PAYE Stonework and Restoration is one of the country’s largest and longest established companies in the heritage sector, specialising in historic façades, monuments and other important structures. Our extensive management resources, specialist operatives and suppliers enable us to provide a comprehensive level of service to a wide and diverse range of clients in the commercial, private, local authority and ecclesiastical sectors.
Those of us who have been lucky enough to have employed PAYE as contractors have conceived a great admiration for them as a family firm with a great tradition of love for their craft. Their knowledge of stone, of how to work it and of the history of stone masonry in this country, informs their approach to their business and the infectious enthusiasm for what they do makes them a pleasure to work with.
Let us hope that they and the craftsmen they employ will be about for many decades to come.
Our expertise is available for architects, project managers, surveyors and engineers to assist in the identification of causes of failure and the development of repair strategies. We will provide technical and cost advice to match the preferred repair strategy. This ensures that clients are fully appraised of the causes and the extent of failure, and the most appropriate remedial work.
Important investments must be protected. Pollution, poor maintenance and inadequate detailing damage historic facades. Serious costs can be incurred if historic buildings are not adequately maintained. Each project must be individually assessed, and craftspeople selected for their specific skills and expertise. All the projects we undertake involve English Heritage and local conservation officers. We are therefore both aware and sensitive to their detailed requirements and our craftspeople trained to repair stonework, brickwork, terracotta, faience and stucco rendering to the standards expected by these authorities.
The adaption of an historic building from one use to another often requires traditional craft skills to extend facades, adapt openings, or carefully dismantle stone and reinstate. The accurate replication of detail and selection of appropriate materials is essential for the successful conversion of a building. At PAYE, we understand the importance of such detail, enabling new work to blend imperceptibly with the original.
There are many ways to clean a facade, and the method employed will depend upon many factors. The current generation of skilled operatives understands that for most of the last century mistakes were made. This awareness now allows historic facades to be cleaning in a manner sensitive to such considerations. Our skilled operatives have expert working knowledge of a range of modern and traditional techniques and systems including JOS/TORC, DOFF, Therma Tech, masons water clean and natural and chemical based poultices for soiling and paint removal.
We take great care in selecting the most appropriate cleaning method. History has shown that the wrong application can have disastrous effects. We therefore undertake test samples before any work commences. One of our innovations has been to develop a neutral pH poultice which is effective in removing the characteristic organic residue stain that can occur on Portland stone after saturation.
PAYE’s in-house team of engineers, stone detailers and fixing design specialists are able to support and guide you through the complex process of stone selection and masonry design whether it is monolithic masonry or contemporary stone cladding. With a focus primarily on complex masonry structures, our expertise and craftsmanship has been recognised nationally through award winning projects such as 16 Old Bailey, BBC Broadcasting House and the Iraq Afghanistan Memorial.