The drinking water tower scaffolding project involved the Hardy Services team in the specialist areas of water hygiene and confined space scaffolding, areas for which our operatives are fully qualified through EUSR and City & Guilds accreditation.

Due to the confined space and restrictive operations nature of the internal reservoir of the tower, the scheme for this access scaffold had to be designed to allow for anchor points for confined space recovery equipment and fall arrest whilst accessing the internal of the tower.

The shape and 24m height of the tower prevented use of a straightforward access tower, so a large internal buttress was erected and tied to the structure enabling the HAKI system stair tower and the hoist platform to be tied.

As the tower required decommissioning during the works programme, the client had to introduce, at massive cost, a temporary pumping system to maintain the supply of drinking water, a factor which placed critical pressure to deliver the project efficiently and on time.

The project was completed within the scheduled and has been noted as a flagship project by the client, United Utilities.


The project was undertaken for Panton McLeod on behalf of United Utilities Ltd.