A Darlington-based restoration company has expanded to offer specialist rope access on future projects.

Stone Technical Services (STS) are experts in historical restoration and have worked on buildings including St Paul's Cathedral, Westminster Hall and the Royal Courts of Justice.

The firm has now launched another division - STS RopeSpec Limited - offering specialist rope access services to inspect, repair and maintain guy wires to flare stacks, vessels, bridges and other structures.

World renowned rope access expert Ron Lewins, who has worked in the sector for over 40 years on projects for the Ministry of Defence, BP, Esso, INEOS Nitriles, will be joining the company as a consultant.

STS employs a team of 40 and has secured over £1.5 million of new work in the first six months of 2016, taking the company ahead of their projected growth plans and helping to create around 10 new jobs.

Dave Tone, Managing Director of STS, said:

Preserving traditional skills and passing these onto the next generation of operatives is vital but not many companies are doing it. It’s something we are continually committed to.

Dave tone

Darlington brothers, Dave and Grahame Stone, established Stone Technical Services in 1998 and now have offices in Edinburgh, Stockport, London and Darlington.