ScaffFloat has expanded overseas after launching its first scaffolding pontoon in Australia through one of its local partners, AEG Group.
Perth based Access Engineering Group is the first scaffold firm in Australia to become an Approved Partner of the patented system that allows pontoons, barges and workboats to be built from standard scaffold components.
The firm last week launched an 8m x 4m ScaffFloat pontoon with a submerged access shelf cantilevered off the end to give bespoke access to their client who is carrying out maintenance works Barrack Street Jetty and needs access above and below the water.
Access Engineering Group offer services throughout Australia and the Pacific Rim Region, both on and offshore and has over 24 years of trading in the industry.
They approached ScaffFloat and applied to be an Approved Provider as they undertake projects in domestic and commercial construction, as well as utilities and infrastructure and could see that ScaffFloat would be of use to their clients.
Damian Beausang, MD of AEG group said ”We have had a number of other enquiries for ScaffFloat in Australia and we expect this to be the first of many jobs where we provide safe floating access. In this case the client, Elite Concrete Protection and Repairs have said they are delighted with the bespoke access for their planned works, in particular how safe it is for the works close to the water. And at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about – happy customers saving time and money”
The ScaffFloat system is designed to integrate with the world’s most popular scaffold systems, including 450 and 750 lattice beams made by Apollo, Generation/Altrad, Layher and Haki. It is the versatility and compatibility that is feeding it’s growth overseas with floats in or on their way to Cyprus, Malta, Singapore, Australia & Ireland and growing enquiries from a number of other markets.
Toby Budd, MD of ScaffFloat added: ”We are delighted to have Damian and Access Engineering Group onboard and this first commercial job is a great start. It’s a real milestone that proves the ScaffFloat system is no longer limited to UK shores. We are now looking at starting manufacture in country so we can supply higher numbers of floats for other projects down under in the pipeline.’’
The smallest pontoons start at 3m x 3m and can scale to almost any size and shape with a 16m x 6.4m self-propelled pontoon with 12m spuds recently used for a 15t dive spread for UXO works on the Thames.
Uses for ScaffFloat™ span several sectors including survey, drilling, geotechnical, renewables, oil & gas, civils, events, military, disaster relief as well as safe floating access.