Founded by Adrian Paye and Bert Goodwin the company has now moved to employee ownership through the Employee Ownership Trust, an initiative introduced by the Government in 2014.
With Adrian Paye as Chairman, the business is supported by the board, led by Paul Newsam as CEO and Matt Kember as Managing Director. The move provides stability for future generations while allowing for evolution and growth in addition to encouraging greater employee engagement and benefits.
Repairing and conserving both historic and modern listed buildings have become a very important and highly skilled area of work requiring a thorough understanding of both traditional construction and new technology. PAYE have developed extensive experience with specialist teams able to undertake the most complex and challenging projects with great confidence.
This knowledge and experience have combined to help PAYE build a rich history of securing many high-profile conservation and repair projects including restoring a post fire Windsor Castle, as well as numerous instructions at the Palace of Westminster, Hampton Court and the Tower of London. Work which contributed to PAYE being awarded the Royal Warrant in 2000.
More recent instructions include The Temple of Mithras in the City of London and on-going work at Battersea Power Station, Smithfield Market, Holborn Bars, Royal Ballet School, National Theatre and Pevensey Castle
We understand the complexities that exist within each specific project and whilst not a rigid set of rules to adhere to; commit to the application of the following general philosophy of approach specifically to conservation project work:
We recognise the importance of training and developing a skilled workforce for the future and believe that by investing in apprentices we will continue to be recognised as a company that provides work of the highest quality. We are actively involved in the development and promotion of traditional crafts to ensure that we continue to have a skilled workforce for the next generation.
Over the past five years we have trained forty cleaners, restorers, and stonemasons to achieve a minimum standard of NVQ level 2 through the OSAT NVQ Scheme. We also employ apprentices who study part time to NVQ level 3.
Investment in training also includes our management staff, helping them to achieve Post Graduate Diplomas in Conservation, MSc’s in Conservation and BSc’s in Construction Management.
On a national level, PAYE are members of the National Stone Industry Training Group, the National Heritage Training Group, the Stone Federation of Great Britain Facade and Surface Repair Committee and have developed a training strategy to enable all our skilled operatives to achieve the newly created NVQ level 3 Heritage Skill Card.