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Seasons Greetings from the UKCSA

Seasons Greetings from the UK Cast Stone Association (December 2014)

The United Kingdom Cast Stone Association would like to thank the readers of our monthly newsletters and visitors to our web site, and wish all involved in the construction industry a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Weybridge House supplied by Pennine Stone

Whathouse 2014 Awards (November 2014)

Consero London's "Furzecroft", pictured left, with cast stone supplied by UKCSA Member Pennine Stone Limited, won the gold award in the Best Luxury House category at the prestigious Whathouse 2014 Awards event held at London's Grosvenor House Hotel in November 2014. Other award winning projects with cast stone from UKCSA Members were, "Westbrook House", by Millgate Homes (supplied by UKCSA Member Haddonstone Limited) in the Best Apartment Scheme category, and "Long Walk Villas", by Octagon Develoments (supplied by UKCSA Member Haddonstone Limited) in the Best Luxury Development category.

Specifying Cast Stone

Cast Stone eNewsletter (November 2014)

The November 2014 issue of the UKCSA eNewsletter pointed anyone who has ever wondered what a technical word, phrase or description meant, to the UK Cast Stone Association's new Cast Stone Glossary page ...

Plastic Surgeon

UKCSA member wins Housebuilder award (November 2014)

In the competitive 'Subcontractor of the Year' category of the 2014 Housebuilder Awards, UKCSA Associate Member, Plastic Surgeon, were successful in achieving a ‘Highly Commended’ award.

The packed Housebuilder Awards ceremony was held at the Tower Hotel in London.

Specifying Cast Stone

Cast Stone eNewsletter (October 2014)

The October 2014 issue of the UKCSA eNewsletter informed that UKCSA has a guidance note for specifiers and users on the characteristics of cast stone that should influence their choice of supplier and type of cast stone ...

Testing of Cast Stone

Cast Stone eNewsletter (September 2014)

The September 2014 issue of the UKCSA eNewsletter confirmed that the minimum performance standards established by UKCSA for its manufacturing Full Members are supported by rigorous testing and quality control regimes ...

R Whitehead (Concrete) Ltd

UKCSA expands its quality membership, yet again! (July 2014)

R Whitehead (Concrete) Ltd has become the latest Full Member of the UK Cast Stone Association (UKCSA), the guardian of quality for cast stone and representing the leading UK cast stone manufacturers. The company is based in Nottinghamshire and is a well established manufacturer of cast stone building products.

Compressive strength of Cast Stone

Cast Stone eNewsletter (July 2014)

The July 2014 issue of the UKCSA eNewsletter confirmed that the minimum cube compressive strength required of UKCSA members as a condition of membership represents at least a 40% increase over that indicated in the British Standard for Cast Stone, BS 1217, and at least 75% above the minimum required for Manufactured Stone, BS EN 771-5.

Award Winning Cast Stone from Haddonstone

Award Winning Cast Stone (June 2014)

UKCSA member Haddonstone has won an International Green Apple Award for the third time. This years awards ceremony at The Crystal in London Docklands, saw Haddonstone pick up the Green Apple Awards for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage for work on the prestigious Coworth Park project.

Where to buy cast stone

Cast Stone eNewsletter (June 2014)

The June 2014 issue of the UKCSA eNewsletter indicated that cast stone manufactured by UKCSA Members is produced to standards in excess of the minimum requirements of British Standards as a condition of membership. Other manufacturers may be less stringent in their quality control measures and their cast stone should be judged for acceptability against the UKCSA standard.

Where to buy cast stone

Cast Stone eNewsletter (May 2014)

The May 2014 issue of the UKCSA eNewsletter highlighted the curing regimes necessary for quality cast stone and how some manufacturers neglect this important aspect and are prepared to cut corners and deliver their cast stone products to site before they are fully cured.

UKCSA expands membership

UKCSA expands its quality membership, again! (April 2014)

Specialist Façade Design and Consulting Engineers, Smart Crosby International has become the newest Associate Members of the UK Cast Stone Association, further expanding the range of quality companies who are members of the UK Cast Stone Association (UKCSA).

UKCSA expands membership

UKCSA expands its quality membership (April 2014)

Pennine Stone has become the latest Full Member of the UK Cast Stone Association, the guardian of quality for cast stone and representing the leading UK cast stone manufacturers. Pennine Stone were previously an UKCSA Member as part of the Haddonstone Group membership, and are now Full Members of UKCSA in their own name.

UK Cast Stone Association AGM

Annual General Meeting of UKCSA (March 2014)

The 2014 AGM of the UK Cast Stone Association will be held on Thursday 27th March. This year it has been decided that the meeting will be an open meeting, with all non-Member cast stone manufacturers, and associated trades, invited to attend to see for themselves the working of the UK Cast Stone Association. If you would like to attend the meeting for an update on the latest developments in Cast Stone and the cast stone industry, then please contact UKCSA for further information.

Where to buy cast stone

Cast Stone eNewsletter (March 2014)

The March 2014 issue of the UKCSA eNewsletter announced that British Standard BS 5642 was reissued in February to recognise that cast stone sills, copings and cappings "shall be made in accordance with BS 1217", the British Standard for Cast stone.

British Standards for Cast Stone

Review of British Standard BS 5642 for Sills, Copings and Cappings (February 2014)

For the past year, UKCSA have also been involved in a BSI review and update of British Standards BS 5642 :Part 1, Sills, and :Part 2 Copings. In February 2014, the BSI issued revised versions of the the two parts of BS 5642, and these state that Cast Stone sills, copings and cappings “shall be made in accordance with BS 1217”.

Surrey Residence supplied by Haddonstone

UKCSA - 23 Years On and Still Making a Difference (February 2014)

The inaugural meeting of the United Kingdom Cast Stone Association (UKCSA) was held on 20th February 1991, and this month the Cast Stone Association celebrates it's 23rd birthday as the guardian of quality for cast stone in UK.

Where to buy cast stone

Cast Stone eNewsletter (February 2014)

The February 2014 issue of the UKCSA eNewsletter reminded subscribers that UKCSA have a Guidance Note for specifiers and users on the characteristics of cast stone that can influence the choice in terms of supplier and type of cast stone units.

Seasons Greetings from the UKCSA

Seasons Greetings from the UK Cast Stone Association (December 2013)

The UKCSA would like to thank the readers of our monthly newsletters and visitors to our web site, and wish all involved in the construction industry a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

British Standard for Cast Stone

Review of British Standard BS 1217 for Cast Stone (December 2013)

The British Standard for Cast Stone has been in continuous existence since 1945. The UK Cast Stone Association is currently involved with the British Standards Institution in a five yearly review of the current version, BS1217: 2008, and the December meeting at the BSI saw BS 1217, the standard for cast stone, take another major step nearer being reissued as a totally updated standard.

Where to buy cast stone

Cast Stone eNewsletter (November 2013)

The November 2013 issue of the UKCSA eNewsletter highlighted that not all cast stone manufacturers are the same and gave indications of where to buy cast stone Where to buy cast stone .

UKCSA MORI Poll

Cast Stone eNewsletter (October 2013)

The October 2013 issue of the UKCSA eNewsletter highlighted an opinion poll from MORI which revealed that the vast majority of the British public prefer properties detailed in cast stone MORI Poll .

UKCSA History of Cast Stone

Cast Stone eNewsletter (September 2013)

The September 2013 issue of the UKCSA eNewsletter headlined the History of Cast Stone, from Roman times to the present date history of cast stone .

British Standards for Cast Stone

Review of British Standard BS 5642 for Sills, Copings and Cappings (July 2013)

The UK Cast Stone Association (UKCSA) are currently involved in an extensive review of British Standards BS 5642 :Part 1, Sills, and :Part 2 Copings, which will lead to the publication of revised versions of the two parts of BS 5642. It is intended that the revised standards will state that Cast Stone sills, copings and cappings “shall be made in accordance with BS 1217”.

UKCSA semi-dry, wet cast and FRCS

Cast Stone eNewsletter (July 2013)

The July 2013 issue of the UKCSA eNewsletter headlined the differences between the three main types of cast stone semi-dry, wet-cast and fibre reinforced cast stone (FRCS) .

UKCSA Quality Mark for Cast Stone

Cast Stone eNewsletter (June 2013)

The June 2013 issue of the UKCSA eNewsletter headlined the use of cast stone by house builders, and how cast stone adds value to housing .

UKCSA introduces Quality Mark

UKCSA introduces Quality Mark Scheme (May 2013)

Work on the UK Cast Stone Association's Quality Mark Scheme is now complete and from 1st May the new UKCSA Quality Mark label will begin to appear on the highest quality cast stone ...

UKCSA Quality Mark for Cast Stone

Cast Stone eNewsletter (May 2013)

The May 2013 issue of the UKCSA eNewsletter headlined the new UKCSA Quality Mark Scheme for cast stone .

UKCSA expands membership

UKCSA expands its quality membership (April 2013)

Henley Stone Specialists Ltd has become the latest Associate Member of the UK Cast Stone Association (UKCSA), the guardian of quality for cast stone and representing the leading UK cast stone manufacturers and associated trades.

Cast Stone Q&A's

Cast Stone eNewsletter (April 2013)

The April 2013 issue of the UKCSA eNewsletter will feature as its headline feature a special "Everything you wanted to know about Cast Stone" article to address your Cast Stone Questions & Answers .

CE Marking of Cast Stone

CE Marking of Cast Stone (April 2013)

As a result of the continuing confusion and uncertainty in the construction industry regarding the requirement and necessity for CE Marking of cast stone, the UK Cast Stone Association convened a special meeting in early April to discuss the matter. The Association is currently seeking further clarification from the BSI regarding the scope of BS 1217 and potential conflicts with BS EN 771-5 and updates on the latest information are available on this web site ...

Cast Stone Manufacturers

Cast Stone eNewsletter (March 2013)

The March 2013 issue of the UKCSA eNewsletter will feature a report on the current state of the market, the cast stone industry, and the strength of UKCSA Members, as its headline feature.

Surrey Residence supplied by Haddonstone

UKCSA - 23rd year and Still Going Strong (February 2013)

The inaugural meeting of the United Kingdom Cast Stone Association (UKCSA) was held on 20th February 1991, and after 22 years as the guardian of quality for cast stone the UK Cast Stone Association is still going strong.

CE Marking of Cast Stone

Cast Stone eNewsletter (February 2013)

The February 2013 issue of the UKCSA eNewsletter featured further information on CE Marking of cast stone as its headline article.

CE Marking of Cast Stone

UKCSA Quality Mark for Cast Stone (January 2013)

The UK Cast Stone Association agreed at its January Executive Committee Meeting to introduce a Quality Mark standard for cast stone, which all UKCSA manufacturing members will be required to comply with as a condition of membership ...

British Standard for Cast Stone

Review of British Standard BS 1217 for Cast Stone (January 2013)

The British Standard for Cast Stone has been in continuous existence since 1945. The UK Cast Stone Association is currently involved with the British Standards Institution in a five yearly review of the current version, BS1217: 2008.
If you have any comments or suggestions to make about the Standard then please make these known to UKCSA.

E-mail UKCSA: info@ukcsa.co.uk >

CE Marking of Cast Stone

CE Marking of Cast Stone (November 2012)

The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) becomes fully effective from 1st July 2013 and at that time CE marking becomes mandatory for certain construction products, but there is absolutely no requirement for cast stone items to be CE marked ...

UKCSA article in Selfbuilder & Homemaker

Selfbuilder & Homemaker magazine (August - September 2012)

An article by the UK Cast Stone Association entitled "Stand Out with Cast Stone" featured in the August - September 2012 issue of Selfbuilder & Homemaker magazine, and is available to download below

Download, UKCSA's Selfbuilder & Homemaker article

Commercial and Retail cast stone

Commercial projects cast in stone (August 2012)

Cast stone offers designers outstanding flexibility for features and structural elements on all types of commercial and retail projects.

Islington development supplied by Pennine Stone

Cast stone beats the double dip (April 2012)

Despite the double dip recession being driven by the largest fall in construction output for 3 years, there is no sign of contraction in the cast stone sector.

UKCSA at Ecobuild

UKCSA at Ecobuild, ExCel, London (March 2012)

It is 10.00 am on Tuesday 20th March at ExCel London and the Ecobuild exhibition is now open. The UK Cast Stone Association would be pleased to see you on their stand S971 during the course of the exhibition which runs from Tuesday 20th March until Thursday 23rd March 2012.

Surrey Residence supplied by Haddonstone

UKCSA Coming of Age (February 2012)

The inaugural meeting of the United Kingdom Cast Stone Association (UKCSA) was held on 20th February 1991, and in 2012 the Cast Stone Association celebrates 21 years as the guardian of quality for cast stone.

UKCSA at Ecobuild

UKCSA at Ecobuild, ExCel, London (January 2012)

The UK Cast Stone Association have agreed to take a larger stand at the forthcoming Ecobuild exhibition. UKCSA will now be on a 5m x 3m stand, stand S971, at the Ecobuild exhibition to be held at ExCel, London from Tuesday 20th March until Thursday 23rd March 2012.

UKCSA Chair Andy Cotton

UKCSA responds to Autumn Statement on BBC News (November 2011)

In a live BBC Wales news interview on 29 November , UKCSA chair Andy Cotton said that measures announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn Statement didn’t go far enough to get construction moving again, nor to satisfy the huge pent-up demand for housing supply. Although Cotton welcomed the right to buy for social tenants and kick-starting some stalled projects, he said that a greater stimulus was required for the construction sector, which would lead to a shot in the arm for the economy. Cotton is managing director of UKCSA member PD Edenhall and the interview was broadcast live from the company’s factory at Risca, Newport. The company manufactures a range of quality cast stone, brick and precast products.

Miliband at Pennine Stone

UKCSA Member gets Miliband’s seal of approval (November 2011)

When Labour leader Ed Miliband visited cast stone manufacturer Pennine Stone in his Doncaster constituency this week, he praised the company for investing in people and planning for the long-term .....

Communities and Local Government

Laying the Foundations: A Housing Strategy for England (November 2011)

A radical new strategy to reignite the housing market and get the nation building again was launched on 21 November by the Prime Minister. The Housing Strategy sets out a package of reforms to:

  • get the housing market moving again
  • lay the foundations for a more responsive, effective and stable housing market in the future
  • improve environmental standards and design quality

Read more about the Housing Strategy >

NHBC Logo

NHBC Guidance on Cast Stone (October 2011)

Cast stone has again been recognised in NHBC Standards and the use of features made from cast stone should comply to BS217 or the higher standard adopted by members of the UKCSA. This latest guidance was issued in the October issue of Technical Extra, which the NHBC uses to communicate technical information to the industry .

Pennine Stone cast stone plaque

David Jason starts new MS centre (October 2011)

Sir David Jason OBE has officially opened the building works at the new Chilterns Multiple Sclerosis Centre building in Wendover, by laying a commemorative cast stone plaque supplied by Pennine Stone, a subsidiary of UKCSA member Haddonstone.

Pennine Stone's TecLite fibre reinforced cast stone material was chosen for the plaque because of its inherent lightness and strength.

NHBC Logo

NHBC Housing Statistics (October 2011)

Latest statistics from the NHBC indicate that there were 103,100 new housing starts in the UK in the last 12 months, compared to 111,500 for the preceding 12 month period. However, and more encouragingly, new site starts in September at 1040 were almost twice as high as had been recorded in recent months.

Cast stone is finding a growing market with house builders and self-builders who want their properties to stand out. There’s a simple reason why. Cast stone offers class at an affordable price. The material adds kerb appeal, saleability and provides a close match to quarried natural stone at a fraction of the cost.

Grant Shapps

Grant Shapps: Building homes is the only solution to housing crisis (October 2011)

Housing Minister Grant Shapps has indicated that we need to be building more than 200,000 new homes each year to resolve the current UK housing shortage, in an interview on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.

He outlined the Government's three pronged approach to stimulate house building, including extending right to buy, releasing Government land for house building and reforming the planning system, stating "Over all you have to get all things working in tandem, there is not one single thing you can do to solve a housing crisis that has been building up over years and years." He went on to say that the Government would be "putting out a housing strategy next month and we're going to talk a lot more about those things in that as well."

UKCSA article in Building Innovations

Building Innovations magazine (May - June 2011)

An article by the UK Cast Stone Association entitled "An Appealing Alternative To Quarried Natural Stone" featured in the May - June 2011 issue of Building Innovations magazine, and is available to download below

Download, UKCSA's Building Innovations article

Get Britain Building

UKCSA supports the "Plan B" campaign (May 2011)

The UK Cast Stone Association is pleased to support Get Britain Building's "Plan B" campaign.

Landscape Show, Syon Park

Landscape Show, Olympia, London (April 2011)

Artificial or Natural Stone?

UKCSA Technical Manual for Cast Stone

UKCSA Technical Manual for Cast Stone (March 2011)

Standard reference for cast stone revised and updated.

Surrey Residence supplied by Haddonstone

20 Years of UKCSA (February 2011)

The inaugural meeting of the United Kingdom Cast Stone Association (UKCSA) was held on 20th February 1991.

Malvern College by Haddonstone

Cast Stone or Natural Stone? (November 2010)

Cast stone has been a familiar and much-used alternative to carved natural stone in the UK since Georgian times. It evokes a sense of timelessness which fits in with any form of massive construction .

Nesting Portico by Bradstone

Cast Stone Ecodesign (October 2010)

UKCSA members are leading the way with innovative products in cast stone for sustainable environmental design.

UKCSA expands membership

UKCSA expands its quality membership (April 2010)

Procter Cast Stone has become the latest Full Member of the UK Cast Stone Association (UKCSA), the guardian of quality for cast stone and representing the leading UK cast stone manufacturers.

Pennine Stone project

Congratulations to NHBC Pride in the Job Winners (February 2010)

Congratulations to two winners in the UK’s only award for site managers.  The NHBC Pride in the Job competition was established to improve build quality and raise the standard of service to home buyers.......

UKCSA school projects

Top marks for cast stone (February 2010)

Cast stone supplied by UKCSA members is proving itself the material of choice for the new generation of schools, including the government’s  Building Schools for the Future and Academies programmes as well as independent schools.......

Sustainable Cast Stone

UK Cast Stone Association produces new Sustainability Statement (November 2009)

In terms of sustainability, cast stone performs well in both production and within its life cycles.  The material is highly durable, non-toxic, re-usable and requires virtually no maintenance or repair over its long lifespan.......

UKCSA cast stone specification

UK Cast Stone Association produces new generic Specification for Cast Stone (October 2009)

Issues over consistency in cast stone manufacturing have prompted the UK Cast Stone Association (UKCSA) to produce a new generic specification for this hugely popular building material.......

UKCSA expels Meadowstone

UK Cast Stone Association expels Meadowstone (October 2009)

The UK Cast Stone Association (UKCSA) has expelled Full Member Meadowstone (Derbyshire) Ltd for non compliance with basic membership requirements, including failure to comply with test result submission requirements.

UKCSA newsletter

UK Cast Stone Association to launch Newsletter (March 2009)

The UK Cast Stone Association (UKCSA) will soon be launching a regular e-mail newsletter covering all aspects of cast stone. Make sure you do not miss this essential reading for all specifiers and users of cast stone, and anyone else involved in the Cast Stone industry, by signing up for the newsletter now!

NHBC Standards

Cast Stone to be recognised in NHBC Standards (December 2008)

Over recent months the National House-Building Council (NHBC) has been considering how cast stone can be recognised in their NHBC Standards. In the December 2008 issue of their Standards Extra publication, they have come up with an Action Point on cast stone for all their members.

British Standard for Cast Stone

Updated British Standard available for Cast Stone (August 2008)

The UK Cast Stone Association have recently been in discussion with the British Standards Institution resulting in the issue of an updated British Standard for Cast Stone, BS1217: 2008.

Cast Stone and Sustainability (April 2008)

The UKCSA is keen to demonstrate the whole life sustainability of cast stone, a highly durable and re-usable material requiring virtually no maintenance or repair.

Sustainability in Practice (March 2008)

One example of an UKCSA member taking sustainability and social responsibility seriously is Forticrete. The company has invested in a wide range of environmental improvements, complies with the environmental management system ISO 14001 and is committed to continuous improvement.

Read more >

Misleading claims by non-UKCSA manufacturers (January 2008)

It has been brought to the attention of the UK Cast Stone Association (UKCSA) that certain cast stone manufacturers, who are not UKCSA members, are claiming to produce cast stone to the UKCSA Specification for Cast Stone.

Safe handling of cast stone (August 2007)

The UK Cast Stone Association has produced a site poster with useful hints and practical advice on the safe handling and use of cast stone. Please click on the link to download a copy.

Is your cast stone up to standard? (December 2006)

According to the UKCSA, most cast stone manufacturers operate without adequate quality assurance and testing regimes and may not be working to proper standards. Is your cast stone up to standard?

People prefer cast stone – and a national Mori poll proves it (June 2006)

A national Mori poll reveals a strong public preference for cast stone – and that people are willing to pay extra for the stylish look it adds to their property.

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