At the heart of London's Natural Stone Show is the Stone Federation ‘village’, an area reserved exclusively for Stone Federation Great Britain and its members. Stone Federation members already booked in to the village demonstrate the Federation's broad coverage of the whole of the architectural stone industry: from indigenous stone producers to consumables suppliers; consultants to underfloor heating companies.
Among the indigenous stone producers is first-time exhibitor Stamford Stone, which this year became the exclusive supplier of Clipsham limestone when it took over Clipsham Quarry Company.
A regular exhibitor in the 'village' is Albion Stone, which mines the Portland limestone from Dorset used for many of the most important buildings in London ever since it was selected by Sir Christopher Wren for the rebuilding of the city after the Great Fire of 1666.
Another is Johnston Quarry Group which, having bought Bath Stone Group and Hanson Bath & Portland last year, has entered the premier division of British stone producers. The renowned Bath Stone will join the limestones from JCQ's Creeton and Oathill quarries, and, it is hoped, Ropsley in Lincolnshire and Flick in the Cotswolds, which JQG intends to re-open this year. JCQ also produces the ironstone from Great Tew, where a new £1 million processing plant is being opened.
Other exhibitors will include Lovell Stone Group, which mines Hartham Park Bath Stone, as well as the many beds of Purbeck, grey, white and blue Lias, Chicksgrove limestone and Hurdcott Greenstone; Doulting Stone, which has lately added tumbled sawn building stone to its range; and Gallagher’s Kentish Ragstone with its range of hard stone masonry, walling and paving products from Kent.
One of Stone Federation's Irish members, McMonagle Stone, will also be participating in the 'village'. The company operates five quarries in Ireland and offers a complete design and supply package of hard landscaping products. Other brands set to feature include Lithofin, Ardex, Dry Treat, and Jupiter Heating Systems.
More at: www.stoneshow.co.uk
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