The town of Gosport in Hampshire on the south coast of England is on a peninsula on the western side of Portsmouth Harbour, opposite the city of Portsmouth and is linked by the Gosport Ferry.
Embassy Site Services were contracted by our client Axis Europe to erect scaffolding on two residential tower blocks along the Gosport coastline; Harbour Tower and Garland Court Tower. These multi-storey apartment blocks were originally built in the 1960s and the scaffolding was required to replace both towers cladding. We had a team of 12 working at the Harbour Tower and a team of 9 working on Garland Court Tower at any one time.
The scaffolding on these tower blocks was very much a design-orientated project which meant the job at times was complex. In particular, on this job we had to find an alternative tie to use because it wasn’t possible to butt the façade directly, as the buildings’ outer is all cladding. We, therefore, had to use specialist Apollo ties, which are a scaffold screw system that allows the scaffold tubes to come off the wall, with the Apollo ties applied into the tubes themselves so there’s nothing butting the wall. This process hadn’t been applied anywhere else on this job so we had to think innovatively on how to implement it, and whilst challenging, we managed to achieve a secure and safe system.
We were very pleased with the end result of this job. The Monarflex sheeting surrounding the building to protect the scaffolding has been well-applied, resulting in a neat and tidy appearance. Special care was taken to ensure the correct protective rating of Monarflex sheeting was selected for these coastline structures, where the weather can be unpredictable.
“We had to be particularly mindful of the residents on this job. As the majority of the people residing in these properties are slightly more mature, a higher level of respected behaviour was expected. It was very important that noise levels were kept to a minimum.”