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PROMOTING THE USE OF NATURAL STONE

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Welcome

The Scottish Stone Group is committed to promoting the economic, social and environmental benefits of using indigenous natural stone.

Scotland has more stone buildings per head than any country in the world.

Natural stone structures are part of Scotland’s national identity and demand for this signature building material is starting to grow again, not only for new buildings but also streetscaping and restoration work. However, 85% of current stone is now imported into this country at a cost of £40m per annum to the Scottish economy. The Scottish Stone Group aims to reverse that trend by encouraging the use of locally sourced and processed stone.

We want to be part of a thriving sector that allows for our future built heritage to reflect Scotland’s natural stone materials and is able to support skilled manufacturing jobs and apprenticeships.

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Aims

The Scottish Stone Group has been set up to lead and inform the debate on how the growth of Scotland’s stone sector can sustainably contribute to Scotland’s economy.

The Scottish Stone Group has been set up to:

Promote – Promoting collaboratively within the sector the positives of using natural stone, such as creating skilled jobs in Scotland, supporting communities, and producing sustainable and ethically sourced materials.

Represent – Providing  unified  trade  representation  at  a  political, legislative and environmental level in Scotland to the Scottish Government, its agencies, Scottish Parliament and local authorities.

Innovate – Sharing innovation and working together where possible for the good of the industry – raising the level of quality standards across Scotland.

Inform –  Engaging  with  research,  academia,  skills  development  or  knowledge transfer to enhance the value of the industry.

 

Why we believe it is an important industry to promote:

  • Economical – promotes an important manufacturing industry and has the potential to create more jobs. In time this could allow for more apprenticeships and keeps the specialised skills function of this traditional industry alive through the succession planning process;
  • Good Investment – Stone lasts and should serve a purpose for hundreds of years, it is the best value of any building material in terms of life cost;
  • Environmental – natural stone is not made, it already exists, processing it uses minimal energy. There is a dramatic difference in the carbon footprint between our own indigenous stone and imported stone, reconstituted (manmade/lookalikes) and other building materials;
  • Clear Provenance – you know where the stone has come from, quality assurances and future availability;
  • Social Responsibility – we are ethical, compliant employers operating within the Scottish economy;
  • Built Heritage – Visitors are drawn to Scotland to admire what our forebears achieved with natural stone. A vibrant stone processing industry has a vital role in preserving the historic built heritage and making an important contribution to the construction of our future built environment.
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About us

The Scottish Stone Group was established in 2016 by several of Scotland’s leading businesses in the stone sector in response to Historic Environment Scotland’s funded British Geological Survey report ‘State of the Scottish Stone Industry’.

We want to promote the use of indigenous natural stone and grow the industry, creating more jobs and apprenticeships in Scotland as well as promoting an important environmentally sustainable material.

The Founders of the Scottish Stone Group are three pillars of the Scottish Stone industry, bringing experience and passion by the ton. Peter Stewart, Brian Binnie and Marcus Paine collaborate for a common goal: to promote the use of natural Scottish stone in its many forms. They also recruit others with expertise, including architects, local authorities, and national organisations, to join the co-operative as associate members.

TRADSTOCKS

TRADSTOCKS

Founding member

Tradstocks based in Thornhill, near Stirling.

TRADSTOCKS is focused on sustaining and creating Scottish built heritage by providing the iconic Scottish stones traditionally used throughout our country’s history. We focus on processing Scotland’s highly regarded reserves of quality natural stone and offer our customers value for money.
Tradstocks supplies ethically sourced premium stone that carries the mark of provenance that only Scottish stone can provide, for projects from prestigious public realm projects for town centre rejuvenation or flood defence schemes, to new-build homes and restoration.
If you’re planning a project that demands excellence, we can help transform ideas into reality, integrating natural stone into traditional and contemporary designs.
Tradstocks
Dunaverig, Thornhill
Stirling FK8 3QW
t. 01786 850400

DENFIND STONE

DENFIND STONE

Founding member

Denfind Stone, based in Monikie, just outside Dundee.

Denfind Stone has a rich history of producing natural Scottish stone from its quarry in Monikie, extracted from their own 19th century quarry which lay dormant for almost a hundred years. The business specialises in the production of guillotined stone which is used in a wide variety of projects, for both cladding and walling. An increasing variety of stone is also sourced from across Scotland to meet their client’s needs, including granites and limestones, making Denfind Stone Scotland’s leading guillotined stone processors.
Denfind Stone – The Spirit of Scottish Stone.
Denfind Farm House, Monikie,
Dundee DD5 3PZ
t. 01382 370220

HUTTON STONE

HUTTON STONE

Founding member

Hutton stone Co Ltd based in West Fishwick, Scottish Borders.

Hutton Stone’s award-winning, friendly, highly-skilled and dedicated team is based in the Scottish Borders, supplying the finest quality, natural and sustainable sandstone from its own quarries, with state-of-the-art sawing and production equipment.

Hutton Stone is famous for its 3 exclusive Sandstones: Swinton Sandstone – historically used throughout the borders, Edinburgh and North Northumberland; Hazeldean Sandstone – an excellent match for Edinburgh’s renowned and no longer available, Craigleith Sandstone and Darney Sandstone famous for its use in such prestigious buildings as Edinburgh’s High Court Judiciary, the Registered office of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Usher Hall and St Andrews House.

With a huge range of quarried and stocked stone types and a recently opened second production facility at our Darney site, we are supplying projects throughout the UK. Whether it’s restoration, a new build, an extension or landscaping project of any size, Hutton Stone with a focus on quality, service and customer care are here to assist you with any enquiry.

Hutton Stone Co Ltd.
West Fishwick
Berwick Upon Tweed
Scottish Borders
TD15 1XQ

T: 01289 386056

TRADSTOCKS

TRADSTOCKS

Founding member

Tradstocks based in Thornhill, near Stirling.

TRADSTOCKS is focused on sustaining and creating Scottish built heritage by providing the iconic Scottish stones traditionally used throughout our country’s history. We focus on processing Scotland’s highly regarded reserves of quality natural stone and offer our customers value for money.
Tradstocks supplies ethically sourced premium stone that carries the mark of provenance that only Scottish stone can provide, for projects from prestigious public realm projects for town centre rejuvenation or flood defence schemes, to new-build homes and restoration.
If you’re planning a project that demands excellence, we can help transform ideas into reality, integrating natural stone into traditional and contemporary designs.
Tradstocks
Dunaverig, Thornhill
Stirling FK8 3QW
t. 01786 850400

DENFIND STONE

DENFIND STONE

Founding member

Denfind Stone, based in Monikie, just outside Dundee.

Denfind Stone has a rich history of producing natural Scottish stone from its quarry in Monikie, extracted from their own 19th century quarry which lay dormant for almost a hundred years. The business specialises in the production of guillotined stone which is used in a wide variety of projects, for both cladding and walling. An increasing variety of stone is also sourced from across Scotland to meet their client’s needs, including granites and limestones, making Denfind Stone Scotland’s leading guillotined stone processors.
Denfind Stone – The Spirit of Scottish Stone.
Denfind Farm House, Monikie,
Dundee DD5 3PZ
t. 01382 370220

HUTTON STONE

HUTTON STONE

Founding member

Hutton stone Co Ltd based in West Fishwick, Scottish Borders.

Hutton Stone’s award-winning, friendly, highly-skilled and dedicated team is based in the Scottish Borders, supplying the finest quality, natural and sustainable sandstone from its own quarries, with state-of-the-art sawing and production equipment.

Hutton Stone is famous for its 3 exclusive Sandstones: Swinton Sandstone – historically used throughout the borders, Edinburgh and North Northumberland; Hazeldean Sandstone – an excellent match for Edinburgh’s renowned and no longer available, Craigleith Sandstone and Darney Sandstone famous for its use in such prestigious buildings as Edinburgh’s High Court Judiciary, the Registered office of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Usher Hall and St Andrews House.

With a huge range of quarried and stocked stone types and a recently opened second production facility at our Darney site, we are supplying projects throughout the UK. Whether it’s restoration, a new build, an extension or landscaping project of any size, Hutton Stone with a focus on quality, service and customer care are here to assist you with any enquiry.

Hutton Stone Co Ltd.
West Fishwick
Berwick Upon Tweed
Scottish Borders
TD15 1XQ

T: 01289 386056

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Publications

We invite SSG members to propose additions to the following list of useful publications.

Scotland’s building stone industry: a review

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Supporters

Any organisation or business who is interested in supporting and promoting Scotland’s building stone sector can join the campaign to promote our industry.

 

Supporting the Scottish Stone Group is easy.  All we ask is for your organisation to provide a logo and some details to why you support the sector – examples of current supporters can be found below.  Once you have done so, we encourage companies to display the Scottish Stone Group logo on your website, showing your support to the industry.  Please contact Leanne Yates on 01382 370220 for more information.

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