Case Studies

Scaffolding West End – Case Study 2

We used fixed chapter 8 barriers to make the area safe below.


Scaffolding West End - Charlotte Street W1.

This case study is focused on a cantilever scaffolding.

A cantilever scaffolding is used to provide access to an area where the ground directly below cannot be used. For example when it belongs to a neighbouring property. In this example the ground would not support the imposed loads.

Client Requirements

Provide a fully boarded access scaffolding to front and rear elevations.
Bridge over drive ways and entrances.
Keep entire ground floor clear as not fit to support weight of scaffolding.
Obtain all relevant licenses.
Supply full architect drawings.
Prioritise safety for pedestrians and office staff.

MTec Solution

Following the initial site surveys we designed a cantilever scaffolding structure, which allowed us to keep the ground floor completely free and protected from the works above. We would use steel "ladder beams" fixed to the wall with band and plate fittings and "Apollo X - Beams to bridge across between these supports.
We sent our design to the architects for conformation and load calculations while we discussed licences with Westminster Council.
The pavement licence requires £5 million public liability insurance. No problem, MTEC Scaffolding carries this amount of cover as standard.
Charlotte Street is a busy road especially in the summer when tourists add to the already heavy footfall. We needed to think carefully about how to protect pedestrians while keeping the project moving.
Deciding that a fully protective tunnel would be the safest route we added this to our Method of Work Statement and sent it to the client for final approval. For added safety we included a 5 board wide protection fan at no additional charge and our risk assessment came back with a perfect score.
Another project completed safely and on time.


This particular contract presented many challenges in regards to erecting the scaffolding.
The building was situated on a busy street in central London and the building was fully occupied with noise restrictions in place.
All local authority permits and parking dispensations were dealt with by Mtech including a detailed scaffold design.
We found them to be professional in all their approach to the contract, including a high level of H&S awareness.
We would not hesitate in using Mtech Scaffolding on future contracts.

Gary R Loveday
Contracts Director
Avondale Interiors