A valued customer in Burton-On-Trent has awared Rafferty’s a contract to carry out maintenance repairs to a 19th Century water tower. The water tower was constructed in 1866 and stands approximately 34m high above ground level.
Rafferty’s were initially contracted to replace the Union Jack flag at the termination point of the tower and carry out an all elevation inspection of the structure using rope access techniques.
The inspection revealed defects that would be expected of a 145 year old structure. All defects were deteailed in a comprehensive report and photographic log for the clients consideration. A suitable repair method was then formulated by Rafferty’s who were then instructed to proceed with the restoration works which include the following;
- Cutting out and replacing approximately 400 No. spalled bricks on all elevations.
- Replacing a defective area of stonework with new which will be re-bed and doweled into position.
- Removal of moss and vegetation from brickwork and mortar joints.
- Raking out and re-pointing of perished mortar joints on all elevations.
- Chasing out and sealing of various fractures on all elevations.
- Modifications to the lightning protection system to comply with current standards.
Safe access to all elevations of the structure will be achieved by using suspended platforms which can be elevated to all levels of the tower. The duration of the contract is expected to be 5/6 weeks weather depending and will require a team of 3 steeplejack operatives.