Slate repairs - Rope-access maintenance - Abseil Commercial Ltd.

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Slate Repairs – Brathay

Client Brief

Holy Trinity Church, Brathay contacted us to report a missing slate on their pyramidal roofed bell tower. This was visible from the ground but owing to the height of the tower would be excessively expensive to rectify using conventional access methods such as scaffold. We were tasked therefore with accessing the roof and replacing the slate before active water ingress could cause further internal damage.

Scope of Works

  • Design and plan an access method for the tower roof
  • Implement the access plan to allow safe work positioning
  • Carry out slate repairs


As part of the job request we were specifically asked not to introduce any fixings into the building masonry due to its sensitive condition, this presented an additional element to the access problem we were asked to solve. Using our extensive experience of this kind of scenario we were able to design, plan and execute a safe means of access and work positioning for the required slate repairs on the tower roof. Our successful methods provided a cost effective means of completing this relatively minor remedial repair, where the height of the tower would have excessively increased the cost of access by conventional methods.