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From inspections of buildings and industrial structures

such as bridges or towers, to clearing rock faces, cliffs and ravines and installing safety measures; from painting and cleaning at-height to historical building maintenance inside and out (we have been to some interesting churches!), from abseiling down tenement downpipes to repair or paint them to installing signs, rope access is an invaluable element in the HiSolution toolkit.
As a company, we have grown from rope access roots and we still have a busy rope access division,
and use rope techniques how and where appropriate.It allows us to find the best solutions to our clients’ needs, however complex the structure or challenging the access situation.
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A rope access technician is fixing the wall

Rope access is a workform originally developed from rock climbing

and caving techniques, and initially used for mostly industrial applications such as servicing tall smokestacks, towers or oil rigs. With its own regulating body (IRATA), a code of best practice and stringent standards for training and certification, rope access methods have grown in popularity and are now widely applied in a huge variety of settings. 
We also use rope access techniques in our roofing division as and where appropriate.
Sometimes it’s faster and less obtrusive. Sometimes it’s safer. Sometimes it’s the only way to get to the work area. At other times, the job cannot be done properly without scaffolding, and in those cases we will quote for that. And in many cases, we will combine traditional scaffolding for access and protection with the use of rope and harnesses when on certain parts of the roof or roof structures.
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Rope access works:

Thurso tower
Thurso tower
Swimming centre cleaning
Swimming centre cleaning
Gutter & Downpipe painting
Gutter & Downpipe painting
Ibis hotel painting
Ibis hotel painting
Difficult access
Difficult access
Bridge pointing
Bridge pointing
High level cleaning
High level cleaning
Confined space
Confined space
Bridge painting
Bridge painting

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HiSolution is committed to developing optimal solutions delivered to the highest standard of workmanship in all their projects. We prioritise quality and long-term solutions at fair prices.
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HiSolution offers a broad range of traditional roofing and rope access services to meet the needs of various projects realised at various sites; from single-family homes to large tenement buildings to industrial and commercial structures.
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Rope Access - FAQ

If you have any other questions, just drop us a line.

What is rope access?

Rope access is a specialised work technique that uses ropes and related equipment to access and work at heights or in difficult-to-reach areas. It is commonly used in industrial settings for tasks such as construction, maintenance, inspection, and repair of structures. Rope access technicians use ropes, harnesses, anchors, and safety devices to descend or ascend vertical surfaces or traverse horizontal distances. Rope access offers flexibility, speed, and cost-effectiveness, as well as safety advantages such as reduced risk of falling and better manoeuvrability in confined spaces.

Is rope access safe?

Yes, rope access is a very safe method of working at height. The use of rope and harness ensures the safety of the operatives at all times, and the safety-focused work systems, equipment procedures and risk assessments combine with professional training to ensure some of the best safety records in construction and other industrial applications.

Are there any special qualifications or certifications required to perform rope access tasks?

White there are no legal requirements, IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association, formed in the UK in the late 1980's) requires training, logged practice hours and challenging assessments in order to obtain rope access qualifications. All our rope access technicians have a Level 1 or Level 2 IRATA qualification and the teams are headed by a Level 3 team leader.

Why have you quoted me for scaffolding and not rope access, other contractors can do it cheaper using ropes, I thought you were the experts?

We are the experts. And that is precisely why we have quoted for the optimal access method, for your job, in your specific circumstances. You can find out more about this in the special article on the topic.

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Chimney Rendering, Harling or Roughcasting

Chimney stacks are one of the most vulnerable elements of any roof, and often cause difficult to tackle water ingress issues.
In addition to preventing persistent and difficult to trace leaks and even structural damage (nobody wants a collapsing chimney!), looking after the chimney render is also important from the safety point of view. Delaminating sections of crumbling render can slide off or even fall to the ground level, damaging property (e.g. cars) at the ground level, and risk injury or even death to pedestrians below.
And of course, a damaged chimney can lead directly to roof damage caused by loose debris, water run-off and trapping. Maintaining the render on the chimneystack in good condition, together with suitable flashing and making sure that the haunchings and chimney pots are in a good state of repair, is a key part of responsible roof maintenance.


“Pointing” means simply replacing or repairing the mortar joints between masonry. While bricks and especially stone are extremely durable, and can last hundreds of years, the material used in the joints between them is more vulnerable to the elements and forces and requires regular maintenance.

Water from rain and snow, changes in temperature (from below-freezing in the winder to heat of the summer, or even higher in the case of some chimneys) and chemical corrosion from polluted atmosphere all contribute to the damage to the mortar.

Regular inspection and repointing can go a long way towards avoiding water ingress, damage to the masonry itself, and structural damage to the building. And it makes the masonry look much better too, preventing moss and other vegetation growth in the gaps at the same time.

Chimney Removals

In many cases, the chimney is nothing more than a liability. With blocked or removed fireplaces and centrally heated homes, a chimney means simply extra maintenance. Without maintenance, problems with insulation, leaks, and even structural damage or injury can occur.

Full chimney demolition including a chimney breast requires a skilled, professional approach (and building regs sign-off) to avoid potentially disastrous consequences. Removing the above-roof part of the chimney is relatively less risky a procedure, but still a big job that needs to be done well to ensure the resulting roof is structurally sound and watertight.

Lithomex Stone Work Repairs

Natural stone is an extremely durable building material (we have all seen castles and other buildings, some of them well over 1000 years old!) but even this can deteriorate, especially when exposed to harsh weather and modern air pollution. A complete replacement is often not necessary, and repair might be possible using Lithomex, a mortar that has been specially developed for  repairing and restoring of stonework.

Lithomex is made from natural hydraulic lime, finely graded aggregates, and pigments. These are all blended to create a special mortar that matches the appearance and texture of the surrounding natural stone as closely as possible. It can be shaped and moulded and is thus suitable for repairing even quite intricate designs as well as simpler defects in stonework and masonry. The results, when repairs are done correctly, are resistant to weather and durable.