The Thornbury Theatre Case Study - Roof Safety Project

The Thornbury Theatre 1

Client: The Thorbury Theatre
Location: Thornbury, Melbourne, Victoria
Height Safety System Installed: Fixed Ladders, Guard Rails, Roof Walkways, Static Line System

About Thornbury Theatre

Located in the Thornbury district of Melbourne, this opened as the New Thornbury Theatre on 1st August 1926. It was independently operated and this continued until 1931 when it was taken over by Hoyts. It was re-modeled (architect unknown at the moment) and became one of their sumptuous chain of Regent Theatres in 1932.

With the introduction of television to Australia in 1956, cinema attendances plummeted and the Regent Theatre went over to part-time operation, only opening on Thursday, Friday & Saturday evenings. It closed on 24th June 1967 and became a ballroom, named the Cantina Ballroom. In the early-2000’s it was converted into a reception hall for weddings and events, named the Midas Reception Hall. In 2010, new owners took over and now re-named Thornbury Theatre, it hosts wrestling matches, live music concerts as well as receptions.

Height Safety Requirement

The Thorbury Theatre was undergoing a massive renovation internally and externally to bring it back to its past glory. Part of the renovation included all new HVAC utilities being installed on the roof. To ensure safe roof access for maintenance of HVAC systems on the extensive roof, the design of the height safety system had to balance safe and practical roof access but also budget constraints. Renovating a heritage listed building always comes with surprises and unplanned costs.

Recommended Height Safety Solution

After discussing a number of roof access options and considerations, Essential Height Safety designed and installed a Roof Safety Solution to protect maintenance workers who required roof access. The Height Safety Solution included included Fixed Ladders, Guard Rails, Roof Platforms, and Static Line Systems to allow access to a roof with a high roof pitch. As the industries leading Height Safety, Fall Protection and Roof Safety Specialists, Essential Height Safety is a Sayfa Accredited installer Australia Wide. As a Sayfa installer, we can design and install a similar height safety or roof safety system at your workplace to protect your workers at height.

About Essential Height Safety

We are Australia’s Leading Experts in Height Safety and Safe Roof Access Systems. As the market leading expert in Roof Safety, all our Height Safety Systems use Australian Engineered and Manufactured materials that are installed by our own employees. Our Height Safety Solutions and Roof Safety Systems offer fall protection for workers at height and ensure legal compliance to all regulations, codes and standards.

Trusted by 1000’s of clients Australia wide, Essential Height Safety have a team of highly trained height safety experts that design and install Fall Prevention and Fall Arrest Systems throughout Australia.  With a team of accredited Sayfa Installers all over Australia, we have close partnerships delivering large projects with Australia’s biggest builders, commercial property owners and facility managers. Essential Height Safety recommends and installs Roof Safety Systems that balance worker safety, practical Height Safety Access and the clients budget.

Whether its a new building under construction or an existing building that is no longer compliant in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Darwin or Hobart, we keep workers safe at height while maintaining legal compliance to all regulations, standards and codes.

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