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Scaffolding challenge at historic waterways maintenance projectBingley

Scaffolding challenge at historic waterways maintenance project

Harsco Infrastructure has provided its CUPLOK multi-purpose steel scaffold system to a major project which will help keep a key part of Britain’s waterway network operating efficiently for the next 25 years.

The 18th Century Five Rise system was drained as part of a £200,000 project to replace the giant 10 ft-wide gates which separate the individual locks. “Inevitably there was some uncertainty about the conditions that would be found when the locks were drained of water, so the scaffolding system that was chosen had to be sufficiently flexible to cope with any unexpected problems,” adds James. “Harsco worked with the project contractor, British Waterways, to ensure that any unforeseen situations could be accommodated and that each part of the lock system was fully edge-protected and easy to access.”

The 5-lock lift at BingleyThe Grade I listed, five-rise flight of locks is the steepest of its kind in the UK, and raises the Leeds - Liverpool canal over 59 ft.

The scaffold system was used to provide safe and reliable edge protection and access to the famous Five Rise canal lock system in Bingley, West Yorkshire, which has been drained for maintenance for the first time in a quarter century.

The 5-rise system at Bingley
Photo: Michael Spiller

“This is another excellent demonstration of the versatility of CUPLOK” comments Harsco Infrastructure’s Marketing Manager, James Hurst. “It is a system that’s designed for general access, shoring and supporting duties. It can be used for continuous façade, circular scaffold, birdcage access or staircase access applications and so was perfect for an out-of-the-ordinary project such as this.”

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Repeat business from Bathgate Silica SandCheshire

Repeat business from Bathgate Silica Sand

A new Volvo L150G 25 tonne wheel loader has replaced an L180C that had clocked up 22000 hours and joins two L220 models that are engaged in primary extraction in Bathgate Silica Sand’s quarry.

In charge of Bathgate’s soil and sand blending plant the L150G will re-handle incoming soils and sands for blending, feed a trommel screen and drier as well as load out lorries with the finished product amounting to approximately 30,000 tonnes per annum. The machine has been fitted with a standard 4.4 m³ straight lipped bucket and an RDS Loadmaster weighing system. Downsizing to the L150G will help the operation because the area to work in is quite tight and it offers a better degree of manoeuvrability over its predecessor.

Bathgate Silica Sand is a leading producer and supplier of mineral products for industrial, foundry, leisure and equestrian markets throughout the UK. The company has been established for over 60 years and has built an outstanding reputation for quality and service.

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