Stone Federation Great Britain: 2018 Natural Stone Awards
Prizes were awarded for exceptional implementation of natural stone
Under the auspices of the British Stone Federation, the 2018 Natural Stone Awards were presented at a Gala in London’s Grange Tower Bridge Hotel were some 360 architects, interior decorators, builders and representatives of the public and private sectors attended the event.
The prizes are awarded biannually by a jury of the London-based Stone Federation GB. The chosen best submissions are judged in 11 categories.
There were 15% more submissions this year than in the past, with 3 new categories to accommodate the increase: Repair & Restoration Interiors, Reconstruction and Cathedrals Fellowship.
Jane Buxey, Stone Federation Chief Executive, commented: „The number of projects featuring a mixture of traditional stonemasonry and CNC machinery is a good example of the intelligent approach taken by the sector to embracing innovation while maintaining the skills that form the bed-rock of this industry.“
Reading between the lines, one gains the distinct impression that the branch needs to put more effort into vocational training: „There are, unfortunately, still projects where correct stone selection and basic design principles have not been followed resulting in potentially impressive projects missing the mark“, according to Jane Buxey in the introduction to the Award Winners’ brochure.
The awards were sponsored by BRE, Gallagher, Hardscape, Sandberg, SBID, and Schluter-Systems as well as from the public sector, Historic England, Stone Specialist Magazine and the Worshipful Company of Masons.
In the months to come, we will be presenting some of the award winners in more detail.
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