Development proposals are underway to extend the lifespan of the existing slate quarry at Kirkby and restore the surrounding areas.
Burlington Slate Ltd intends to submit a planning application to Cumbria County Council to extend the existing slate quarry at Kirkby in Furness. If the application is successful the extension will involve expanding the quarry in a southerly direction into Kirkby Moor.
Burlington Stone have over 170 years of quarrying history at the Cumbrian Quarry, and it is anticipated that the development programme will extend the life of the Quarry by some 40-50 years. The Kirkby Quarry produces a vernacular roofing slate, walling stone and architectural stone which is used on many local, historic and traditional buildings.
Six phases of slate extraction and tipping are planned followed by final restoration, and will encompass deepening the Quarry by 55m and laterally extending the Quarry by 3.2ha. A total of 6.5- 7 million cubic metres of rock and overburden material will be extracted from the void. This material will be used to progressively restore the site, starting with the infilling of the old Winnow End Quarry. At the same time, work will be taken to infill and restore other areas surrounding the Kirkby Quarry site.
As part of the pre-application consultation process Burlington Slate Ltd will be engaging with the wider community about the proposals. The visual impact is an important consideration and a landscape and visual assessment is currently being undertaken, as are Ecology and Habitat surveys. As an important local employer in the area with 118 people employed at Kirkby Quarry with others in outlying quarries, this extension will secure the future of employment at the site.
Planning permission for the development will be sought by means of two separate applications, the first to deal with the quarry extension, and the second will deal with the restoration of the Old Winnow End Quarry.
It was with mixed emotions that Burlington Stone thanked Terry Armistead, Production Manager, for his dedication to the business over the past 48 years and to wish him well in his retirement at a special party on Friday 5th May 2017. Having joined Burlington Stone at the age of 15, Terry has played a key role within the production facility at Kirkby-in-Furness. The vast knowledge and experience he has gained over the past 48 years, along with his “can-do” attitude means he will be greatly missed by colleagues and customers alike. Luckily, Terry has kindly agreed to continue to work for Burlington for a couple of days per week.
It is with delight that Burlington Stone’s Westmorland Green flamed paving has won the Landscaping Category at this year’s Natural Stone Awards 2016. Working together with Hardscape, based in Bolton, Burlington Stone supplied their Green natural stone for an integral part of the refurbishment of the Deansgate – Castlefield Metro Station project in Manchester.
Her Majesty The Queen has officially opened a new £15m National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in Newmarket, where many of her own horses are trained and stabled.
Ten years of planning has gone into the new centre, which includes Burlington Stone’s Westmorland Green flamed paving in the internal and external walkways.