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

Thirty delegates representing over twenty members firms came for a day of presentations from some of the industry’s experts.

David Richardson of FMDC and chairman for the event opened proceedings and was followed by Steve Turner of Amarestone providing a look at laying stone from the contractor’s perspective.  After Steve, BRE’s Rupert Pool spoke to delegates about flooring investigations and using grouts and adhesives.

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 Andrew Curry of Schlüter-Systems and looked at de-bonding membranes with underfloor heating.

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.  The final session of the day was taken by FMDC’s David Richardson who looked at the latest requirements for slip and and CIRIA publication and its influence on design and selection.

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.