Flooring Course – A Huge Success

July saw the Federation welcome members to the Thistle Euston Hotel for our annual, member-exclusive Design & Installation of Natural Stone Flooring Course.

Thirty one delegates representing over 15 member firms came for a day of presentations from some of the industry’s experts.

David Richardson of Diagenesis Consulting and Chairman for the event opened proceedings and was followed by Chris Kelsey of The Marble & Granite Centre providing a look at laying stone from the contractor’s perspective. After Chris, BRE’s Rupert Pool spoke to delegates about site investigations and the importance of installation sticking to best practice guidelines.

Peter Harrison of Harrison Goldman Design Consultants looked at current Product Standards as well as workmanship on building sites. The final session before lunch was taken by Ian Knifton of Schlüter-Systems and looked at de-bonding membranes with underfloor heating over timber substrates.

Lunch provided delegates with a great opportunity to network with other members and ask the speakers some of their project specific queries.

Bob Sewell of Lithofin took the first session after lunch and spoke on the impregnation of natural stone including preparation and aftercare. Peter Harrison returned to speak to delegates about guidance on design and installation based on failure investigations. This was followed by Diagenesis Consulting’s David Richardson who looked at the latest requirements for slip and CIRIA publication and its influence on design and selection. The final seminar was taken by David Wilson of Ardex UK who spoke on adhesives and grout.

The day finished with the speakers forming a technical panel, giving delegates a chance to ask their project specific questions.

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

Delegate feedback:

“Speakers all very knowledgeable on the subject matter and communicated effectively.”

“Very informative series of talks. Good to have interactive sessions of experienced personnel to discuss and overcome everyday work issues.”