APS Masonry Ltd has a history spanning over 200 years and is synonymous with fine stonemasonry. Originally forming part of the Symm Group, which also included building, joinery, and plumbing and heating, in 2016 it looked like the masonry side of the business was likely to close. Cotswold Natural Stone Ltd thought it would be a great asset to work alongside their quarried stone business so decided to put in a bid to purchase the business. They were successful.
“At Cotswold Natural Stone we have our own masonry manufacturing works but without the specialised equipment they have at here (at APS). We thought that adding this equipment and the knowledge of the guys to what we already had would make the business even more successful. It would enable us to provide a service at a higher level.”
Luke Conlon, Director, Cotswold Natural Stone.
Brothers, Paul and Luke Conlon, who run Cotswold Natural Stone, were keen to retain the skills at Axtell Perry Symm (APS Masonry) and formed a new company, APS Masonry Ltd, which continues to operate from the same premises in Osney Mead. They bought the machinery, stock and order book, so production for on-going projects continued seamlessly, including the building of large house in the Cotswolds and a new music school in Oxford. Along with several smaller jobs which involved heritage work that had always been an important part of the APS Masonry mix, for example the dreaming spires of the Oxford colleges.
Since then the business has gone from strength to strength and there is further investment planned in the future to improve the services. In 2020 a decision was made to move all masonry manufacturing at Cotswold Natural Stone to APS Masonry in Oxford.
We are keen to invest in the younger generation too through apprenticeships to keep this traditional, fine art going, and with our staff of 20 (plus sub-contractors) we can continue to deliver high-end projects across the South of England.
APS Masonry continues to design and manufacture high volume finished stone masonry for private and commercial clients. Combining hand skills with the latest machining technology, we are able to produce just about any interior and exterior architectural limestone masonry for the finest construction and heritage work. The full in-house service of stone procurement, design, manufacture, and delivery, including fixing where appropriate, provides a reliable and professional single point responsibility on prestigious projects for discerning clients in the UK and USA.