October saw London’s Thistle Euston Hotel play host to the 2015 Use of Stone in Building Course, Stone Federation’s annual training course for architects and members.

The event saw the Federation welcome 40 delegates to a day of information and insights from some of the industry’s leading experts.

The day was opened by David Ellis of Sandberg who acted as the course chairman who went on to present a talk on geology, selection and quarrying.  Dr Tim Yates of BRE delivered an in-depth look at the various British Standards, Codes of Practice and CE Marking legislations that affect the use of natural stone in building.  This was followed by a look at the detailing of natural stone, including working drawings and fixings, presented by Peter Harrison of Harrison Goldman Design Consultants.  Architect Graham Lee of Graham Lee Consultancy then gave delegates a look at the relationship between masonry and architecture which included external masonry and rain screen cladding.

Lunch provided delegates with a chance to network and talk to the speakers in more depth about the project specific questions they might have.

SteinTec’s David Burton opened the first session after lunch with a look at external paving which was followed by an insight into the repair, restoration and cleaning of natural stone presented by Adrian Attwood of DBR (London).  Steve Turner of Amarestone delivered a presentation on natural stone for interiors and the talks were rounded up by David Richardson of FMDC who looked at the sustainability and ethical sourcing of stone.

The day finished with the speakers forming a panel and answering any project specific queries the delegates might have.  This sparked some interesting discussions which continued after the session have finished.

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

“Good value for money, very informative and excellent quality of speakers”

“Very engaging and instructive.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

To register your interest in the 2016 course, please email sandra@stonefed.org.uk