Primary saw at Hermitage Quarry
Kentish Ragstone is an important natural resource and is the most widespread building stone used throughout the South East of England. It has been used for over 2000 years as an attractive and functional building stone for many buildings across London and the South East. There is still a continuing demand for Kentish Ragstone. The aggregate production exposes beds of Kentish Ragstone suitable for use in conservation and restoration projects for churches, bridges, historic buildings and the like, together with new build projects, particularly those in conservation areas.
Hermitage Quarry is the last remaining source of quality Kentish Ragstone. A Van Voorden Apollo 6 primary saw with a 3m diameter blade is installed at Hermitage Quarry. This enables 'sawn six sided' and ‘dimensional slab’ Kentish Ragstone to be supplied to stone masons. Carrying out the primary sawing in the quarry reduces transport costs, greatly reduces waste management at the stone mason’s works and enables the off-cuts to be put into the aggregate process.
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