Hardy Services were asked to provide access on to the top of the landmark drinking water tower. Due to the confined space and restrictive operations nature of the internal reservoir of the tower , a scheme had to be designed that allowed for anchor points for confined space recovery equipment and fall arrest whilst accessing the internal of the tower. A hoist point was also required to raise materials to the work face. All Hardy Services operatives carry as a minimum EUSR water hygiene cards and City and Guilds confined space entry cards.
Due to the shape and the 24m height of the tower, a straight forward access tower was not an option, so a large internal buttress was erected and tied to the structure. This allowed the HAKI system stair tower and the hoist platform to be tied.
The tower had to be decommissioned during the works, which meant that an over pumping facility had to be utilised, at massive cost to the client, to continue supplying the local residents with the drinking water they required. So with this in mind delivering our element of the programme on time was critical.
The project was completed within the scheduled programme of works and has been noted as a flag ship project by United Utilities.
The works were carried out for a Panton McLeod on behalf of United Utilities Ltd.