Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Attractions Will Benefit from Stone

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Attractions Will Benefit from Stone

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Byline: Christopher Knox

ASPECIALIST North East construction company has secured contracts that will ensure that two of the region's most popular tourist attractions are preserved for future generations.

Darlington-based Stone Technical Services, which specialises in repair, maintenance and restoration, has been appointed by Newcastle City Council to carry out a range of repairs at the Laing Art Gallery.

The work on the 109-year-old city centre gallery includes a full site roof survey and structural repairs due to water-logging, the provision of new doors to provide access for large exhibits and protective netting for loose masonry, which is also being restored.

The firm has also been carrying out a maintenance survey for the National Trust at Lindisfarne Castle, which will be followed by a programme of maintenance work on the external walls of the building.

Stone, which has carried out work for Laing Art Gallery and on Lindisfarne in the past, employs 26 staff and has offices in Darlington, Middlesex and London.

With the help of the new work, the firm now plans to grow its workforce as well as open a new regional office next year. The family-run business specialises in all aspects of high level maintenance, lightning conductor installation and steeplejack services, as well as restoration and masonry refurbishment projects on churches, museums, clock towers, castles, spires and historic buildings. …

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