Palmers are providing large-scale special access solutions and scaffolding for the prestigious St James Park London Euston Station HS2 enabling construction works.

The scaffold consists of a huge 10,000m² temporary roof – supported below by 15 towers and 300m of bespoke Palmers special access spine beam – with a large-scale privacy screen around St James Gardens, to house CSJV’s archaeology programme to carry out a number of operations in a cemetery that is buried underneath the park.

The temporary works with a contract value of circa £3M for principal contractor CSJV began in early July 2018 and the scaffolding structure is remain erected for approximately 18 months, whilst the archaeology works are carried out.

There are circa 30 experienced Palmers Scaffolding operatives on the site, installing the large temporary roof spans (of over 37m), the multiple scaffolding towers and complex access spine beams which complete the 10,000m² temporary roof, access and scaffolding structure.

The vast majority (90%) of the works will be completed from the confines of a safe working platform (fully boarded and hand railed) and then be traversed into position, to avoid the risk of working at height.

Palmers Managing Director, Donald Morrison said: “This is a marvellous project in every sense. The design process has taken a long time to perfect, but the solution is proving to be ideal for purpose – with the 15 support towers running the entire length of the site and the spine beams allowing the temporary roof sections to be rolled out into position, creating a mobile weather protection system to suit works below.”

Ian McFarlane, Palmers Director of Business and Project Development said: “It is fantastic to be working at Euston station on such large-scale, high-profile construction works, within the rail sector. It is an specialised piece of scaffolding requiring specialist knowledge to erect and manage and Palmers are proud to be providing the modern special access here.”

Palmers Operations Director for Special Access, Paul Duggan said: “The design has involved months of planning and constructing demonstration rigs for the client at our base in Chester, prior to installation on site. We are all proud of the works. We believe Palmers are unique at producing something with a design this innovative.”