The Stone Federation recommends that the design team and the client should visit the mines to examine the geological characteristics that are typically present in the different beds of stone and understand the normal acceptance and rejection procedures that are employed in the extraction and processing sites.
At Albion Stone we have large range panels that show these typical geological variations for each of our beds from the different mines. By viewing these panels the project team can appreciate the range of features that will be present in the stone and relate this, if appropriate, back to existing buildings.
It is important that the proposed visit is scheduled into the busy diaries of our senior staff to ensure that you can enjoy and benefit from a detailed experience tailored to your individual needs.
The actual mine visit can be adjusted to your specific wishes but typically follows a format based on a mid morning arrival.
Many teams come from or via London, so we suggest the 8.35am train from London Waterloo with an arrival time in Weymouth at 11.16am (as per the National Rail 2020 timetable). Portland is only a short taxi journey from Weymouth.
Should you require an overnight stay on Portland, we suggest the Heights Hotel.
A typical 2 to 3 hour visit format is set out below but greater details about the visit can be found in our Visitors Guide.
Please be aware that the mines are working environments and we would prefer that you came suitably dressed. All Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) will be available, but it would be helpful if you could let us know boot sizes of the team before arrival. If there is a particularly large team coming down, it would be helpful if some members brought their own PPE if they have it available.
Disabled facilities are available at the site, but access to the mines and quarries may be limited depending on the current extraction location, please contact us for further information.
Please bring a camera with plenty of memory, a note pad and as many questions that you can think of. It is an opportunity to speak to our team. Samples of the stones viewed will be available to take away, or they can be sent to your project or office address, or can be requested here.
Visits for schools, colleges or universities can be arranged.
Please send any proposals through to us, via email, together with some details about the scope and the educational benefit that you hope to achieve from the visit, i.e. subject topics you hope to cover.