A Unique Business
The market leading stonework and restoration contractor in London and the South East.
Decades of experience in the market, both as Principal Contractor and Sub-Contractor, means we approach every type of project with a wealth of experience, a passion for our craft and a proven track record of delivering on time and on budget.
We are equally passionate and adept at the small and intricate as we are the challenging and complex.
Underpinned by decades of experience and under strong leadership, as a company we now operate as an Employee Ownership Trust.
Our key services include restoration and conservation, including façade adaptation, new build and bespoke projects using a range of materials, including stonework, brick, terracotta and stucco.
Our major projects team manages both large trade and multi trade principal contractor projects.
Collaboration is key to our success, across our internal teams, subcontractors, client and project teams.
Our team of skilled craftsman and astute industry experts have delivered a portfolio of projects that represent Paye and define our work.
Expert, committed and proud, it is our people who have not only helped Paye become the leader in the conservation and restoration sector, protecting some of the UK’s most treasured heritage, but also allowed us to deliver social value beyond our work.
…are exceptional, from directors and managers to stone masons, site operatives and sub contractor partners.
Collectively and individually we understand the important role we play in preserving our heritage and together the whole team facilitates exceptional quality and value for money, and consistently delivers schemes that surpass expectation. Our people, their experience and our transparent approach and passion have got us to where we are today and continues to underpin everything we do.
BSC (Hons) MRICS MCIOB
From a family of stonemasons, Adrian Paye is a Chartered Surveyor, a Chartered Construction Manager, and the founding director of Paye Stonework.
He often lectures for CPD audiences (RICS, RIBA and others), and acts as a sub-consultant to various structural engineering, surveying and architectural practices.
He is a skills assessor for the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and an ambassador for the Museum of London.
Adrian’s role at Paye involves acting as a mentor for the company’s next generation of conservation experts.
Paul Newsam graduated from Leeds University with a degree in Civil Engineering.
He gained specialist experience in a wide variety of structural repair methods before specialising in the repair of historic facades.
Paul joined Paye in 1993, was appointed a Director in 1995 and held the position of Managing Director until 2018.
Matt Kember joined Paye in 1994. He was made a Director in 2008 and Managing Director in 2018.
His experience includes the conservation and repair of many important historic buildings including the award-winning conservation of Hoares Bank, the Lutyens Reuters Building on Fleet Street, Ypres Tower, Bodiam Castle and Pugin’s former home The Grange in Ramsgate.
Matt works to ensure that the company’s reputation for providing well managed high-quality projects is maintained.
BSC (Hons) MCIOB CENV
Robert Greer joined the company in 1996 from a main contracting background.
He has over thirty years’ experience and was responsible for the company’s projects at the Royal Opera House, BBC Broadcasting House, Royal Albert Hall and The Tower of London.
Robert is also responsible for implementing the Environmental Policy and the training of skilled craftsmen. He was appointed as a Director in 2008
Dominic Peachey joined Paye in April 2005 after completing a degree in Construction Management at UMIST.
Promoted in 2018 as Contracts Director, he is responsible for the successful delivery of several live projects as well as the management of the delivery teams.
Dominic’s vast experience covers all fields of expertise, from new build, restoration, and conservation to facade retention schemes.
Andrew McNeill is a Chartered Surveyor and has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry looking after Commercial matters.
Andrew joined Paye in 2008 and was made a Director in 2013.
He currently manages our Commercial team.
BA (Hons) ACA
Martin Harvey qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1991 and has over 30 years’ experience in both practice and industry.
Martin joined Paye in 1997 and was appointed a Director in 2003.
Graham Staple started his career on the tools, after completing a diploma in building.
After 10 years practical experience, in masonry and restoration he joined Paye in 1993.
Graham currently manages and trains our current team of Estimators and was made Estimating Director in 2015.
We believe that CPD presentations are essential to the improvement and development of knowledge, understanding and skills for not only individuals but for the benefit of their employers and ultimately the industry sector.
We are committed to setting the highest standards through the expert knowledge of those we employ and those we work with.
We incorporate and share this constant evolution of thought and practical application to our CPD presentations for the enhancement of personal development.
Paye are absolutely committed to protecting the environment through the prevention of pollution, the use of ethical suppliers, responsibly sourcing stone, maintaining biodiversity and combatting man made climate change.
Sustainability is embedded in our DNA and culture, we are ISO 14001:2015 certified and are strong advocates for Prince of Wales’ “Terra Carta” initiative. We have an in-house, IEMA environmental team and work closely with stakeholders to develop the circular economy and support Buildings as Material Banks (BAMB).
In addition, we are proud to announce that we have achieved, independently verified by Carbon Footprint, carbon neutral status as a business.
As a company we are aware that in preserving the heritage of our nation we also bear responsibility for protecting its future.
We work hard to make sure our business has a positive impact on people, our society, and the environment.
It has never been more important for the commercial sector to give their support to charity, and we are proud to support a number of charities.
We also contribute to a number of projects where our expertise and unique skills are donated to help enable charitable and commercial organisations working for the benefit of their communities.
Specialist Storage and Training Facilities
At our fully manned and secure storage facilities we can offer internal and external storage for approximately 5,000 pallets of masonry and associated materials using bespoke stillages designed to allow masonry to be stacked safely.
Furthermore, we have a designated area of hard standing to enable dismantled buildings to be dry laid and for mock-ups to be created.
This dedicated storage area has the flexibility and space for offsite surveys to be conducted, as well as any cleaning or repairs to be undertaken.
Located in Gravesend, Kent less than 20 miles from central London it benefits from great transport links into London, the M25 and Europe via the M2 as well as easy access to the Eurotunnel and Dover ferry port.
The Storage and Training Centre contains support services to the sites including:
- Teaching facilities to enable employees and subcontractors to receive important health and safety training
- Banker workshop for cutting, cleaning and restoring salvaged masonry
- Environmentally controlled facilities for storing carpentry and joinery items
- General stores that enable materials and consumables to be delivered using the environmentally friendly fleet of delivery vehicles
Founded by Adrian Paye and Bert Goodwin the company now operates through an 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 conservation works for English Heritage at Dover Castle, Pevensey Castle, Orford Castle and Bishops Waltham Palace.
In addition works at Battersea Power Station, West Smithfield Market, Holborn Bars, Royal Ballet School and Leeds Castle.