Sizergh Castle


1 week





The brief 

In November 2020, Orb Rope Access were appointed by an architect local to Cumbria to complete slate repairs, clean gutters and carry out a downpipe inspection at Sizergh Castle in Kendal. 

The building 

The medieval Sizergh Castle, originally known as Sizergh Hall, was built in the early 14th century and is now a National Trust property. The site, which is a Grade l listed building, only became known as a castle in the 19th century. The great hall of c 1450 is still in existence, and other alterations, including the addition of two wings to the west, were carried out during the 16th century.  

This is a heritage building that demands respect and care from any contractor that has been commissioned to work on it.  

The work 

Some of the areas that the Orb Rope Access team inspected were over 500 years old, so we drew on our vast experience of working on heritage buildings as we carried out the work. Extreme care was required when moving around the building to ensure that no damage was caused by the work itself. 

We rigged our ropes and moved carefully around the building to complete essential slate repairs, clean gutters and carry out a downpipe inspection.  

Benefits to the client 

The National Trust did not want unsightly scaffolding on site for two main reasons. Firstly, they knew that erecting scaffolding could potentially damage the structure, and secondly, they wanted to avoid spoiling the aesthetics of the building and disappointing, or putting off, visitors to the gardens.  

With the castle building being closed due to lockdown restrictions, it was essential that visitors were encouraged to come on site and enjoy the gardens. 

By using rope access to carry out the repairs, we were able to go about our work without disturbing the general public, most of which wouldn’t have been aware that we were there, carrying out essential maintenance.  


"Due to the location and status of the castle, rope access was the only feasible option for the works. Scaffolding was far to expensive and time-consuming, and a picker (MEWP) wouldn’t be able to access it where required. We love working on heritage buildings as they are never straightforward regards access and repairs/inspection, we often have to think outside the box and this is where the ORB team comes into its own. Being able to work autonomously is a great advantage while being in the amazing setting of the lake district is a bonus."
Matthew Lavery
Director, ORB Rope Access

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