Working under the strict conditions of pavement licence and traffic management regulations, Hardy Services undertook the erection of scaffolding to the perimeter of Clitheroe Library, situated in the centre of the town. Key considerations of the project were ensuring public safety and the unrestricted operation of library activities.

Fully boarded access scaffolding was erected to enable external masonry repairs, pointing, window decoration and façade cleaning, with access scaffolding also built around the bell tower turret for decoration works to the timber elements of the structure.

The weight bearing capacity of the library roof was not assured resulting in a scaffold design scheme devised to use aluminum beams spanning the roof in three directions, ensuring the safe transfer of all the weight back to ground, away from the roof structure.

The library’s hillside location and building elevations each incorporating a rotunda splayed gable at the end of the scaffold, complicated the scaffold erection process, requiring a series of smaller sections to be arranged to follow the line of the building, providing access where needed.

The project proved to be flexible with an expanding scheme of works, requiring the development of new solutions to access issues throughout; all resolved satisfactorily without disruption to client, building users or pedestrians and traffic.

External scaffolding was constructed in traditional tube and fitting components and erected with a base lift at 2.7m high, with the lifts stepping with the slope of the terrain down the Church street elevation. Encapsulating the structure in two-metre Monaflex sheeting provided a debris-protective façade.

The scaffold was erected for Stone Edge Restoration Ltd, on behalf of Lancashire County Council.