Blaxter

Medium grained honey/buff sandstone.

Quarried near Otterburn in Northumberland, this fine-grained honey coloured stone has been quarried since the 1890’s and has been used for many prestigious buildings. In Newcastle it was used to supply the City Hall, the Postal Sorting Office and the Royal Grammar School among many other buildings. It was also heavily used in Edinburgh to supply buildings such as, Scottish and Newcastle Breweries head office on Holyrood Road, and the Standard Life Assurance Building on George Street.

More recently Blaxter has proved popular for the restoration of the fabric of Edinburgh and was notably used for the refurbishment of Jenners Store on Princess Street and the new build development of the Holyrood Hotel. Recent projects in Newcastle include the supply of much of the stone used in the redevelopment of the Quayside, in Durham we have supplied the Library and Castle adjacent to the Palace Green, and in Sunderland the Reg Vardy Head office building. Blaxter is a large quarry with good reserves.

Applications

Ashlar Walling
Thin Cladding, Generix Lite System  
Dressed / Carved Stone
Rock Faced Walling
Rubble Walling  
Rockery Stone  
External Flooring / Paving  
External Steps / Platts  
Internal Flooring (requires sealant)

Declaration of Performance

To BS EN 771-6-2011 Natural Stone Masonry Units

Resistance to Fire Class A1
Shear Bond Strength Fixed Value
Apparent Density (Kg/m³) 2143
Open Porosity (%) 18.63
Water Absorpotion (g/m.sec²) 98.2
Compressive Strength (Mpa) 36
Flexural Strength (Mpa) 3.8
Frost Resistance (Cycles) 84
Thermal Conductivity NPD

Case Study

Princes Street, Edinburgh

  • Stone Used: Blaxter
  • Stone Supplied To: Land Engineering
  • Year: 2013

Case Study

Quarter Mile, Edinburgh

  • Stone Used: Blaxter
  • Stone Supplied To: Land Engineering
  • Year: 2005 - Present

Case Study

Kingsham Farm, Essex

  • Stone Used: Blaxter
  • Stone Supplied To: Cathedral Works Organisation
  • Year: 2007

Case Study

Jenners Store, Princes Street, Edinburgh

  • Stone Used: Blaxter
  • Stone Supplied To: Watsons Stonecraft
  • Year: 1996