THE London Olympics have been placed on a sound footing thanks to sandstone from Blagdon.
Around 40 tonnes of the honey-coloured Blagdon Sandstone have been extracted from the Shotton surface mine on the estate to be used in key features of the 2012 Games.
The stone, which was mined by the Banks Group, can be seen in the main entrance walkway to the Olympic Stadium, as well as in paving in and around the structure. It also provides a natural finish to the cladding for the stadium.
Banks Environment and Community Director Mark Dowdall said: “Seeing sandstone that we’ve extracted in place at the Olympic Stadium is a very proud moment for our Shotton team and they’ll no doubt be keeping a particular eye out for it on the television coverage.
“Banks Mining strives to operate our sites in a safe, responsible and efficient way and part of this approach is to extract viable additional mineral reserves, such as sandstone or fireclay, that we uncover during our coal mining operations.”
The qualities of the Blagdon stone has seen it used in construction projects across the UK and Europe, including the refurbishment of St Nicholas Church in Cramlington and work in the centre of Edinburgh.
Iain Kennedy, of natural stone suppliers Realstone, which provided the material for the Olympic project to Cavendish Masonry, said: “Blagdon Sandstone’s colour, texture and properties make it suitable for a very wide range of construction and restoration projects and it sits well with a variety of other materials.
“We’re expecting an increasing demand for the sandstone and having such a prestigious project to use as a case study will no doubt make future interest in it even greater.”