Going Dutch puts city firm on the pinnacle

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Eurosafe Solutions has completed a contract to design and install an access system on top of one of the tallest buildings in the Dutch city of The Hague.

The Sheffield-based roof top access and safety systems specialist was called in by contractors JP van Eesteren and building owners Deka Germany when they needed to refurbish the roof of the landmark Castalia building.

The building, which is home to the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport, rises 104 metres above the ground and has twin triangular pitched roofs, which are themselves 35 metres tall.

Eurosafe Solutions director, John Boyle, said: “We were successful in winning the contract for this iconic building because of our expertise in designing and installing fall protection systems on many iconic buildings across the UK, Europe and worldwide.

“Our team was able to support the existing roofing contractors when specialist rope access techniques were required to complete the re-roofing of the building safely and efficiently.

“We have received excellent feedback from our client and on-site partners and it was a great experience to work on such an extraordinary building.”

A spokesman for JP van Eesteren praised the Sheffield firm, which was founded by former quantity surveyor John Boyle and contracts manager Gavin Ellis in 2000 and has grown to become a major player in its field, working on prestigious projects around the world.

“We were extremely impressed with the high quality of work delivered by the company, which minimised the risks whilst working at these extreme heights,” said the spokesman.

“Their team was very professional, highly skilled and communicated well at all times with us and other parties, ensuring very safe working practices on site.”

Eurosafe has worked on landmark buildings such as the O2 and Manchester Arenas, the Houses of Parliament and Heathrow Airport in the UK, as well as India’s new Formula 1 track, the Galgenwaard Stadium in Utrecht and Sydney’s Blacktown office block.