A fully encapsulated innovative scaffolding solution was utilised in order to undertake refurbishment of this steel rolling lift bridge.
As principal contractor, VolkerLaser were employed to remove rotten timber footway on either side of Drypool Bridge, an electrically operated rolling lift bridge over the River Hull. The removal of the footway meant that the cantilever steelwork along both sides of the bridge was exposed. This steelwork was then blasted and painted prior to a new footway and parapets being installed. Environmental awareness was a large consideration on this project due to to the removal of lead-based paint.
The work area was made unique by the requirement for the bridge to remain operational for the duration of our works, lifting twice a day during high tides. As such, special envoi-wrapped scaffold had to be installed which was able to lift with the bridge. Furthermore, the sequence of works required working on both sides of the bridge at the same time in order to keep the bridge balanced.
VolkerLaser had to ensure regular communication with Hull City Council through project meetings. Constant contact with the harbour masters was essential, with a window of just 45 minutes to clear the work area prior to lifting the bridge.