Banner hanging at world heritage site needs emission-free boom

A pollution-free access platform supplied by JMS has been used to assist the installation of giant banners promoting a major restoration project at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich.

The NiftyLift Height Rider HR15N self-propelled boom lift was used by John Anthony Signs to hang the two-metre by four-metre banners publicising the restoration of the Painted Hall and other events.

The 18th Century hall, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor, is a major attraction at the Old Royal Naval College and is described as the UK’s Sistine Chapel.

JMS Hire Manager Daryl Tait worked closely with John Anthony Signs, an industry-leading bespoke sign manufacturer, to select the right aerial platform for the banner project.

She recommending using a brand-new NiftyLift Height Rider HR15N, which has a maximum working height of 15.5m and a low noise and low-emission Tier IV-compliant diesel engine.

The machine’s N designation stands for narrow. At just 1.5 metres wide, the articulating aerial boom is designed specifically to be operated in confined spaces.

Daryl said: “This particular NiftyLift model is also a hybrid machine so it can be operated in electric-mode only.

“This made it a particularly good choice for a prestigious heritage site, with visitors close by, because it could it could be operated with zero emissions, very low noise and reduced risk of an engine oil or fuel spill on protected paved areas.

“We also needed a compact machine that would take up minimal space in the busy surroundings, allowing the operator to lift and hang multiple banners without causing disruption to visitors or staff.”

Another key requirement was to drive the machine through the ornate gates at the entrance to the site, which the NiftyLift Height Rider HR15N achieved with ease.

Daryl said: “Hanging signs and banners is an essential part of the John Anthony Signs business and it is important for us to help them get every detail of the hire right, every time.”

The NiftyLift HR15N boom was booked in and delivered promptly to a secure location. The banner installation project was then completed without a hitch.

The Old Royal Naval College is a World Heritage site on the River Thames. The Painted Hall reopened in on 23 March 2019 after a £8.5million restoration project that began in October 2016.

Artist Sir James Thornhill took 19 years to complete paintings covering 4,000m2 of the hall’s interior, creating what is described as the masterpiece of English baroque art.

JMS Powered Access has a range of aerial platforms suitable for use on heritage and fragile sites and for sites in ultra-low emissions zones, including central London.

Contact the JMS Hire Desk for expert advice working at height on heritage sites, listed buildings and fragile sites on 0845 457 0000.