October saw Stone Federation welcome 28 delegates from eight member firms to Thistle Holborn The Kingsley Hotel in London for the annual Use of Stone in Building Course.

This popular course gives an overview and general knowledge of the design and use of natural stone and takes account of the current needs of those involved in specifying and working with stone. The course gives delegates assistance in selecting and using natural stone in many different ways.

It was encouraging to see a mix of both experienced industry professionals alongside those new to the industry, all benefitting from the wealth of knowledge the speakers had to offer.  The course content started by looking the geology of stone and stone testing, moving on to the detailing of stone and then looked at the use of stone in both interiors and external paving.  The final two seminars looked at the ethical procurement and sustainability of stone and the historic relationship between architecture and masonry. 

The speakers all brought a considerable wealth of industry experience and knowledge and the Federation would like to thank each of them for their part in making the day such a success.  The speakers were David Ellis (Sandberg), Dr Tim Yates (BRE), Peter Harrison (Harrison Goldman Design Consultants), Graham Lee (Graham Lee Consultancy), Chris Kelsey (The Marble & Granite Centre), David Burton (Steintec) and David Richardson (Diagenesis Consulting).

This course is open to both Stone Federation members and architects.  If you would be interested in finding out more information about the 2018 Use of Stone in Building Course, please email sara@stonefed.org.uk

“Good course, very informative and well structured.”

“The course was successful in covering a wide variety of topics related to stone.”

“Very well rounded course that touched on a lot about the stone industry in short period of time.”