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Portland Stone is well-stocked

Letters

Sir,

I WAS interested to read David Taylor's column regarding the French limestone used on the British Museum (October 7), as my own firm is one of the two quarrying companies at Portland.

The museum authorities have explained that French stone was used in place of Portland Stone due to a lack of supply.

This is categorically not true; there is plenty of suitable Portland Stone and it is available within the timescale of theproject.

Representatives of the museum and the design team inspected suitable Portland blocks being extracted from our own quarry faces at the beginning of the project.

If they really did believe there was a problem with the supply, why did they not speak to the Portland quarries again?

Instead we received an instruction from the architect telling us to stop pestering the project team with letters telling them about the vast supplies of suitable Portland Stone we held in stock. What is more, vast reserves are available for future extraction.

Michael J Poultney

Managing director

Albion Stone Quarries

Portland

Dorset