High Tech Industrial Access

Teesside-based access solutions company provides roof for Sofia's onshore converter station valve hall along with other services.

Hightech Industrial Access

Darlington-based Hightech Industrial Access provides high quality access solutions, industrial services and training across a wide range of sectors including construction, rail, and renewable energy.

Scope of work:  For Sofia, the company worked on the cladding of the roof of the onshore converter station valve hall, the largest building on the site. They installed work restraint systems, hired access platforms and provided rescue services for the activity, as well as provided on-site training.

Economic and employment: As a local company from Darlington, central Teesside, the more industrial services projects Hightech Industrial Access can secure locally, the more local people can be employed and trained on-site. Most teams sent on-site comprise at least one person new to the industry - so projects like Sofia offer positive employment opportunities. Bringing new people onboard ensures economic growth and a reduction skills shortages to the area. Most importantly they give local people a chance they may not have had.

Training and development: Hightech Industrial Access works closely with NETA and with Redcar & Cleveland College to train the next generation to be ready for work in this growing industry. The aim is to be able to employ all the local people it has trained at the college and place them on sites such as Sofia's Wilton site. The company understands that the more Hightech Industrial Access grows, the more the local economy will grow through employment. Working and employing locally is a core value, and one the company strives to achieve.

"We are a professional services company and our goal is always to raise the standard for industrial services here in the North East." 

- Hightech Industrial Access


Hightech was the inaugural winner of the Sofia Star Award for occupational safety.

Hightech was employed at the onshore converter station site to install a safety restraint system on the valve hall roof. On discovering issues with the steel installation the team immediately highlighted them to Site Management. A more detailed inspection was instigated revealing the extent of rectification needed for works to proceed safely. The team went the extra mile over their contracted scope in the interests of safety and did not 'walk on by'.

updated May 2023