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Scaffmag Issue 18


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Issue 18 features the very latest news, projects, views and insight from the scaffolding industry.

Editors Note

Welcome and happy new year to you, thanks for reading this latest edition of Scaffmag! We are thrilled to bring you another jam-packed full-on, and, once again, informative issue. Over the following 70-plus pages, you will find an array of articles and features that will provide you with invaluable information, inspiration, and insights to help you to stay ahead of the curve in this incredible scaffolding industry.

Although 2022 was yet another year of uncertainty and turbulence with inflation, the cost-of-living crisis, and the dreaded skills shortage, our industry and the wider construction sector will still face many difficulties and formidable challenges this coming year. Despite this, our great industry is incredibly resilient and will continue to grow and evolve. One such business that’s going places and making waves in the industry quite literally is our cover story on ScaffFloat. We speak to its founder Toby Budd in a Q&A about its success and plans for the future on page 18.

Now, more than ever, staying informed on the latest industry advancements is essential to help scaffolding businesses overcome challenges and succeed. That’s why in this issue, we’ve dedicated a significant portion of our coverage to exploring the progress in technology and Scaffolding Software by speaking with some of its leaders. On page 26, we find out that Avontus – one of the leading scaffolding tech companies, has something significant in the pipeline and is about to launch multiple new features and upgrades to its flagship design program and viewer app. Meanwhile, on page 30, digital inspection firm SafeTime is celebrating ten years in business this year; we caught up with its co-Founder, Carl Sharley, to reflect on the past decade.

Also, in this issue, we have focused on the role of women in construction and how it massively benefits a business both financially and culturally, as Des Moore explains in his detailed piece on the subject on page 36. Elsewhere in this issue, we look at some outstanding heritage projects from PHD Modular Access at HMS Victory and IBN Scaffold Access at Salford Cathedral. Plus, much more…

Happy reading, and stay safe!

Daniel Norton – Editor