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In March 2004 Bailey International was awarded the contract to demolish a 70m concrete stack containing 3 steel liners.

Safety was critical due to the chimney’s close proximity to an adjacent building, a mere 4m away. The adjacent building contained large glazed façades and was in use by site personnel day and night; margin for error was zero.

Working from a fully protected sliding scaffolding deck, the solution involved the use of diamond-tipped chain saws to cut the concrete and steel liners into sections that could be lifted safely by crane.

The demolition was successfully completed on time and with no impact on adjacent structures.

Concrete chimney demolition 70m concrete stack

In August 2011 a Yorkshire brewer had a nasty surprise when an overdue inspection revealed ravaging corrosion had rendered a 46m chimney stack unsafe.

Bailey International designed, manufactured and installed the new 27.5m replacement within 5 weeks of the order, minimising the total outage and impact on lost production.

Using a twin crane arrangement Bailey engineers placed the new unit on the existing foundation bolts with uncanny accuracy. The engineers were duly rewarded with a drop of good Yorkshire beer.

Steel chimney installation

During the summer of 2007 Bailey International undertook a major power station chimney refurbishment. The contract was, at the time, the biggest single contract awarded to a steeplejack company.

The chimney consisting of a 200m high concrete windshield containing four brick built liners each 7m in diameter.

We conducted a full wash-down and  inspection on the liners using a specially designed man-riding platform.  

A number of defects we discovered to the original refractory brickwork were rectified.

A new ‘Hadek’ borosilicate refractory lining was applied and expansion joints were replaced.

Working around the clock with two twelve-hour shifts Bailey’s engineers successfully completed the contract within budget and ahead of schedule.

Power station aerial photo

Bailey’s steeplejacks conducted inspection and remedial repairs to a grade 1 listed chimney situated in one of Britain’s greatest Industrial Heritage Sites.  

The chimney was built in 1784 to service the boilerhouse of one of the region’s earliest Cotton Mills.  Samuel Greg, the Mill’s founder, built the Mill as a water-powered cotton-spinning mill. Under Greg’s management, the Mill was developed with more machinery, more waterwheels and a steam engine installed.

The chimney has since become an iconic landmark in the local area, a testament to the industry and entrepreneurialism of its history.

The repairs, carried out to an exacting standard under the watchful eye of the National Trust, will extend the life of the chimney for many years to come.

Brick chimney with access platform Grade 1 listed brick chimney

Bailey Steeplejacks’s performed extensive inspection of the upper structures of an iconic multi-storey water-side office building in the North West.

Built in 1911, the building’s new owners were keen to ensure the building could maintain its water-front prominence in good health for another hundred years.

Our team had conducted various remedial repairs to the building since the mid-1990’s and so knew exactly what inherent defects to anticipate through inspection & testing.

We conducted Phase 1 of the inspection of the exterior of the building to all high level structures above the main roof level.  

The inspection used traditional steeplejack high level access equipment and rope access techniques, and identified a number of defects likely to detrimentally affect the integrity of the structures.

Following the inspection a comprehensive detailed defects report was compiled and a planned preventative maintenance plan was evolved with the client.

High level inspection, Liver building Liver building inspection press article

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