Land of Stone Seminar

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(2011) A half day CPD seminar celebrating the end of the Land of Stone exhibition was held on Friday 14 October 2011. The seminar was attended by a mix of 50 architects, planners, conservation professionals and built environment students all keen to raise their knowledge of the use of natural stone as a building material.

Speakers from the British Geological Survey and Historic Scotland set the scene by explaining why Scotland is a ‘Land of Stone’ and how our geology has shaped our historic urban landscape. The discussion then moved on to the specifics of preservation and stone-matching for conservation repairs in historic buildings, before bringing the discussions up to date with presentations from a quarry operator (Hutton Stone Ltd) and Gareth Hoskins Architects. These final contributions covered the role of dimensional stone quarrying in the UK in delivering natural stone for new buildings that are appropriate to their locations, and gave insights into how to source, select and specify stone despite the fact that we now have around 20 quarries in Scotland compared with a peak of over 1200 in the late 19th Century. The presentations were illustrated by some fascinating historical images and best practice examples from current architectural projects from across Scotland.

Attendees of the seminar were also encouraged to view the ‘Land of Stone’ exhibition which will close at the end of October 2011.

Two publications on the use of natural stone in Scotland which were avalibale at the exhibition and seminar are available for download here.

The presentations made at the seminar will also be available on this page soon.

 

Image: Culloden Visitors Centre © Gareth Hoskins Architects

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