In the heart of London, the iconic Science Museum is undergoing a transformative renovation, and it’s not just the exhibits that are evolving. Kent-based Browne’s Scaffolding Ltd has taken centre stage on the project by using the versatile Layher Allround scaffolding system to enhance the accessibility and safety of this prestigious project.
We spoke with Darren Bond, Project Manager at Browne’s Scaffolding, to get an inside look at their ground-breaking approach.
The journey began in October 2022 when HLS McConnell approached Browne’s Scaffolding to tender for the Science Museum project. After winning the contract, the team conducted a comprehensive site visit to assess the unique scaffolding requirements necessary for the stipulated works. During this initial assessment, it became clear that the museum’s limited access and egress presented a significant challenge.
Initially, the project called for installing a free-standing hoist with a scaffold frame support solely to the front of the sunscreen area. However, Browne’s Scaffolding had a vision for a more comprehensive solution.
Darren Bond explained, “Our idea was to incorporate both a stair access scaffold and a hoist tower support into a single scaffold structure. This not only provided a secondary means of escape but also offered an alternative access route to the roof, enhancing safety and efficiency.”
With this innovative approach in mind, the project was entrusted to Browne’s Scaffolding’s appointed scaffold engineer, who meticulously designed and calculated the necessary components. This led to a ground test to ensure the area could support the scaffold’s weight, with a major point of concern being how to tie the scaffold securely.
Overcoming Obstacles: Tying the Scaffold
The challenge of tying the scaffold arose due to the considerable distance between the existing gantry walkways, exceeding 8-10 meters. This necessitated calculations to overcome this issue, resulting in the incorporation of 152 x 76 x 19kg structural T steels behind the existing tubular steelwork to ensure the scaffold’s integrity.
Despite some logistical challenges, effective communication within the team helped overcome space and storage issues during the erection sequence. In the upcoming weeks, a cantilevered hanging scaffold will be erected from the 4th to the 3rd floor, further showcasing Browne’s Scaffolding’s expertise with the Layher system.
Layher’s Versatility: The Key to Success
Speaking about their experience with the Layher system, Darren Bond expressed their satisfaction, “As a company, and following feedback from the lads carrying out the works, we are extremely pleased with the practicality of using the Layher system. It has proven to be greatly adaptable and efficient in providing the access required.”
Browne’s Scaffolding has embraced the Layher system not only on this project but also in their European endeavours, where the system is becoming a favoured choice over traditional tube and fitting. With works in Germany and France currently underway, the Layher system is gaining traction among both existing clients and scaffolding professionals on the ground.
Shaping the Future of Access Solutions
The Science Museum project stands as a testament to the innovative solutions Browne’s Scaffolding Ltd brings to the scaffolding industry, with the Layher Allround scaffolding system at the forefront of their success. As they continue to push the boundaries of scaffolding excellence, it’s evident that this dynamic partnership will shape the future of access solutions across various projects.