Two Scaffolding Association members support important restoration

Two Scaffolding Association members, Advanced Scaffolding (SW) Ltd and Optima Scaffold Design LLP have been working on an interesting project at Hartland Abbey, a Grade II listed building in picturesque North Devon which had received a grant to carry out a complete roof replacement.

Advanced Scaffolding (SW) Ltd, who are Assessed Members of the Scaffolding Association, worked with main contractor Heddon Mill Ltd and local architect Johnathan Rhind to overcome the many challenges of scaffolding a full temporary roof structure of such a large scale over an extremely old Grade II listed building.

With the expertise of Optima Scaffold Design LLP, who are Associate Members of the Scaffolding Association, all challenges that the building revealed were met.

Unsurprisingly, scaffolding could not be tied into the building and during works it was discovered that part of the Abbey was timber framed, forcing a design adaptation.

Works were scheduled to an extremely tight timescale as the Abbey had a pre-arranged filming commitment with the BBC – this required the Advanced Scaffolding team to work seven days a week for eight weeks to meet the handover date.

Starting the project during December 2020 resulted in a battle with the worst of the winter weather at this coastal location.

To make the challenge even more difficult the company followed government coronavirus working practices throughout, with the on-site team reduced to between four and six employees.

Devon’s narrow, winding country lanes made access for deliveries, cranes and other lorries another hurdle that was successfully negotiated.

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