Tansley firm’s heritage work

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A Tansley-based company is almost finished restoring part of the country’s railway heritage.

Lant Lane Ltd, based in Lant Lane, as been working hard to restore the ornate roof of London’s Borough Market to its former glory.

The company was awarded the contract to blast and repaint the aging Victorian Structure as part of Network Rail’s Thameslink project.

The ambitious £6billion project aims to alleviate London’s congested rail network by improving existing facilities while at the same time providing some new ones.

Phil Maycock, director of Lant Lane Ltd, said: “We’re doing all the historic columns and steel work.

“I’ve got it all round my yard.

“We did all the historic columns and now all the steel work.”

He said that all the new steel work had been fabricated to look like the original Victorian work.

“If you look at the columns, which are everywhere in that building, they are eight metres or ten metres long – it’s big stuff,” Phil stated.

He currently has about half his workforce of 18 people working on repainting all the green and cream parts of the ceiling – work which requires an eye for detail.

Lant Lane Ltd was set up by Phil’s father in 1976 as a garage repair business and sandblasting services.

The business has now grown to become a specialist in prestige car body repair and accident repair, as well as commercial vehicle painting and mobile blast cleaning.

“It comes here and we shot blast it and paint it to its finished green colour,” Phil explained.

“Then we take it down to London.

“This is for sure one of the biggest projects we have been involved in.

“In total it has created about six months worth of work for us.”

The team is currently about two thirds of the way through the job and aims to complete in May.