Safe and simple access at Viacom Studios!

20141104_135352Viacom International’s UK headquarters is now benefitting from safer maintenance access at its studios in Camden, London, following a complete re-fit of its roof access walkways by leading providers, ECEX.

The site, which plays host to the makers of music, comedy and kids programming, required re-configuration and simplification of the access to its air handling plant, which was originally located across peaks and valleys of a ‘north light’ roof, making maintenance access across the roof slow and potentially hazardous.

Following a survey of the site, ECEX’s team of experts tendered for the provision of a system of fabricated steel walkways, access gantries, ladders and stairs which would create a continuous, safe access route to all necessary areas.

The ECEX mechanical division carried out the re-configuration of the chilled water pipework, while the fabrication department pre-assembled the pre-fabricated steelwork at ground level before craning it up to the roof in 10 metre long gantry sections. These were then fixed in-situ and laid with GRP gritted non-slip grating surfaces. Finally, the mechanical team re-instated the trace heating insulation – and all with minimal disruption to site!

The client was delighted with the project which was finished on time and on budget, as Dave Bennett, Viacom’s Director of Planning and Design, explained: “Thank you to the team that erected the steelwork and platforms. They are a credit to ECEX: at all times they conducted themselves and their work in a very professional manner, finished on time and we are very happy with their work.”

John Grenville, managing director at ECEX, commented: “The very nature of the client meant that it was vital we kept disruption to an absolute minimum, which was achieved. Through meticulous project management, excellent training and safety culture, a 100 per cent client satisfaction is the outcome we always aim to achieve, so I’m delighted that we’ve done so again on this project.”

ECEX survey, design, manufacture and install bespoke and off-the-shelf access safety solutions, including:

  • Walkways and stopovers
  • Access ladders and platforms
  • Guardrail and edge protection
  • Stairs
  • Mesh security caging
  • All other fabricated metalwork

For more information or to talk to one of the team, call 01635 244 100, email or visit

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