The company works closely with architects, contractors and conservators on restoration, conservation, and new build, and believes the sensitive nature of much of the work demands an integrated approach. To this end the company provides clients with a comprehensive design and consultancy service which ensures that the contract proceeds smoothly and efficiently from initial survey through to installation.

The company has become one of the country’s leading specialists in stonework for restoration and new-build projects throughout the UK and overseas. Today, the company is a leader among the very few who are preserving the ancient skills of traditional stonemasonry, and providing full apprenticeship training.

History

Wells Cathedral Stonemasons was formed in 1984 by the Dean & Chapter of Wells after the completion of the restoration and conservation of the west front of Wells Cathedral. The company was seen as a means of maintaining this large body of skilled craftsmen, both for the continued maintenance of the cathedral and to provide high-quality work for other important buildings. In 2000, the last big restoration project for the cathedral, the great central Tower, came to a close and the company was purchased by the management team. The company today has developed from this base to provide a wide range of goods and services to the construction, restoration and conservation industries.

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Peter Arkell, MD
Manging Director

After gaining an Honours Degree in Zoology, Peter joined Gilbert & Turnbull in 1980. When he left ‘Gilberts’ 9 years later to form his own stonemasonry business, he was acting as general manager. In 1993 he joined WCS, becoming a Production Director in 1995, Joint MD in 2000, and finally becoming sole Managing Director in 2004.

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Ryan Brunt
Director

Ryan has worked for WCS man and boy. He completed his stonemasonry apprenticeship 1992, and represented the UK in the Skill Olympics in Thailand in 1993, winning the bronze medal. In 2000 Ryan was made director, responsible for production