• Nash Peake Works,Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, ST6 5BT England

Lightning Strike Causes Structural Damage to Lighthouse

Over the recent weekend it has been reported that a staggering 90,000 lightning strikes hit the UK. The Old Hunstanton Lighthouse in Norfolk was a victim of one those strikes and the following photograph shows the severity of structural damage that can occur as a result of direct lightning strike.

The structural damage caused to the lighthouse and the subsequent risk the falling brickwork and masonry posed to the residents and members of the public emphasises the importance of having an up to date and certified lightning protection system fitted to your building to prevent costly structural damage, or worse, loss of human life.

Following the events of the weekend Rafferty’s lightning protection division has been awarded the contract to design, supply and install a lightning protection system to the lighthouse and surrounding buildings in accordance with BS EN 62305 requirements. Our qualified lightning protection engineers will be on site this week installing the new system to ensure that when the next thunderstorm occurs, this iconic structure and its residents will be fully protected.

For more information on lightning protection installation, testing, inspection & maintenance, please contact Steve Jacques: steve@raffertylps.com

The photograph was taken from the Eastern Daily Press website Credit: Eastern Daily Express. Photo by: Tony Bishopp. Read the full article here http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/weather/old-hunstanton-lighthouse-damaged-after-lightning-strike-1-5626841

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ATLAS Launch Inspect & Protect Campaign

ATLAS, the UK’s governing body for the steeplejack & lightning protection industry, have launched an Inspect & Protect campaign to raise quality standards for the testing and inspection of lightning protection systems. This campaign has been implemented due to the increasing number of companies who are not qualified or competent to undertake this specialist work. You can read the full article here http://www.atlas.org.uk/inspect-protect.asp

As longstanding members of ATLAS, a client can have complete confidence when employing Rafferty’s for this specialist work.

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Lightning Protection Upgrade to BS EN 62305

Rafferty’s have recently carried out a major site lightning protection upgrade and refurbishment for a valued client in West Yorkshire.


Following a site specific lightning protection risk assessment, the lightning protection system was upgraded to Level 1 of BS EN 62305 ‘Protection Against Lightning’, providing the highest form of protection available. The work consisted of installing an additional 85 No. earth points to the sites existing system to deliver the required level of protection.


This is just one of many retrofit projects that we are currently working on as clients become more aware of the benefits an up to date lightning protection system provides to their premises.


For more information about our lightning protection services please contact Steve Jacques


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Oxford School Lightning Protection

Rafferty Lightning Protection were appointed to install a BSEN 62305 Lightning protection system at the first New Secondary school to be built in Oxford for more than 60 years.

Plans to build a new secondary school in Oxford were approved for a new building on an existing school field.

The project consists of 2 new School buildings and a sports Centre..

Rafferty Lightning Protection were responsible for the design, supply, installation and testing of a new Lightning Protection System throughout the development.

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Grade 2 Listed Accommodation – Conventry

Rafferty Lightning Protection have been appointed to deliver a brand new BSEN 62305 Lightning protection system to a Grade II Listed former Hospital complex which is being converted into Student accommodation.

The site, which has stood empty for more than a decade now has permission to be built on. The hospital first closed 11 years ago and has been left empty ever since. All other post-war buildings on the site have since been demolished and the area has been used as a car park. However, the former nurses’ home and outpatients clinic remain due to being listed.

The former nurses’ accommodation building (the larger of the two listed buildings) will be renovated, extended and renovated/converted, The former outpatients clinic building (the smaller of the two listed buildings), modern extensions will be demolished, new extensions built, and renovated/converted. There will be a common room, gym and study areas located centrally within the building

The student accommodation will be contained within the former nurses accommodation, the former outpatients clinic and the new five-storey building.

Rafferty Lightning Protection were responsible for the design, supply, installation and testing of a new Lightning Protection System throughout the development.

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Wembley Lightning Protection

Rafferty Lightning Protection was appointed to install a new BSEN 62305 Lightning Protection Systems to the Eastlands project at the world-famous Arch Wembley Stadium. The development is located adjacent to Wembley and consists of four buildings splayed radially ranging from 12 to 15 Storeys in Height, providing 633 residential apartments and 3,376 sqm of retail, office, community and Leisure floor space, cycle parking is provided for residents, along with the use of all the associated external amenity space, hard and soft landscaping and ancillary areas including a basement.

The ground floors will accommodate residential entrances and lobbies, concierge facilities, commercial spaces, residential amenity, circulation and primary access to the upper floors.
Each apartment has access to a private balcony or terrace and within the basement there are parking bays with Electrical Vehicle Charging Points and the facility for disabled parking.

Rafferty Lightning Protection were responsible for the design, supply, installation and testing of a new Lightning Protection System throughout the development.

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