Mode of access: Rope Access
Task in hand: Glazing & Mastic works
Team Size: 10
Duration: 2 months
The decision to build a new Manchester headquarters for the Co-operative gave rise to one of the most ambitious British building projects in recent years. The giant glazed stepped lattice roof of the atrium lightwell at the building’s heart is an intricate jigsaw of sloping and curved glass that required rope access teams for preparation, installation and sealing of the glazed units as well as related elements of the building fabric located at height.
SG Access were contacted to work on the Co-op HQ by an existing client, following on from previous successful contracts in Edinburgh and Brighton. We supplied a 10 man team of mainly local IRATA qualified abseilers to conduct glazing and mastic pointing works at height using industrial rope access techniques to gain safe access to the work zones. Work took place both suspended on vertical faces, and in work restraint or fall arrest on sloping surfaces, where temporary fall protection measures were installed to prevent falls from height, and to help keep SG Access personnel and and other contractors safe in this challenging location.