Events & Seminars

Use of Stone in Building Course


This popular course gives an overview and general knowledge of the design and use of natural stone and takes account of the current needs of those involved or specifying stone. The course gives delegates assistance in selecting and using natural stone in many different uses.

The course is suitable for qualified and trainee architects, designers, specifiers, surveyors, planners, those who have recently entered the stone industry trade and others who wish to achieve a better understanding of natural stone and its use.

The Strand Palace Hotel in London was the venue for the Stone Federation’s Use of Stone in Building Course which was held on 27-28th September 2011. A mixture of architects, surveyors and stone contractors gathered to hear the speakers. It provided a unique opportunity to learn from experts at first hand.

The course started with David Ellis, Stone Federation President giving an introduction, followed by a talk on Geology and Petrology. After a refreshment break, the delegates were given guidance on testing and British and European Standards by Dr Tim Yates of BRE. Tim then set them some tasks to complete relating to the subject. Peter Harrison of Harrison Goldman Design Consultants then gave a presentation on the selection and detailing of natural stone.

Following lunch in the carvery, Clinton Haigh from Realstone Ltd then gave a talk on quarrying and production. This was followed by a presentation on fixings by Matthew Freeman of ACS Stainless Steel Fixings. The day ended with Andy Maclean’s presentation on working drawings and product information.

The second day commenced with Graham Lee, an architect from Siddell Gibson, giving his view on the advantages of using stone, starting with the origins of how architecture first began, the ancient Romans, through to the modern day.

Darren Anderson from Arup Materials then spoke about the durability of stone for rain screen cladding and curtain walling. This was followed by a talk about internal finishes, covering worktops, countertops, bathrooms, swimming pools and flooring by Alex Stables, Director of Stone Productions Ltd and President of Stone Federation.

After lunch, Adrian Paye from PAYE Stonework and Restoration Ltd gave an overview of the different cleaning methods available and stressed the importance of involving a professional at the early stage of the contract who can advise when it is appropriate to clean and what method to use.

The final speaker was Adrian Attwood who gave a talk on repair and restoration and giving guidance on how you decide when to repair, renew or restore.

A big thank you to all speakers and delegates for making the event a success.