A Guide On What To Send To Scaffolding Contractors In Your Scaffold Design Project Brief
In order to keep everyone on the same page, and before commencing any construction or maintenance project which requires scaffolding, it is important that scaffolding contractors receive key information from their clients. This is sometimes referred to as submitting a project design brief or a scaffold design brief. A project design brief ensures an accurate and proper design process is followed.
By sending your scaffolding contractors a design brief, it also ensures the end result of your scaffolding meets health and safety requirements, standards and working at height regulations and laws. Alongside this, all scaffolding, in some way, is bespoke. This is because it all depends on the unique requirements of different buildings and structures. Scaffolding must also be designed to have adequate strength, rigidity and stability while it is erected, used and then subsequently dismantled.
Here are 12 key things you should provide to scaffolding contractors at the very start of the planning process:
- The site location
- The period of time in which the scaffolding is required to be in place
- The intended use for the scaffolding
- Height, length and any critical dimensions which may affect the scaffold
- The number of boarded lifts required
- The maximum working loads to be imposed, as well as the maximum number of people using the scaffold, at any one time
- The type of access you’d like on the scaffold (e.g. staircase, ladder bay, external ladders, etc)
- If you have a requirement for sheeting, netting or brick guards
- If you have any specific requirements or provisions, including the need for a pedestrian walkway, restriction on tie locations, inclusion or provision for mechanical handling plant (e.g. a hoist)
- The nature of the ground conditions or supporting structure at your site location
- Any information you have on the structure or building the scaffolding will be erected next to, or against (if applicable). Together with, any relevant dimensions and drawings
- Any restrictions that may affect the erection, alteration of dismantling process of the scaffold
Why Is This Information Important For Scaffold Contractors?
The reasons why this information is important for scaffolding contractors is so that the scaffolding designers can design the scaffold according to your project brief and requirements. By providing your scaffolding contractor with the above relevant information, it also means they can then provide you with all the key information regarding the scaffolding for your project.
The type of information your scaffolding contractor can provide to you includes: type of scaffold required (e.g. tube and fitting or system); maximum bay and lift lengths; platform boarding arrangements and number of board lift that can be used at any one time; safe working load and class; maximum leg loads; maximum tie spacing; details of an additional elements such as beamed bridges, fans or loading bays; and any other information relevant to the design, installation or use of the scaffold.
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