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Specialist Contractors for Heritage Restoration Projects, in Leadworks, Metal Roofing, Structural Carpentry, Masonry, Slating & Tiling


The C.E.L Group (1989) Limited are specialists in the Conservation & Restoration of some of the nations most cherished historic buildings

Operating Nationwide, our highly experienced in-house team of experienced time served specialist Heritage craftsmen bring a vast portfolio of previous projects within the Restoration sector, meaning we are perfectly positioned to meet any challenge that some of these fantastic structures can often throw at us.

Case Studies

Salvation Army

Bury St Edmunds

St Leonards Church


Peterborough Town Hall


Church of St Mary


Wellesley Tennis Pavilion

Great Yarmouth

Church of St James


Soham Cemetery Chapel


The Buttercross


Princess Theatre


St Michael's Church, Stowe Nine Churches

Church Stowe

Church of St Andrew

Much Hadham

Church of St Andrew


Church of St Botolph


Norwich Castle

Norwich Castle

Church of St John


Church of St Andrew


Church of St Deny

Kirkby La Thorpe

Church of St James

Great Horwood

St Cuthberts & First Martyrs of Rome


Church of St Mary the Virgin


St Mary's Church


All Saint's Church


St Mary's Church


Brancepeth Castle


St Peter & St Paul's Church


All Saints' Church


St Peter's Church


Church of St Peter & St Paul

East Drayton

Church of St John the Baptist

East Markham

St Mary's Church


St Mary's Church


Northampton Guildhall


Church of All Saints

Hough on the Hill

Leeds Minster


St Leonard's Church

Little Downham

Church of St Mary and St Giles

Stony Stratford

St Peter's Church


Church of All Saints


Corporate Responsibilities

Our core vision keeps us strong, efficient and effective.

Our core values are an integral part of our decision making processes and our approach to risk management. They are reflected in the business practices we pursue and are responsible for the effective working relationships we establish.

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• Health & Safety
• Environment
• Clients


8th December 2021

Church of England fail to cease 20% VAT levy

Governments plan to introduce 20% VAT Levy for all Historic alterations is to go ahead.


CEL roofers are a company we would highly recommend. They are professional, well organised, efficient and easy to deal with.

St Mary’s Church, Gressenhall

Very pleased with the outcome,”it looks lovely”

Fr Ross

It has been almost two decades since condition reports on All Saints highlighted the need to carry out repairs to the historic dome at the centre of the church building. Among the challenges, given its inaccessibility, was that we didn’t fully comprehend the scale of the works required until scaffold was erected, from floor to ceiling, and we could get up close to the fabric. It was with no small amount of trepidation that we embarked on a scheme of works that, potentially, could hit the roof, so to speak!

Nevertheless, we have been immensely fortunate. When we engaged C.E.L Group (1989) Ltd they came with a respected name and a track record of high-quality work. What they have accomplished here can only enhance their reputation. The challenge of working and conserving a Grade 1 listed building, while a busy and active worshipping community continued around them, was effortlessly executed. Their versatility in working with our architect to adapt the scheme of works as new surveys became possible and as redecoration took place, has made a highly significant impact on the result. Moreover, we thoroughly enjoyed working with Phil, Paul and their highly professional team of builders and conservators. We were rather sorry when the project wrapped and the time came to wave them good-bye.

We are as delighted with the finished works as we are with the journey toward completing them. We very much hope to engage them again as we continue to care for one of Northampton’s most iconic buildings.

Father Oliver Coss, All Saints Church, Northampton

We were so pleased that CEL group 1989 ltd worked with us to repair our Church roof. From the start they were professional, reliable, and hard working. Their tender for the work was very competitive and the quality of the finished work is excellent with great attention to detail.
There were a couple of unexpected challenges thrown up by the state of the roof, but the team worked tirelessly to ensure that we were able to hold our Easter Services in the church building and a wedding in the week after Easter. Thank you from us to all the team at CEL group 1989 ltd.

Simon Kirby – Oxfordshire Vicar

CEL Group (1989) ltd are a company we would highly recommend. They are professional, well organised, efficient, and easy to deal with.

PCC, Church of St Mary Gressenhall

CEL Group (1989) Ltd did a great job of installing a new zinc roof & in particular helping us manage our way through the variations that arose in the early stages of the work. The works were completed on time and the Church was cleaned ready for us to use once again.

PCC Church of St James, Great Horwood

As the project lead/designer for the council on this project, I had to commend C.E.L Group (1989) Ltd on their professional approach throughout this extremely delicate and difficult refurbishment of a very dilapidated building. The quality of the workmanship and materials used could not be faulted.

M P Clark, Great Yarmouth Borough Council

Truly wonderful and thank you Phil and the team at CEL Group (1989) Ltd, it looks fantastic

Sir Peter Ellwood

From the first point of contact, CEL staff were very professional, helpful and knowledgeable about the restoration of the South Chapel in Soham Cemetery. The workmanship was of a very high standard and quality, and we found all the staff very helpful in answering our questions as they arose during the restoration. CEL kept us informed of progress at all times and also allowed us to visit the site and physically check on the progress of the project whenever we wanted to.
We would highly recommend CEL and use them again for any other restoration work projects that may arise.

Marilyn Strand, Soham Town Council