Arco Professional Safety Services wins contract for the Cleaning, Maintenance & Inspection of Britain’s newest iconic structure
The Tower, which is the focal point of the renaissance of Portsmouth Harbour Project, has already become one of the country’s most loved and visited attractions offering three viewing galleries at 100, 105 and 110 metres above the sea. It offers amazing 350 degree panoramic views of the South Coast, Portsmouth Harbour and the Isle of Wight, with views stretching up to 23 miles away.
Graham Burnett, Managing Director of Arco Professional Safety Services and currently Chairman of IRATA, has spoken of winning the contract as being excellent news for his company, for IRATA and for Industrial Rope Access in general. “The building was designed for the use of Industrial Rope Access from the outset but we faced strong competition from outside the Association. The outstanding safety record of IRATA as an organisation, with its commitment to thorough training and effective working, clearly counted for us during the submission process and our being awarded the contract can only bring further credit to the entire membership of the Association worldwide”.
Sales Director of Arco Professional Safety Services echoed Graham’s views, “This demonstrates that it is well known that IRATA Industrial Rope Access and its use on many of the highest profile building and structures across the UK and the World, is the chosen method of keeping many of these buildings in good order. Environmentally attractive, supremely safe and hugely effective, Industrial Rope Access is now often selected ahead of more sophisticated means of access because of its reliability and simplicity. Leaving a minimal “footprint” at ground level IRATA Rope Access technicians can be safely at work without invading the space or enjoyment of the people working in or visiting such buildings, thus keeping disruption to an absolute minimum.
The Spinnaker Tower is a £35million project that forms the centrepiece of the resurrection of the historic harbour-front of Portsmouth. It was designed by the Scott Wilson Advanced Technology Group and rising to a height of 170m, is visible for miles around and from far out into the English Channel. It is a concrete, steel and composite structure that offers the highest public viewing platforms in the UK.