Westminster College London UK

Project facts

Description Westminster College London
Client BAM Construction
Challenge To install access scaffold, temporary roofing and encapsulation during the repair and maintenance of a live college building

Speed, safety and the ability to work in partnership with other suppliers are among the key characteristics of SGB's (Formerly Harsco Infrastructure) involvement in a major college refurbishment project in London. Working on behalf of the main project contractor, BAM Construction, SGB used its CUPLOK® multi-purpose steel scaffold to provide an access system to all façades of the Westminster Kingsway College - a further education college which offers academic and vocational courses for 14-19 year olds and adult learners and houses the UK’s leading School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts.

The project involved the re-pointing of brickwork, refurbishment of the Victorian roof structure and chimney stacks, the repair and replacement of windows, the replacement of ventilation equipment and the erection of a new steel-frame building to house new services.

"The scaffolding was installed during term time when students were around, which made the project more challenging, especially as the college also runs courses during the evenings. The nature of the college and the fact that there was a primary school adjacent to it, meant that safety was, as ever, a crucial consideration, so we made extensive use of protection fans and sheeted scaffolding to prevent any dropped item incidents."

Adam Samain, Harsco Design Engineer

"Things were further complicated by the fact that access was via a courtyard in the central part of the college. In one area we were unable to affix any support on top of a low-level roof, so we designed a beamed gantry deck which was supported from brackets bolted into the brickwork. This then supported the internal access scaffolds, which in turn supported the temporary roof structures."

The roofing structure allowed the client to refurbish the roof coverings despite any adverse weather conditions, and along with the SGB roof scaffolds it also meant that the chimney stacks could be refurbished safely. A lack of space on the ground meant that the site cabins, scaffold loading and storage deck areas that were required had to be lifted off the ground and housed on a CUPLOK® scaffold gantry.

SGB’s CUPLOK® is a fully galvanised, multi-purpose steel system scaffold for general access, shoring and vertical load support duties. It features a unique node point design which allows up to four components to be connected in one fastening action. The speed of erection which this provides was a significant benefit for this time-critical project. Other advantages included the relatively small number of CUPLOK® components required, which simplified the process of scheduling the right equipment on site, plus the fact that CUPLOK® eliminates the need for ledger braces which gave clearer working areas on the scaffolding platforms. 

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