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Bespoke flagpole maintenance & training for Edinburgh Castle

7th Jan 2021
By sarah-jane grainger |
Case Study | Flagpoles | historical buildings flagpoles |

Edinburgh city projects –

Bespoke flagpole maintenance and technical training delivered to Edinburgh Castle.


Edinburgh city is an incredible location, crammed with charming historic buildings. With so many of these buildings Grade listed, it’s no surprise that our specialist services are in demand. We love that our custom projects regularly take us to this beautiful city. Over the years we have been commissioned to design, deliver and install a variety of flagpole solutions for some high-profile buildings, including the Jonny Walker experience, Edinburgh Military Tattoo and Edinburgh Castle. As the only independent manufacturer of glassfibre flagpoles in the UK, we’re called upon to undertake the most complex restoration projects.

The most technically complex project we have completed in Edinburgh has been the 14-metre custom manufactured flagpole for Edinburgh Castle Clock Tower. The project saw our engineering team design, manufacture and install a replacement pole for this Grade 1 listed building. It featured a unique internal winch system, allowing for safe raising and lowering of the flag. This challenging project was completed in summer 2018, and since then we have been available to support with maintenance and technical support.

Bespoke flagpole maintenance & training solution

The complexity of the system and the requirement for regular support meant that we were often called out. This was both costly and inconvenient to the client. And so, it was proposed that an annual maintenance contact and technical training for castle personnel would be of great benefit. This enables personnel to be more self-sufficient and reduce the number of callouts. The annual maintenance contract includes quarterly visits for a rigorous inspection of all parts, mechanisms and fixings of the pole, including replacement of parts where required.

The Flagpole Toolbox Talk was a training session designed to inform staff how to correctly operate the flag. They were also shown how to correctly attach and remove the flag attachment wire and associated counterweight fixings. As well as how to inspect and ensure the correct use of moving parts to help identify signs of wear.

Flagpole specialistsThis technical workshop was delivered by Harrison Flagpoles Technical Manager Mik Duff, who also serviced the flagpole and rectified a problem with the halyard whilst on location. Thanks to Mik, the flag was flying once again, in no time at all.

As flagpole specialists, we are in our element on projects like this. We’re all about solving problems and delivering quality solutions that are sensitive to historic building structures.

Find out more about the breadth of our experience here.

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