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

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1888

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

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1890

Foundation of the Carrières du Hainaut® stonecutter apprentice school

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1902

Monumental Arches at the Cinquantenaire, Brussels

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1905

Town Hall at Charleroi, Belgium

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1931

Grands Palais du Centenaire at the Heysel, Brussels

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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

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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

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2005

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

2008

National University Library, Strasbourg, France

Bibliothèque Nationale - Strasbourg
2010

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

2011 rijksmuseum
2011

Film Museum Eye – IJpromenade, Amsterdam

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2012

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

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2012

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

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2013

Carrières du Hainaut® celebrates its 125th anniversary

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2013

Bevis Marks, The City, London

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2014

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

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2014

Biennale Interieur 2014 in Kortrijk (Fabienne Delvigne)

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2014

Furniture Design (Lex Pott & Jan Reek Natuursteen)

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2016

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

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2016

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

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2016

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

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2016

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

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2017

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

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2017

Carrières du Hainaut celebrate their 130th anniversary!

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2018

New production movie of Carrières du Hainaut

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2018

Launch and active participation in the Life in Quarries project

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2018