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BILCO enables roof access at Ironmonger Row Baths, Islington, London with companionway and ladder roof hatch solutions.

Ironmonger Row Baths

Ironmonger Row Baths in Islington, London first opened in 1931 as a washhouse for local people. A swimming pool was added later in 1938.

The refurbishment of Ironmonger Row Baths has received much media attention. The project has included full restoration of the main pool and Turkish Baths as well as building a new training pool, the floor of which can be adjusted to different depths, to suit all ages and abilities.

The £16.5m refurbishment in Islington has transformed the baths into a modern leisure and fitness centre for local residents, and it was reopened with a swimming gala attended by Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Simmonds.

As part of the refurbishment, a number of safe roof access solutions to the pitched roof were required, and BILCO was the ideal choice for Wates Construction who carried out the work.

With access to the roof required for maintenance, 2 BILCO NB-50T (now resized as the CS-50TB Companionway Access Hatch) proved to be an ideal solution - with an internal opening of 760mm x 1370mm allowing personnel with tools and small equipment to safely gain regular access to the roof equipment.

In addition to these, 3 BILCO S-50TB Ladder Access Hatches were supplied to enable less frequent access to certain roof areas. All 5 hatches were supplied with LadderUp Safety Posts to be permanently fitted to the access ladders beneath the hatch and enable 3 points of contact to be maintained at all times on the ladder (as recommended by the HSE). The telescopic LadderUP Safety Post makes the task of exiting the hatch/roof much safer for the operative by providing a reassuring, sturdy handhold at all times.

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