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17th October 2011

Checkline II helps to make the palace of westminster a safer place to work

Back in 2003 Roger Townsend, Checkmate’s Installations Director conducted a survey of the Palace of Westminster roof in conjunction with Purcell, Miller, Tritton Architects. Our brief was to provide a complete design solution of safe access and working to enable staff carrying out maintenance tasks to move from one roof to the next whilst staying attached to a safety line. All without penetrating the roof tiles. In 2010 we won the contract to install Checkline II – our single wire lifeline – onto part of the building known as ‘Speakers Court’ and formed part of the works by specialist contractors Shepley.

Engineers Ltd who dismantled the roof, repaired the steel frame and rebuilt it. In cooperation with the architects, Checkmate designed stairways for the roof slopes incorporating Checkline II continuous life lines and special cantilever style frames to support the GRP walkways and Checkline II to all box gutters. The Parliamentary Works Services Directorate were so impressed with Checkline II’s design and incredible functionality that the product has been specified for Phase II of the roof works expected to commence in 2012. Checkline II is currently being installed at 7 Old Palace Yard – for the Commercial Services Directorate, House of Commons.