Easy does it: scaffold solution provides the missing Link

PERI has revealed details of the role its solutions have played at The Link – one of many residential buildings in central London undergoing remediation since new building regulations regarding cladding came into force.

Scaffolding contractor, Legion Scaffolding, required access to the facades to remove and replace existing cladding. The solution had to accommodate the building’s curved geometry and take into account spatial limitations around the site.

Following the installation of the PERI UP Easy system on Blake Tower, Legion appointed PERI to supply the same façade access system on a larger scale for this project. The solution consisted of a full wraparound, providing perimeter access across 10 levels.

PERI explained that varying lift heights were accommodated by integrating PERI UP Easy and PERI UP Flex components, with PERI UP Flex enabling 1m lifts for greater flexibility.

UPD 100 cover plates were used to fill voids between decks to create ‘seamless’ access platforms around the curved façade.

PERI said the main benefit of the system is its advanced guardrail. The feature enables scaffolders to erect the guardrail for the next working level from the platform below, preventing the risk of leading edges.

Shaun Somerton, director of Assemble Scaffold Solutions Ltd, said, “Normally we’re averaging about 10 to 13 sqm a day to install independent scaffolds with tube and fitting. With the PERI UP Easy system, we were able to erect 35 to maybe even 40 sqm a day, making all the difference to prelims and other project costs.

“The splay plates in the PERI UP range worked perfectly to accommodate the curved façade, allowing us to achieve a nice flush finish at the front of the building which was important considering the site’s busy location. The way the plates could be adapted and erected around corners is actually unique and something I’ve not seen anywhere else.”