“For over 80 years, we have been passionately perfecting our craft.”
USL was first established over 80 years ago and a lot has happened since then. Our longevity is something we’re proud of.
We’ve been building and restoring in the UK since 1939. We have worked on castles, churches, listed buildings, schools, prominent estates, cultural venues, museums and corporate buildings…preserving heritage and building new environments for the next generation to enjoy.
USL started life in the late 1930s, after it was acquired by Kilby & Gayford; a high-end restoration and building company with an elaborate history dating back to the 1860’s. After WW2, the company specialised in the repair and refurbishment of historic buildings and made advances within the stone masonry sector through on-going war damage re-construction projects in London.
The Company was later purchased by Diespeker Marble & Terrazzo Ltd. who continued the restoration operations up until the late 1980’s when it was acquired by the current owners, Michael Whelton and Ken Donaldson in 1988.
Ken and Michael both come with a wealth of expertise in the stone and construction sectors (both formerly working for well-known stone companies in London) Michael and Ken are still very active in the day-to-day running of Universal Stone, leading their teams and overseeing prominent projects. Together they have amassed a collective expertise that few can match including; highly skilled craftspeople, artisans, engineers and professional construction professionals with widely divergent backgrounds and expertise.
With combined knowledge of traditional building methods and modern construction management techniques; USL’s service portfolio has grown extensively to embrace an even wider range of specialist building capabilities; joinery, special decorative crafts, new builds, interiors, fitout, roofing and much more.
The company’s reach is nationwide, and our people uphold its founder’s vision to provide exceptional services to clients, build partnerships in the community, and deliver important resources such as schools, government buildings, churches, and cultural centers.
Over eighty years after its inception, USL looks toward a future bright with possibility.