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PROVIDING SAFETY NETTING FOR THE TALLEST TIMBER FRAMED BUILDING IN EUROPE

 

Leeds Energy Recovery Plant is a ground-breaking £140m incinerator that generates enough power for 20,000 homes, burning up to 150,000 tonnes of landfill waste a year.

At 42m (138ft) tall, with a 75m chimney, it is the tallest timber frame building in Europe and the innovative design is based on the use of glass and timber (Glulam) framing.

PMC Safety Netting were approached by main contractor (CNIM Clugston Leeds) Ltd with a request to provide safety netting for a new project and with the challenge “we have won a job starting in 6 months and we don’t know how you are going to do it!”

The building was

  • 42 metres high
  • Out of reach of any Mobile Elevating Work Platform in Europe
  • A structure of timber Glulam beams (some 1 metre deep)
  • No access along one side

In addition,

  • The roof membrane sat directly on top of the Glulam so there was nowhere to tie safety nets and attach edge protection.
  • No damage could be made to the Glulam beams as the timber formed a feature
  • The edge protection needed to be fixed half way down the barrel-vaulted roof
  • Every elevation needed a bespoke design solution

Although this was a project like no other we had tackled, our ethos is always to find the solution, so after 3 days, we came back with a detailed proposal and in May 2014 we started work.

Pragmatic solutions

We pride ourselves on being able to provide pragmatic solutions to the challenges we face and this project tested us on that! Our riggers were under immense pressure not to damage the exposed timbers and one of our solutions was to put pipe lagging around the basket frames (sometimes simple is best)

Temporary Works Designs

This project require Temporary Works Designs and in total PMC Safety Netting issued 11 Temporary Work Designs including:

  • 24m high stair tower with all ties to a concrete structure
  • Northern Light edge protection
  • Edge Nest System for Northern Light’s leading edge
  • Edge Protection using strap-attachments
  • Bespoke edge protection brackets
  • Edge protection attached to existing Glulam using box ties
  • Edge protection around ‘telly-tubby’ structure

To verify certain works were completed to the required specification, helmet cameras were used by Rope Access Team to allow the Rigger to verify the installation.

 

Client testimonial

“From their first involvement in the project, PMC provided me with the confidence that they were the correct specialist to help me complete the works on time. PMC found solutions to the extremely difficult design we had to construct.

Their off-site management team provided comprehensive documentation and their installers were magnificent.”

Neil Webster, Project Manager

SAFETY NETTING & EDGE NETTING FOR LEEDS ENERGY FROM WASTE, A GLULAM TIMBER BUILDING
SAFETY NETTING & EDGE NETTING FOR LEEDS ENERGY FROM WASTE, A GLULAM TIMBER BUILDING
SAFETY NETTING & EDGE NETTING FOR LEEDS ENERGY FROM WASTE, A GLULAM TIMBER BUILDING
SAFETY NETTING & EDGE NETTING FOR LEEDS ENERGY FROM WASTE, A GLULAM TIMBER BUILDING
SAFETY NETTING & EDGE NETTING FOR LEEDS ENERGY FROM WASTE, A GLULAM TIMBER BUILDING
SAFETY NETTING & EDGE NETTING FOR LEEDS ENERGY FROM WASTE, A GLULAM TIMBER BUILDING
SAFETY NETTING & EDGE NETTING FOR LEEDS ENERGY FROM WASTE, A GLULAM TIMBER BUILDING
SAFETY NETTING & EDGE NETTING FOR LEEDS ENERGY FROM WASTE, A GLULAM TIMBER BUILDING
SAFETY NETTING & EDGE NETTING FOR LEEDS ENERGY FROM WASTE, A GLULAM TIMBER BUILDING
SAFETY NETTING & EDGE NETTING FOR LEEDS ENERGY FROM WASTE, A GLULAM TIMBER BUILDING
SAFETY NETTING & EDGE NETTING FOR LEEDS ENERGY FROM WASTE, A GLULAM TIMBER BUILDING