Wentworth Woodhouse Country House for Robert Woodhead/Woodhead Group.

Lyndon SGB has been providing a large-scale, bespoke scaffolding, access and weather protection package on the historic Grade 1 listed Wentworth Woodhouse – the largest private home in the UK and the country house with the longest façade of any in Europe, at 606 feet (185m) in length.

The project for main contractor Robert Woodhead/Woodhead Group has included providing complex access and a huge weather protection system for the renovation of the historically important country house.

Amy Stamford, Woodhead Group Quantity Surveyor said: “Lyndon SGB have been a great asset to the team at Wentworth, from their early involvement to the day-to-day work on site, the relationship has always been excellent. The project at Wentworth Woodhouse has been very challenging and Lyndon SGB have consistently gone above and beyond to support Woodhead Group as the main contractor. From a quality perspective, their work has always been of exemplary standard and we would not hesitate to work with them again in the future.”

 

Work started on the scaffolding project on February 2019, with anticipated completion before the end of 2020, even with the Coronavirus outbreak delays.

A bespoke, in-house Lyndon SGB designed CUPLOK® system has primarily been used for the main frame of scaffold, incorporating heavy duty beams for certain access points. And public access staircases are in place to provide public access to the main viewing area below a temporary roof.

Rather uniquely, the scaffold has also been providing safe access and egress for public tours to enable viewing of the renovation works being carried out.

Many other scaffolding challenges have been met on site. With Wentworth being Grade 1 listed, the scaffolding could not be attached to the building like on other projects – so the scaffold has been secured to the ground with anchors, which are drilled to the ground and are designed to splay out to prevent the scaffolding from lifting off the floor in heavy winds. Furthermore, due to the size and weight of the scaffolding structure, heavy duty fittings have been utilised throughout. And bespoke scaffold frames have been constructed around the building’s many 600Kg urns. Many unique challenges have been met with typically innovative Lyndon SGB solutions.

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Work started on the scaffolding project on February 2019, with anticipated completion before the end of 2020, even with the Coronavirus outbreak delays.

A bespoke, in-house Lyndon SGB designed CUPLOK® system has primarily been used for the main frame of scaffold, incorporating heavy duty beams for certain access points. And public access staircases are in place to provide public access to the main viewing area below a temporary roof.

Rather uniquely, the scaffold has also been providing safe access and egress for public tours to enable viewing of the renovation works being carried out.

Many other scaffolding challenges have been met on site. With Wentworth being Grade 1 listed, the scaffolding could not be attached to the building like on other projects – so the scaffold has been secured to the ground with anchors, which are drilled to the ground and are designed to splay out to prevent the scaffolding from lifting off the floor in heavy winds. Furthermore, due to the size and weight of the scaffolding structure, heavy duty fittings have been utilised throughout. And bespoke scaffold frames have been constructed around the building’s many 600Kg urns. Many unique challenges have been met with typically innovative Lyndon SGB solutions.

The project includes some eye-watering statistics. Works are taking place on 1500m² (16,000+ square foot) of the historic roof, which is the equivalent of six tennis courts in size – requiring some 700 tonnes and 50,000 metres of scaffolding tube; laid end to end, they would be 5.5 times taller than Mount Everest. As is stands, the scaffolding reaches 30 metres high, which is the same as six double decker buses. And all of this has been done with an average of 10 Lyndon SGB scaffolding operatives on site.

Lyndon SGB’s new Managing Director, Stuart Robinson said: “Wentworth Woodhouse is exactly the sort of high quality, complex project that showcases what our nationwide, highly skilled, professional and growing business can consistently provide to top clients and main contractors on iconic structures; safely, efficiently and cost-effectively.”

Jonathan O’Connor, General Manager at Lyndon SGB said: “We have worked in collaboration with Robert Woodhead’s from an early stage. We have tailored a suitable access solution to meet all their requirements, including public viewing platforms. It has been a pleasure to work on such an iconic building and all the Lyndon SGB team involved should all be extremely proud of what has been achieved. The project has certainly received glowing reviews, including on separate occasions visits from the NASC.”

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Wentworth Woodhouse_006

The project includes some eye-watering statistics. Works are taking place on 1500m² (16,000+ square foot) of the historic roof, which is the equivalent of six tennis courts in size – requiring some 700 tonnes and 50,000 metres of scaffolding tube; laid end to end, they would be 5.5 times taller than Mount Everest. As is stands, the scaffolding reaches 30 metres high, which is the same as six double decker buses. And all of this has been done with an average of 10 Lyndon SGB scaffolding operatives on site.

Lyndon SGB’s new Managing Director, Stuart Robinson said: “Wentworth Woodhouse is exactly the sort of high quality, complex project that showcases what our nationwide, highly skilled, professional and growing business can consistently provide to top clients and main contractors on iconic structures; safely, efficiently and cost-effectively.”

Jonathan O’Connor, General Manager at Lyndon SGB said: “We have worked in collaboration with Robert Woodhead’s from an early stage. We have tailored a suitable access solution to meet all their requirements, including public viewing platforms. It has been a pleasure to work on such an iconic building and all the Lyndon SGB team involved should all be extremely proud of what has been achieved. The project has certainly received glowing reviews, including on separate occasions visits from the NASC.”

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