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Lightning strikes more than twice for Darlington high fliers - September 2016

Stephen Joyce, head of STS Lightning Protection and STS staff working at the Black Prince in Leeds

Stone Technical Services' Lightning Protection division (STS Lightning Protection) has enjoyed a busy summer thanks to completing over half a million pounds’ worth of work across the North of England.

In addition, STS Lightning Protection now has a new manager as Stephen Joyce has recently been promoted to the role. Stephen, who has over 20 years’ experience in the sector and was previously a senior supervisor at STS, takes over from Julian Pinkney who has taken on another managerial role with STS Restoration.

Over the summer, STS Lightning Protection has completed a variety of projects for the University of York, Mitchells and Butlers in Leeds and MTE in Darlington.

At the University of York, STS Lightning Protection has installed a state-of-the-art lightning protection system to three grade 1-listed buildings on the campus, while in Leeds the company has carried out a variety of lightning protection, cleaning and maintenance repairs at the Black Prince Pub for Mitchells and Butlers.

In Darlington, STS Lightning Protection continues to work with offshore protection firm MTE installing a range hi-tech lightning protection systems to their modular systems.

The recent completions follow a successful first half of the year for STS who have secured new and ongoing contracts with the likes of St Paul’s Cathedral, INEOS Seal Sands, the Royal Courts of Justice and a number of council’s around the UK.

Dave Stone said:

"Stephen is vastly experienced in the lightning protection sector and appointing him to lead STS Lightning Protection was a natural progression into management for him as he continues to thrive. We place a lot of importance on retaining good staff and training and promoting in-house. Already Stephen is proving a real asset to the division."

Stephen Joyce said:

"Our skills and techniques are currently in high demand as we continue to offer exceptional yet very discreet lightning protection systems which are vital for protecting structures, those that work within them and members of the public too. Whether it is ancient and listed buildings or super hi-tech structures, our experts are hard at work all over the UK on a range of fascinating projects."

STS employs a team of 40 and is ahead of its growth plans for 2016 thanks to a successful first half of the year.

STS is now made up of five divisions – STS RopeSpec, STS Lightning Protection, STS Restoration, STS Maintenance and Facilities Management and STS Conservation.

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

STS are experts in the field of historic restoration and maintenance projects and work with various churches, councils and schools around the UK as well as the likes of English Heritage and the National Trust and on buildings such as St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Hall and the Royal Courts of Justice.