ABF Stone is led by Darren Anderson, a Chartered Geologist with over 25 years of experience working with natural stone in the construction industry.


Prior to setting up ABF Stone Consultancy Darren was one of the founding Directors of FMDC Limited and served as a stone consultant from 2013 to 2022. Prior to this, he worked for several major engineering consultancies with the most recent being Arup between 2000 and 2012.

Darren is on the British Standards committee for Natural Stone, being part of the team responsible for the BS8298 publications of 2020 and 2023.


Darren has worked on a wide range of projects in the UK, Europe and the Far East that have included both new build structures and existing / historic buildings and monuments. Darren is a recognised specialist in the UK, balancing technical and commercial knowledge, which enables him to provide clients with sound advice and direction in stone selection, procurement and installation on both new build, restoration and refurbishment projects.

Darren has a passion for helping to grow the industry’s knowledge and an understanding of how stone can be used to create greener buildings through lower embodied carbon.


Darren’s experience covers specification writing, reviewing stone design details, interpreting technical data, providing design advice, inspecting site installations and visiting quarries, suppliers and fabrication works. He has also undertaken condition surveys of stone facades, been involved in failure investigations and has provided expert opinions.

Darren enjoys sharing knowledge, listening to and learning from others and working with teams to deliver projects.