Lyndon SGB expresses pride at Operation Unicorn role

TEAMS from Lyndon SGB by Brandsafway in Scotland provided a large access platform outside the Scottish Parliament buildings at Holyrood for the BBC, Sky TV and ITV global news coverage of Her Majesty The Queen’s passage through Edinburgh en route from Balmoral to her state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

The large-scale main media access platform had been in plans at Lyndon SGB for a number of years, in readiness for the sad occasion – with a design drafted and put aside and all the equipment painted, cleaned and shrink wrapped in the yard.

But it was a high-speed affair, with just 30 minutes notice to get the go-ahead to gather a team of advanced scaffolders together, pass security and then erect the large access platform structure for the world’s press to use, when the call came in from the BBC.

Lyndon SGB regional manager for Scotland, Stuart Dougall, explained, “Personally for me as regional manager, it was a proud moment to see that everything we had discussed, worked on and set up in the Unicorn group chat came together so quickly, when we got the call from the BBC to head out.

“Credit to lead chargehand for the media, George Hamilton along with scaffolders Stewart Love, Scott Allison, Gary Cooper, Alan Maxwell, Angus McGrotty and Donnie McFaul for their hard work erecting such a large scaffold in such a short, high pressure environment.

“And also well done to yard operatives Joe Heron and David Hamilton who worked tirelessly to provide the smartest possible scaffolding, boards and netting, which has laid up shrink wrapped in the yard for months, to keep it in the best possible condition. Thanks also go to our media liaison Mick Brennan, key account manager, Paul Mulholland and SHEQ manager, Ian Morrison.

“It was a really great team effort from everyone in Glasgow and Edinburgh.”

Lyndon SGB revealed it has a proud history of Royal Family access and scaffolding jobs in Scotland, having worked on various projects for King Charles III (then Prince Charles) at Dumfries House at Cumnock in Ayrshire, access platforms at ‘One Man and His Dog’ when the popular event ran at the Balmoral Estate, and temporary works for the funeral of The Queen Mother.