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Sky high emergency roof repairs

Sky high emergency roof repairs

26 September 2008 Email this article

Facelift Access Hire were recently called upon to assist with emergency repair work to the roof of Shrewsbury’s famous landmark St Chad’s Church.

Their brand new 61m Bronto Skylift was seen in action after they joined forces with Mark Bywater Leadwork Specialists and Conservation Architect Tim Ratcliffe to help with a major structural survey and repairs to the lead roof of the 200 year old church after fears were raised about its condition. Adrian Richards, Chairman of the Fabric Committee at St Chad’s said ‘On the tower of the church there are some large lead panels which weigh around 200 kilos each, it appears that these are partly torn away. It’s either because the copper nails that secure it or the timber underneath has rotted away and we have to make some emergency repairs because it’s dangerous.

While we’re doing it we’re going to assess how much other work needs to be carried out as the church is due for its Quinquennial inspection which is carried out every five years. Mr Richards said ‘The committee have chosen to use a cherrypicker because it’s a third of the price of scaffolding’. David Bowman Manager from Facelift commented‘ The 61m was the most efficient way to carry out repairs to stabilise the roofs panels. Its generous 600kg working  load and its ability to manoeuvre safely around the building made it a clear cut choice, it didn’t disrupt from the churches day to day activities’.

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