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A Head for Heights

A Head for Heights

Cathedral staff have had an elevated opportunity to inspect stonework and stained glass in the Cathedral’s Nave.

Using a specialist ‘Mobile Elevating Work Platforms’ (MEWP), conservation staff from the Cathedral used this rare opportunity to gain access to the seldom seen high level interior vaulting of the Nave.

The inspection survey has been carried out in preparation of the proposed, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) plans which will include conservation to the Nave roof and West Towers, together with stonemasonry to the upper Nave buttresses and conservation of the Nave stained glass windows.

The MEWP was invaluable in facilitating a survey of the Nave vault and the exterior fabric of the Western Towers. It enabled the Surveyor to the Fabric and others to assess the condition of the stonework and more accurately scope the work for the ‘Canterbury Journey’ HLF projects.


Heather Newton, Head of Stone Masonry and Conservation

The MEWP working at Canterbury Cathedral was the Ommelift 4200 RBDJ. It is a boom lift mounted on crawler tracks instead of wheels. The non-marking tracks distribute the machine’s 6,805kg weight over a large area, reducing ground pressure so there was no risk of damage to the floor of the Nave. Tracks also helped the machine to traverse slopes as well as work comfortably outdoors, even on rough terrain.

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