Stone Federation Great Britain Members support Stone Show in record numbers
More Stone Federation members than ever before are joining the Federation at the 25th anniversary Natural Stone Show this year to get their messages to the architects and designers, developers, contractors and stone industry professionals who attend the only exhibition in the UK and Ireland dedicated exclusively to the stone industry.
The Natural Stone Show is at ExCeL London from 30 April to 2 May.
A rich spectrum of British stone will be presented by Federation members. Welsh Slate will showcase what is widely regarded as one of the world's best slates in its various forms – Penrhyn Heather Blue, Penrhyn Heather Red, Cwt-y-Bugail Dark Blue Grey, Pen Yr Orsedd Green and Penrhyn Heather Grey.
Albion Stone return to champion their beds of Portland stone - the Whitbed, the Basebed, the Roach and the newly introduced Ostrea Patch Reef Whitbed.
8 Finsbury Circus, London - a wall of stunning illuminated Portland Grove Whitbed panels from Albion Stone
Another signature stone on display will be Purbeck from Lovell Stone Group, who will also present their Chilmark and Chicksgrove limestones, Somerset Blue and White Lias, Hurdcott Green sandstone from Wiltshire and the premium Bath Stone from Hartham Park.
Stamford Stone Company exhibit for the first time as the sole supplier of the famous Clipsham limestone, used for projects such as the Nazrin Shah Centre short-listed for this year's top architectural award, the RIBA Stirling Prize. The rapidly expanding Johnston Quarry Group have committed to their largest stand to date following their acquisition of Bath Stone Group and Hanson Bath & Portland, with its reserves of Bath Stone at the divided Hartham Park underground quarry. Johnston will also promote Oathill Quarry Cotswold limestone, Creeton Quarry limestone and Great Tew ironstone.
Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge - Crosland Hill Yorkstone paving from Johnsons Wellfield Quarries was used to landscape the inner and outer courtyards
Gallagher Group, the only company still quarrying Kentish Ragstone, are showing the stone used for many new builds and prestigious heritage projects in Kent and London, including the renovation of the Tower of London; Johnsons Wellfield Quarries, will display their highly regarded Crosland Hill Yorkstone, used for ashlar, walling, cladding and paving, having just obtained planning permission to extend their quarry and secure supplies into the future. A notable example of its use is Huddersfield University's Oastler Building; and Doulting Stone, used to build Wells Cathedral since the 12th century and still being used for restoration and new build today, will also have a dedicated stand.
Rosal do Codaçal limestone, supplied by Airemármores, used to stunning effect at The International Business Centre in Moscow
International Stone Federation members will be represented, including Portuguese limestone and marble producer Airemármores and McMonagle Stone, Ireland’s largest producer and exporter of Donegal quartzite and Mountcharles sandstone.
McMonagle Stone provided Mountcharles sandstone Ashlar cladding, Mountcharles sandstone quoins and 40mm thick Irish Blue limestone cladding for the Donegal Town Credit Union
Stone Federation's membership covers the whole spectrum of the stone industry and apart from quarry companies, those exhibiting at ExCeL includeThe Ethical Stone Company, bringing you the latest innovations in the stone industry including Volkanite cast basalt from the Czech Republic, Porphyry from Trento, Valser Quartzite from Switzerland and glass fusion printed Lavastone from Etna.
Marble & Ceramic City exhibit for the first time. They are specialists in the supply and installation of natural stone and have worked with many prestigious names on projects such as Brunei House, The Arts Club, Hilton Metropolitan and the Park Lane hotels, in addition to high-end private residential developments in central London.
Fix, seal & maintenance solutions will be available from market leading Stone Federation members. Lithofin will have their technical team on hand to offer advice on cleaning and sealing stone & tiles; Fila Surface Care Products present a range of new solvent-free LEED-approved sealants; Dry Treat promote their impregnating sealer technology; Ardex display tile adhesives, grouts and silicones that incorporate their Rapidry Formula and Microtec technologies; Tremco Illbruck show specialist jointing sealants for use with natural stone in an extensive colour range; and Jupiter Heating Systems return to the Natural Stone Show to present their unique underfloor heating system.
Stone Federation also counts among its membership leading consultants specialising in stone, who are exhibiting alongside the Federation and will be on hand to discuss any particular requirements you have for projects; however the stone is being used – cladding, hard landscaping, interiors, restoration; domestic or commercial. Harrison Goldman offer stone and fixing design, specifications, stone sourcing, factory and quarry visits. Sandberg also provide UKAS-accredited in-house testing services to international standards, including petrographic examination and scanning electron microscopy / ISIS energy dispersive x-ray microanalysis.
Even The QMJ Group, who publish the industry's Natural Stone Specialistmagazine with its online stonespecialist.com news source and emailed Natural Stone Bulletin, are Federation members. Take out a magazine subscription on their stand at the show and receive a free Natural Stone Directory.
And, of course, the Stone Federation themselves will have a major presence in the Stone Village at the centre of the Natural Stone Show.
Visitors can attend ‘on-stand’ CPD-accredited seminars for the first time; get advice from a dedicated help desk; engage with live stonemasonry demonstrations; review training schemes from affiliated colleges; and find out more about industry initiatives including the Ethical Stone Register. A full programme will be released in early February.
And because so many of its members will visit the Natural Stone Show, Stone Federation has decided to hold its AGM during the event this time. It will be on Wednesday 1 May in the comfortable South Gallery Rooms of ExCeL on the floor above the exhibition halls.