Office refurbishment, Woking UK

Project facts

Description Office refurbishment, Woking
Challenge Design and errect CUPLOK scaffolding for the construction of curved office building adjacent to a lake

The refurbishment of a highly distinctive office building in Woking called for a scaffolding solution that was reliable and sufficiently adaptable to cope with the unusual requirements of the project. The building presented a number of challenges including a long, curved elevation adjacent to water, and lightweight exterior walls that required the scaffolding to be self-supporting.

SGB (Formerly Harsco Infrastructure) provided access to the entire building using its Cuplok@ scaffold system. The Cuplok allowed the creation of a scaffolding structure that followed the profile of the building precisely, and provided safe, effective access for the various trades who needed to work on the building’s exterior facades. It allowed the creation of wide, clear work decks free from obstructions and trip-hazards.

The unique Cuplok node point connection feature also allowed the scaffolding to be erected considerably faster than traditional scaffolding.

The building's two end elevations feature steel louvered screens which stand beyond the glazed walls. Although fixed in position, they were not robust enough to tie into, and so scaffolding was erected on both sides of the louvers and linked together to create the required degree of stability and safety.

In other areas where the scaffolding could not be tied to the building, the CUPLOK structures were braced by tower assemblies incorporating counterweight kentledge to provide stability. The perimeter scaffold also incorporated a large access staircase, a mechanical hoist and rubbish removal towers.

"The 6-storey building sits on the bank of a large lake – a factor which influenced the system design. Fortunately the lakeside timber decking and its steelwork support structure had been recently replaced. This meant that we had a firm base on which to build, but space was still at a premium, and the presence of the water meant that safety was, as ever, a vital consideration." 

Sean Byles, Site Services Manager

Safety is a key characteristic of SGB’s Cuplok system, which features advanced guardrails and steel boards that provide maximum protection on site. This helps create fully integrated, systemised access solutions, and Harsco continues to add new components to the system to expand the versatility it offers.

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