London landmarks repaired by Darlington experts

Paul Tinkler from STS working on the roof of Westminster Central Hall with Westminster Abbey in the background.

Paul Tinkler from STS working on the roof of Westminster Central Hall with Westminster Abbey in the background.

First published in Business News

A NORTH-EAST steeplejack has won contracts worth £250,000 to work on some of London's historic buildings.

Darlington-based Stone Technical Services Group (STS) has carry out vital repair work at the Royal Courts of Justice, Lambeth Palace and Westminster Central Hall.

In the last five years, STS has completed several contracts at the Royal Courts of Justice on The Strand including surveys of the masonry fascias and facades, making safe works of decorative features that had deteriorated over the years due to weather and pollution damage and general high level maintenance work.

However, this is the largest project to date for STS at the Royal Courts of Justice- worth in the region of £100,000 - and will see the company carry out full external condition surveys and a conservation report on the building, which dates back to 1882, to determine any future works to preserve the building’s heritage.

The Royal Courts of Justice were opened by Queen Victoria and the site occupies around 7.5 acres with the building being around 74 meters tall.

At Lambeth Palace, STS is completing repairs to the lead roof areas to combat water ingress. The building, home to the Archbishop of Canterbury, dates back to the 13th Century and STS is returning to the building following a variety of successful conservation and preservation projects on the famous building.

And at Westminster Central Hall, where STS has previously carried out roof surveys, the restoration team completed roof and dome repairs to prevent water ingress and damage as well as intricate lead repairs and a new gutter system.

Dave Stone, the firm's founder and managing director, said: ”These are incredibly prestigious contracts for us to have secured and is thanks to not only the other projects that we have completed in the past, but also thanks to our reputation as one of the highest accredited high level restoration and repair companies in the UK. Like so many of our projects, this demands an incredible amount of experience and skill as the structures are iconic, open to the public in busy central London locations and must be preserved to the highest standards.”

In April, STS announced its most successful first quarter of its 15 year history after achieving £1m in new contracts during the first three months of the 2014, which will help the business grow its turnover by around 50 per cent over the next 12 months.

These latest figures mean that STS is now well ahead of financial projections for 2014 and has already achieved half of last year’s £2m turnover.

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