Contractors World - UK & Ireland Vol 3 No 5 - page 11

Out & About
Harsco provided the technical input and
integrated scaffolding, shoring and tem-
porary roofing solution for the multi-million
pound project to refurbish what is recognised
as the world’s first iron-framed building.
This Grade 1 listed building was origi-
nally built in 1797 to house the process of
transforming flax into linen. Today it is seen
as the forerunner of the modern steel-framed
skyscraper.
English Heritage acquired the site in
March 2005 and they identified some serious
structural problems in the Main Mill building,
and after a tender exercise, Harsco was se-
lected to provide a scaffold framework which
secured the building while solutions were de-
veloped and funding sought.
Harsco worked closely with English
Heritage and the various other parties in-
volved and embarked on an intensive ex-
ercise to design a suitable scaffolding and
shoring system. This had to provide access
for the refurbishment work, while also sup-
porting the external walls, and had to be
achieved without imposing any load on the
fragile building.
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Sloping ground proved no problem for
the installation of a new weighbridge
by Avery Weigh-Tronix engineers. The
company installed the 15 metre pit mounted
weighbridge system to help PHS Datashred
maintain accurate records for recycled paper.
Installed at the company’s Crayford site in
Kent, the new weighbridge system is helping
the company account for an extra 7.5 tonnes
per week of recycled paper bales.
Says Andy Redgrave, Southern Regional
Operations Manager at PHS Datashred: “On
average we have fifteen 25 tonne loads of
recycled paper leaving the site every week.
We were losing the equivalent of ½ tonne per
load by not being able to accurately weigh
it when it left our site. We relied on axle
weighing to give an estimate, but this was far
from ideal.
“Unfortunately, the site where we wanted
to install the weighbridge had sloping ground
and only Avery Weigh-Tronix were confident
in installing a legal for trade weighbridge
system for us.
“While most of our recycled paper is
delivered by our own drivers for export
and can be weighed at our customer’s site,
we still needed an accurate system at our
site to verify weights for our own processes
and efficiency. Also, if a customer in the UK
needs to collect recycled materials, we need
our own legal for trade weighbridge to com-
plete the transaction.
NewWeighbridge on
a Slope Records Waste
Paper
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