There are many iconic landmarks throughout history that simply wouldn’t have been built if it weren’t for scaffolding; from the pyramids of Egypt to the Statue of Liberty. We often marvel at large buildings without realising quite how much work went into their construction, and scaffolding plays an essential role in the building process. Every building, from large department stores to a block of flats, is built using scaffolding, but of course some projects are much bigger than others. See our brief guide below to some of the largest, most awe inspiring scaffolding projects around the world.
The Statue of Liberty
One of the most recognisable landmarks in the world, the Statue of Liberty underwent mass renovation in 1984, with scaffolding erected all around the statue from the base to the very top of the crown. Experts from all fields of the construction industry were consulted on the project, and at the time it was built, this was the largest free standing scaffold in the world. Built entirely of aluminium, it cost approximately $2 million!
Victoria train station in London is one of the busiest terminals in the world, so when it needed refurbishments there was no question about whether it would remain open. Around 80 million passengers pass through the station each year, so it was essential for the scaffolding to cause as little disruption as possible. In 2011, custom scaffolding was built to hang above the trains and allow the roof to be cleaned and refurbished. This allowed the station to remain operating as usual; essential when you consider that the project took three years to complete.
Since its opening in 2010, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai remains the tallest building in the world. Construction took a total of six years, and scaffolding was added as the floors were built in order to keep the final height a secret. The finished building stands at an impressive 829 metres high, with 163 floors.
Construction for the Eden Project in Cornwall began in 1998, and a whopping 230 miles of scaffolding was used while it was being built. The structure is formed of two domes, standing at 55 metres and 35 metres high, and the site became a popular tourist attraction even before it was officially open. The unusual shape of the design meant that extra reinforced scaffolding was needed in order to build a safe and secure structure.
You may not be building anything as large as the landmarks mentioned above, but if you need professional and reliable scaffolding services for your next project, get in touch with Rodells Ltd. We can provide scaffolding for the industrial, commercial and domestic sectors, and our friendly and experienced team of trained scaffolders are on hand to help; whatever your needs. For more information or to discuss your next project, give us a call or visit our website.