Heritage & Conservation
At Vertex Rope Access, providing the safest, most cost and time- effective access solutions is at the heart of our service. For some of our clients, minimising the disruption to their operations and businesses is key to the successful delivery of a project. Unlike powered access and scaffolding, industrial rope access can be carried out with unparalleled levels of flexibility. Rope access is low impact, both in terms of reducing disturbance to the normal use of properties, but also on the fabric of the buildings themselves – a key area of concern for historic buildings and structures.
Priding ourselves on employing only skilled, experienced and qualified personnel, we can provide a variety of high-quality heritage sector services, including historic building conservation, restoration and maintenance, and advice on repairs and heritage management.
At Vertex Rope Access we recognise that when operating on heritage sites such as churches, listed buildings and stately homes, project success depends of works being not only cost-effective, but also undertaken expertly and sensitively by trained craftspeople with the minimal disturbance to the building’s fabric and its usage.
Our approach to historic buildings – from cathedral to churches, castles to stately homes, ruins to industrial heritage – revolves around undertaking careful, expert assessment and repairs appropriately, with the aim of prolonging the life and preserving the integrity of the building’s architectural and historical character.
Some examples of our current scope of works includes:
Inspections and surveys
Condition reports & Conservation advice
Lime mortar pointing, rendering and stone repair
Specialist DOFF and YOSS cleaning
Roof repairs and leadworking
Structural and Architectural timberwork repair
What makes us different at Vertex Rope Access is our ability to select the right person to perform the right task at height.
All our rope access surveys and inspections are undertaken by a qualified building surveyor with over 8 years’ experience in the heritage sector, and who holds a MSc in historic building conservation. And all our rope access conservation work is undertaken by award-winning stonemasons, who specialise in stone repairs, fine carving and banker- and fixer-masonry.
On a recent project our skills were put to the test when we were tasked with carefully removing a fragile cast-iron clock dial on a historic church in the Peak District. Using rope access techniques, the Vertex team removed the dial for off-site restoration, sensitively conserved the clock’s ogee moulding surround, repainted the clockface, and re-fixed the newly-restored dial.