Employees at a leading North East building restoration, repair and maintenance business are working towards a number of new industry accreditations.
As well as undertaking a host of in-house, industry-standard courses in manual-handling and heritage skills, several members of staff at Stone Technical Services Group’s (STS) conservation and restoration division have completed National Heritage Ironwork Group (NHIG) accreditation training to help them understand the latest developments in iron and other building materials.
The accreditation is endorsed by top industry bodies, including the Institute of Conservation (ICon), which praises it for its best practice relating to historic decorative forged ironwork and conservation principles.
In addition, a number of STS’s steeplejacks have recently completed height access qualifications through the CITB, while one of the company’s masons, Darron Deighton, is working towards his NVQ in heritage skills training.
The Darlington-based STS also recently gained ISO14001 Environmental Management accreditation, helping it reduce waste and costs using appropriate environmental measures.
STS provides an expert service in high level, historic and general maintenance and is one of the UK’s most accredited contractors in its field, counting the likes of St Paul’s Cathedral, the Royal Courts of Justice and Lumley Castle among its client base.
In April, the firm announced its most successful first quarter so far within its 15 year history, achieving £1m in new contracts during the first three months of the 2014.
The business, which currently employs 35 people, now intends to grow turnover by around 50% over the next 12 months while creating six new jobs.
STS managing director Dave Stone, said: “It’s vital that people in our sector keep ahead of the game- industry standards are constantly being updated and it’s so important that organisations always look for approved and accredited contractors.
“Here at STS the continual development of professional standards is a top priority, not just because it is a legality, but also for the standards of quality that we deliver to our clients.”