Midlothian scaffolding firm builds a reputation for innovation

Friday November 4th 2016

City Access Scafolding Boroughmuir high school

A Midlothian based scaffolding firm has announced details of an innovation used in the construction of Edinburgh’s new Boroughmuir High School.

Having been awarded the tender to provide all scaffolding on-site, the City Access Scaffolding team began work to identify the most efficient and effective way to deliver the required scaffolding. A major feature of the design is a multi-functional atrium, a striking, versatile space at the heart of the building.

This posed a significant challenge due to the sheer size of the building and atrium, as the traditional ‘birdcage’ scaffold design would require 13,000m3 of scaffolding, with an equally vast weight of 56 tonnes.

The size of the traditional scaffold would lead to increased costs and build time, so City Access Scaffolding considered an alternative approach. From an initial concept, and using CAD components previously used for a mobile roofing system, a design was developed for an innovative and effective rolling scaffold.

This new product, the first of its kind in Scotland, is a significant improvement over the traditional birdcage, and has many benefits, from ease of operation and reduced build time, to a substantial saving on this project of over £60,000.

Established in 2014, City Access Scaffolding has grown rapidly, with a reputation for professionalism and reliability. Perhaps the most significant development during 2016 has been the company’s work on the construction of Edinburgh’s new Boroughmuir High School, a project partfunded by the Scottish Government as part of its flagship ‘Schools for the Future’ programme.

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