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stoneCIRCLE Contact Details

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01256 851092
Contact
Mr. Steve Vanhinsbergh
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Address
Shothanger Works
Wootton St Lawrence
Basingstoke
Hampshire
RG23 8TH
England
Opening Hours
Saturday
09:00 am-12:30 pm
Monday
08:00 am-05:00 pm

Tuesday
08:00 am-05:00 pm

Wednesday
08:00 am-05:00 pm

Thursday
08:00 am-05:00 pm

Friday
08:00 am-05:00 pm

Saturday
09:00 am-12:30 pm

Sunday
Closed

Other Dates

Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays

About stoneCIRCLE

stoneCIRCLE manufactures stone products for both domestic and contract use in the largest stonemasonry factory in the south of England with 2800m2 of production space with the latest stone cutting CNC technology including 3D modelling and carving of stone and waterjet cutting.

We've been in business since 1968 and are known for our attention to quality and customer service, as our high rate of referrals from previous clients and testimonials shows.

Everything that we produce is manufactured to the clients' specification in the stone of your choice. You can find out more about the ordering process for residential projects here. The only things that we supply ready made are tiles and Chesney's fireplaces & solid fuel stoves.

We are based in Basingstoke, Hampshire, half an hour's train journey from Central London, with an on-site showroom at the factory.

3D stone carving


Our machines allow us to carry out 3D modelling and carving of stone, allowing us to accurately produce stone monuments, statuary and architectural details for restoration projects.

Waterjet cutting


We also have water jet machines which can cut stone to allow the creation of intricately patterned floor and wall surfaces and create pieces for inlay into other surfaces as well.

Traditional Methods


Whilst making full use of technology we still retain staff with the expertise to finish stone by hand, polishing and refining where required.

We enjoy the challenge of producing the (previously) impossible


Our modern manufacturing methods allow us to create bespoke items, which previously could not be machined due to their complexity or fragility. The team here actively enjoy the challenge of creating new and exciting items in natural stone.

Extensive stocks mean short lead times


We have hundreds of natural stone slabs in stock. Our racking systems make it easy to browse them and choose the right one for the job. Clients are welcome to visit to view and select your stone.

Experienced sub-contractors


We produce stone work for some of the UK's largest stone contractors from both supplied and free issue stone.

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News
15/10/2019
New Machinery for stoneCIRCLE

stoneCIRCLE has made a further investment in its Basingstoke plant with the delivery of a Comandulli Speedy System machine for creating the edge profiles on the worktops that it fabricates. This follows the recent acquisitions of a Techni 5 axis waterjet cutter earlier in 2019 and an Omag 5 axis machine in 2017.
The company is committed to investing in the best technology to enable it to fabricate stone quickly and accurately, allowing it to offer its customers excellent quality and service.
17/07/2019
Portland Stone Sculpture for French Chateau

Samantha Thornton was commissioned to convert one of her existing stone sculptures, the Diver in Ancaster Weatherbed into a larger version for a client. The Wiltshire-based sculptor approached stoneCIRCLE to produce the reproduction. The company used their large Omag 5-Axis machine to carve a 1600kg block of Jordans Basebed Portland stone. The CNC technology meant that they could manufacture the sculpture directly from a 3D polystyrene model that Samantha Thornton had provided.

The final sculpture measured 123cm high x 102cm long and weighed 850kg. It was fitted onto a 1200kg black Irish Kilkenny Fossil marble base 810mm x 810mm x 650mm high before being shipped to France where it is now installed in the grounds of a chateau in the Loire valley.
17/07/2019
Portland Stone Sculpture for French Chateau

Samantha Thornton was commissioned to convert one of her existing stone sculptures, the Diver in Ancaster Weatherbed into a larger version for a client. The Wiltshire-based sculptor approached stoneCIRCLE to produce the reproduction. The company used their large Omag 5-Axis machine to carve a 1600kg block of Jordans Basebed Portland stone. The CNC technology meant that they could manufacture the sculpture directly from a 3D polystyrene model that Samantha Thornton had provided.

The final sculpture measured 123cm high x 102cm long and weighed 850kg. It was fitted onto a 1200kg black Irish Kilkenny Fossil marble base 810mm x 810mm x 650mm high before being shipped to France where it is now installed in the grounds of a chateau in the Loire valley.
11/06/2019
Susanna Heron Stone Drawing St John's College Oxford



St John’s College Oxford appointed Susanna Heron to prepare a work of art for a new Library and Study Centre at St John’s College with Wright & Wright Architects. She turned to stoneCIRCLE with whom she had previously worked to help manufacture the piece.

The resulting artwork, called Stone Drawing, is a shallow carved stone relief in Clipsham limestone, the same stone used in the old university buildings of Oxford, sourced from Stamford Stone who are the sole suppliers of Clipsham stone. The work is situated on both external and internal faces of the west side of a new Library and Study centre for St John’s College Oxford and was completed in 2018. The original 17th century St John’s College library is housed within Canterbury Quadrangle, one of the greatest architectural quadrangles in Oxford and the Study Centre adjoins it.

The carved external wall is 6 metres high and 17.4 metres long and is comprised of three overlapping sections, which are stepped and separated by windows in the reveals. For the exterior relief she took into consideration the way that rain might be directed over the relief, with the idea that weathering would gradually adapt the line of the carving over a long period of time. This consideration created a drawing of water-flow and light. Further reflections are to be seen in the pool of water at its base which will reflect the carving and throw light up the wall and into the interior.

The carved stone relief on the interior walls of the library is more shallow and a mirror image to the exterior. It measures the same 17.4 metres length but with a reduced height of 3.7 metres.
10/12/2018
stoneCIRCLE Highly Commended at Natural Stone Awards

stoneCIRCLE's work for the Harrods Fine Watch Room was highly commended at the Natural Stone Awards 2018.
Rundell Associates were the architects tasked with refurbishing the Fine Watch Sales area in Harrods, Knightsbridge and choose to work with stoneCIRCLE for the stone fabrication involved. The project was to manufacture and install curved quarter book matched marble panels to the walls and solid marble treads to create a new staircase positioned in an elliptical opening in the floor which links the two areas of the Fine Watch Room. stoneCIRCLE also fabricated walnut travertine back panels to the display cases on the wall.
A single block of Cipollino Cremo Tirreno marble was selected in Italy by Mike Rundell, designer and founder of Rundell Associates and sourced through McMamilloyd of Great Bedwyn for the walls. Crema Marfil was selected in Spain for the stair treads, apron nosings and floors.
The slabs needed to be sawn to different sizes to allow for the panels to curve round the walls of the elipse. The walls and stairs were modelled in 3D by stoneCIRCLE to ensure that these sizes were correctly calculated. From the modelling a cutting schedule detailing the thicknesses and sequence of each slab from the block was sent to Italy so that the block could be sawn. The slabs used at each end of the ellipse were thicker to allow for the tighter curves.
Once the slabs were in the company’s Basingstoke factory they were photographed on the Slabsmith photo station and rendered so that the book matching could be worked out. This was then approved by both the client and architect, before the slabs were cut and shaped on the CNC saws ready to be honed by hand.
The approximate weight of the finished wall panels was 240 kg each and the individual treads were roughly 275 kg, so for installation a ceiling scaffold had to be in place from which was suspended a gantry crane and a chain block hoist.
The walls and tread supports were built by Jaysam in metsec to a drawing agreed with stoneCIRCLE. The walls were of 18mm ply covered by 12mm Wedi board. The original time allowed for the installation was 4 weeks but the company was told that the scaffold and gantry were coming down and had to speed up the installation to have all of the treads and wall panels in place in 2 weeks. The panels were adhesive bonded to the Wedi board and mechanically fixed with stainless steel L brackets and pins.
Mike Rundell said "The sweeping staircase is a significant new architectural feature that we hope will be enjoyed by customers for years to come".
13/11/2018
Bloomberg Space wins Stirling Prize

The RIBA Stirling Prize for Architecture has been awarded to Foster + Partners Bloomberg space in the City of London. PAYE was the stone contractor for the building and they commissioned stoneCIRCLE to work on the granite panels for the reconstructed Temple of Mithras in the building's basement.

stoneCIRCLE carved lettering and a representation of the ancient walls as the timeline of the streetlevel at different depths as you descent the stairs to the Temple.

More details and architectural plans can be found on the Bloomsberg case study.
27/10/2017
Stunning Calacatta Marble Staircase for Millgate

The stunning main double staircase in the four-storey apartment building at Knowle Hill Park is made from Calacatta marble, and was manufactured and installed by stoneCIRCLE. The building created by Millgate is accessed via a gated private driveway and forms part of the Knowle Hill Park development, set in 45 acres of parkland in Cobham, Surrey.
22/07/2016
stoneCIRCLE Manufacture for Award Winning Office Scheme

The New Ludgate scheme consists of two buildings nestled between St Paul’s Cathedral and Ludgate Circus. It has won the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) top prize for Commercial Office Building of the Year 2016 and the City of London Building of the Year Award and is shortlisted for the NLA Office Building of the Year Award.
Two New Ludgate is a £260 million development by Land Securities, the UK’s largest commercial property developer. It provides 193,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation and 7,500 sq ft of prime retail space. Two architectural firms were involved Sauerbruch Hutton designed the building and Fletcher Priest designed One New Ludgate and oversaw the scheme.
The main reception for Two New Ludgate has a feature wall in Portland Stone. The curved wall is 8m high and 30m in length. stoneCIRCLE was one of 3 firms involved in manufacturing the frieze and they used the latest CNC processing machinery alongside 3D modelling to ensure pinpoint accuracy. The stones had to be sanded by hand after manufacture to remove machining marks. You can get more information and images here: http://www.stone-circle.com/two-new-ludgate
27/05/2016
Fantastic Floral Floor

stoneCIRCLE recently completed an intricate inlaid polished marble floor. The floor which was commissioned for a private client in London was produced in Nero Marquina marble inlaid with Venato Fantastico flower petals and stems with Botticino Classico centres to the flowers. Venato Classico was also used to create feature joints in the design. The design was produced using stoneCIRCLE’s waterjet cutter.
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