Use of Stone Course – A Resounding Success

Last week saw London’s Thistle Euston Hotel play host to the 2016 Use of Stone in Building Course.

We were delighted to welcome over 45 delegates from member firms, the highest attendance we have had for a number of years.

The course covered a range of topics with seminars delivered by experts within their fields. The day began with a welcome from the course Chairman, David Ellis of Sandberg, who went on to look at geology, selection and testing. FMDC’s David Richardson then provided delegates with an insight into British Standards, Codes of Practice and CE Marking.


After a break for coffee, newly elected Euroroc President, Peter Harrison of Harrison Goldman looked at the detailing of natural stone, including working drawings and fixings. Architect Graham Lee of Graham Lee Consultancy took the next session and spoke on masonry and architecture, including external masonry and rain screen cladding.

Lunch provided the delegates with a chance to network with other members and connect with existing contacts. It was great to hear so much positive feedback about the morning sessions during this time.

Chris Kelsey of The Marble & Granite Centre took the session after lunch, and looked at natural stone for interiors. Chris was followed by SteinTec’s David Burton who gave delegates an insight into external paving with natural stone.

After a refreshment break, David Richardson of FMDC returned to give the final presentation on the ethical sourcing and sustainability of stone.

The day closed with an opportunity for delegates to ask the speakers any project specific questions they had, and many took the opportunity to have one on one discussions.

The Federation would like to thank the speakers for their part in making this event such a resounding success.

If you would be interested in attending the 2017 course, please email

The course was successful in covering a wide variety of topics related to stone.”

Very good content and excellent speakers

Informative, useful and well thought out day.”