Recent Projects and News

What Abcas have been up to – from cliff stabilisation in Gibraltar to paint thickness testing

Cliff stabilisation works in North Devon

Abcas were employed by North Devon Council to undertake a full slope stabilisation project in Ilfracombe harbour as part of a redevelopment scheme providing new fishing stores below the slope.

Over 4000m2 of slope was cleared of vegetation and mature trees felled by Abcas arborists prior to rock scaling.
A top hammer drill attached to a long reach telescopic boom was used to install many of the 700+ stainless steel anchors installed in the slope. PVC coated rock netting, rock bolts and cables were installed to ensure the safety of those using the area below.

The works were completed on time and to the complete satisfaction of the client:

I’m absolutely bowled over with the work that’s been done. I know that there have been issues and the weather has not been helpful, but I have heard nothing but good things about the team. The cliff to my mind looks amazing ….and to finish on time and near enough to the budget is just brilliant. I’m recommending you to anyone who will listen and if you need a reference happy to oblige. Can’t thank you enough…

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Safety inspection and rock scaling for local swimming club

  • Scaling loose rock from above board walk
  • Scaled material removed from rock face
  • Scaling loose rock from above board walk

Abcas recently carried out a safety inspection and rock scaling project for an historic swimming club that makes good use of a redundant quarry.

Access was extremely limited but Abcas rope technicians were able to quickly rig ropes and get to work. Disruption was minimal and the work was completed on programme to the client’s full satisfaction.

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Slope stabilisation to roadside in West Wales

  • Slope preparation and vegetation removal
  • Chipping of vegetation for disposal off site
  • Installing rock bolts with hand held rotary percussive drill
  • Rock fall netting and anchors to slope

We recently undertook slope stabilisation works at this roadside location near Milford Haven in West Wales. Rock fall onto the road was causing safety issues and the project was put out to competitive tender. The works included traffic management, vegetation clearance, rock anchoring and face netting. All works were completed on programme and to the client’s full satisfaction.

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Green Bridge Cliff Survey

  • Geological survey of 100m high sea cliff
  • Geological survey of 100m high sea cliff

As part of a feasibility study into the construction of a new viewing platform on top of a 100m high cliff on the Pembrokeshire Coast a geological survey of the cliff below was required.

Abcas were employed to provide a safe means of access & supervision for the duration of the site works.

The benefits of using rope access techniques for this work included:

  • Speed of set up and dismantling of the access system
  • Minimal environmental impact to a sensitive area of National Park
  • Flexible system allowing the engineer unlimited access to the survey area
  • All equipment removed from site at the end of a shift reducing disruption and risk to the public.

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Roadside rockfall protection

  • Rockfall protection netting adjacent to road

Following several rockfalls onto a narrow main road in West Wales Abcas were awarded the contract to initially scale the rock cutting and then install rockfall protection netting. Protective fencing and a traffic management system were required to ensure the safety of road users during our works as the road had to be kept open.
Works were completed within budget and on schedule.

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