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30 Apr 2021

Lifetime Achievement and Rising Star


As part of celebrating the 20th Natural Stone Awards, we wanted to recognise and celebrate individuals from within the natural stone industry who have made a significant contribution to their company or the sector as a whole.

 

The Natural Stone Awards Rising Star and Lifetime Achievement Awards seek to recognise both those at the start of their careers, already making an impact, and those who, throughout their careers have made a significant contribution to the sector and left a lasting legacy.

 

We received a range of fantastic nominations that bear testimony to the number of committed and talented individuals we have within our sector.  After a lengthy and thorough judging process, two individuals were chosen to be the recipients of the first ever Natural Stone Awards Rising Star and Lifetime Achievement Awards.


Natural Stone Awards Lifetime Achievement

Peter Harrison

Peter will be known by most within the natural stone sector and across a long and distinguished career, he has been instrumental in driving best practice, developing Standards and providing design expertise to 100s of prestigious projects across the world.

 

Peter's career in the natural stone sector began in 1960 when he became a junior draughtsman for a local stone company.  He subsequently spent 23 years designing anchoring systems, many of which were for natural stone before becoming a technical manager and then associated technical director for a major UK stone contractor.

 

In 1993, Peter joined Mark Goldman to form Harrison Goldman Design Consultants.  After 25 years working on a large number of prestigious projects, both in the UK and internationally, including the British Embassy in Rome, Kings Royal Reception in Jordan, One Hyde Park in London, Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral and the Princess Diana Memorial.  Peter retired from the business in 2018 and now works as an independent stone consultant.   

 

Over the years, Peter has been a member of a number of British and European Standards Committees and been instrumental in creating and writing guidance on the use of stone.

 

Peter has already been honoured with the Duke of Gloucester Gold Medal and served as the President of both Stone Federation and Euroroc, so the Natural Stone Awards Lifetime Achievement Award is another recognition of the impact that Peter has made on the natural stone industry.

 

Natural Stone Awards Rising Star

Arturs Legzdins (Restore London)

Arturs currently works as a Project Manager for Restore London.  His passion for stone and the restoration and conservation of heritage buildings goes far beyond just his day job and he regularly spends his weekends photographing Restore London's projects.

 

Following his academic and vocational training in Latvia, Arturs moved to the UK to expand his practical conservation knowledge skillset and learn about other aspects and restorative techniques. He chose the UK because of its marvellously rich building heritage and the opportunities available to progress.

 

In 2018 Arturs was promoted to Project Manager due to his personal and project performance. His role now involves overseeing high-profile conservation works where he is involved in all aspects of each project from the planning stages through to completion.

Members' News

Stone Federation would like to congratulate former Stone Federation President, Peter Harrison for being the recipient of the stone industry's highest award, the Duke of Gloucester Gold Medal.


Peter was presented with his medal by the Duke of Gloucester himself at Worshipful Company of Masons' Master's Banquet in London's Mansion House.


The Medal, which was introduced in 2010, is awarded every two years, to honour an individual in the craft of stonemasonry or the natural stone industry whose work is of considerable merit and who is acknowledged by his or her peers for the excellence of their contribution.


The idea for recognition for those in stonemasonry was originally mooted in the 1980s when it was noted that stonemasonry did not have any kind of recognition or a supreme accolade.

 

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester, who trained as an architect and has an affinity for stonemasonry, also felt that some form of recognition should be created and was instrumental in developing the concept of a recognition for stonemasonry befitting the millennia-old craft.

Stone Federation are a member of EuroRoc, an organisation made up of the various European Federations for the dimensional stone industry.  The aim of the group is to coordinate questions of common interest and find solutions while promoting the use of dimensional natural stone.

 

The Federation's EuroRoc representative, Michael Poultney of Albion Stone along with Peter Harrison of Harrison Goldman, attended the latest meeting held at the Verona Stone Show in October.

 

There were a range of topics discussed, but shown are four discussions points that will be of particular interest to members.

 

1. Ethical Sourcing - There are various different degrees of controls of ethical sourcing across Europe and some is at a very local level.  It was accepted that the EU should be encouraging stones from ethical sources but there was some scepticism that a system with a high degree of certainty could be found in the short term.  It was agreed that the starting point should be to pool all the experiences from the differing methods currently being used by different, Countries, companies and organisations.

2. Geographical Protection - There was considerable support from across the EU and the robust comments from the UK were considered positive.  It is back with the European Parliament on what could be a long journey to possible implementation.  

3. Reporting Figures - There was concerns that the code numbers used for reporting production, imports and exports are not recording the dimensional stone figure accurately.  It was suggested that these should be related to the harmonised Product Standards (BS EN). Michael Poultney has been in dialogue with BGS and Eric Bignell at the Natural Stone Specialist magazine about the topic earlier in the month. Euroroc will progress the matter with the relevant authorities.

4. Silica Dust - There was a mixed response about the danger of the implementation of the dust regulations and the prospects of reducing the code.  It was agreed that the experiences from the implementation from national authorities will be requested.

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With the island of Portland, from which the famous Portland limestone comes, being just off the Dorset coast from Weymouth, there could not have been a more appropriate material to use for a sculpture of the Olympic rings that has now been installed in the town that is hosting the Olympic sailing events. 

Burlington Stone has acquired the rights to quarry at Petts Quarry on Kirkstone Pass and Brathay Quarry near Ambleside following the regrettable demise of Kirkstone Quarries Ltd.

This new monument, costing £5 million, will commemorate the 55, 573 crew members of the RAF's Bobmer Command who were killed between 1939 and 1945.  The average age of those who lost their lives was just 22.

Albion Stone has recently purchased a new ‘JCB Fantini’, tractor mounted stone saw which will be used to increase efficiency in the Quarry & Mine.  This is the first machine of its type to be imported into any UK stone extraction operation. 

 

TV presenter, journalist and former conservative politician and Cabinet Minister, Michael Portillo made a fascinating tour of local natural stone producer, Burlington Stone of Kirkby-in-Furness, shown on 26th January on BBC2 at 6.30pm, as part of series three of the BBC’s popular travel documentary, Great British Railway Journeys.

 

A £500,000 investment into an innovative new roof for Albion Stone’s Factory is set to save thousands of pounds a year on their electricity bills.

Albion Stone supplied over 3m³ of Jordans Basebed and Jordans Whitbed in the form of treads risers, paving and memorial stones.

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.