Argyll & Bute Stone Project stage 1 : scoping study

Gillespie, Martin R.; Everett, Paul A.. 2020 Argyll & Bute Stone Project stage 1 : scoping study. Nottingham, UK, British Geological Survey, 53pp. (OR/19/060) (Unpublished)

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This report describes the outcomes of a desktop study to review the building stones that were produced historically in the area administered by Argyll and Bute unitary authority council, and identify those that have the best prospect of commercial success if they were brought back to market today. The project, which was commissioned by Historic Environment Scotland (HES) with Highlands and Islands Enterprise as a funding partner, is the first stage of a larger project seeking to bring about renewed building stone production in Argyll and Bute. The report contains summary details for 24 building stones that are currently recognised in Argyll and Bute, and 154 quarries that are associated with these stones. A range of information for each stone is provided, including a list of the end-uses to which it might be suited today, an evaluation of its 'heritage value', and an assessment of the commercial environment into which it would be introduced if quarrying was renewed. This information is used to compile a shortlist of the building stones and quarries that are considered to have the most promising market potential, based mainly on the properties and pedigree of each stone, accessibility of the quarries, and the degree to which 'competitor stones' already exist in the market. Our assessment suggests that Furnace Porphyry, Cruachan Granite, Quarry Granite, Ross of Mull Granite, Highland Border Slate and West Highland Slate have the best potential for renewed production.

Item Type: Publication - Report
Funders/Sponsors: British Geological Survey
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: This item has been internally reviewed, but not externally peer-reviewed.
Date made live: 20 Aug 2021 12:42 +0 (UTC)

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