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Lapitec Bianco Polare in a Satin finish in the entrance hall of a New York skyscraper.

Lapitec Bianco Polare in a Satin finish has been used on the entrance hall of a skyscraper in New york.The luxurious building in the heart of the Big Apple, a stone’s throw from Times Square,...

This is Targa, part of the new high-shine Stonika collection in Cosentino's ultra-compact Dekton.

The Cosentino Group has launched a new, high polish collection of ultra-compact Dekton. It is called Stonika. There are four new designs in the collection inspired by natural marbles. They go...
BAL Floor Epoxy

The new BAL Floor Epoxy grout.

2 November 2018 | Equipment
BAL has launched a new epoxy grout for floor tiling.It is a three-part resin grout available in new Smoke and Ebony colours.With a formulation comprising liquid resin, liquid hardener and powder...
Portland stone

Much of the Portland limestone extracted from the Dorset island of Portland these days comes from underground workings.

Portland limestone is probably the building stone best known by those outside the stone industry, largely because it has built much of London for the past 350 years. And it will continue to do so, as...
Digital carving

Sumit Sakar’s ‘From 11’ in Italian marble. The picture on the right shows the piece in production on the Garfagnana Innovazione robot. Photo courtesy of the artist.

29 October 2018 | Market Intelligence
Susan Carron Clarke, researcher in sculptural carving and stone carving communities at the University of Huddersfield, discovers a digital carving course in the marble mountains of Tuscany in Italy.A...
CSCS card

Andrew Weeks has been sent to prison for more than three years for forging official documents including CSCS cards.

A man who forged documents including CSCS cards, Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) cards, forklift truck operator certificates, Powered Access Licences and CCDO cards for...

The new Supraflex SE 14-2 125mm diameter grinder and polisher from Flex. It was developed with a focus on the health & safety of the user.

21 October 2018 | Equipment
Some of the tools used for working stone have not changed much in thousands of years. Others are evolving quickly to cope with changing methods and new materials. NSS asked the tool suppliers what...
Doosan DL580-5

The new Doosan DL580-5 wheel loader at Johnston Quarry Group's Creeton limestone quarry in Lincolnshire.

Johnston Quarry Group has bought the UK’s first top-of-the-range Doosan DL580-5 wheel loader for its Creeton limestone quarry in Lincolnshire.The 70-acre quarry has more than 6.5million tonnes...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry discovers life after project management.

19 October 2018 | Market Intelligence
Robert Merry is an independent stone consultant who has just given up project managment. He ran his own company for 17 years and is now a consultant and expert witness.At the beginning of the month I...

Workplace exposure can cause cancer. That's the message of Safety & Health at Work Week, 22-28 October.

Granite, sandstone, slate. They contain a lot of silica. Engineered quartz has even more. Fine silica particles in the air get into your lungs and they stay there… growing… turning your...
Barbour report

September was construction's second busiest month of the year.

18 October 2018 | Market Intelligence
The value of new construction contracts in September reached £5.6billion, a 6.1% fall from August's record for the year but still the second-best performing month of 2018 so far, according...
BIM Kitemark

BSI introduces Kitemark for BIM Level 2.

18 October 2018 | Market Intelligence
British Standards Institution (BSI) has launched a BSI Kitemark for BIM (Building Information Modelling) Level 2 to help organizations demonstrate that they can deliver infrastructure projects that...

Modern slavery gang arrested in London and Romania.

Photo: Metropolitan Police

18 October 2018 | Market Intelligence
Eight more people accused of modern slavery and human trafficking have been arrested in London and three men and a woman in Romania, say the Metropolitan Police.Five men and three women, aged between...

Two-thirds of RIDDOR reports by companies relate to vibration injuries.

Another company has received a hefty fine for ignoring the risk of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) to its employees. It should be a warning to all stone companies whose employees use power tools....
Shawn Williamson

Shawn Williamson is pictured here working on the sculpture of Michael Berry, who founded English Lakes Hotels, and whose sons, Simon and Ben, commissioned Shawn to produce 10 sculptures to form a trail around the grounds of one of their hotels, Low Wood, in Windemere. The works are carved from glacial boulders, which Shawn says are a lot harder than the commercial slates of Cumbria.

Photo: Maggie Dickinson

There’s a new sculpture trail at the Low Wood Hotel in Windemere, Cumbria.The hotel has commissioned 10 carvings from local sculptor Shawn Williamson. Most of them feature the area’s...