Access Scaffolding; Grade1 Listed Church, St Lawrences church, Crosby Ravensworth.

The project involved a complete repointing and additional Masonry works to the Grade 1 listed church and Hardy Services were required to supply and install a full access scaffold to the complete external façade of the building. Additional scaffolds were also provided both internally and externally.

The scaffold was arranged and erected to provide full working access from ground level to the full height of the turret and to the four elevations of the tower.

This was a particularly complex project. The listed nature of the church did not allow traditional scaffold fixings to be used for tying the structure – a necessity due to the height of the scaffold and its required. Further complications involved restrictions on weight transfer on the roofs due to the need for access to complete roof works.

The final scheme was designed with two beam sections erected from the scaffold spanning side aisle roofs and carrying the main beams that would in turn cross the main church roof; hanging scaffolds then provided the access tight up to the roof.

The tying issue was resolved by erecting an oversize buttress to a height of 12metres. A full 5m high tin sheet security hoarding was erected around the base of the scaffold and buttress.

The works were carried out for a conservation company.