YORK conservation business Lanstone Conservation is experiencing a notable increase in business activity after winning a hat-trick of contracts.

The University of York has appointed the Clifton Park-based business to repair and restore its halls of residence in St Mary’s, Bootham.

The work, which is expected to finish at the end of the month, includes repairing existing cast and wrought iron railings, replacing deteriorated stonework plinth wall, re-pointing brickwork, re-setting concrete paving slabs, and redecorating the portico.

The company is also adding a roof and rapairing the historic fabric of The Dovecote at Cowling Hill Farm, on the Thornton Watlass Estate.

It will also restore St Nicholas’ Church, North Newbald, which has three well-preserved Norman arches and curved doorways. The works comprise extensive cleaning, consolidating, repointing and repairing the stonework throughout various sections of the church as well as making improvements to the drainage.