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17 Dec 2014

“Spectacular" "Best ever" "So professional"

 

These were just some of the superlatives used to describe this year's glittering Natural Stone Awards.

16 Dec 2014

Following success at the Natural Stone Awards 2014, companies will be interested to know that the professional photographs from the event are now available.

 

To view the gallery, click here 

 

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4 Nov 2014

The Federation would like to invite all members to the 2014 Stone Federation Members' Day, held a...
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3 Nov 2014
Booking open for Natural Stone Awards 2014
1 Oct 2014
Throughout October, the Federation are offering a 30% discount on our popular Code of Practice for the Design & Installation of Internal Flooring.
1 Jul 2014
Stone Federation launch CE Marking Awareness Campaign
1 Jul 2014
Federation Members enjoy exclusive training opportunity.
27 May 2014
Weymouth College enjoyed success in both the invidual and college rankings at the UK Masonry Skills Challenge.
12 May 2014
Stone Federation kicks off nationwide search for best young stonemason.
30 Jan 2014
Stone Federation part of the Stone Zone at EcoBuild 2014
30 Jan 2014
Stone Federation hosts two Part L seminars for Members.


4 Dec 2013
An sight into our 2013 AGM held in Warwick.
17 Oct 2013

Duke of Gloucester Award 2013

20 Sep 2013

Use of Stone in Building Course is huge success.

19 Mar 2013
The 2013 UK Masonry Skills Challenge is fast approaching.
6 Feb 2013

NSITG Receives a Further £25,000 of Funding

12 Dec 2012
The winner of the 2012 Trainee Mason of the Year award was announced at The Natural Stone Awards 2012.
6 Dec 2012
The 2012 Natural Stone Awards Brochure is now avaliable to download.
11 Oct 2012

In response to a growing number of enquiries from architects, Stone Federation Great Britain has issued a comprehensive user guide to all aspects of BS 8298. 

8 Oct 2012

Apprentices from Stone Federation GB member companies swept the board at the annual SkillBuild championships in Preston this month.

4 Sep 2012

The Medal, which was introduced in 2010, is awarded every three years, to honour an individual in the craft of stonemasonry or the natural stone industry, whose work is of considerable merit and the excellence of their contribution is acknowledged by their peers.

27 Jul 2012

Members are invited to attend the Annual Conference and AGM, which is taking place at the Danubius Hotel Regents Park in London on 29th November, the day before the prestigious Natural Stone Awards.

26 Jul 2012

These are the 16th Natural Stone Awards to celebrate the use of this attractive, traditional, yet vitally modern building material and I would like to invite you to attend this prestigious ceremony at Lord's Cricket Ground on 30th November.

13 Jul 2012

2012's Trainee Mason of the Year competition is now open for entries and we therefore invite members to nominate one or more of your apprentices to enter this unique Award recognising the craft of the mason.

6 Jul 2012

This latest edition has been prepared to provide an up to date and comprehensive guide to the use of natural stone flooring.  It clarifies the definition of tiles and slabs and follows the requirements of the Harmonised Product Standards in readiness for CE Marking.

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Members' News

Stone Federation would like to congratulate former Stone Federation President, Peter Harrison for being the recipient of the stone industry's highest award, the Duke of Gloucester Gold Medal.


Peter was presented with his medal by the Duke of Gloucester himself at Worshipful Company of Masons' Master's Banquet in London's Mansion House.


The Medal, which was introduced in 2010, is awarded every two years, to honour an individual in the craft of stonemasonry or the natural stone industry whose work is of considerable merit and who is acknowledged by his or her peers for the excellence of their contribution.


The idea for recognition for those in stonemasonry was originally mooted in the 1980s when it was noted that stonemasonry did not have any kind of recognition or a supreme accolade.

 

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, who trained as an architect and has an affinity for stonemasonry, also felt that some form of recognition should be created and was instrumental in developing the concept of a recognition for stonemasonry befitting the millennia-old craft.

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.

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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.