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Suspended Access Cradle Hire

Apollo Cradles supply temporary access cradle solutions for hire nationwide, throughout the UK.

What is a cradle?

Suspended cradles (also known as suspended access platforms) are safe working areas hung from cables which can be raised and lowered into position using powered winches.

Suspended cradles are widely used for maintenance, cleaning, inspection and installation work on both the external and internal sides of buildings and structures.

Suspended either directly from a gantry, structure or using a specially fabricated roof-rig system, temporary access cradles are a quick and convenient method of accessing heights or depths out of the range of conventional access methods such as scaffolding, ladders, cherry pickers and scissor lifts.
Another advantage of cradles is that they create no obstruction at ground level and generally need no tying in to the building face. With little noise or vibration, cradles are ideal for working at height on occupied buildings.

Modular capability

A cradle consists of deck units, guardrails, winches and headgear. These are modular and can be configured to suit a wide range of applications ranging in length from 2 to 12 metres. For more specialist applications we have the ability to design and produce suspended cradles which pass round corners, travel at angles and slot inside chimneys and shafts, please contact us for more information.

Power systems

The ability to raise and lower the cradle comes from either the Alpha Hoist or Compact Hoist, depending on load requirements. These are highly reliable devices with built in fail safes and are combined with the Sky Lock secondary rope safety device.

Summary specification

  Platforms up to 12 metres long
  Manual, electric or pneumatic operation
  No ties to building required
  No obstructions at ground level
  Corner and double platform options
  Any desired height and high load capacity
  Special platforms available
  Fully accredited training available

Apollo Cradles can supply cradles to specifically suit your access requirements. Please contact us for more information.

Please also take a look at some of our previous suspended access cradle projects below, to see the full capabilities of cradles provided by Apollo Cradles.

Featured Cradle Projects

Hammersmith Bridge Repair
Hammersmith Bridge Repair
Hammersmith Bridge in West London has had frequent tests done by Apollo on its permanent runway beam.
Our tests identified a problem with the runway beam after it was hit by a boat which we were asked to repair using suspended access platforms.
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Ratcliffe Power Station
Ratcliffe Power Station
Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire is one of the largest coal fired power stations in the UK.
Over the years the concrete reinforcing the walls of the cooling towers has developed voids and become in need of repair.
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Barnsley College Regeneration
Barnsley College Regeneration
A major element of the 'Remaking Barnsley' initiative, Barnsley College occupies a prime spot at the ‘gateway' to the town.
Combining several campuses into one site, this project created Barnsley's largest new building.
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Xscape Cladding & Sheeting
Xscape Cladding & Sheeting
Xscape Yorkshire is a leisure complex containing shops, clubs, restaurants, and entertainment facilities.
During its construction, a suspended cradle solution was required for fitting the cladding and sheeting to the building facade.
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Humber Bridge Maintenance
Humber Bridge Maintenance
Humber Bridge was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world for 16 years.
Regular maintenance and inspection is conducted on the bridge and to aid this difficult access task Apollo Cradles were approached.
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