Lyndon SGB is supplying complex access solutions on one of the largest scaffolding projects in the country, – the £330 million ‘Our Town Hall’ renovation of Manchester Town Hall, a Grade 1-listed Victorian gothic revival landmark built in 1877.
Main contractor Lend Lease has appointed Lyndon SGB as the scaffolding and access contractor. The contract works include large independent scaffolds, crash decks, a bespoke 90m clock tower scaffold, 34 chimney stacks/saddles and 8,000m2 of temporary roofing weather protection across the site.
More than 50 Lyndon SGB scaffolding operatives will be working on the scaffolding project – currently under strict COVID-19 secure protocols during lockdown.
In addition, as part of the KPI (Key Performance Indicators) for the scaffolding program, a dozen apprenticeships will be launched on the project over the four-year contract. There are already seven apprentices (pictured left) in the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme and in-house training schemes, with three already operational on site and a further four working in the new Lyndon SGB depot in Manchester.
Councillor Nigel Murphy, deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Creating opportunities for local young people to build firm foundations for future professional careers across a range of trades is a key goal of the Our Town Hall project and will be an important part of its legacy for the city.
“This is a building which has served Manchester for more than 140 years and through this once-in-a-lifetime scheme, it will continue to play an integral role at the heart of our civic life for generations to come.”
Lyndon SGB Managing Director, Stuart Robinson said: “We are incredibly proud to have secured the scaffolding and access provision on this incredibly important national building renovation. Few firms in the UK could have been selected for such an enormous, complex and highly skilled project.”