EPL Skylift in Control of Pigeon Problem at York Minster

Lutterworth, United Kingdom, February 06, 2011 --(PR.com)-- EPL Skylift, Lavendon Access Services’ vehicle mount division, recently supplied the access equipment required to carry out pest control work at one of the UK’s finest Gothic Cathedrals, York Minster. The famous ‘Rose Window’, situated in the south transept provides an excellent roosting spot for pigeons and, along with the surrounding stonework, is also susceptible to damage from what pigeons usually leave behind!

York Minster required a quick, safe and easy way to access the medieval window, whose glass dates from about 1500 and commemorates the union of the royal houses of York and Lancaster. Their specialist cleaning contractors, Reactive Group Services, contacted EPL Skylift. The task included the installation of netting to protect the building, so EPL Skylift suggested a truck-mounted platform which provides up to 50 metres of working height.

Before the netting was installed, the stonework was inspected by York Minster’s Master Mason, John David and its Conservator Mason, Lee Godfrey.

Rebecca Thompson, Superintendent of Works at York Minster, also took advantage of the T50B being on site to take photographs of the window. She said: “The EPL Skylift machine allowed us to carry out an inspection, take records and install the netting in one day, this minimised disruption to the public visiting York Minster.

“In the past, access to the Rose Window would have been via a scaffold. In 1984, the fire brigade had an extendable ladder which allowed the glazier, Peter Gibson OBE, to inspect the fire damage to the Rose Window, but this did not offer the viable, safe working platform that we hired from EPL Skylift. The T50B also allowed us to safely collect loose fragments for inspection at ground level.

“York Minster is a huge building, with a central tower extending to 60 metres in height. Using a truck mounted platform granted access to a large section of vulnerable areas of the building that we were not possible to reach as easily in previous years, including the West Towers which bear the brunt of extreme wind.”

Rebecca added: “The T50B was arranged via Reactive Group Services, who provided an exceptionally professional service for the installation of the pigeon netting. The success of using powered access was aided hugely by the EPL Skylift operator, Stuart Hulley, who was very considerate to us as we are not regular users of the equipment. It is essential to feel safe and to be able to trust the operator completely. Due to Stuart’s competence and exceptional skill, we were able to review the stone, without concern, standing in a ‘basket’ at 35m in the air!”

For further information regarding Lavendon Access Services please contact Emily Lowth: Tel +44 (0)1455 206719 or email emily.lowth@lavendongroup.co.uk

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