings being used to lift it into position failed.As a result...
Caesarstone

Caesarstone's White Attica, one of nine finishes chosen by Bloor Homes for kitchen upgrade offers in 3,000 new builds in the next 12 months.

Caesarstone has been chosen by Bloor Homes as the exclusive kitchen worktop upgrade supplier for more than 3,000 new builds to be completed in the next 12 months. But Caesarstone is not saying how...
silica killer

Respirable crystalline silica is a slow, long-term killer. The HSE is trying to stop workers being exposed to it.

A company told by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) to stop exposing its workers to respirable crystalline silica when they sawed flagstones but continued to do so has been fined £20,000...
lime at the Traditional Building Festival

Will Napier and Fionn Blench will explain the ingredients of traditional plaster and give a practical demonstration of how it should be applied as part of the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival 19-22 August.

10 July 2019 | Events
Stone Federation Great Britain is back at the 7th annual Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival 19-22 August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.Sponsored by the Construction Industry Training...
Cornerstone

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...
Hi-Macs

Intense dark colours and tight curves from Hi-Macs Intense Ultra being launched in September.

Hi-Macs solid surface company LG Hausys introduces Intense Ultra, with intense solid colour and even tighter thermoforming. New formulation Intense Ultra offers colour consistency during and...
The pub

The pub where a worker fell from a scaffold tower suffering life changing injuries.

A few days before the Health & Safety Executive published fatality figures of 2018/19 showing that falls from height still kill more people at work than any other single cause, a company and its...
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...
10 years

Staff at Lovell Stone Group are celebrating 10 years in business today (1 July).

Lovell Stone Group celebrates 10 years of trading today (1 July).The Group (originally called Lovell Purbeck) was founded by brothers Simon and James Hart when they acquired Purbeck quarry company D...

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