News

News

26 Jan 2016

Natural Stone Awards 2016 - Entry Open


Natural Stone Awards 2016 – Entry Open

Stone Federation are delighted to announce that entry for the Natural Stone Awards 2016 is now open.

The Natural Stone Awards is a biennial event set up by Stone Federation and has established itself as the most prestigious event in the natural stone calendar. The Awards celebrate and recognise the excellence of design in natural stone projects from across the industry. Each year the Awards see work from throughout the British Isles entered across the categories.

The Awards provide a chance for the industry to showcase the wide range of applications possible with natural stone and to demonstrate that it is still the ideal building material, providing architects, designers and clients with a sustainable, durable and attractive end product.
Entries can be made by anyone involved in the project including the architect, main contractor, stone contractor, stone supplier, client or building owner.

How to enter
There are two ways of entering your projects in the Natural Stone Awards. Either click on the link below to download a digital entry form and email your completed entry to sandra@stonefed.org.uk, or print off the digital form and send it in to the address shown on the form.

For all Awards entry related queries, please email sandra@stonefed.org.uk 

                              

The Natural Stone Awards are split into eight categories, each celebrating and showcasing a different aspect of the natural stone industry.


New Build - Modern Style Stone Cladding - Any project that features non load-bearing natural stone cladding as covered by BS 8298.


New Build - Traditional Style Stonemasonry - Any project that features load-bearing natural stone.


Repair & Restoration - Any project that involves the repair and restoration of natural stone on part of a building or the building as a whole.


Interiors - Any project that uses natural stone within an interiors setting, including domestic, commercial and high-end residential.


Landscaping - Any project that involves the use of natural stone in landscaping, whether it be public realm, commercial or private landscaping projects.


Craftsmanship - Any project that displays a high standard of stonemasonry craftsmanship.


Carving, Lettering & Sculpture - This can be a new commission, replacement or part replacement of the original which has become disfigured or lost.


Sustainability - Any project that displays positive elements of sustainability, for example, re-use of materials, use of local materials or environmentally conscious project management.

For more information about the Natural Stone Awards go to the website by clicking here.

Sponsors:

Members' News

Stone Federation are a member of EuroRoc, an organisation made up of the various European Federations for the dimensional stone industry.  The aim of the group is to coordinate questions of common interest and find solutions while promoting the use of dimensional natural stone.

 

The Federation's EuroRoc representative, Michael Poultney of Albion Stone along with Peter Harrison of Harrison Goldman, attended the latest meeting held at the Verona Stone Show in October.

 

There were a range of topics discussed, but shown are four discussions points that will be of particular interest to members.

 

1. Ethical Sourcing - There are various different degrees of controls of ethical sourcing across Europe and some is at a very local level.  It was accepted that the EU should be encouraging stones from ethical sources but there was some scepticism that a system with a high degree of certainty could be found in the short term.  It was agreed that the starting point should be to pool all the experiences from the differing methods currently being used by different, Countries, companies and organisations.

2. Geographical Protection - There was considerable support from across the EU and the robust comments from the UK were considered positive.  It is back with the European Parliament on what could be a long journey to possible implementation.  

3. Reporting Figures - There was concerns that the code numbers used for reporting production, imports and exports are not recording the dimensional stone figure accurately.  It was suggested that these should be related to the harmonised Product Standards (BS EN). Michael Poultney has been in dialogue with BGS and Eric Bignell at the Natural Stone Specialist magazine about the topic earlier in the month. Euroroc will progress the matter with the relevant authorities.

4. Silica Dust - There was a mixed response about the danger of the implementation of the dust regulations and the prospects of reducing the code.  It was agreed that the experiences from the implementation from national authorities will be requested.

.

With the island of Portland, from which the famous Portland limestone comes, being just off the Dorset coast from Weymouth, there could not have been a more appropriate material to use for a sculpture of the Olympic rings that has now been installed in the town that is hosting the Olympic sailing events. 

Burlington Stone has acquired the rights to quarry at Petts Quarry on Kirkstone Pass and Brathay Quarry near Ambleside following the regrettable demise of Kirkstone Quarries Ltd.

This new monument, costing £5 million, will commemorate the 55, 573 crew members of the RAF's Bobmer Command who were killed between 1939 and 1945.  The average age of those who lost their lives was just 22.

Albion Stone has recently purchased a new ‘JCB Fantini’, tractor mounted stone saw which will be used to increase efficiency in the Quarry & Mine.  This is the first machine of its type to be imported into any UK stone extraction operation. 

 

TV presenter, journalist and former conservative politician and Cabinet Minister, Michael Portillo made a fascinating tour of local natural stone producer, Burlington Stone of Kirkby-in-Furness, shown on 26th January on BBC2 at 6.30pm, as part of series three of the BBC’s popular travel documentary, Great British Railway Journeys.

 

A £500,000 investment into an innovative new roof for Albion Stone’s Factory is set to save thousands of pounds a year on their electricity bills.

Albion Stone supplied over 3m³ of Jordans Basebed and Jordans Whitbed in the form of treads risers, paving and memorial stones.

Taking centre stage on The Marshalls Garden That Kids Really Want! at the 2008 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May the company utilised its own indigenous natural Yorkstone block to create two striking central features in this amazing organic playground.