Mission Statement

The aim of the Scottish Stone Liaison Group is to enhance availability, promote utilisation and advance knowledge and skills in design, specification and use of indigenous Scottish stone in existing and new build projects.


Natural Stone Institute

Issue No. 7 Spring 2004

The Natural Stone Institute exhibits at the Natural Stone Show 2004 & appoints its first President

he NSI was one of the record number of exhibitors at the sixth Natural Stone Show held in London’s ExCel exhibition centre between 9th–11th March 2004. Exhibitors came from the stone and processing sides of the industry and included contractors and consultants. Attendance was an ABC-audited 5,452.

The NSI stand formed part of a special area focusing on building conservation, presented in conjunction with English Heritage and other partner organisations from the conservation section. Alongside the NSI were organisations such as the Men of The Stones, the Institute of Historic Building Conservation, the National Heritage Training Group, and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

Advice from conservation specialists was available in this area, which will also featured working demonstrations of craft skills throughout the show.

This year a major conference was held in conjunction with the exhibition. The lecture programme was split into separate sessions for new build and conservation. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) led sessions on the use of stone in new build, while English Heritage led a number of sessions on conservation.

NSI appoints its first President

The NSI chose the Natural Stone Show as the venue to announce the appointment of its first President, Sir William McAlpine. The announcement was made at a reception, where Sir William had the opportunity to meet members of the Institute and guests from all aspects of the stone industry.

Sir William, a Director of Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons, one of the largest construction companies in the UK, accepted the position of President saying:

‘I fully endorse the aims and objectives of the Natural Stone Institute and am delighted to have this opportunity to make a constructive contribution to its further development. This generation has a responsibility to ensure that our country’s built heritage, not just listed buildings, is maintained in the most appropriate manner – that is what the Institute is seeking to achieve and I am looking forward to doing what I can in this respect.’

Mr Andrew McMillan, Convener of the NSI, welcomed Sir William saying:

‘The Natural Stone Institute is working to provide a ‘one door’ approach for those seeking knowledge and information on all aspects of stone and its use in the built heritage and in future construction. As we develop our capability to promote education and research initiatives in stone, we are delighted to have a person of the calibre of Sir William to champion the activities of the Institute.’