Project – 31-33 Bedford Street, Covent Garden
Purpose – Site Aesthetics & Weather protection
Main contractor – Mercer Scaffolding
Client – Z-Hotels
Product – PVC Mesh Banner & 300µm Black Shrink-wrap
Scaffold Wrap in Covent Garden
In 2016, principal client, Z-Hotels, required a full scaffold wrap service. This was to enable the refurbishment of two existing, adjacent, Victorian-period properties into 15 new, luxury apartments featuring a ground floor and basement level restaurant in London’s West End.
The scaffold wrap needed to incorporate a PVC mesh scaffold wrap and black shrink-wrap to allow enabling works to be carried out, taking into consideration the Grade II listed status of both buildings.
The PVC Scaffold wrap needed to incorporate the gantry scaffold at the front elevation, to allow loading and unloading of materials at the kerbside, while the black shrink wrap concealed an independent scaffold at the rear of the property and a temporary roof of the bridged scaffold spanning the neighbouring property on both the left and right hand sides.
Working to a tight schedule and being at the mercy of the British winter weather the PVC mesh, which was installed as one single section, nearly 60m in length, onto a pre built scaffold subframe.
Weighing nearly 700kg, the mesh installation presented the challenges of not only raising it 30m above street level and working around the gantry but also manoeuvring the 50m mesh carefully over the Grade II listed gateway.
The remaining elevations and roof were encapsulated using 1600m2 of black Tufcoat shrink-wrap installed over five days.
This element of the project was not without its challenges as with high winds forecast, the 750m2 roof was created in just over two days to ensure it was finished before the weather became too sever to complete the project.