North Shore Scaffolding was involved in this project right from the design phase, developing a unique scaffolding solution that could accommodate:
- The demolition of the original octagonal facade, leaving only the floor slabs, beams and central supporting ‘inner core’ behind
- The extension of the floors on all 8 sides into a square footprint
- The installation of the new full height facade
- And finally, the installation of the ‘Exo-Skeleton’ over the entire building
This highly technical solution was only achievable with the use of Layher Allround Scaffolding equipment, which North Shore Scaffolding specialises in.
North Shore Scaffolding designed a ‘3-in-1’ scaffold which allowed each phase of the project to be completed seamlessly. As each phase was completed, the inner scaffold was ‘rolled out’ allowing the contractor to continue to their next phase immediately without having to wait for the removal and rebuild of the scaffolding. This saved them both time and money.
The use of Layher scaffolding equipment allowed us to design the scaffolding so that work on-site could carry on whilst the various layers of scaffolding were being “peeled-back”. This was a challenging task in engineering terms, as the corners of the second scaffolding layer had to span approximately 30m with no building to connect the scaffolding to until the buildings corner decks were installed, creating the new ‘square’ design.
In addition, one corner of the work had to be carried out over a heritage building, requiring us to build a full crash deck over it as protection. This resulted in the entire corner having to be cantilevered, not an easy task as the scaffolding above the corner extended 40m high!
North Shore Scaffolding also provided propping on the lower floors (to transfer the weight of the scaffold from the podium the scaffold was built on to the ground), as well as propping to allow for cutting out the top two floor slabs and the roof slab.
The full scaffold measured approximately 160m around the building perimeter and was 50m high. This high-profile project provided a decent challenge to all parties involved, which North Shore Scaffolding successfully rose to.
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