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Total Solutions to support significant Lake District development

Total Solutions’ rope access specialists are supporting the development of the Keswick infrastructure project

A Tees Valley-based provider of rope access services has secured a deal to support a significant infrastructure project in the Lake District.

Total Solutions, in partnership with Cubby Construction, is working on the final phase of the development that will help create the new multi-user trail between Keswick and Threlkeld, which was severely damaged by Storm Desmond during December 2015.

Storm Desmond caused extensive damage to two bridges that cross the River Greta, resulting in flooding and pathways being completely washed away. The extensive works will rebuild and repair the remaining 5km of the trail as well as see the construction of two new bridges. Total Solutions scope also includes the blasting/painting refurbishment of eight bridges, six of which cross the River Greta, requiring innovative access solutions.

This final phase of the Keswick-Threlkeld development is expected to be completed in autumn 2020, providing a boost to the area’s local and tourism economies.

Mick Flaherty, Managing Director of Total Solutions, said: “The devastating effects of Storm Desmond have had a massive impact on the community and the progression of the final phase of this development will help to revitalise the area and lead to future economic gains.”

Established in 2008 by Kevin McAskill and Mick Flaherty, who have more than 60 years’ rope access experience combined, Total Solutions is a full Operator/Training member of the IRATA and is accredited to several quality standards, including ISO 9001:2015, ISO 18001 and ISO 14001.

Total Solutions core services include inspection, fabric maintenance, integrity management, consultancy and maintenance services to on and offshore projects internationally.

It has also been involved in the complex refurbishment of the giant Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory – an internationally-renowned landmark in the world of astronomy – where the project includes the replacement of inner bowl plates and various painting / pipework installation. This project proved to be very challenging considering the shape, bespoke suspended decking system was introduced, which saved the client a considerable cost and time.

Mick added: “We are proud to have gained a reputation as a company that can deliver bespoke requirements for clients on very complex and challenging projects, such as the refurbishment of the trail in the Lake District and at Jodrell Bank. The company has continued to grow year-on-year as a direct result of securing significant projects in the UK and abroad, and we are expecting this period of positivity to continue.”