Kimberley Sullivan's Blog

Bring in the acrobats!

Posted on: December 2, 2013

terminal_5_72dpi_Dec06Heathrow Airport’s Terminal Five is the 1st thing many international travelers see in the UK. It’s beautiful, it’s a stunning achievement of design, and it’s… apparently a massive annoyance to perform any basic repairs on!

To give you an idea of the severity of the problem, 60% of the 120,000 light bulbs at Terminal Five have blown yet not a single one has been changed since 2008. WHY? The ceiling is 120 feet up, too high for cherry pickers and scissor lifts!

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The solution: hire acrobats!!

It turns out that wirewalkers are uniquely suited to this job, because it’s a lot easier to string a wire across a 120-foot tall span than it is to wheel in a cherry picker. The major bulb replacement task is expected to take nearly four months and cost several million pounds. 

Let’s hope those light bulbs last as long as possible!

Crazy!

Kim 😉

 

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