Stone Federation is back at the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival August 19-22

Stone Federation Great Britain is back at the 7th annual Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival 19-22 August as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sponsored by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and organised by the Scottish Traditional Building Forum, this year’s event focuses on the need to repair and maintain traditional buildings. 

The programme has developed over the years but core practical trade demonstrations continue with the National Federation of Roofing Contractors and Stone Federation GB both being there from the start.

Other practical demonstrations have been brought into the programme and this year include painting & decorating, sash & casement window demonstrations, lime slaking, plastering & external render, and various talks (you can get the full list and book places here).

The Edinburgh Traditional Building Forum relies on volunteers to organise and deliver its programme in venues provided by Edinburgh World Heritage Trust and Architecture & Design Scotland.

This year’s event comes under Construction Scotland’s Inspiring Construction programme that aims to raise the profile of career oportunities in the construction industry and emphasise skills such as stonemasonry needed by the construction industry in Scotland.

Ian Hughes, CITB strategic partnerships director for Scotland, told Scottish Construction Now: “Edinburgh’s rich built heritage has long inspired people at home and abroad. The historic buildings along the Royal Mile are, for example, a wonderful testament to the quality of Scottish construction work. CITB is delighted to sponsor the Edinburgh Traditional Building Festival. It's an opportunity for people of all ages to appreciate the marvellous work of previous generations and to discover, via employers, trade bodies and a range of insightful seminars, the diverse career opportunities in construction today. Come along and be inspired.”