DHL Supply Chain – Brackmills Industrial Estate

Safety Circle steps used in this project
Brackmills Site

The client

DHL's new supply chain campus in Brackmills, Northampton offers cost-competitive, flexible supply chain solutions that add value to businesses.

This modern, purpose-built campus offers low-cost, flexible warehousing managed by logistics industry experts and is set in a prime location with excellent communication and distribution networks.

DHL Logo

The requirement

As part of Stewarts Commercial Contractors' refurbishment works, there was an internal office space erected and a hatch providing access to the roof area.

Our scope of work included providing the following:

  • Safe access from ground level, to the office roof area.

  • Collective protection to the office roof area.

  • Safe access from the office roof area, up the new roof access hatch.

  • Additional systems from the hatch to the existing cable systems on the roof.

DHL Supply Chain, Brackmills Industrial Estate
DHL Lorry

The solutions

To provide safe access from ground level to the office roof area, we designed, supplied and installed an Ascent™ access ladder.  The Ascent™ Fixed Access Ladder provides a simple access solution to roof areas for maintenance and other occasional use. All our ladders are individually designed to suit their location and use. They fully comply with relevant European standards.  The Ascent™ ladder also proved to be a versatile solution for accessing the new roof hatch from the office roof area, with its capability of incorporating a mid-platform to comply fully with current regulations.

We opted for a freestanding weighted guarding system to provide collective protection on the office roof. This allowed the guarding to be installed after the office construction had been completed, without the need to penetrate the finished roof surface. A unique low-profile base design means there are no unsightly counterbalance weights whilst a high-performance rubber mat placed between the base and the roof surface ensures no adverse effect on new or existing roof guarantees.

With regards to the additional cable system required at the roof level, we installed the MSA Latchways Constant Force® Post system. This provided safe access from the newly installed hatch, to the existing roof-mounted cable systems. Using the MSA Latchways range of Constant Force® posts we can install cable-based systems to a vast majority of roof types.


The implementation of comprehensive safety solutions ensured safe and efficient access within DHL's new supply chain campus in Brackmills, Northampton.

By incorporating the Ascent™ access ladder, a versatile and compliant solution, employees can easily access the office roof area from ground level and navigate between different levels within the campus.

The freestanding weighted guarding system not only provided collective protection on the office roof but also preserved the integrity of the finished roof surface, maintaining the aesthetic appeal of the modern campus.

The installation of the MSA Latchways Constant Force® Post system enhanced safety measures by facilitating secure access to existing cable systems, promoting a seamless workflow for logistics operations.

For more info on this project or solutions used please contact...

Sam Wakeling

Estimating Manager

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