NASC Project of the Year

Palmers Scaffolding UK Ltd has been crowned 2019 NASC ‘Project of the Year’ runners-up for their innovative special access and scaffolding provision for main contractor Balfour Beatty’s renovation of the roof lights on Heathrow Airport’s iconic Terminal 4 building.

The news broke at the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation’s annual ball and awards dinner at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport on Friday 22 November – in front of more than 700 scaffolding industry professionals and a very happy table of Palmers employees.

The temporary works up on the roof of Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport consisted of a Palmers in-house scaffold structure, developed and designed to match Balfour Beatty’s exacting requirements to provide access and weather protection to enable a huge glazing replacement works to be installed – unaffected by weather and protecting the general public within Terminal 4. The access structure incorporated lifting solutions and an intricate mobile temporary roof which incorporated internal mobile gondolas.

 Ian McFarlane, Palmers Director of Business and Project Development said: “Having already just recently received a ‘Design and Quality’ Award for this job by the main contractor Balfour Beatty, we are now totally thrilled to have been recognised by the NASC and wider industry with this fine runners-up accolade for such a complex, hard-working and long-standing scaffold structure that’s typical of the type of special access engineering solutions we offer clients all across the country.”

Palmers Scaffolding UK Limited Divisional Manager Airports Palmers Scaffolding UK Ltd, Tony Mileham added: “What a fantastic night was had by all – it was great to catch up with old colleagues and friends. And to top it all off in style, we were crowned runners up in the one they all want to win – the Project of the Year category! Well done to winners GKR Scaffolding Ltd for their win for their Battersea job and thank you to NASC for a first class event.     

“This outstanding Palmers airport job has been shown off by Balfour Beatty and Heathrow to many on the site, so it’s great to see it being given wider recognition. The project involved more than 500 tons of equipment being craned on and off the roof, from very tight, limited craning locations, for glazing replacements to be carried out. And with all works being conducted at night under a strict permit system, on a live airport with tight security restrictions in place, it was another challenging piece of temporary works and logistics for the Palmers airports division. It’s been a technically demanding, long-term project that first started being developed in 2016, with a design process that carried on throughout 2017. What a great way to sign it off this award recognition is.”