The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) and National Stone Centre (NSC) have merged. Together we will work to inspire people to engage with the origin, the industry and the history of stone.
Officially opened in 1990, the NSC is set within six former limestone quarries on a 40-acre Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Our vision is to create a world-class visitor experience and an internationally significant centre of excellence for the quarrying and mineral products industry.
We are thrilled to be able to share our plans about how we intend to develop the site to support our ambitions.
Planning proposals were submitted and subsequently approved to support the development of the National Stone Centre. Read the full press release about the plans here.
The design embodies strong references and links to the area’s geology and industrial heritage, including local rock formations, specifically the overhanging rock formations found in local gritstone outcrops, such as Black Rocks and Stanage Edge. A cantilevered structure will allow the building to emerge from the hillside and spring out of the ground reflecting the rock formations in a dynamic way.
Within the development the building facilities will include:
Through a wide consultation held with various stakeholders and the local community about our plans, a large amount of feedback was generated which has been collated into these frequently asked questions.
We are always open to feedback about our plans and are keen to discuss opportunities with anyone who would like to get involved in the National Stone Centre project.
Please get in touch with us using the form below.