Industrial rope access cleaning on a brick building

When you own or are responsible for a historic building, you have to be very careful to look after it properly. The regulations around historic and listed buildings are complex and when restoration or maintenance is needed, you simply can’t afford to avoid it or leave it too long. Caring for a building with historic significance is absolutely essential so it can be enjoyed by future generations and rope access services are often the most effective and suitable to keep the building’s façade and integrity intact. You can read more about it in our previous blog post, The importance of restoring and maintaining historic and listed buildings.

What is Rope Access?

Rope access is an extremely safe method for working at height using equipment originally designed for rock and mountain climbing. Rope access can be used to find a way to the most difficult of spaces from church steeples to other high structures where scaffolding and ladders simply will not work or be safe.

Rope Access for Heritage and Historic Buildings

Rope Access is one of the lowest impact ways of accessing and working on a building’s restoration. There is no need for significant disturbance to the building’s façade as you would see with the erection of scaffolding and it can also be significantly less expensive. Rope access minimises impact to the surface of historic buildings and those working in this particular area have real experience of caring for and treating historic buildings of all kinds with sensitivity and respect. Careful and expert-led assessment is carried out to ensure repairs can be comprehensively completed, with the aim of prolonging the life and preserving the integrity of the historic buildings in question.

Rope Access Services

Rope access services to help restore and care for historic buildings may cover a wide range of different individual elements. Our rope access services can include anything from stone masonry to roof repairs and structural building work to stonework cleaning and pointing. We can also carry out investigations and survey work utilising rope access to ensure a thorough investigation of the building.

Why Opt for Rope Access Services?

Rope access services have a wide range of benefits, especially for historic buildings. Some of the key benefits include:

Flexible and Easy to Adapt

Rope access is highly manoeuvrable and easily applied to almost every type of building. Services can be carried out swiftly and securely, with even the most awkward and restricted spaces easy to access. This also applies to issues with weather which are entirely out of your control. While traditional access equipment may not be delivered or even in place if there are weather issues, rope access projects don’t need to be hampered and can be rescheduled much more easily.

Cut Disruption

Rope access projects do not require any disruption or change in your regular business, or home, activities. Trying to remain open and running when traditional construction or repair work is being conducted is a problem many of us have faced, but this simply isn’t a problem with rope access. They can be put in place and dismantled very quickly, without any need to interrupt business.


With no scaffolding or powered access equipment, the costs of your restoration project are significantly reduced. In many instances rope access is just as effective and while it may take a little longer to get the required equipment and materials in place, the initial setup speed and efficiency of high-quality experienced professionals makes up for this.

Working with historic and listed buildings on a regular basis means our expertise is honed on a daily basis, and our experienced teams are able to utilise rope access to reach even the most unexpected and restricted of spaces. Our respect and care for your building and its historic value is never in question and we are proud to work with a wide range of different styles and types of building, with rope access ensuring safety and quality work at all times.

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