Heron Tower, London UK

Project facts

Description Heron Tower, London
Challenge Development of a special mast climbing work platform solution for affixing the 4m cladding panels

To install large-format blast-proof cladding to the outside of the building’s southeast core, the façade constructors needed an access solution capable of handling the 4m high metal and glass panels. SGB (Formerly Harsco Infrastructure) design engineers came up with a double-decker MASTCLIMBERS™ solution on which two masts carry a pair of climbing platforms, one above the other.

Working in parallel, each pair of platforms would thus provide simultaneous access to the fixing points at the top and bottom of each panel. To make sure that the cladding panels could be attached without hindrance, the anchor points tying the masts into the building had to be spaced at least 12 m apart and were therefore specially designed to suit high loads.

With the double-deck platforms erected, installation of the blast panels could be carried out entirely from outside the building and with the maximum level of safety. Using the MASTCLIMBERS™ not only made cladding installation quicker, but it reduced the risks of working at height and also freed up the tower crane for other duties.

At 180 m, the Heron Tower is the highest MASTCLIMBERS™ installation ever recorded in the UK.

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