Coronet Theatre Case Study

Listed Building Roof Access Safety

The careful management of creating access safety for listed buildings of historic interest requires attention to detail in the choice of safety solutions used and how they are professionally installed.

The Safesite expert team found this to be the case when working with client Bailey and Jones Ltd when providing custom fall safety equipment during the complete refurbishment of the historic building, the Grade 1 listed Coronet Theatre in Notting Hill, London. 

Spanning an installation period of September 2018 – to November 2021, the phased project of the listed property building repairs was extended due to Covid delays. Still, it resulted in the successful application of some of Safesite’s most popular solutions. 

we consider a vast range of access safety solutions when working with listed buildings
safe access of roof access hatches requires more thought when dealing with repairs on old buildings

Historic Buildings Roof Access

The iconic Coronet Theatre originated as a theatre in 1898 and has been a cornerstone of the Notting Hill landscape for hundreds of years. 

The extensive refurbishment of the building, including roof repair that required safe roof access, was a complex project requiring multiple safety solutions.  

The theatre roof encompasses several distinct areas requiring a differing level of regular access and maintenance. There is the central feature dome, behind which are areas of flat asphalt roofs and pitched slate roofs with box gutters. 

Listed Buildings Access Safety Solutions

The requirement was for safe maintenance. Safesite, in conjunction with the project Architects – Studio Indigo – established various products and solutions for each area ranging from guardrails and lifelines to eyebolts. 

Layouts and quotations were prepared, submitted, discussed, and amended. Once the Architect was happy with the safety solutions chosen, the contractor was informed of plans ready to arrange for the order to be raised and the works carried out. 

The project had been costed based on multiple attendances. Thus the stop-start nature of the works was not a problem, and our contracts team comfortably coordinated the works to satisfy the contractor’s frequently changing program. 

Listed Buildings Access Safety is more complex with historic building roof coverings
the listed status of older buildings means safety legislation much be considered in more detail

Final Refurbished Building Access Safety

The installation provided a safe rooftop access solution, enabling safe inspection and maintenance of all areas identified within the project scope and the Architect’s design responsibilities. 

The project also benefited from long-term safety access, which was discreet, practical and sensitive to the Grade 1 listed building. 

Most importantly, we selected the most effective safe access, which was cost and will provide long term, certified secure access as part of the overall building maintenance plan, including future minor repairs. 

Products Used In This Installation

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