The Benefits of Scaffolding in Cladding Removal Projects.

Cladding removal is a complex and challenging task that requires the use of specialised equipment and techniques. One of the most important aspects of any cladding removal project is the correct implementation of scaffolding. Scaffolding provides safe and stable access for workers to perform their tasks, helping to ensure that the works are completed methodically and efficiently. This article explores the benefits of using scaffolding in cladding removal projects.

What is cladding, and why is it important to remove it?

Cladding in its various forms is a material used to cover the exterior of a building, improving the appearance of a building, and providing insulation. However, in 2017 the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London highlighted concerns about cladding made from combustible materials, such as aluminium composite panels or ACM.

As a result of these concerns, the housing secretary unveiled a 5-point plan for the removal of unsafe cladding on leaseholders in high-rise buildings. You can read more on this 5-point plan on the .gov website here:

Risks and challenges of cladding removal

The removal of cladding can be a risky process, especially when working from heights. Workers must be able to access the cladding safely without putting themselves or others at risk. The cladding itself can be difficult to remove, particularly if it has been installed using adhesive or other bonding agents. There is also the risk of cladding falling when removed, presenting a risk to those below the workers or the public depending on the removal location. Ensuring all risks are thoroughly highlighted, investigated, and presented with a solution, Inner City Scaffolding can ensure the highest safety standards when presenting scaffolding solutions to clients performing cladding removal.

Inner City Scaffolding has extensive experience working alongside our sister company, Inner City Environmental, which provides complete removal service for all types of cladding.

You can read more on Inner City Environmental and their cladding removal service here:

What is scaffolding and how does it help with cladding removal?

Scaffolding is a temporary structure that is used to provide a safe and stable platform for workers to perform their tasks from height. It is typically made from steel or aluminium and consists of a series of platforms and supports which may be adjusted at different stages of the construction project. There are various scaffolding systems available, all of which carry individual benefits.

Scaffolding is essential to cladding removal projects due to the height at which workers need to be. Providing safe stable platforms for workers to perform their duties, whilst protecting them and the public from any potential risks is of the utmost importance. When looking for a scaffolding service for cladding removal works, it is important to choose a reputable scaffolding company. Looking at the company’s accreditations will indicate to what level the company operates.

You can see Inner City Scaffolding’s accreditations here:


Type of scaffolding for cladding removal

As previously mentioned, there are many types of scaffolding, all with their individual benefits. The most common types include:

Independent scaffolding: A free-standing type of scaffolding. This does not rely on the building for support, other than ties, and is often used when working on the exterior of a building at multiple levels.

Cantilever Truss scaffolding: This scaffolding is supported by the building, consisting of horizontal beams extending out from the building, which then supports sectional Independent or Tower scaffolds to complete the required tasks to the facades.

Birdcage scaffolding, which provides a wider structure for blanket access, usually with a top boarded lift that supports operatives and enables materials to be stored safely during the task. This scaffolding is ideal for access to soffits and roof spaces.

The type of scaffolding used is dependent on the specific requirements of the cladding removal project. It may be advantageous to provide access for cladding removal in either tube and fitting, or system scaffolding. Inner City Scaffolding stocks and provides both of these options, fully tailorable to the specific project requirements.

Safety measures when using scaffolding for cladding removal

Like all construction projects that involve scaffolding, there are certain safety measures that must be adhered to. Some of these include:

Ensuring the scaffolding has been designed in accordance with up-to-date codes of practice.

Ensuring the scaffolding is erected and dismantled by trained and competent operatives.

Ensuring workers have been provided with and utilise the correct PPE.

Regular inspections and maintenance of the scaffolding.

This is not an extensive list as each site will have further, more detailed health and safety requirements. Inner City Scaffolding works alongside our clients to ensure all health and safety standards are met by understanding the needs during the tendering process.

If you need assistance in a cladding removal job that requires an expert scaffolding solution, please feel free to contact our team below-