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Specialist Scaffolding For Heritage Projects In Cambridge And Beyond
Cambridge punches far above its weight for its geographical size when it comes to the density of listed buildings it possesses. This is unsurprising, given its history. Also not surprising is that many of these historic and architecturally important buildings need care and attention from time to time. If you think Cambridge scaffold erection can just happen without due regard for the importance of the building it encapsulates, you’d think wrong.
This article gives a brief insight into the special requirements of any type of listed building or restoration project of a similarly loved and treasured building. But first, what does the term ‘listed building’ mean? Simply that the structure in question has been entered onto the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, which is maintained by the relevant statutory body in the UK. That is Historic England for buildings in England, Cadw in Wales, Historic Scotland in Scotland and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in Northern Ireland. Listed status aims to protect important buildings from being demolished, altered or extended without express permission. Any unauthorised changes, intentional or otherwise, may be considered criminal and the owner subjected to prosecution. Any work carried out without consent can also be required to be reversed, at the owner’s expense. So it is vital before you begin work on such a building, whether requiring Cambridge scaffold erections or not, that you seek the relevant consents. Scaffolding companies in Cambridge and elsewhere are already subject to incredibly strict rules and regulations when it comes to health and safety. But when it comes to dealing with restoration, conservation or heritage projects on listed buildings and others of architectural or historical significance, an additional layer of specialist knowledge is required.
This is because the regulations are particularly strict when it comes to securing scaffolding in Cambridge or elsewhere on or around a listed building. What kinds of considerations must be taken into account? Well, for instance, if the scaffolding is needed to provide access to the building for maintenance such as painting or pointing, it may not be possible to tie it to the building to provide horizontal restraint, as would normally happen. This is because it may cause damage to the fabric of the building. Instead, that restraint must be supplied in other ways, such as by erecting external scaffold buttresses. If scaffolding is required to shore up or support a building which is at risk of collapse, then it is extremely important that the scaffolding is designed and erected in the right way. This is essential to avoid damage to the fabric of the building or the danger of falling masonry and so on to the public. In these kinds of cases, expert design of the scaffolding structure from the outset is essential.
So if you are planning a restoration or conservation project and a listed or heritage building is involved, don’t mistakenly think that just any Cambridge scaffold company will do. Instead, look for a contractor with specific experience and a good track record in this field to ensure your plans go according to plan!