The largest stonemason in the south of England
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 use a blend of old and new technology - hand polishing and finishing where appropriate.
New Factory Extension
In 2013 we gained planning permission to extend the factory with a brand new 20,000ft² building equipped with the latest CNC equipped cutting machines, a water jet cutter, solar panels, rain water collection and grey water recycling. This opened in early 2015.
Working to be Sustainable
The new building means that we are almost self-sufficient in water and the solar panels can generate 40kwh of electricity, helping towards the power needed for the machines that we use. In addition we have an arrangement with a local company that collects and crushes offcuts that cannot be reused for use in construction. In fact some of our own material was incorporated into our workshop and yard bases.
The Blade 5 AR machine from Italian company, Omag has five fully interpolated axes, and a vertical Z axis travel of 1200mm. In common with other CNC-equipped cutting machines, it uses diamond routers, but it is also equipped with a 1200mm diameter blade for fast roughing out and sawing of blocks. It can be used for shaping, contouring, engraving, sawing, and polishing stone.
In 2018 we purchased a second waterjet cutting machine, this time with 5-axis capability which allows us to cut ultra-compact sintered stone more easily, as well as giving us more capacity for specialist projects such as Julian Opie's bronze and Portland stone friezes (see our case studies section)
We are the only factory in the UK to use Slabsmith ® software. This allows us to bookmatch with precision, and to make the best use of the veining within each slab when planning how to cut it for a particular project. You can see a video about the technology on Youtube.