Special Access Solutions at Euston Station

Palmers Scaffolding St James Park HS2

Large-scale access solutions are being provided by Palmers Scaffolding for the St James Park London Euston Station HS2 enabling construction works.

Palmers £3M tempory works contract for principal contractor CSJV began in July 2018. A 10,000m² temporary roof has been erected by the firm — supported below by 15 towers and 300m of bespoke Palmers special access spine beam. This was erected to house CSJV’s archaeology programme to carry out a number of operations in a cemetery that is buried underneath St James Park.

Over 30 Palmers Scaffolding operatives are involved in the project that is set to remain erected for approximately 18 months, whilst the archaeology works are carried out.

The firm has said, 90% of the works will be completed from the confines of a safe working platform (fully boarded and hand railed) and then be traversed into position, to avoid the risk of working at height.

“This is a marvellous project in every sense. The design process has taken a long time to perfect, but the solution is proving to be ideal for purpose,” said Palmers Managing Director, Donald Morrison.

Palmers Operations Director for Special Access, Paul Duggan added: “The design has involved months of planning and constructing demonstration rigs for the client at our base in Chester, prior to installation on site. We are all proud of the works. We believe Palmers are unique at producing something with a design this innovative.”

Ian McFarlane, Palmers Director of Business and Project Development concluded: “It is fantastic to be working at Euston station on such large-scale, high-profile construction works, within the rail sector. It is an specialised piece of scaffolding requiring specialist knowledge to erect and manage and Palmers are proud to be providing the modern special access here.”

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