Ingress Investigation - Rope Access - Abseil Commercial Ltd.

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Ingress Investigation – Carlisle

Client Brief

We were called with a report of internal ingress at Holme Eden Hall, Warwick Bridge. This fine example of a Grade II listed calendar house (so named having 365 windows, 52 chimneys, 12 passageways, 7 entrances and 4 storeys) was suffering internal water damage to a staircase landing that seemed to originate from an inaccessible high balcony above the east entrance. We were tasked with accessing the balcony in order to diagnose the issue and make remedial repairs before further water damage could occur.

Scope of Works

  • Inspection of internal ingress location
  • Access external balcony via rope access from roof
  • Diagnose source of ingress
  • Carry out remedial repairs to stop water ingress
  • Carry out work minimising impact to sensitive historic stonework


Having inspected the internal water damage we were able to access the exterior of the building in the precise location of the ingress source. This turned out to be a combination of a blocked balcony rainwater outlet and insufficient leadwork protection in a scenario such as this. We were able to first unblock the outlet and water test, before carrying out remedial repairs to the lead work. We were also able to provide recommendations for the re-configuration of the rainwater goods in this area to help prevent future blockages and ingress.

Rope access techniques allowed safe, efficient and cost effective remedial repairs to be achieved, without damage to the sensitive Eden sandstone at Holme Eden Hall.