Looking after the environment is of obvious importance. Awareness of environmental issues continues to rise, leading to more and more people changing their lifestyles to minimise their impact on the planet's dwindling resources. One of the ways in which this can be achieved is by relying less on fossil fuels and other non-sustainable energy sources to provide electricity: installing solar panels is one of the quickest and most effective methods to achieve this.
Mitchell's Scaffolding Ltd were contracted to design and build scaffolding to enable solar panels to be installed on the roof of a privately-owned house. As with every scaffolding structure that we provide, it was essential that our expert team took all requirements carefully into consideration, ensuring the design and erection of a suitable, safe scaffold.
The first consideration was access: the homeowner was to remain in the property throughout the installation of the solar panels and so a secure access gate was included in our design. We also had to take into account the weather which is, as anyone who lives in the UK will well know, unpredictable at best.
Another important consideration related to the solar panels themselves: though large, heavy and cumbersome, the panels incorporate extremely delicate components and so lifting them up to the working platform at the roof level of the central area of the property had to be carefully managed. Our expert technical team incorporated what is known as a 'gin wheel' into the design to meet this crucial need.
This project was decidedly short-term, with the scaffold requiring dismantling within just seven days of installation checks. The dismantling date was therefore schedule as soon as the booking date was confirmed, ensuring that the property owner and neighbouring property owners were inconvenienced as little as possible.
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