Monumental Challenge for Webnet
One of the capital’s most famous landmarks, the 70 metre tall London Monument has recently re‐opened to the public following the conclusion of an 18 month programme of essential repairs, improvements and restoration work.
Completed in 1677, Sir Christopher Wren’s monument to the Great Fire is the tallest isolated stone column in the world ‐ standing 202 feet high, and 202 feet from the spot in Pudding Lane where it is believed the fire started.
Over 100,000 visitors climb the 311 spiral steps to the Monument’s observation gallery every year, and one of the key elements of the £4.5 million programme was the provision of a new viewing platform to ensure that visitors continue to enjoy panoramic views across the city in complete safety.
Designed by Julian Harrap Architects, the two‐metre high platform features a stainless steel balustrade ‘cage’ which is completely enclosed by MMA Architectural System’s stainless steel Webnet system. Replacing a traditional 1950’s iron bar structure, the new platform was lifted in place by crane in two separate sections and welded together in situ by Littlehampton Welding Ltd; the Webnet system was then installed by MMA on site.
Commenting on the installation, MMA director, Nikki Errington, said: “This was a fantastic project to be involved in and we’re absolutely delighted with the result. From the design brief, we worked closely with the architect and contractor to develop a tailored solution, the Webnet system completely enclosing the viewing platform without compromising the spectacular views”.
Manufactured from high‐grade stainless steel rope, Webnet is a versatile and pliable mesh system, providing high strength and long‐life performance in addition to low maintenance and whole‐life costs. The system has many applications including balustrading, plant supports, safety nets, fencing and bird or animal enclosures.
Available in a wide range of sizes, Webnet may be coated in any RAL colour, to suit specific design and functional project needs. The system is both UV and weather resistant – making it the ideal solution for outdoor use and harsh environments ‐ including coastal areas.