Scaffolding plays a crucial role in the construction and refurbishment of buildings, especially those in public places like train stations. Our scaffolding company was recently tasked with the challenging project of erecting a cantilever scaffold over the up and down side of Tunbridge Wells Train Station Bridge for refurbishment works.
In this article, we’ll take you through the process, highlighting the challenges we faced, the innovative solutions we employed, and the exceptional workmanship and expertise demonstrated by our team.
Before we could begin the scaffold erection, the first step was to create drawings and calculations with the help of a qualified engineer who had knowledge of the rail industry regulations. These were then submitted along with a cost, and after a series of discussions with the client, Bam Nuttall, on time scales and the availability of shut downs and line blocks, we were ready to begin.
The first stage of the scaffold erection was to form a low-level loaded scaffold along either side of the bridge over the pavement. This was done with traffic management in place, temporarily closing the pavement. From this scaffold, beams were extended out over the track to form a cantilever drop scaffold. The use of GRP towers made from fiberglass was an innovative solution, as these did not conduct electricity, making them safe to use around trains.
Once the scaffold was in place, we instructed a company to cover it with shrink wrap to contain the water and dust. This was important as no debris could fall onto the tracks, let alone onto a passing train. Each scaffold took three shifts to erect, and our biggest challenge was getting a full shift in as we never knew when we would get possession of the track. It was imperative that trackside was cleared 30 minutes before a train was due, making it a race against time.
Here are some examples of photos we took during the job. Pay close attention to the workmanship and complexity of the set up; especially over the railway bridge.
The safety of everyone involved in the project, including train passengers, was our top priority. That’s why we had a COSS supervising us throughout the job during possession to make sure we worked within Network Rail’s shut down timetable. The shrink wrap cover was also a crucial aspect of ensuring safety, as it contained any water or dust that could have otherwise fallen onto the tracks.
The scaffold was successfully erected, and the project was completed to the highest standards, exceeding the expectations of the client, Bam Nuttall. This project showcased our commitment to safety, efficiency, and exceptional workmanship, and our team demonstrated their expertise and innovative solutions in navigating the challenges posed by rail industry regulations.
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Disruptions are rare as we work exceptionally hard to ensure work stays on time. However strong winds and torrential rain can be a Health and safety risk.
The nature of commerical scaffolding rental in Tunbridge Wells (or even domestic) can often result in a design change half way through a project. For that reason we can change during the job, and even facilitate other works on site.
We have an exceptional Health and Safety record. Our policy is of paramount importance to us and we have have a Risqs qualified consultant who has designed a Business Management System suitable for scaffolding works in the building and railway industries. We also use Wirehouse, Health and Safety division, who are qualified to audit Health and Safety on site.