The UK Stone Industry Event
The 12th Natural Stone Show is the UK’s only exhibition and conference dedicated to natural stone.
It is the main marketplace in the UK dealing with stone slabs, tiling or block; CNC machinery; diamond tooling; the latest fixing systems; sealants; adhesives; cleaning materials and any other related products and services.
Located in the heart of Europe’s fastest growing region, the Royal Docks area around ExCeL is benefiting enormously from its newly acquired Enterprise Zone status. Building on the momentum of the development of the Olympic Park and Stratford City, it is set to be the largest construction zone in Europe for the next decade.
Major commercial, residential and retail developments recently approved include the £1.5 billion deal to transform Silvertown Quays into London’s innovation quarter; the £1 billion contract to convert Royal Albert Dock into the capital’s next business district; plans to create the UK’s largest floating village at Royal Victoria Dock and a significant mixed-use residential scheme at Great Eastern Quay.
The next session of the show will be held from 25 to 27 April 2017, in London’s premier exhibition venue, Excel London.
THE NATURAL STONE SHOW EXHIBITORS
Exhibits include a vast range of natural stone from all over the world – granite, marble, limestone, sandstone, travertine, slate, quartz and composites for use in all types of work – cladding, hard landscaping, flooring, roofing, restoration, kitchens, wet rooms, bathrooms, fireplaces, memorials and sculpture.
Additionally, the exhibition brings you up to date with all the latest ranges of machinery including primary, bench and bridge saws, CNC work centers, edge and face polishers and engravers. Also represented is diamond tooling for cutting, shaping and polishing; consumables; fixing systems; sealants; adhesives; cleaning materials; and any other related products and services.
The show brings together stone specialists and building professionals from all over the world. Architects, designers, developers, stonemasons, and wholesalers can choose from a spectacular range of stone materials in all the latest finishes. From granite, limestone and marble to slate, travertine and quartz, all available in a multitude of applications from cladding, flooring, hard landscaping and kitchens to fireplaces, roofing, memorials and sculpture.
The Natural Stone Show attracts thousands of visitors operating within the stone market, guaranteeing a dominant coverage of key decision makers both within the stone industry as well as the industry’s customers.
Stonemasons, wholesalers, quarry operators and retailers join with architects, interior designers, conservationists, contractors and developers to continue to demonstrate what a force the stone industry in the British Isles has become within construction, hard landscaping, interior design and conservation.
Benefit from free specialist advice, enlightening case studies and a forum for the exchange of information, experience and opinions courtesy of Historic England and English Stone Forum.
Located at stands D44 to D50, the Natural Stone Show’s Conservation Area provides free advice, enlightening case studies and a forum for the exchange of information experience and opinions, helping you select the correct stone for building repair.
Stone is an important part of the £3.6 billion conservation sector and has a thriving community of specialists committed to safeguarding the UK’s built heritage. This is represented at the show through a dedicated conservation area coordinated by Historic England and English Stone Forum, together with partner organizations including Historic Scotland, Building Limes Forum, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC).
Categories include interiors, landscaping, traditional and modern cladding, craftsmanship and sustainability.
Presented by Stone Federation Great Britain, every two years the Natural Stone Awards recognizes projects which exhibit exemplary design and execution of stonework. These projects give a useful insight into the use of stone today and will be displayed in a Photographic Gallery in Area G60 of the Natural Stone Show exhibition hall.
Each project showcased in the Gallery is accompanied by a case study outlining the technical challenges overcome and commentating on the aesthetic results that have been achieved. Complimentary copies of the Natural Stone Awards Souvenir Brochure will also be available in the Gallery courtesy of Stone Federation Great Britain, providing further information on the project’s architect, stone contractor and stone supplier.
STONE FEDERATION VILLAGE
Expert guidance on all aspects of natural stone, from selection and sourcing through to fixing and maintenance, from the UK’s premier stone producers, masonry companies and consultancies. The exhibition has announced that the Stone Federation Village will return to its prime position at the center of the exhibition for April 2017. The Village celebrates the renaissance in British stone that has taken place over the last 20 years and features the UK’s premier stone producers, consultancies and masonry companies that are supporting it.
Visitors to the village can engage with a series of live demonstrations showcasing the stonemasonry skills which the Federation does so much to champion, as well as review a number of training initiatives from affiliated colleges. Q&A sessions on the latest legislations will take place throughout the show and tackle subjects such as CE Marking and sustainability.
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.
Here are just some of the contributors to this year’s Village;
Important Stone Providers, such as Portland stone from Albion Stone, Purbeck and other limestones from Lovell Stone Group, Johnson Wellfield’s famous Crosland Hill sandstone, Ironstone and limestones produced in conjunction with Marshalls by Johnston Quarry Group, Bath Stone from Bath Stone Group, Doulting from Doulting stone and much more.
Consultancies such as Harrison Goldman and Sandberg will be available to advice on specific enquiries relating to choice, design and use of stone.
Premium suppliers of products for the installation and finishing of natural stone will be represented with Ardex and Mapei promoting their ranges of adhesives, grouts and Silicones.
Specialists in dry installed and environmentally friendly underfloor heating systems, Jupiter, will be on hand to share their expertise.
Stonemasonry company, Associated Stone Group, will offer their design, manufacture and installation management services.
The 7th Natural Stone & Building Conservation Conference, supported by key industry organizations, offers over 25 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) accredited seminars structured around the design and use of stone as a building material.
The 3 days of seminars, presentations and expert guidance will be delivered by top industry bodies and professionals and will address everything about natural stone, with each day catering for a specific area of expertise. All seminars at the Natural Stone & Building Conservation Conference are free to attend.
ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL
The Jubilee Line and the DLR are the quickest routes to ExCeL London. Alight at Canning Town on the Jubilee Line and change onto a Beckton-bound DLR train for the quick two-stop journey to ExCeL: Custom House for ExCeL (for the west entrance) or Prince Regent for ExCeL (for the east entrance or the ICC London).
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