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Kee Systems provides a rooftop safety solution for country house hotel

Kee Systems has provided Down Hall Country House Hotel in Essex, with a flexible and effective safety solution to enable routine roof maintenance to be carried out safely.

Down Hall Hotel is one of England's most established country house hotels. Located in Hatfield Heath, the venue has enhanced its leisure facilities by opening Eden Spa treatment rooms as part of £2.5 million investment. The engineers on this refurbishment project required a safe rooftop working area for the installation of new air conditioning units. By having these units located on the roof, maintenance teams will be regularly accessing the area, therefore it was important to have a permanent solution. Understanding the requirements for safety, and not wanting to disrupt the look and feel of the hotel by having a system on show, Kee System supplied and installed a combination of KeeGuard and KeeGuard Foldshield systems. KeeGuard Foldshield offers the flexibility to be folded down when work is not taking place.

“The aesthetics of the hotel building were obviously an important consideration on this project,” explains Down Hall Maintenance Manager, Bob Parker. “We were adamant that we wanted to minimise the impact of unsightly barriers when work was not being carried out on the roof.  We were impressed by the flexibility of the Kee Systems products, particularly the KeeGuard Foldshield system which allows it to be folded down when not in use.  While this was important for us, safety was always the key requirement on this project and we are pleased that we can now send our maintenance teams up to the roof, without any worry that their safety is at risk. We have complete confidence in the KeeGuard products.

Compatible with a range of roof membranes, including concrete, asphalt, PVC membrane and felt, KeeGuard offers a free-standing roof edge protection system capable of keeping workers on the roof safe without endangering the roof membrane itself. Employing a proven counterweight system, KeeGuard combines a non-slip secure base with galvanised fittings and tube arranged in a modular configuration. Its modular structure means that the KeeGuard system can be disassembled and moved if required for maintenance tasks, whilst sections can be added to or taken down for reconfiguration elsewhere. In addition, the system can be installed using only a standard hex key to lock the fittings securely into place, thereby eliminating the risks associated with ‘hot works’ as no welding, threading or bolting are required on site.

KeeGuard Foldshield utilises a hinged version of the standard KeeGuard system to solve the important issue of it being undesirable to have railings permanently visible on the roofline of a building. On top of all of the flexibility of the standard system, being able to accommodate changes in direction, continuous runs, corners and fixed ends, KeeGuard Foldshield affords additional versatility. The KeeGuard Foldshield guardrail can easily be lifted into place when work is in progress, before being rapidly folded back down when finished. The system can also be installed in 6m sections with ‘D’ returns to further enable it to be folded quickly and simply.

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