Recent Projects and News

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

Abcas and GRAND DESIGNS

  • Rigging traverse lines for access to structural steelwork
  • Rigging traverse lines for access to structural steelwork
  • View of lifeboat station under renovation

Abcas were recently employed by Talkback Thames TV to assist the GRAND DESIGNS presenter Kevin McCloud to access the steel superstructure of the now redundant lifeboat station in Tenby, West Wales. The structure is currently undergoing an extensive conversion into a private home.

Abacs were employed to rig a suitable access system and then provide safety supervision of the film crew allowing Mr McCloud to safely access the underside of the deck and the supporting steelwork.

Client’s testimonial:

“From my producer point of view, you were a joy to deal with. As soon as I found you, you were very professional, clearly experienced and very patient with the initial to-ing and fro-ing…… You were accommodating and flexible when it came to arranging the recce. In your discussions with Ned (Director) about what could and couldn’t be achieved you managed his expectations well. You were impeccably organised and even went out of your way to make sure things ran smoothly….. I never had any doubts about the safety of Kevin or our crew.”

Cecelia Deane
Assistant Producer
TalkbackThames TV

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Installation of giant promotional "washing line"

  • Abseil technicians accessing bridge prior to rigging of washing line
  • Descent from bridge using electric winch
  • Abseil technicians secure washing line cable
  • Abseiling into position to make adjustments to giant clothes.

As part of Newport’s festival celebrations Abcas rigged a giant promotional “washing line” of colourful nylon clothing attached to a steel cable.
The clothes were attached at ground level and then the whole assembly hauled into position by our experienced riggers.
An electric winch was used to assist the access and hauling operations.

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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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Abcas rigs bridge for UK high wire record

Abcas teamed up with French high wire walker Olivier Roustan for his record breaking walk over a Newport bridge yesterday.

Photos and more will follow shortly

BBC News
You Tube

Abcas assists famous French wire walker

Abcas were employed to provide a safe means of access for a wire walker to ascend the iconic Usk footbridge in Newport, Gwent.
Olivier Roustan plans to perform a high wire walk along the bridge’s top support cable during the week long festival in August which is being held to celebrate Newport’s hosting of The Ryder Cup.

South Wales Argus

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