‘We like to give people a chance, to give them a go’: Stanhope’s Paul Lewis and Tony Wall talk to Building


Stanhope’s Paul Lewis and Tony Wall are preparing for the next phase in the firm’s three-decade history

“I looked the surgeon in the eye and said to him: ‘I’d better be one of the 1 to 5 per cent, then.” Stanhope director Paul Lewis is talking about the moment he was given his odds of surviving cancer by a surgeon nearly six years ago.

Diagnosed a few months after completing a bike ride from London to Paris with his son Miles to raise money for the 353 charity he and his brother Tony had set up in memory of his 22-year-old nephew, Conrad, who was the 353rd British soldier to lose his life in Afghanistan when he was killed in February 2011, Lewis had gone along to Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge to find out what his chances of survival were.

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