Scaffolding is an integral part of any design and construction project – providing safety for workers and others, it enables structures to be built, cleaned and painted. We often see scaffolding on home renovation projects like extensions and loft conversions, and also on large commercial construction projects.
If you are embarking on a specific commercial project, or you are simply just curious about the different uses of scaffolding, this blog post will take a closer look at the various commercial uses that scaffolding is used for. From exciting vibrant festivals like Glastonbury, to music events, shopping centres and important restoration projects, there are a variety of exciting events that scaffolding is integral to behind the scenes. Therefore, when you next attend a music event or art exhibition, you will know what was most likely used to get it to its final stages. Furthermore, we will also look at what different scaffolding is used for and what properties it needs to have to fit the variety of these applications. Read on to find out more.
Scaffolding services for festivals and music events
Creating the right ambience for your music event is paramount to a good festival experience, this includes having state of the art stages, lighting, electrics, backdrops, props and more. Furthermore, these need to be safely and appropriately constructed to avoid any health and safety mishaps. According to the Health and Safety Executive, as an event organiser you will have the responsibility for the health and safety of employees, attendees and contractors. Therefore, it is paramount that you have scaffolding contractors that are experienced in assembling and disassembling scaffolding in a timely and efficient manner.
Furthermore, the scaffolding at music events and festivals needs to be sturdy enough to withstand all weather conditions and large thoroughfares of people. Plus, what also needs to be taken into consideration is, especially at music events, that the attendees might be under the influence. If this is the case, the scaffolding will need to be properly manned and guarded so attendees don’t try to climb the scaffolding – as this can result in serious injuries or in the worst case, fatalities.
When looking for scaffolding services for festivals and music events, you need to find a company that is adaptable to the creativity and versatility that is needed on these sites. Creating a lasting impression on the viewer will be at the forefront of your mind, so it is most likely that difficult constructions will need to be made. Make sure to have your site and plans surveyed beforehand so any potential health and safety risks can be identified and overcome. Furthermore, once these have been resolved or identified then let the scaffolding contractors know so they can assemble the scaffolding safely and quickly. Having a serious accident can significantly tarnish the reputation of your event, therefore you need to make sure that this a priority.
Construction scaffolding for shopping centres
Shopping centres are hustling and bustling spaces where many often commune on the weekends and evenings. From browsing for some new goods to going for a bite to eat, shopping has over the centuries evolved to a form of entertainment for many. Therefore, to attract people, recent developments in modern shopping centres emphasise both light and space, creating a serene and spacious environment for all and an easy way to while away fw hours. With this in mind, marvellous shopping centres will need to be constructed with sturdy and stable scaffolding in mind. Furthermore, in the ergonomics of shopping centre design, shopping centres often have multiple levels that overlook one another,so you can easily see the shops on different levels above or below.
These are often treated as major commercial construction projects. Therefore the type of scaffolding that is used for these is steel scaffolding. Steel scaffolding is fixed together by steel couplers or fittings and can be very easy to construct or dismantle. Furthermore, they are known for their high strength capabilities and being fire resistant – so you can be assured that they are one of the safest scaffolding types for shopping centres.
Here at DH Scaffolding, we pride ourselves on having experience with a variety of commercial construction projects like shopping centres. Here, you can see one of our latest builds with Fenwick Shopping Centre where we used specialist hoist scaffolds to help complete the work at hand.
Specialist scaffolding contractors for restoration projects and art exhibitions
Many important commercial buildings will be ones of historical significance – from ornate town halls from the eighteenth century, to train stations, and national trust properties, it is important that the beautiful character of these is preserved for the future generations. Therefore, experienced scaffolders will need to be hired in order for these to be carefully treated with respect. It is important that scaffolding doesn’t leave any scrapes, marks or external damage to buildings, especially those of historical significance. Many works that will need to be carried out may need to have permission from the local council, especially if it is a grade listed building. This is because the materials used in these old buildings will be vulnerable to our heavy duty power tools, and will be more fragile with age.
Like finding scaffolding companies for festivals, it is best that you find a reputable scaffolding company that has dealt with this highly skilled and intricate work before. Make sure to inquire with your local scaffolding company about what scaffolding types they have available. Generally speaking, the different types of scaffolding that you should be looking for restoration projects are listed below:
Double Scaffolding – Double scaffolding is generally used for walls that are constructed from stone masonry.
Cantilever Scaffolding – This type of scaffolding is where the standards are supported on a series of needles and they are taken out through holes in the walls. These are specifically used where the upper half of the building needs construction or repair work.
Suspended Scaffolding – In suspended scaffolding the working platform for the contractors is literally suspended from roofs with the help of wires and chains. The scaffolding can also be vertically lowered or raised. This type of scaffolding is perfect for intricate restorative work that includes painting.
Furthermore, another commercial use of scaffolding is for public art exhibitions, especially if artworks need to be installed at high levels like ceiling installations. Similarly to restorative work, this is a detailed process that has the potential to cause damage to the art piece. Therefore, the scaffolding needs to be sturdy and durable. In addition to this, you will need to find scaffolding that is able to be installed inside. With this in mind, the best option for your needs would be patented scaffolding. This type of scaffolding is made up of steel but is equipped with special couplings, and can be arranged on brackets so is adjustable.
DH Scaffold Services Limited: Scaffolding Contractors and Design Consultants in Sheffield.
Here at DH Scaffold, we are experienced in a variety of commercial projects, including Fenwick Shopping Centre, and specific projects in Sheffield City Centre. Our services can be used for a variety of projects, no matter how big or small. Our experienced team has helped assist in a range of innovative designs, and our design consultants can help survey potential sites as well as create a tailored scaffolding package to suit your needs. Contact us today to find out more about our scaffolding prices as well as receive a scaffolding quote.