Though much of our work focuses on providing scaffolding and related services to buildings in which people work and reside, Mitchell's Scaffolding Ltd are able to deliver these services to more unusual projects. One of these projects was Aqueduct 35, located close to our headquarters in Colne, Lancashire.
Manual handling requirements were to be kept to a minimum and so Mitchell's hired a purpose-designed quad and trailer to transport equipment directly to the site. As safety is always our number one priority and this project necessitated the use of specialist clothing and accessories, these were purchased by Mitchell's to ensure our operatives could work safely and effectively.
Our experts designed, planned and erected three separate drop scaffolds to allow contractor access: these were installed at key points along the length of the aqueduct. Each structure provided access to relevant parts of the aqueduct, particularly the mains gas pipe and a partially eroded concrete plinth.
A key requirement of the project, which was overseen by representatives of the National Grid, was to prevent any pressure being placed on the aqueduct. To ensure this requirement was met, Mitchell's operatives carefully designed a system that incorporated a specific number of kentledges (a system of weights that is used to load-test piled foundations), thereby allowing the scaffold structures to be built directly on to the tow path adjacent to the aqueduct.
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