Simfield Access Solutions

Case Study – Leeds Council Building Repointing

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  • Site – Council Building, Leeds
  • Start Date – March 2018
  • End Date – April 2018
  • Objective(s) – Carry out repointing works without impairing nearby pedestrian at street level or traffic.

Introduction

Our client at the Leeds Council Building was in desperate need of repointing. Unfortunately, being right beside a main road in a city centre presents immediate issues when trying to access the issue. Simfield were called in as rope access specialists with experience repointing, to carry out the work.

Case Study – Leeds Council Building Repointing

Planning

When considering other access techniques that could have been utilised, only rope access stood out as capable of undertaking the work. A glass atrium beneath the work area prevented any other form of access being viable. To carry out the work, our specialists would have to scale up then abseil down.

Case Study – Leeds Council Building Repointing

Delivery

Once our level 3 specialists rigged the ropes up, our team proceeded with thet ask. Tackling the building’s facing from top to bottom, abseiling down whilst working at each section. With everything clipped on securely, they were able to carry out the work with no disruption beneath them and without any risk of damage to the public or the building.

Debrief & Review

Having met our objectives within the restrictions and timeline set, our client was happy with the results. The site is a testament to rope access’ ability to provide building maintenance no matter the location or layout of the building.

Case Study – Victoria Station Inspections

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  • Site – Victoria Station, Manchester
  • Start Date – August 2017
  • End Date – September 2017
  • Objective(s) – To inspect the steelwork for signs of corrosion to see if any prep work was needed to paint it.

Introduction

Maintenance issues become problematic when you can’t afford to shut down the site. The Victoria Station in Manchester brought Simfield in to help with their routine steelwork inspections.

Case Study – Victoria Station Inspections

Planning

Victoria Station is always buzzing with commuters and staff workers. As such, the idea of using an MEWP to quickly tackle the work was ruled out for safety concerns, leaving rope access as the next best choice. Using ropes access to carry out the inspection allowed us to carry out our work as normal, with no impact to the client or the public.

Delivery

Case Study – Victoria Station Inspections

After rigging our ropes to height, we carried out our inspection of the steel works, moving section by section to inspect for signs of rust or erosion. Wherever we found it, we carried out prompt testing and if need be, restoration of all damaged areas.

Debrief & Review

Without hindering our client or the public, we carried out a large inspection on schedule with zero impact. Our client was so thrilled with the results, that Simfield will be returning annually to carry out inspections in the future.

Case Study – Old Trafford Maintenance

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  • Site – Old Trafford
  • Start Date – August 2017
  • End Date – September 2017
  • Objective(s) – Provide high level cleaning as part of the site’s mandatory yearly clean for maintenance purposes.

Introduction

Old Trafford required a yearly clean as part of their annual routine maintenance, and looked to find an effective solution while keeping costs down. Simfield stepped in to provide their answer.

Case Study – Old Trafford Maintenance

Planning

Approaching the job in a similar fashion to our work at the London Stadium, we considered our options for access. Cherry pickers were ruled out for their added cost, instead we opted to utilise rope access to access the high levels for cleaning.

Delivery

Quickly after setup, we were able to scale the height and carry out the work. With a timeline of just a week, we had to work swiftly and safely. With daily updates provided to the facilities manager, we kept our client fully informed over the short project span.

Case Study – Old Trafford Maintenance

Debrief & Review

Rope access resulted in a much cheaper project overall, saving our client on needless expense. With the work completed on schedule, our client was delighted and Simfield left another job checked off.

Case Study – Merrion House Cladding

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  • Site – Merrion House, Leeds
  • Start Date – April 2018
  • End Date – May 2018
  • Objective(s) – Repair and replace damaged cladding panels which were resulting in water seeping in.

Introduction

Merrion House is situated in the city centre of Leeds. After harsh weather, clad panels had become damaged which in turn led to water seeping into the building. Unfortunately, the location of Merrion House and it’s glass structures made using a traditional access method impossible short of shutting down the centre of Leeds. Seeking rope access specialists, Simfield were tasked with repairing and replacing the damaged panels.

Case Study – Merrion House Cladding

Planning

An initial assessment of both the interior and exterior highlighted the problem areas we would need to access. With rigs we would be able to scale the building, whilst a winch would aid in removing damaged panels and installing new ones.

Case Study – Merrion House Cladding

Delivery

Being well acquainted with operating in tight confines, Simfield were able to proceed with tackling each damaged panel, repairing and removing as necessary without causing any disruption at ground level. With all our gear attached to our harnesses, we left no clutter as we worked across the building.

Case Study – Merrion House Cladding

Debrief & Review

Finishing the project on schedule, our client was incredibly satisfied with Simfield’s quality of work and ability to find effective solutions to their access problem. They were so happy with the results, that we have returned to Merrion House on a variety of other projects.

Case Study – Marwell Zoo Fall protection

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  • Site – Marwell Zoo, Winchester
  • Start Date – June 2017
  • End Date – August 2017
  • Objective(s) – To install safety netting at height allowing us to install an ETFE

Introduction

Our client at Marwell Zoo wanted a series of ETFE cushion skylights to create a new domed ceiling for the structure that allowed natural light in, and would be easier to maintain. Whilst ETFE was absolutely in our client’s best interests, an issue presented itself in regards to the safe installation of ETFE. Namely, that safety netting would need to be installed ahead of the ETFE to make the area safe for work, and to prevent the project from taking a great deal of time longer to complete.

Case Study – Marwell Zoo Fall protection

Planning

Installing an ETFE layer may not have required a safety netting, just a cherry picker. Unfortunately, Marwell Zoo was surrounded by rough land that made operating heavy machinery difficult if not impossible. Rope access would have to be utilised to carry out the ETFE work, but before we can begin that, we needed to install a safety net to make sure the work carried out at height was safe.

Case Study – Marwell Zoo Fall protection

Delivery

Working in sections, we commenced with installing a safety netting beneath the areas in which we would install the ETFE. The netting was rigged to the steel frame which would allow workers to operate safely on a secure platform. Only once this was completed could our teams move section by section, installing ETFE cushions to build the new domed skylight that Marwell Zoo wanted.

Case Study – Marwell Zoo Fall protection

Debrief & Review

Rope access would not have been our first choice to carry out the work, but considering the layout of the site, it proved to be our best and only choice. Our client was immensely satisfied with the timeliness of our work, which they were updated on daily of, and the quality of the finished product. This has been one of our largest ETFE projects to date, and without a doubt one of the most eye-catching.

Case Study – London Stadium Maintenance

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  • Site – London Stadium
  • Start Date – November 2016
  • End Date – December 2016
  • Objective(s) – Conduct an inspection of previously installed ETFE material and carry out any external maintenance on the grounds.

Introduction

This was not the first time we have visited the London Stadium, home of West Ham UTD. Simfield previously visited to install an ETFE layer on the site. Now, we came back to inspect the ETFE for signs of wear or damage, and to carry out any external maintenance on the grounds themselves.

Planning

In order to access the upper sections and the ETFE layer itself, we required the use of a cherry picker. Rope Access was ruled out in this circumstance, as the extra time it would take would be unnecessary.

Case Study - London Stadium

Delivery

After setting up our rigs, we carried out our initial inspection of the grounds to check the steelworks for signs of erosion and damage to the paint. Finding none, we turned to our secondary objective. Jet washers were brought up with the cherry picker to wash and clean the ETFE layers before we called it a day and scaled back to ground.

Case Study - London Stadium

Debrief & Review

Our thorough inspection found no areas in need of maintenance. With a jet wash and clean, the ETFE layer was left looking immaculate. Our work was completed promptly and on schedule, and our client was wholly satisfied with the results.Case Study - London Stadium

Case Study – Liverpool Unity Building Repointing

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  • Site – Liverpool Unity Building
  • Start Date – June 2017
  • End Date – September 2017
  • Objective(s) – To provide a bespoke access solution to assist in the removal and replacement of damaged panes of glass.

Introduction

Our client at the Liverpool Unity Building faced a problem. Over time, weather had damaged some panes of glass which could not be accessed in any way from the ground, as the River Mersey cut off any hope of bringing a crane to the location.  Our client had even been told that access was ‘impossible’. Time to get to work.

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Planning

Our engineers at Simfield designed and manufactured a bespoke lifting beam that was capable of lifting heavy loads to be installed on the roof. With our new device tested thoroughly, we brought it to the site and began to set up.

Case Study - Liverpool Unity Building

Delivery

Working with Glass Solutions, we installed the lifting beam ready to tackle what our client was told was impossible. One by one, we removed each damaged pane of glass and reinstalled a fresh pane, lifting the aesthetic of the building immensely.

Case Study - Liverpool Unity Building

Debrief & Review

Our client was more than thrilled to be rid of a problem they thought would never go away. With all work being completed and ahead of schedule, we can look back on this as just another day at Simfield. Innovating access and doing the impossible.

Case Study – Dalton Park Painting

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  • Site – Dalton Park, Murton
  • Start Date – September 2017
  • End Date – January 2018
  • Objective(s) – To paint all the high access areas of the retail park’s metal work.

Introduction

Our original plan to access the high areas of the metal work structures beneath the tensile fabric canopy was to use a cherry picker to quickly and efficiently maneuver from area to area. Unfortunately, new flagstones for the park had been ordered and laid before Simfield arrived on the scene. A cherry picker was no longer an option as the weight would surely damage the newly laid flags. Looks like it’s time to get the ropes out…

Dalton Park Painting

 

Planning

In order to provide full coverage of all metal areas, we would need to access the areas above the flags. We now opted to use rope access to scale and reach the heights required to paint the metal work. This slowed our progress compared to using a cherry picker, but in this situation there really was no other option.

Dalton Park Painting

 

Delivery

Using rope access proved to be effective for the interior metalwork, but a problem arose when tackling the triangular supports of the structure. A cherry picker could access from beneath, but rope access could not. However, instead of risking damaging the flagstones to utilise their cherry picker, we developed a bespoke solution. Using straps, we created a secure step ladder which formed our climbing frame. With access now secured to the hardest to reach part of the park, our work here was done.

Dalton Park Painting

 

Debrief & Review

The job became larger the moment cherry pickers were taken off the table. However, Simfield are never deterred from the task. Our bespoke solution worked perfectly, and our client was overjoyed with a fresh coat of paint with no damage to their newly laid floor.

10,000 Sqm of ETFE

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MISSION SUCCESS!

Yet another successful project with our long-standing clients Vector Folitec & Balfour Beatty where we effectively installed 10,000 square meters of ETFE roofing system.

Our client required us to provide the overall onsite management of the project, supervision, and guidance as well as specialist equipment and an effective team to provide the labouring services throughout the project.

The project was 8 months in duration and required 30 operatives on site at the peak of the project. After hearing their requirements, we created a bespoke plan and strategy to complete the project efficiently.

Planning

Firstly, we spent 2 months researching and planning for the tender submission.

Delivery

Secondly, we worked with a pressurised program to ensure all deadlines were met whilst ensuring the roofing was completed to the highest quality and the project completed as agreed.

Finally, after the project, we had regular post installation meetings to ensure it was completed to their standard and to discuss in detail the positives and negatives from the project.

10,000 Sqm of Temporary Working Platform

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Project Duration: 8 months

Project Description: Installation of 10,000 sqm of temporary working platform

Clients Requests: Lightweight temporary working platform for the installation of the ETFE roofing system

(1) The works were completed to a very strict program and coordinated with multiple trades on site.

(2) Usual project and program brief were given to the installation team. Full brief given to BB prior to works starting

(3) We debriefed our client on the results of the project

Executed with a 4-man team using rope access aid climbing techniques and were extremely quick at installing the platform safely.