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Nelson's eye view over London

Nelson's eye view over London

2 November 2012 Email this article

Employees from powered access equipment hire company Facelift scaled new heights last month as they enabled inspection work to be carried out on one of the nation’s most iconic landmarks – Nelson’s column – and captured some stunning images to boot.

The inspection team conducted a full site survey and provided a Bronto 61 XDT powered access platform to allow maintenance experts to safely access the top of the 51.6 metre tall monument.

As part of the job, which took just eight hours to complete, Facelift commissioned photographer Mark Mercer of panoramic photography company Panini Pics was on hand to capture the 360 degree panorama from the top of Nelson’s Column using a gigapan camera.

This was the second time Facelift had been up close and personal with the world-famous statue, as their team was also called upon by London Fashion Week to ‘dress’ Nelson ahead of the Olympics.

Tom Crew, Brand Director of Facelift commented: “A great deal of preparation goes into a job like this, there's a real team effort, and we were particularly lucky with the weather this Sunday morning."

After checking that the weather conditions were just right, teams were on site at 4.00am to prepare the area and ensure all work could be carried out quickly and effectively, and with no damage to either the statue itself or the surrounding area.

“This was a complicated, but very satisfying job, and the excellent photos we were able to take are just the icing on the cake.”

Richard Genn, Infrastructure Officer for the Greater London Authority commented: “Nelson’s Column’s height is what makes it so impressive, but it also presents something of a challenge when it comes to general maintenance.”

“Naturally the public are always very curious when they see this kind of repair work taking place so we’re pleased that Facelift’s photographer was able to capture some images of the London skyline from Horatio Nelson’s perspective for us all to enjoy.”

To view Facelift’s panorama click here