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    Principal Tower – Foster and Partners

    July 17th, 2017 in Quarry Visit

    We have recently completed the last of the three initial visits inspecting blocks, slabs and mock ups for a great project we are lucky enough to be working on. Principal Tower is a 50 story residential building in a mixed use development Principal Place in Hackney. The building has been designed by Foster & Partners but their interiors team have also been working on the tower developing the detailed specification for the apartments.

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    Schroders London Wall, Grigio Perla inspection

    November 2nd, 2016 in Quarry Visit, Slab inspection

    We have just returned from a short trip to Italy to inspect a mock-up of Grigio Perla for the Schroders fit out at London Wall. The journey for the project team – TP Bennett, Overbury, Schroders – started in Milan and specifically the Grigio Perla quarry visited earlier this year for the same project.

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    ESTREMOZ MAROTEIRA – CM quarry visit

    September 27th, 2016 in Quarry Visit

    We visited the ESTREMOZ MAROTEIRA – CM quarry near Vila Vicosa this week. We went to see the beautiful white section of the quarry currently being prepared and will shortly yield huge blocks of the very best white available.

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    Schroders London Wall quarry inspection

    April 15th, 2016 in Factory Visits, Quarry Visit

    This week we took a trip the incredible quarry of Grigio Perla . With orders being placed imminently for the exciting Schroders London Wall project we thought it good to take a quick trip out to see the current extraction and discuss the project in more detail. The quarry (working since 1897) and factory have got to be in one of the most unique settings with views across Lago d’iseo The factory building is in typical 1950’s style and the quarrying now inside the mountain. So nothing really upsets these unusually tranquil surroundings.

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    Block selection of Calcutta P

    March 9th, 2016 in Quarry Visit, Stones

    During our trip to Portugal last week we also took time out to source a couple of stunning blocks of Calcutta P.

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    Estremoz Maroteira – CM quarry visit

    March 2nd, 2016 in Quarry Visit

    During a trip to inspect Porto Cream and Eco Beige for Rathbone Place we took time out to visit the quarry next door.

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    Fosters + Partners - 551 West 21st Street Inspection

    January 26th, 2016 in Care & Maintenance, Factory Visits, Quarry Visit, Stone Finishes

    We recently organised a trip to Italy to inspect the most recent Atlantic blocks that arrived into Italy, the project is a Fosters + Partners – 551 West 21st Street, New York.

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    Indescon Hotel Savannah Grey

    November 20th, 2015 in Factory Visits, Quarry Visit

    Along with white marble, we also had to inspect the Savannah Grey tiles that were also part of the design for the Indescon Hotel. 

    This material is quarried in Turkey in the famous marble area of Bursa. To get to the factory it is a quick flight to Istanbul and then a ferry ride across the Marmara, and the company we work with owns both the factory and the quarry. There is a lot of Savannah Grey in bundles of slabs, blocks and tile production. They also quarry the famous stripy marble Marmara, and a few nice beige materials.

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    White Flower Indescon Hotel

    November 20th, 2015 in Factory Visits, Quarry Visit

    Today we inspected production for the Indescon Hotel, which includes a specific selection from a large white marble quarry in Greece. The architect designed a pattern that utilised a combination of small tiles just 150x75x10mm in size, laid in a herringbone pattern. There was also an area of 600x300x10mm tiles, both to be fixed to walls. We require many thousands of square metres so it’s important we started correctly with production quality and range of colour and markings. 

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    Etna Basalt Quarry Visit

    December 4th, 2014 in Case Studies, Factory Visits, General, Quarry Visit

    This months we visited our suppliers quarry and factory near Catania in Sicily. We have an order for 200sqm 600x600x10mm honed tiles and thought it a good time to pop over to see the production.

    I always worry a bit when we are ordering large format (ish) tiles in 10mm in a product that may not normally be associated with that particular thickness/format. In this instance the tiles were prepared by firstly trimming the block to a handleable shape and size using a wire saw. Then a large disk was used to cut the strips (not much wider than the 600mm width we needed) that were subsequently honed on a polishing line and finally cut to size on a bridge saw.

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