Safesite has provided Virgin Atlantic with a collective roof edge protection system that its says ensures optimum rooftop safety for maintenance and inspection teams, and complies with all relevant health and safety regulations.
Situated in close proximity to Gatwick Airport and Crawley’s city centre, The Base provides a training and technical facility for cabin crews, pilots and engineers.
Built in the 70s, the building includes an extensive flat PVC roof, which is split over several levels.
The building previously featured partially installed guardrails and failed demarcation systems, which were deemed not fit-for-purpose.
It therefore became necessary for the building to have a rooftop safety upgrade comprising of a complete roof protection system that enables safe access to the entire roof.
Work began in December 2015 to provide a continuous, co-ordinated roof safety system to the roof perimeter of the building and surrounding the rooflights enabling safer roof access. Norland-based commercial property adviser CBRE Group managed this project and contracted Safesite to specify and install a full guardrail scheme.
After removing all existing guardrails, demarcation bases and chains, Safesite installed 900lm raked and standard KeeGuard systems.
Suitable for installation on any flat roof up to a 10° slope, and compatible with concrete, asphalt, PVC membrane and felt roof surfaces, KeeGuard can be used where a restraining wall is in place or where the rooftop is completely open around the perimeter. The flexible guardrail system can be used for retrofitting to older buildings as well as for new constructions.