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Queen Victoria Street Reading – Various Repairs
Crown Services personnel were asked to carry out various repairs on Queen Victoria Street in Reading. The building is grade 2 listed and situated on a main pedestrianised high street. We were asked to fit a fan deck scaffold utilising our rope access techniques to run 50 m of suspended scaffold across the building. Also restraint scaffolds had to be erected around individual apexes to make the loose terracotta apexes safe. All works included the supply and fitting of a 50 m fan deck scaffold, gutter cleaning, lead repairs, replacing broken roof slates and vegetation removal.
Supply & Fitting Fan Deck Scaffold
Crown Services attended the site to supply and fit a 50 m fan deck scaffold to part of Queen Victoria Street and part Friar St Elevation. Crown personnel first erected a rolling rig consisting of 2 aluminium tower scaffolds which were connected, the additional scaffold was fitted to create a safe zone for pedestrians to access the shop front where the suspended scaffold deck was being assembled. This rolling rig was moved along as the job progressed and removed from Queen Victoria Street every night after work had ceased, then erected every morning before any high rise work commenced. See photographic evidence below.
All rope access equipment was fitted at high level. The rope access technicians positioned themselves approximately 11 m up from ground level to drill holes in the bricks. These positions were assessed as the operatives were in place. When the operatives were completely satisfied that the brickwork was suitable they started by installing the modular frame. When the modular frame was fitted, so were the aluminium beams, followed by the upper lift and fan deck. The top deck was then finished off with debris netting. Once the job was complete, Crown Services advised the site engineer that all works were complete and vacated the site. We always ensure all waste is removed and left in a clean ans safe condition.
High Rise Vegetation Removal
We removed all biological growth to the surface of the roof and brushed it down with a wire brush. At times we may not be able to fully remove roots as we do not want to disturb the structural elements. Photographs were taken before and after works and provided in a report on completion.
High Rise Gutter Cleaning
During our inspection we discovered gutters were blocked and needed debris clearing and cleaning. This was due to weather conditions on the high rise building. All gutters should be inspected regularly to ensure no further issues occur. We cleared all gutters of debris and returned to perfect working order. See photographic evidence below.