Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) has completed a challenging contract in the Republic of Ireland to carry out vital maintenance to a chimney for Breedon Cement.

Breedon operates two cement plants with a total capacity in excess of 2 million tonnes. Its Hope cement plant in Derbyshire is recognised as the UK’s largest and has been in operation for more than 80 years. The plant at Kinnegad near Dublin commenced production in 2002 and is one of the most modern in Europe.

Steeplejack engineers from PTSG Building Access Specialists Ltd were on site in Kinnegad for just over a month. The project was made more challenging both by the coronavirus restrictions (the job was finished on the day Ireland went into lockdown) and by the exposed nature of the site, meaning that weather was a significant factor.

It appears that this was the first time the chimney had been painted by professional steeplejacks in well over a decade. Works included a cleaning the chimney before applying the primer, undercoat and finally the durable main coat.

PTSG’s team had its own compound due to the restrictions – no member was allowed to mix with anyone else on site. Despite all this, the job was completed on time and to budget, meeting the client’s expectations.

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