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HAKIíS CLAIMS PASS THE TEST

When maintenance work required scaffolding to be erected on a rail bridge over the busy A48 dual carriageway into Cardiff, the stipulation that there could be only one overnight total road closure to facilitate its erection meant many specialist scaffold companies claimed that the possession schedule made the project impossible.

Tamworth based system scaffold manufacturers HAKI and Attridge Scaffolding Services, who have worked in partnership on many high profile projects, thought differently - and delivered the project on time and on budget.

The technical requirements for the project were ideally suited to HAKIís Universal System Scaffold. The bridge is 50 metres long divided equally over the two carriageways into two 21 metre spans with a central support built from the central reservation.

The method of construction was also well proven and ideally suited for HAKIís product: fixing beams to each side of the bridge and suspended HAKI Universal system scaffold from them.

The question was whether HAKIís claim to be 60% faster than other methods of construction would survive the ultimate test.

The crucial part of the operation was the single nine hour night time window when the road was to be fully closed. In this time Attridge had to install all four spans (two on each side of the bridge).

As on many projects, HAKI and Attridge worked closely together throughout the project, taking full advantage of HAKIís design facility to develop a solution that, on paper, met all of the projectís requirements.

The next stage was to invite the main contractors to HAKIís unique Centre of Excellence facility in Tamworth to demonstrate the proposed solution and to do a time trial.

Then it was on to the real thing: erecting a total of 168 metres of HAKI 750 beams fully laced and braced in a single night using scissor lifts and four teams of scaffolders, all working at the same time.

Tolerances were critical but the planning and rehearsal paid dividends with the site being surrendered on schedule at 5.30am.

By comparison, the remainder of the project was relatively relaxed with single carriageway closures over the next four nights providing ample opportunity for two HAKI Universal suspended scaffolds to be erected, one over each carriageway.

The project put HAKIís claim to be safer, faster, more economical and more versatile to the ultimate test and it passed with flying colours.

Email: louise@cfa.uk.net


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