Temporary roofing system helps make the most of heritage site

Views of Audley End House during the refurbishment.

ONE of the most prestigious 17th century country houses in the UK has gained from the use of Layher Allround scaffolding and the Keder XL roofing system during refurbishment work.

The installation – undertaken at Audley End House in Saffron Walden by Connect Scaffolding on behalf of conservation specialists, Fairhurst Ward Abbotts Ltd – has provided a bespoke access solution and large span, temporary roofing encapsulation.
The project has provided multi-level access to the building’s facia and translucent weather protection for the roof area while, importantly, accommodating key factors associated with the English Heritage site.
“It was important that the installation was free-standing to minimise contact with the building,” said Connect Scaffolding’s Operations Director, Karl Degroot. “The structure had to provide a clean façade line while both pedestrian and vehicle access to the front elevations and west wing were also key objectives.
“We opted for the Layher solution – with its minimal number of components and wide bay design – as it helped these requirements to be fulfilled and because it provided wide access throughout each of the eight lift levels with only minimal need for cross bracing.
“This proved a significant aid to the refurbishment specialists working at the site, as did the Keder XL roof system.”
This, he explained, was built in bay sections at ground level and then craned into position where translucent sheeting was pulled over the apex via in-built runners.
“The translucent design also meant the maximum benefit of the natural light could be enjoyed, which was a further benefit for the workforce at the site,” added Mr Degroot.