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Building Products April 2017

THE NATURAL CHOICE FOR CONSTRUCTION SPECIFIERS The 12th UK Natural Stone Show takes place at ExCeL, London change to April 25-27 and with 200 exhibitor displays, construction specifiers can discover the latest trends in architecture and design incorporating stone. There is natural stone from all over the world – granite, marble, limestone, sandstone, travertine, quartz, terrazzo, slate, sintered stone… available in tiles, slabs and cut-to-size materials in a multitude of different finishes ranging from honed to polished, riven to bush-hammered, tumbled to chiselled and many more. If you are in need of inspiration, the Natural Stone Awards Gallery will have a pictorial display of the projects honoured in the Stone Federation Awards that were presented at a celebration lunch in London in December. Categories covered include New Build Modern Style Stone Cladding; New Build Traditional Style Stone Masonry; Repair & Restoration; Interiors; Landscaping; Craftsmanship; Sustainability; and Technology Innovation. There is also an extensive programme of free CPDs run in conjunction with the Show: The opening day (April 25) explores European innovation in stone design and offers 5hr. worth of RIBA CPD credits as well as a complimentary three-course lunch, perfect for networking. Day two looks at Industry initiatives including the Ethical Stone Register and focuses on a ADVERTORIAL | NATURAL STONE SHOW number of Natural Stone Awards project profiles. The final day concentrates on conservation and is run in conjunction with Historic England and The English Stone Forum. It examines authenticity and appearance when repairing historic buildings. Choose from 25 seminars at www.stoneshow.co.uk/conference The renaissance in British stone over the past 20 years is reflected at the Show with more indigenous materials being showcased than ever before including Purbeck limestone from the Lovell Stone Group; Stoke Ground Bath stone from the Bath Stone Group; Portland stone from Albion Stone; Forest Pennant from Forest of Dean Stone Firms; Caithness Flagstone; the Hard White limestones of Creeton; Gallagher Group’s Kentish Ragstone; Johnsons Wellfield’s Crosland Hill Hard Yorkstone; Welsh Slate’s Heather Blue slate from Penrhyn Quarry; and many more… As well as the wide range of imported stones on the UK wholesalers’ stands, there are many overseas producers exhibiting in their own right. Indigenous stones are vital for maintaining the character and vernacular traditions of the British Isles, but the stone industry is international and most of the stone used in the UK is imported, which is reflected in the international representation of exhibitors once again at this year’s Natural Stone Show. Exhibitors from over 20 countries will be represented. Visit the website to find out more. Whatever your involvement with the construction industry, you’ll find something at the show that you’ve never seen before, something innovative that your business will benefit from for many years to come. Make a date with the Natural Stone Show, April 25-27 at ExCeL London. Register for your free ticket now at www.stoneshow.co.uk APRIL 2017 | BUILDING PRODUCTS 21 Conventional stone on a composite honeycomb for lightweight cladding solutions from HyComb UK (Stand P17) 3D Disto + Disto S910 from Leica Geosystems (Stand P10) Beautiful finishes manufactured by Aquacut (Stand A30) Large format thin marble effect porcelain tiles from Porcel-Thin (Stand G36) Tremco Illbruck’s (Stand E57) jointing sealant effectively used in this pool surround


Building Products April 2017
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