Location: 130 Shaftesbury Avenue
GKR Scaffolding won this project for window replacement, brickwork clean down and general repairs. The flat roof areas had to be all fully handrailed for new roofs to be installed. Loading gantrys also had to be erected on the flat roofs to allow for new plant for the building to be craned in and installed. Internally scaffolds were erected to all 3no lifts shafts for the removal and installation of new lifts to the building. There were also various heavy duty crash decks erected to all floors to allow new risers to be formed along with handrail protection to all leading edges on the floors including to internal staircases. The dismantling of the staircase handrails was done floor by floor as the new glass balistrades were installed.
The Project consisted of full height scaffolds to the Shaftesbury Road elevation, Gerrards Place elevation and the rear of the building. Part of the rear of the building encroached on the Shaftesbury Avenue London Fire Brigade training area. GKR and Greencoat Construction had to negotiate with the fire service to give us an area to store our materials when erecting and dismantling this part of the building. The scaffold was erected in 2.00m fully boarded lifts and fully enclosed in flame retardant monarflex.
There were 2no key area’s where we interfaced with the general public, namely Shaftesbury Avenue & Gerards Place. The Shaftesbury Avenue elevation was a particularly fragile area as in we had to negotiate with the London fire brigade over 3no weekends in order to beam bridge over the access egress for the fire engines. This meant at any one time one of the double doors had to be closed off whilst installing sections of the beam bridging. The total length of this section was 30.00m with 6no lines of beams through this section. The overall length of the Shaftesbury Road elevation was 74.00m x 20.00m high. The entire base out of this elevation was beam bridged to the height of 4.00m, this was to allow for easy access to install the new shop fronts.
The Gerrards Place elevation was erected under the lip of the building, then cantilevered out using ladder beams to give us a 4 and 2 board scaffold. Access with our lorry’s was particularly hard as we only had two areas to park the vehicle. One of which was under a portico on the Shaftesbury Road elevation and the other was in Gerrards Place from which we has to seek permission from Westminster council.
Scope of Works
- 39m Pavement Gantry and Bridged Protection Deck over Fire Station Entrance together with protection Fan
- Goods Hoist and Backing Scaffold
- 3,500m2 of external access scaffold
- Riser and lift shaft scaffolds
- Handrail protection throught the internal areas
- Heavy duty loading bays to roof area
- Hanging scaffolds to underside of the gantry