There were three exhibitions, giving examples of traditional stone and modern usage with a demonstration by the students from the Building Crafts College and a selection showing the range of British stone together with an example, provided by Realstone Ltd, of stone cladding.

Five member companies – Albion Stone Plc, Cathedral Works Organisation Ltd, Lithofin, Realstone Ltd and Stoneville joined us and the show also provided us with one new member and several potential members.

Bernard Burns, Managing Director of Cathedral Works Organisation Ltd, who exhibited for the first time said “We are just back from exhibiting at EcoBuild in London, having had a very productive, if exhausting, three days there.  In my view, there are two aspects to this show.  Obviously it is a great opportunity to connect and reconnect with colleagues in the industry, but having a presence at the leading event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment also helps to stimulate the debate on whether stone is a sustainable product.

It is our view at CWO, and that of Stone Federation, that stone is a product that totally deserves to be at EcoBuild – it gives you longer life-service and it can be argued that it is more sustainable than other materials.  Stone has been a building product for millenniums. It is an integral part of the architectural and built environment that surrounds us and deserves to take its place in today’s environment of sustainability”.