A STONE masonry and conservation specialist, which has carried out work on some of East Lancashire’s most historic buildings, is expanding its operations following a substantial increase in contract wins.

Nelson-based Stone Edge, which was formed in 2007, specialises in repairing the masonry of historic buildings, structures, and monuments, ranging from listed buildings to World Heritage sites.

Its highly-skilled team have carried out masonry and conservation work at 13th Century Whalley Abbey, Gawthorpe Hall, Padiham, and the Albert Road war memorial, in Colne.

Other major restoration projects include churches, bridges, prisons, civic halls, and sculptures, for commercial and private clients across the UK.

Now the firm has announced a new base in London, and recruited two new senior directors to head it up.

Kevin Marret has worked in engineering and stone masonry for more than 30 years, managing high-profile contracts, including HM Treasury, the Old War Office, St Pancras Station, and Farringdon Station. Robert Butler brings 15 years’ experience, having managed prominent restoration contracts, such as the Palace of Westminster, Unilever House, and Broadcasting House.

Contracts director Richard Denneny, said: “The opening of the new office in South London, is a reflection of strong and sustainable growth. The London base allows us to meet our clients’ needs much more effectively, both in the capital, and nationally.”

Stone Edge employs 45 people. It has seen its headcount rise by 50per cent since 2009, while sales have grown by 80per cent in the same period. The firm was advised on its London expansion by the corporate and commercial team at Blackburn-based Garricks Solicitors, headed by partner Andy Herricks.