NE experts one of UK’s top listed buildings’ businesses

A County Durham company is making a name for itself as a one of the UK’s top experts in listed buildings.

Stone Technical Services (STS) has recently won a number of new contracts thanks to the team’s skills and accreditations within the heritage and listed building sectors.

STS has completed a new project for St Paul’s Cathedral, where the company is already the approved contractor for lightning protection. The new work focussed on the Chapter House, the main office for the cathedral, and included the installation of a new lightning protection system on the building originally designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th Century.

In the North East, STS has recently finished restoring the decorative cupolas on Darlington Library, a Grade II-listed building on Crown Street, and in North Yorkshire STS’s conservation experts are carrying out surveys and masonry repairs at Ripon Cathedral.

In Carlton, near Stockton-on-Tees, STS’s maintenance division completed a specialist clean of the war memorial at the Methodist Church in time for Remembrance Day.

STS is a leader in the specialist field of historic, high level and specialist maintenance as well as lightning protection and industrial steeplejack services. Experts at the company are trained to the highest levels with a variety of accreditations in the heritage sectors, including being members of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme and the Stone Federation of Great Britain.

The company works extensively around the UK for English Heritage and the National Trust as well as on buildings including the Royal Courts of Justice, Ripon Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.

MD of STS, Dave Stone, said:

“Working on a listed building demands an exceptionally high level of skill and expertise. It always requires very specialist work, often by hand, and there can be many pitfalls if the job isn’t done correctly. We’re working on some incredibly historic buildings and we always get to know the full history beforehand and work empathetically to ensure no disruption to the aesthetic.”