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.

The primary agenda of this Committee is to seek to ensure the viability of a healthy indigenous industry and to actively encourage the opening of dimensional stone quarries. Training, in all its aspects, is recognised as being the key issue as are lobbying, planning policies, and establishing links with international organisations. The Team is actively reviewing the current skills base and developing the question of “conservation training” at craft level. (See our “Training” pages)

The Team has been actively involved in the pursuit of the necessary conservation SVQ qualifications in stone masonry, bricklaying, plastering, wood carpentry and painting and decorating and is lobbying to make such qualifications a prerequisite for those involved in any conservation grant aided works. Dr E Murray Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport made it known at the opening of the Workshops at the Scottish Lime Centre in Fife that professional qualifications would be required within two years and anticipated a similar requirement being applied to the trades after a period of time.

Currently the Team is considering the possibility of short late afternoon / early evening seminars, and depending upon their success these could also be rolled out around the country. However the SSLG has to ensure that courses it runs do cover the costs and therefore the initial pilots will test the market.