From The Town of Bedrock

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Stone and timber are not unusual materials to find on a construction site by any measure, in fact people respond well to them as natural and innocuous materials that can be seen in buildings of all ages. As we move towards a low carbon future we are exploring ways to combine these materials to create a new composite that leverages the benefits of both.

Brought together by our desire to build a sustainable future, our guest speakers will welcome an open conversation about the long-term benefits of combining timber and stone and what this means for the construction industry on a larger scale, and question how we as architects, engineers and academics can work with and not against our environment.


Hattie Hartman

Hattie is an architect, author and critic, and has been the AJ’s sustainability editor since 2008.


Liam Bryant, associate at Webb Yates Engineers

Liam Bryant is an Associate at Webb Yates Engineers. Since joining the practice Liam has been involved in a number of Webb Yates Engineers stone design projects, including staircases and post-tensioned stone beams.

Cecile David, associate at Takero Shimazaki Architects

Dr Wendel Sebastian, Reader in Structural Engineering at UCL

Wendel Sebastian is a Reader in Structural Engineering at University College London. He conducts large-scale testing and numerical analysis to underpin economic, safe introduction of low-carbon structures into construction practice. He is a consultant to UK industry, National Highways and the World Bank.

Pierre Bidaud, Creative Director at The Stonemasonry Company

Pierre Bidaud has been a stonemason for 30 years. For 10 years he has worked at The Stonemasonry Company with a growing team of stone enthusiasts, designing and developing stone staircases and structures using techniques such as post tensioning, and discreet steel reinforcement, to create works that appear to defy gravity whilst still being loadbearing.

Join us to explore these ideas, and to see timber stone composites in action, in an event the Flintstones would have approved of!

When and where?

Thursday 16 June at 6:30 - 9:00PM at Webb Yates Engineers, 48-50 Scrutton Street, London, EC2A 4HH

Book your tickets here

Our event is part of the The London Festival of Architecture - a month long celebration of architecture and city-making, taking place every June across London.