Leading British access brand, Palmers Scaffolding UK are providing highly complex scaffolding and weather protection solutions to assist with Balfour Beatty’s renovation of the roof lights at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4 building.

The £1.6M temporary works consists of a Palmers in-house scaffold structure which was developed and designed to match our customers demanding requirements to provide access and weather protection to enable the  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. The scaffolding has been in place since February 2018 and is due to be dismantled in November 2018

Palmers Scaffolding UK Limited Regional Manager South East, Mark Kensett, has been in charge of the project and said: “This outstanding Palmers job has 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 has been 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.”

Palmers Managing Director, Donald Morrison added: “These types of large-scale and very complicated jobs are what Palmers have been delivering for more than 20 years. We through early engagement develop special access solutions with the client, to help them use less traditional scaffolding and avoid work at height wherever possible. We have constructed a safe access for Balfour Beatty here at Heathrow and are proud of what the airports division has done on this job. It’s an ideal project to help showcase what Palmers deliver for top main contractors in challenging locations.”

Ian McFarlane, Palmers Director of Business and Project Development added: “As one of only a handful of scaffolding contractors who are pre-qualified to work on jobs like this at major airports together with our focused and talented airports team and design department, we are well-placed to provide on time and one budget solution like this.”