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Home is where the work is for NE experts - February 2017

STS carrying out their works at Grainger Market, Newcastle Civic Centre and Sunderland Minster

Stone Technical Services' (STS) has been working on a number of well-known buildings around the North East thanks to securing new contracts in its heartland region.

STS's various divisions have been carrying out a range of heritage and maintenance projects for Newcastle City Council, Sunderland Minster and the Life Transitional Church in Newcastle.

STS Maintenance and Facilities Management has installed safety netting for Newcastle City Council at Grainger Street Market, a site the company has a longstanding relationship with having first worked there in the nineties, and also at Newcastle Civic Hall where the company is carrying out winter maintenance repairs and checks. And at the city’s Civic Centre, STS is carrying out external safety inspections and repairs.

In Sunderland, STS restoration has been carrying out a variety of surveys to assess maintenance requirements at Sunderland Minster, whilst at the Life Transitional Church in Newcastle, STS Restoration is carrying out a major project to fully-restore internal and external masonry at the community church, including aspects such as graffiti-removal, stained glass window repairs, replacing the nave and vestry and various electrical and plumping works.

Dave Stone said:

"Last year we invested a lot financially and time-wise in securing new projects to help with our growth. We place a lot of importance of being leaders in our field especially in our heartland region of the North East, the area where we’re creating jobs and opportunities.

"Many of these projects are of incredible significance to the local community and leave a lasting legacy so we’re really proud to be able to assist.

"We're working on such a vast range of projects and sites that we are able to help the younger members of our team develop their skills but also create more jobs for local people wanting to enter this fascinating sector that can provide a lifelong career."

STS recently announced its most successful year to date by revealing a 20% year-on-year growth. The company, which is made up of five divisions – STS RopeSpec, STS Lightning Protection, STS Restoration, STS Maintenance and Facilities Management and STS Conservation- has seen its turnover increase from around £2 million to over £3 million in the last 12 months and staff numbers are now approaching 50.

Over the last few months, STS has secured new projects with the likes of the Highland Council in Scotland, Newcastle City Council, York Museums Trust, MITIE, the Forth Road Bridge, Texaco, Mitchells and Butlers, Yorkshire Water and Westminster Central Hall.

Darlington brothers, Dave and Grahame Stone, established Stone Technical Services in 1998 and now have offices in Edinburgh city centre, near Stockport in Cheshire and in central London as well as their HQ on Kellaw Road in Darlington.