History | Carrières du Hainaut

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130 years of history

For over 130 years now Carrières du Hainaut® have been extracting and manufacturing this iconic, unique and authentic stone. By continuously developing the expertise and know-how of their teams and by constantly perfecting their equipment, the company has become the biggest ornamental limestone quarry in Europe.

Founding of Carrières du Hainaut®, a public limited company

1888

The majority of all facades of houses signed Victor Horta, Paul Hankar, Jules Brunfaut… in Brussels, Belgium

1890

Foundation of the Carrières du Hainaut® stonecutter apprentice school

1902

Monumental Arches at the Cinquantenaire, Brussels

1905

Town Hall at Charleroi, Belgium

1931

Grands Palais du Centenaire at the Heysel, Brussels

1934

International roll-out of our commercial activities all over Europe, South America and South Africa

1935

« Pierre Bleue du Hainaut » (Blue Limestone of Hainaut) becomes a registered trademark

1986

The company incorporates the Etex group (Eternit)

1987

Our production procedures receive ministerial recognition for socially responsible production and receive the ‘Social Label’

 

2004

Bought by Verlinvest and Cobepa, a consortium of Belgian family investors

2005

Jussieu Campus, Pierre-et-Marie-Curie University, Paris

2008

National University Library, Strasbourg, France

2010

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

2011

Film Museum Eye – IJpromenade, Amsterdam

2012

The Musée du Quai Branly, Rose Garden in Paris (Ateliers Jean Nouvel)

2012

Carrières du Hainaut® celebrates its 125th anniversary

2013

A request was tabled to extend the extraction zone of the quarry at Soignies by 123 ha.

2013

Bevis Marks, The City, London

2014

Winkel Isabel Marant in Shanghai (Shanghai Réel / ciguë architecture)

2014

Biennale Interieur 2014 in Kortrijk (Fabienne Delvigne)

2014

National Football Center at Domaine de Montjoye in Clairefontaine, called "Maison des bleus" (BMT et Associés, Atelier Thibault Terrible & Territoire Landscape Architects)

2016

City Hall Venlo (Cradle-to-cradle – Kraaijvanger architects )

2016

Furniture Design (Lex Pott & Jan Reek Natuursteen)

2016

Banking Complex in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg (Wirtz International Landscape Architects)

2016

Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Waterloo ( AM Synergy International & L’Escaut Architectures )

2017

Aquaviva, annex of the Brakkenstein monastery in Nijmegen (Diederendirrix)

2017

Carrières du Hainaut celebrate their 130th anniversary!

2018

New production movie of Carrières du Hainaut

2018

Launch and active participation in the Life in Quarries project

2018