Products ensure light at end of the tunnel

PERI has revealed it is supplying scaffolding products to fulfil the shoring and access requirements for Tolent on the RoM Dome Tunnel – part of the Woodsmith Mine development.

Once complete, the tunnel will be the longest of its kind in the UK.

The project marks the first time PERI and JMAC Scaffolding will be working together. The latter is providing a labour-only service where it will use the PERI UP scaffolding range for the first time to fulfil erecting and dismantling works.

PERI UP Flex is being used for various applications, from shoring for the tunnel roof to access in the form of an ‘up and over’ tower, which will enable operatives to access the formwork shutters shaping the tunnel walls and roof slab.

PERI explained that it engaged JMAC early in the design process to deliver the 61-tonne shoring solution, adding that the ‘compatibility’ between PERI UP products enabled stair access to be incorporated into the shoring structure.

The integration of scaffolding and formwork components like GT girders and plywood also made it possible to deliver the project requirements and provide the right level of support as the tunnel was constructed.

Aaron Kitson, group head of estimating and commercial at JMAC, said, “The usability of the PERI UP system was a huge benefit on this project.

“The staircases were simple to assemble because of the minimal number of components required for the project, making the end-user’s job easier and safer.”

PERI UP’s high-load bearing capacity reduced the scaffolding material required to support the 1.4m-thick slab. PERI said fewer components also meant a 2.5m opening could be created, enabling MEWPs to move freely underneath the shoring structure.