Granite Needed For Porthcressa Project

The Council says they don’t have enough local granite now to complete the replacement for the Schiller Shelter, with the reduced amount planners require for the new building on Porthcressa.

Earlier this week, we reported that a shortage of useable granite means that the building, which was to be fully clad in granite, will now be part-rendered and painted.

But Diana Mompoloki says they currently can’t source the right granite from the islands. It can be imported from quarries in Cornwall or Dartmoor but Diana says she doesn’t want the development “looking like something from Princetown’.”

Although a number of local builders have offered blocks of the of stone, the construction team says they have very specific requirements.

They need 94 square metres of 225mm thick faced walling stone, dressed and gauged to a constant bed width. They also need 30 linear meters of quoin stones, which need to have a 350mm bed width in order to close the cavity on reveals. The stone needs to match that from the original shelter.

Anyone with suitable stone should contact the Council’s Economic Development Office.


2 Responses to Granite Needed For Porthcressa Project

  1. sadporth July 30, 2012 at 12:15 am

    For once I agree with Todd!

  2. Todd Stevens July 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    If they priced for granite then nothing less should be settled for. Also, must they not have to go back to planning to change and reimburse us for the difference? Do our counciullors really want to look at this everyday when it is done and have it as a permanent reminder of how it should have been. Kier should buy some local granite and have it properly dressed as per their price.