Timber boards, often used for traditional tube and fit scaffolding, is one material which has been affected by economic changes in recent years, with high demand and fewer imports causing price increases and project delays.
In addition to price volatility and supply shortages, the use of timber for façade applications such as recladding seems illogical as it’s a combustible material. Surely using non-combustible materials around buildings that pose a fire risk should be a priority?
We know scaffolding plays a vital role in critical remediation work. With the scope of this work widening as more buildings are assessed, it’s important to work with smarter systems to minimise the cost and duration of remedial works, while improving the safety and wellbeing of all involved.
The common perception is that system scaffolding lacks the flexibility that conventional scaffolding offers. However, system scaffolds have evolved significantly over the years, with standard solutions being equally capable of accommodating complex geometries such as stepped façade elevations and curved building façades.
When comparing the speed of system scaffolds to conventional scaffolding, it’s also worth considering the weight of the material and the number of components being handled manually. Typically, system scaffolding components are lighter. With fewer and lighter components, coupled with advanced build technologies such as built-in advanced guardrail systems (AGS), there is potential for scaffolders to erect more square metres a day.
This was the case on The Link – a residential high-rise building in London requiring façade access for remedial works. It was predicted that access installation would take 16 weeks using traditional scaffolding methods. With the PERI UP Easy system, it was completed in just four weeks, reducing installation time by 75%.
It is also important to note that system scaffolding is made of non-combustible components like steel – a safer alternative to using timber on recladding projects.
If you have any questions on this topic or would like to use system scaffolding for your project, you can contact Charles.