The brief

Orb Rope Access received an initial brief from Preston North End (PNE) Football Club to assess the higher sections of the football stands and towers at Deepdale Stadium, with a view to removing any dropped objects. We were also asked to change some floodlight bulbs.

The brief grew very quickly once we started!

Additional work required

Soon after our Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) qualified team began working at Deepdale, it became apparent there were many more areas of work we could help with that would ultimately lead to cost savings for the club.

We met with PNE’s management team and discussed the additional work we could do for them. We explained how rope access is more cost-effective than other maintenance methods due to the absence of scaffolding and other expensive equipment. Having been impressed with the projects we had completed to date, the PNE management team gave us the green light to go ahead with the additional work.

Projects completed and ongoing

Some of the projects we have become involved in are as follows:

  • Bird netting – covering structures with netting to stop birds nesting and fowling
  • Painting at height
  • Lighting installation
  • Wiring installation
  • Roof repairs
  • Steelwork installation in the media gantry
  • Flagpole installation
  • Speaker installation
  • Signage installation

  • Window cleaning at height
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) inspection
  • Fall arrest block installations; body holding devices to stop falls
  • Handrail installations
  • Cladding
  • Gutter cleaning
  • Removal of weather damaged materials

Client testimonial

With every job we completed we were asked to do more. The management team at PNE became increasingly convinced of the benefits of rope access for stadiums like Deepdale. Rope access eradicates the cost of additional third parties to supply scaffolding or cradles and the labour to operate them. Rope access is also efficient, allowing for easier access to hard to reach places which is particularly important for many of the tasks we were given by PNE.

“I have worked with Matt and Orb Rope Access since 2010, on varied and challenging tasks, from changing floodlight bulbs to maintenance & repairs on roofs, floodlights, steelwork, window repairs, replacement of banners, cleaning & repairing gutters. A complete repair and painting of the white steelwork of the stadium is currently taking place with outstanding results. I would and have recommended Orb to other companies because of the professionalism & quality of the work done.”

– Paul Bradley, Preston North End

Orb are now a regular, trusted contractor for PNE, undertaking any tasks at height that become necessary.

Get in touch

At Orb Rope Access we are very proud to be an IRATA Member Company and hold Safe Contractor status. If you are looking for a trusted partner to assist with projects that require working at height, please get in touch for a no-obligation quote at [email protected], or by calling Matthew Lavery on 0781 333 9064.



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