We were asked to “de-veg” (remove all trees, plants and grass) from inaccessible areas of the grade 2 listed Conway Building in Birkenhead.
Why is vegetation on buildings sometimes dangerous?
Vegetation can cause considerable damage to historical buildings. All plants attach themselves to building structures in some way. This can soften the underlying wall material, or for the likes of ivy, small pieces of masonry can break off. Water retention is another major problem, where the leaves of plants collect water which is held against the exterior wall, encouraging rot and insect infestation.
Since being built in 1903, The Conway has been a school, hotel, education centre, offices and a police station! It is a fine example of a red brick and orange terracotta building with a Westmorland roof.
There are three storeys boasting a frontage of 18 bays in 7 blocks. The central block has a turret with an octagonal cap, while the other blocks have turrets that house statues.
Through rope access we could easily inspect tricky areas of the building
Rope access was judged by the client to be by far the most effective and cost-efficient way to inspect the building.
We could move quickly around the facades and remove any dangerous materials immediately. There was no need for expensive scaffolding or Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs).
We inspected all the facades for lose masonry, and found large sections of brick, terracotta and slate in immediate danger of falling. We worked on the building for 2 weeks. There was no disruption to the running of the building, as would have been the case if using MEWPs that need to be stationed on the ground with designated safety areas around them.
Benefits to the client
- The client was able to save time and money by using our rope access services to combat a range of issues in one go, rather than other methods that take much longer and use expensive equipment
- Historical buildings need to be treated with great care. We use our knowledge, sensitivity and experience to work on such buildings without causing any damage.
- We were able to educate the client in identifying the potential hazards of vegetation on the building. They were impressed by our knowledge and efficiency in fixing the problems.
- Photographs and videos of our findings were provided to the client for full transparency so that they could see for themselves the difference in the building before and after the work was completed. This gave them reassurance that their funds were well spent and helps them to look out for similar problems in the future.
- There was no disruption to the use of the building
Benefits to people using the building
- The building is now free from objects potentially dropping from the building, making it safer for people entering or leaving
- The work not only benefited people who use the building. Conway Street is a busy route for people going into town and the bus station.
“We engaged Orb Rope Access Ltd to undertake a thorough inspection, vegetation removal and repair some difficult to reach stonework & masonry features on the Conway Centre Building in Birkenhead. The building is grade 2 listed, with some ornate features around the roof parapet and front façade, so attention to detail for repairs was just as important to our client as the secure fixing methodology.
Orb successfully delivered both alongside full photographic and video capture of all repair areas to the delight of our client.
We have no hesitation in using them again or recommending to others.
Keep up the great service guys.”
Tony Brown at Grade 2 Impact & Structural Repairs
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Matthew Lavery on 0781 333 9064.
The team at Orb Rope Access is excited to share some amazing news. We have successfully completed the rigorous accreditation process to become a member of the Industrial Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA). This is a huge achievement in rope access and a fantastic...
Orb Rope Access were asked to carry out repairs, cleaning and down pipe inspection at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria 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...
Orb Rope Access were asked to carry out a physical inspection of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral's Tower and Statues The brief In August 2020, following a drone photogrammetry inspection of Liverpool Cathedral’s tower, external structures and statues, Orb Rope Access...
While we’re at home during this strange period of time, many of us are getting around to those jobs that we have never had time to do; tidy the loft, mow the lawn, decorate the spare room etc. At some point you may think “I know, I’ll try and clean the gutter, clean...
Rope access is considered by many to be the most efficient means of working at height, but we at Orb Rope Access still come across doubters who revert to more traditional methods such as scaffolding. To highlight the effectiveness of rope access techniques, we’ve put...