Conference : Day 2 – Industry Day

Day 2
Industry Day
Wednesday 1 May 2019

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Industry initiatives & Natural Stone Awards project profiles

The 2017 Industry day took place in the South Gallery rooms above the Natural Stone Show and was organised in conjunction with Stone Federation Great Britain.

Day 2 of the conference explored the practical and aesthetic considerations when choosing stone. Architects and the stone providers themselves put this into context by profiling a range of award-winning natural stone projects.

The latest industry initiatives being championed by the Stone Federation were also covered. These included The Ethical Stone Register, guidance for the use of natural stone in swimming pools and Health & Safety in stone working.

Industry day will once again form day 2 of the conference with the 2019 programme to be released in the months prior to the show.

Industry Day at the Natural Stone Show Conference

Review the 2017 programme

11:00 - 11:30

Selecting the correct stone

Ian Major, StoneTrain

11:30 - 12:15

Natural Stone Awards project profiles: landscaping

Gordon Hines, Chairman of The Landscape Forum with architects representing award-winning landscaping projects

Deansgate Metro Station, Castlefield - David Green, SimpsonHaugh & Partners

Located in the heart of Manchester, this project sought to create a distinctive and unique Metrolink stop set within a landscaped park.  The project contractor, Laing O’Rourke working alongside the stone supplier, Burlington Stone and Hardscape Products Ltd created an addition to the city that is a wonderful celebration of the use of stone in landscaping.  This project was the 2016 Natural Stone Awards Landscape Winner.

Douglas Town Centre - Andy Thomson, BCA Landscape

This project is founded on an Island-wide concept that aspires to link regenerated towns to a potential growth in the Manx economy.  It utilised a well-researched portfolio of various colours and materials based on the Island’s natural hues.  The stonework, a mix of Chinese Granites supplied by Hardscape Products Ltd, brings brightness and light to the Island’s capital and was the 2014 Natural Stone Awards Landscape Winner.

Exhibition Road, London - Gordon Hines, Marshalls Natural Stone

Located in the heart of London, this project features a bold diamond motif creating a distinctive visual identity for the street.  A unique solution to the various usage requirements of the space was found in utilising the layout of the various Chinese Granites supplied by Marshalls Natural Stone., instead of kerbs or street signs.

12:15 - 12:40

The Ethical Stone Register

David Richardson, Chairman of The Ethical Sourcing Forum

14:00 - 14:45

Natural Stone Awards project profiles: British stone

Marcus Paine, Chairman of The Quarry Forum with architects representing award-winning British stone projects

14 Grosvenor Square, London - Tim Must, Squire & Partners

Located in the heart of London's Mayfair, this contemporary office building utilised natural stone to tie into the existing street scape. The project utilised two types of Portland stone, supplied by Albion Stone, and is a great example of simple yet elegant use of natural stone.

131 Sloane Street, London - Mike Stiff, Stiff + Trevillion

The result of a design completion held by the Cadogan estate, this London development involved the replacement of two 1960s office buildings with a new retail and office-led development.  The new building primarily uses red Locharbriggs sandstone supplied by Marshalls Stancliffe Stone.  This project was Highly Commended in the 2016 Natural Stone Awards New Build Modern Style Stone Cladding category.

Silberrad Student Centre, Colchester - Roger Meyer, Patel Taylor

Part of the University of Essex, this project brief called for a single building to extend the existing Albert Sloman library and provide a range of new facilities.  The use of Ancaster Weatherbed Mix supplied by RGB Ltd creates a calm backdrop for the activities undertaken in the student centre.  This project was Commended in the 2016 Natural Stone Awards New Build Modern Style Stone Cladding category.

14:45 - 15:15

15:15 - 16:00

Natural Stone Awards project profiles: interiors

Chris Kelsey, Chairman of The Interiors & Surface Material Focus Group with architects representing award-winning interiors projects

Hampstead, London - Christopher Pask, Charlton Brown Architects

This S-shaped staircase is the central feature of this fully refurbished house.  The new insertion successfully resolves a difficult butterfly pattern and utilises Massagangis Beige Clair stone supplied by ROCAMAT Pierre Naturelle.  This project was the 2016 Natural Stone Awards Interiors Winner.

Statuario Book-Matched Bathroom, Private Residence, London - Paul Pratt, Granite, Marble and Limestone Ltd

Situated in a prestigious development, this high-end bathroom involved a detailed stone selection process.  In order to secure the perfect blocks of Statuario Marble, Granite Marble & Limestone Ltd travelled with the client to Italy; a stone selection process that was a key part of the project’s success.  This project was Commended in the 2016 Natural Stone Awards Interiors category.