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A ‘Grotesque’ Inspection for Panther at Salisbury Cathedral!

Panther has recently been helping Salisbury Cathedral with the important inspection of medieval stone gargoyles. Panther, part of Lavendon Access Services, carried out a detailed site survey at the 750 year old Cathedral to ensure they supplied the correct machine for the 3 days of inspection by specialist stone masons to determine whether they needed to undertake restorative work.
Senior Sales Manager, Stewart Green, recommended one of the largest booms in Panther’s fleet, a B85 DS self-propelled telescopic boom for a number of reasons: “Although the gargoyles are fairly low down, at over 123 metres the Cathedral is actually the tallest in the country, so we needed to make sure the operators could safely reach up and over the external features of the building. The machine would also have to travel over some uneven ground, so it was important to provide the four wheel drive option.”

Ted Hillier from Salisbury Cathedral’s Works Department is very happy with the machine’s performance and versatility: “At 27.9 metres, the B85 DS easily provided enough working height for our stone mason to carry out inspections. The platform also offers an impressive 23.4 metres of outreach which was particularly useful, as some of the areas we needed to access required the base of the boom to be positioned a distance away from the Cathedral itself.”

Salisbury is unique amongst medieval English Cathedrals, as it was built within one century with no substantial later additions. As well as being the UK’s tallest, the Cathedral contains the world’s oldest working clock, (from AD 1386) and has one of the four surviving original copies of the Magna Carta. 

Established in 1978, Panther Platform Rentals is a UK leader in powered access equipment hire and sale, and part of Europe’s largest powered access rental company, Lavendon Group PLC.For further information about our access hire service, please visit our website at


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