Elgin apprentices win inaugural stonemasonry competition

Two apprentices from Historic Scotland's Stonemasonry Training facility, Elgin, have been crowned champions of the first Stonemasonry Apprentice Skills Competition, which was held at Glasgow's Metropolitan College on 24, 25 and 26th April.  Kenny McCaffrey, 38, and Malcolm Hutcheon, 38, both adult apprentices, beat off competition from Edinburgh's Telford College and Glasgow Metropolitan College, as judges deemed the pillar they produced over the three day competition to be the best. Read More

Guide to Stone Cleaning published

As the trade association for the natural stone industry in the UK, Stone Federation has produced a Guide to Best Practice on the Cleaning of Internal and External Masonry Surfaces to set a recognised standard of best practice for the industry. This document outlines the benefits and gives guidance on stone cleaning. Read More

Ingval Maxwell retires

Historic Scotland gave Ingval Maxwell a splendid send off on the occasion of his retirement. Mr. Maxwell joined Historic Scotland's predecessor Department (MPBW) as an architect in 1969.  He was appointed Director of TCRE in 1993 and initiated a wide variety of technical conservation research projects, including four studies on fire-related topics that have resulted in Technical Advice Note publications. Read More

BRE launch Green Guide

On the 3rd June the new Green Guide for Specifications was made available from BRE. For the first time the Green Guide has been made available online and can be viewed at www.thegreenguide.org.uk . Read More

Marshalls Plc at The RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2008

Taking centre stage on The Marshalls Garden That Kids Really Want! at the 2008 RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May the company utilised its own indigenous natural Yorkstone block to create two striking central features in this amazing organic playground. Read More

Stone Sustainability Statement

The Stone Federation's Stone Sustainability Statement  is now available to download.  This statement can be used by members only, along with their own literature. Read More