Returning to its prime position at the centre of the exhibition, the Stone Federation ‘Village’ is supported by a record number of members this year with around 25 companies attending.
These firms cover the full breadth of the natural stone industry, from British and international quarry operators and stone suppliers through to sealant manufactures, design consultants and technical experts, making the Stone Federation stand and the Stone Village a comprehensive source point for architects, developers, interior designers and clients, as well as stone companies.
At its core is the Stone Federation stand (E30) which will be hosting seminars aimed at both specifiers and the natural stone industry. The sessions will run throughout the show.
Additionally, a dedicated helpdesk, hosted by the Stone Federation Great Britain, will provide architects, designers and developers, builders and the stone industry itself with guidance on all aspects of stone selection, fixing and maintenance. More information on a range of industry initiatives will also be promoted including CE marking, sustainability, the Stone Heritage Register and the Ethical Stone Register.
The Ethical Stone Register continues to prove itself as a highly relevant new resource for the natural stone sector. There are now 48 stones that have been assessed to ensure their responsible and ethical criteria are met throughout the supply chain. This includes both British and international limestone, sandstone and slate.
You can find out more at one of the Ethical Stone Register introduction seminars on the Stone federation stand at the Natural Stone show.
Stone Federation Architects’ Club Membership Grows
The Stone Federation Architects’ Club was launched with the aim of providing architects with a source point for all things stone. It enables the Federation to connect architects with free technical support, publications and natural stone firms.
Since its launch in 2016, the Architects’ Club has grown to a membership of more than 60 professionals from practices of all disciplines, sizes and locations including among others: Adam Architecture, Chapman Taylor, Darnton B3, Donald Insall Associates, Eric Parry Architects, Formation Architects, Foster + Partners, Grimshaw Architects, HLM Architects, Pick Everard, Shepperd Robson and Squire & Partners.
Membership of the Architects’ Club has two tiers. The first is free and gives architects access to a wealth of resources to help them specify stone in their designs.
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Industry Day Conference
The Stone Federation Great Britain stand (E30) will host a full Industry Day seminar programme each day of the show, with visitors able to join sessions free of charge. Focusing on key issues affecting the industry, topics include;
- Working with stone – Technical Update, David Ellis - Sandberg Consulting Engineers LLP
- Using Stone for Interiors CPD, Robert Merry - Stone Consultants
- Using Stone for Swimming Pools, Barry Hunt - Independent Building Investigation Services (IBIS)
- Ethical Stone Register – An Introduction, David Richardson - The Ethical Sourcing Forum
Details of the conference programme will be included nearer the show.