Darlington firm Stone Technical Services celebrates high-profile contracts

Castles, listed buildings and conference halls with royal links are some of the venues where Stone Construction Services has been working

Paul Tinkler from STS working on Westminster Central Hall
Paul Tinkler from STS working on Westminster Central Hall

A North East building restoration, repair and maintenance business has recently secured a number of high profile contracts with some well-known buildings and structures around the UK.

Darlington-based Stone Technical Services Group (STS) are experts in the fields of high-level, historic and general maintenance as well as steeplejacks and condition surveys.

The recent contracts wins are to carry out vital condition surveys on historic structures to help ascertain any immediate work required and also to plan for future works to ensure they remain preserved and in good condition.

In London, STS is again working at Westminster Central Hall – central London’s largest conference and events venue – to assess water systems following periods of poor weather in the winter months and also to monitor the condition of the sandcast lead. STS is working with well-known Oxford-based architects Franklin Ablett on the project at the building, which was the world’s first purpose-built meetings facility and was constructed on the site of the former Royal Aquarium in the early 1900s.

Over the years, the venue has welcomed major names such as Mahatma Gandhi, Sir Winston Churchill, the Dalai Lama, the Queen, Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

In County Durham, STS is again working at Lumley Castle. The company has a long-standing working relationship at the historic hotel and is now completing full condition surveys to provide drawings and schedules for future upkeep and maintenance.

Also in the North East, STS is carrying out surveys on the tower at Sir William Turner’s Almshouses in Kirkleatham which is an historic venue near Redcar used for concerts, while in Halifax STS is again working for Calderdale Council – following the completion of a number of successful projects in the region – on the Princess Buildings. STS is carrying out a full condition survey on the grade-II listed building which includes using rope access and spider lifts to assess difficult and awkward areas.

STS managing director Dave Stone said: “Condition surveys are vital not only to highlight any immediate structural issues, but to plan for the future and provide important safety documentation for conservation and restoration purposes.

“These new projects involve delicate work on some beautiful and historic structures that must be preserved for the future and these surveys really are the most efficient way to do this.”

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