Client: Borough of Poole
Description of Work: Electrical Rewiring
The King George V memorial clock tower is built of Portland Stone and located opposite the Civic Centre in the Borough of Poole, Dorset.
Wessex Electricals was instructed to renew the electrics inside the memorial clock tower. Ian Struijs, Wessex’s Health and Safety Advisor visited the site with our Contracts Manager Tony Holloway to assess the health and safety of the site. To enter the clock mechanism, you have to go through a small, confined space through the plaque at the base of the clock. Inside there is wooden staging for support with a 6ft drop to the floor. As well as the rewiring it was discovered that the wooden stage was rotting and needed replacing, which Wessex offered to replace.
The heat inside the clock also caused a problem as there was no air flow, so they had to work in 10 minute intervals to ensure they didn’t collapse from the heat! Our engineer was supported by two other Electricians to ensure help was on hand in should there have been an emergency, and radio communication was used as an extra safety measure. Toxic gas monitors were also used whilst working inside the clock to ensure extra safety.