Steeplejack Services Northern Ireland

Rainey Restoration is the only company on the island of Ireland that has successfully amalgamated traditional steeplejack methods with modern rope access techniques.

As steeplejacks, we are experienced in all aspects of building conservation. We work on all structural types and have developed an expansive portfolio of projects including historic monuments, churches, cathedrals and listed buildings.

Our unique approach to restoration services have allowed us to implement cost-effective methods to reach any height or location, enabling us to produce a detailed report of a building’s structural integrity and offer recommendations accordingly. This has the potential to greatly expand the life span of a building.

At Rainey Restoration Ltd, the health and safety of our employees is of paramount importance. Our rope access techniques allow us to safely work at heights and carry out difficult manoeuvres both safely and efficiently. Furthermore, 95% of our works can be carried out without the need for expensive scaffolds, craneage or road closures.

Previous Work (Steeplejack Services)

St Muredach’s Cathedral, Ballina
The top eight courses of stonework had become structurally unstable as a direct result of “dowel rust expansion ”. We were tasked with dismantling the eight courses of stone, removing the rusted metal and rebuilding the top of the spire. This entire project was executed without the need for extensive scaffolding from the ground, thus saving the client tens of thousands of pounds.

St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork
Areas of water ingress were noted internally in a number of locations throughout the cathedral. We were able to locate the defective areas externally, access them with ease and remedy the problem. 

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
Areas of vegetation growth and loose mortar joints were noted from ground level. We were able to abseil down all elevations and remove vegetation and replace defective mortar joints.

Irish Cement, Co. Louth
Due to changes in production, Irish Cement required the removal of the 2.5 tonne cap from one of their stacks, approximately 100m high. We were able to erect specialist steeplejack ladders to reach the top of the chimney and unfasten the cap, allowing it to be removed safely and efficiently.

Previous Work (Rope Access Belfast)

John Bell House, Belfast
Defective vents on the internal courtyard of John Bell House needed to be replaced and access via MEWP/Crane/Scaffold was extremely expensive and disruptive to residents. Using rope access techniques, we were able to reach all locations and carry out repairs safely and efficiently. 

Irish Cement, Co. Louth
To enable scaffold to be erected safely for annual refractory repairs, we were asked to remove all loose material from the inner walls of the silos to allow for the safe erection of scaffolding from below.

  • "I worked closely with Rainey restoration at St Mel’s Cathedral (2012-2015) on a number of particularly challenging aspects related to high level removals, structural strengthening works, reinstatement of the fabric of the cathedral campanile and works in and around the bells. No matter what challenges we put in front of them , their experience/skills , detailed method statements and risk assessments and extremely disciplined approach , yielded positive results , without fail.

    I would have no hesitation in recommending Brian Rainey and his team for such works and look forward to working with them again in the future."

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