A quick fix following storm Ophelia

  • Site: Wrexham High Street

Case study story


Storm Ophelia hit the UK with gusts of over 80mph. The impact was felt by businesses up and down the country as many came to a standstill. The High Access emergency service team were on standby.

Late evening on the 16th October we received a call to report that a shop front had blown out from above a well-known high street chain shop and landed on a glass entrance canopy. With high winds still forecast this posed a real danger to cause further damage and a hazard to anyone in the area. By 7.30am the next morning the High Access team were on the ground carrying out a survey. Expert operatives arrived to the site shortly after, working all day to ensure the safe removal of the shop front and debris. Works were completed later that evening leaving the property secure from intruders and the further weather that hit when Storm Brian struck a few days later.

Works carried out:

  • Carefully removed storm damaged shop front which had blown out onto the canopy above the front entrance to shop – approx. weight 1 tonne of laminated glass
  • Supplied and installed new timbers to board up opening created by shop front being blown away- approx. 35m2
  • All waste and debris disposed from site and left immaculate
  • Building left secure from intruders and weather elements

Equipment deployed:

  • Working at height trained glazing team
  • SMSTS qualified contract manager
  • Herras fencing to create safe working zone
  • 8M diesel scissor lift with IPAF trained operatives
  • 12m diesel boom with IPAF trained operatives

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