In the third quarter of 2022, AT-PAC partnered with Connolly Scaffolding Ltd to provide a comprehensive scaffolding solution to perform the refurbishment works of Thorn Court, one of the largest residential buildings in the Pendleton estate that dominates the Salford skyline.
As the refurbishing of a residential tower of this scale presents unique challenges, Connolly Scaffolding Ltd. was engaged to provide a suitable access scaffold solution to the external elevations of the 63m high residential building. The scaffold would need to stand for two years and be designed for use by multiple contractors during the refurbishment works. As the building was fully tenanted, the scaffold had to consider overhead protection and not impede building access and egress for current tenants.
Wayne Connolly, Managing Director of Connolly Scaffolding, highlighted the importance of refurbishment work in addressing the shortage of housing in the UK. He noted that high-rise developments require much greater preparation, planning, and out-of-the-box thinking to deliver safe, efficient, and suitable solutions for the large amounts of work to be carried out by a variety of trades over the project duration.
“Our Birmingham Branch provided over 380 tons of its AT-PAC Ringlock System Scaffold to the project over a three-month period. This generated a reduction of approximately 85 tons of material when compared to traditional Tube & Fitting solutions”. Adds Richard L’Herroux, Regional Director for England, explaining on how the overall installation costs were reduced significantly with the Ringlock approach, considering both transport requirements, mobilization, and manual handling risks, significantly took a sharp dip.
Moreover, AT-PAC’s in-house technical team collaborated with Connolly’s design partner, to overcome some of the challenging engineering aspects of this project, as the vital importance of maintaining live access to tenants and staying within the footprint constraints of the property.
The scaffold was designed to match the slab floor heights, with varying lift heights of 2.0m, 2.5m, and 3.0m. Bespoke dimensioned Loading Platforms were designed to maximize utilization of available space, both around the building and in the adjacent compound, facilitating both manual and mechanical personnel access areas, accommodating material handling solutions, fan protection lifts, lower-level public protection decks, and Hoist Run-Offs.
With a strong track record of delivering access solutions to all types of demands from small to large developments, Connolly Scaffolding has provided scaffolding access to significant properties, including the recent refurbishment of the Municipal Building in Liverpool.
The acquired expertise was crucial to the successful delivery of a high-profile project like Thorn Court in a perfect joint venture with AT-PAC that, over recent years, has worked on some unique large-scale developments around the world and has nearly 10,000 tons of hire material in the UK, making it well positioned to support valued clients like Connolly Scaffolding on projects such as this.
Thorn Court is a prime example of AT-PAC’s and Connolly Scaffolding’s dedication to providing collaborative support, design & engineering and reliable Ringlock hire material.
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