The Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) invited Ian, director of materials consultancy at RSK and one of the UK’s foremost construction materials experts, to provide this briefing after Ian championed and wrote the editorial for a special issue of ICE’s ‘Construction Materials’ journal in 2012.
In the article, Ian addresses the properties of natural stone and outlines why this traditional construction material is, for certain projects, still a popular choice. He moves on to speak about how the material can be overlooked as an option for modern structures, and says efforts must be made to ensure it meets the architectural, engineering and environmental requirements of more contemporary designs. Ian concludes that if stone is considered for its properties and performance as well as its aesthetic qualities, and candidate stone materials are assessed against European standard specifications, an enduring future will be ensured for the world’s oldest construction material.
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