Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 15.07.12County Durham-based Stone Technical Services (STS) has announced its most successful start to the year since it established 18 years ago.

The restoration, maintenance and high level repair experts have secured almost £1 million of new work which will take them ahead of their projected growth plans, helping to create a number of new jobs.

STS is made up of four divisions – STS Lightning Protection, STS Restoration, STS Maintenance and Facilities Management and STS Conservation- and is now on course to increase turnover to £3.5 million in 2016.

The new work includes projects across the North East, in London and in Scotland at a variety of high profile buildings and structures.

In Scotland, STS Maintenance and Facilities Management has secured a major project to assist with repairs on the ForthRoad Bridge. STS is providing the lifeline and safety systems as well as internal and external repair ladders and a water-based safety boat to allow for the maintenance work at the 2.5km long bridge which spans the Firth of Forth, connecting Fife and the North of Scotland with capital city Edinburgh and the South.

In London, STS Lightning Protection is carrying out a full system installation at the new Peter May stand at The Oval cricket ground, while STS Maintenance and Facilities Management has been working at QPR’s football stadium at Loftus Road installing lifeline systems to allow for the safe repair of floodlights on all of the stands.

Also in London, STS Restoration is carrying our specialist lead work repairs at the Royal Courts of Justice on The Strand and historic surveys to check for any required repairs at Westminster Central Hall.

In the North of England, STS Lightning Protection is installing new systems to Grade II listed heritage buildings at theUniversity of York.

Managing director of STS, Dave Stone, said: “We’ve certainly had a good start to 2016 which is a great boost at a time of year that can see a slump in work due to weather and budget restraints.

“The projects we’ve secured use all of our divisions and our fantastic mix of skills- from the very technical to the heritage- allows us to work on a vast range of structures. All of our divisions are thriving which is contributing to a real growth for STS and this in turn is creating new jobs for people at our Darlington HQ.”

STS currently has a team of 40 and hopes to create around 10 new jobs before the summer.

Darlington brothers, Dave and Grahame Stone, established Stone Technical Services in 1998 and now have offices inEdinburgh city centre, near Stockport in Cheshire and in central London as well as their HQ on Kellaw Road in Darlington