An innovative beam system is making its debut on a major office-to-resi redevelopment in Reading, reducing the amount of work at height thanks to speedy erection time.

"It's the first time this beam has been used anywhere in the world" explains Archway Services managing director Mel Archer.

We're standing at the bottom of Queen's Court (was Yell House) in Reading, metres away from a busy dual carriageway, looking up at a heavy-duty scaffold beam straddling a road.

Archway Services were the access and scaffolding subcontractor on the project and used Layher's system scaffolding to help the main contractor (Osborne) is refurbishing the building for Crown Student Living. The accommodation will house 395 University of Reading students in 284 separate units.

"I'm sure there are a lot of scaffolders who'd stick their chest out and say it's an easy programme – but it's not", continued Mel.

"The new storeys are the main structural element – the rest is just a refurbishment," explained Osborne site manager James Dudley, "Technically it's designed as an office block, so there are a couple of main risers and that's it – as soon as you add flats you've got a lot more services in the building, so we've had to introduce more cores and fill in the building with services that weren't there before.

 

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The refurbished building will feature 284 units

Archway's scaffolding surrounds the building on all sides to provide access to the windows and the building's exterior for cladding work, as well as access for the rooftop extension. There is also internal scaffolding to assist inside the building's two lift shafts.

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The project was featured in Construction News. Click here to read their article.

 

 

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