Our Company – PAYE Stonework and Restoration
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Our Company

The history of PAYE

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.


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

On Conservation

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:

  • Wherever possible, a philosophy of minimal intervention is adhered to
  • Wherever possible, any intervention should be reversible
  • Wherever possible, like for like repairs will be carried out and any “foreign” materials introduced, kept to an absolute minimum.
  • Wherever possible, new repairs should not disturb the aesthetics of the architecture, but under scrutiny from a specialist be visible
  • Wherever possible, all replacements/repairs should only be carried out with the assistance of documentary evidence; no speculative works should be undertaken
  • When cleaning an object/building, care should be taken not to over clean – a developed natural patina should not be completely lost allowing the building/object to retain an air of historic integrity
  • Historic repairs (where not proving deleterious in causing damage to the building/object) may be retained
Our Company PAYE Stone Work and Restoration Stone Mason carving into Stone wall

On Experienced Craftspeople

We believe it is imperative that only craftspeople who are experienced with traditional materials should ever undertake a repair in a building (or on an object) of historical significance.

We always ensure that all works are extensively documented in both photographic and annotated forms; before, during and after any intervention (to provide a greater understanding of the building/objects chronology for the future). This can prove invaluable in developing and maintaining an associated archive.

Whilst the above provides a general guide, we believe that each individual project should be judged fully on its own merits. This is where our experience and ability to communicate lucidly with architects and clients or as part of the wider design team prove invaluable.

On Apprenticeships and Education

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.