Mastclimbers in the City


We had the pleasure of providing a series of mastclimbers to McLaughlin and Harvey site in Belfast working on the first stage of the new University of Ulster campus build and renovation.

AER Access were able to provide mastclimbers at 5 separate locations on site, ranging from 48m long to 36 meters high and including smaller material hoists to make a rounded solution for your specialist access requirements.

We were able to complete autocad drawings to support our method statement to pinpoint exact dimensions and span of mastclimbers.  AER used a combination of mastclimbers on this project to ensure precision installation of glass structures.  Decks of the mastclimber were specially extended to gain access to loading bays and the building itself wans’t a straight facade so extra care needed to be taken to ensure the machines would manoeuvre  out to the correct depth.

The project spanned 8 levels with the height just under 40mtrs high.  The access plan was designed for hoists to be fitted for materials and personnel, plus additional mastclimbers to provide suitable access for the installation of the curtain walling and rainscreen soffit.  As you can see from the photographs there were a mix of mastclimbers on site from single mast units ans double mast units, each client will have their individual requirements which we here at AER Access can adapt for you to ensure you are getting a solution that fits your needs.

There is still 2 more sections of the build to continue and you can get a full understanding of the entire project from this link which shows an overview of the entire project including a demolition gallery.



Our sister company- Rooftec flat roof specialists

Who are Rooftec Flat Roof Specialists?:

You may not know this but we have a sister company called Rooftec that are a flat roof specialist company.  We are better known for our East Belfast address but we run out of the same site here at our Templepatrick warehouse.

Enquiries call Robin on 028 93 344080 or email

Job Detail:

This enquiry was not for a flat roof specialist it was actually called in as a leaking roof.  Sometimes when you go to a leaking roof  job your problem isn’t necessarily your roof!  On this job we examined the roof and found the problem was actually a dilapidated chimney stack that was allowing vegetation to grow into the house.  But the good thing about Roooftec although we are flat roof specialists we can fix all sorts of roofing issues.

We removed the broken brick and plaster, removed the vegetation from the chimney breast and rebuilt the chimney stack and re-pointed the seal on the roof making it clean and safe to highest quality required of a listed building.

I have placed a few images below  of our flat roof specialists hard at work.  They were replacing brick and repointing a chimney on  a listed building near Dunmurry. The  total job took about 2 days to complete

(clicking on the picture will make them bigger one at a time)




Alimak passenger hoist – Harland and Wolff

Alimak Passenger Hoist 

AER access had the privilege of supplying the passenger hoists which provided access to and from the Byford Dolphin Rig when it was docked in Belfast for essential ship repairs this year in 2015.

The oil rig itself weighs 11,000 tons and was the sister of the Blackford Dolphin which we also serviced for 6 months at the ship yard last year.

Our Alimak CH 1430 twin passenger hoist which allowed up to 14 men to go up and down to the height of the oil rig maintaining a steady stream of workers to and from the rig with easy access to both upper and ground levels.  With over 1000 working crew on board and a 24 hour working environment it was essential piece of kit for the  100million renewal contract.

Initially supplied with a driverless operating system it became apparent that efficiency could be increased by using operators and we supplied two men on 12 hour shifts 7 days a week to complete the contract.

Although this was a bespoke item for Harland and Wollf, we have a generic spec sheet for the item.

harland and wollf passenger hoist 2

♦Up to 14000kgs in weight per car

♦Can be self driven or manned

♦Modular system to a maximum height of 100mtrs

♦Ideal for large volume of workers and material transfer.

♦90 second travel time to top level of 40mtrs

Spec Sheet 

passenger hoist spec sheet
passenger hoist spec sheet


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