Client: Network Rail

Principal Contractor: J Murphy & Sons Limited (Rail Division)

Designer: Network Rail

ROPETECH’s Role: Specialist Masonry Repair Subcontractor

Location: Buckinghamshire

Contract Period: October 2016 – November 2016

As part of our ongoing geotechnical framework agreement ROPETECH were engaged by J Murphy and Sons to undertake pinning and grouting works, re-casing and re-pointing of brickwork to an existing overbridge via roped access.

ROPETECH’s work scope included:

  • Undertaking of all brickwork repairs of varying types over an area of 400m2. All works undertaken via roped access.
  • Clearance of all vegetation within 3 meters of structure.

ROPETECH’s method of working:

Due to the nature of the site the only feasible access method was to undertake all works via roped access. This required traffic management to be setup to allow a safe system of work be installed on the roadside. Due to the lack of natural anchors a total of 80 eyebolts were installed along the length of the structure for operatives to anchor from.

Main Challenges and solutions of the project:

As all works were required to be undertaken via roped access it meant operatives would be required to be suspended for long periods. Solution: ROPETECH utilised young-man boards on a separate rope system to provide operatives a ledge to take the weight from their harnesses. Therefore, ensuring a safe work environment for our operatives.

Summary: All of ROPETECH’s work was completed safely, within budget and within the programme duration. By working closely with the Principal Contractor and resolving potential issues at site level there were zero variations raised.