How to keep your scaffolding secure and your project costs low

A structural building project can be a complex and costly process. One of the key considerations when constructing, maintaining or repairing a building is to ensure that there is secure and robust temporary scaffolding in place to allow the workforce to access the building safely and without risk.

We’ve put together this handy guide which explains how best to support scaffolding, which precast concrete products to use and how to access them.

 

What’s the best material to use for supporting scaffolding?

Secure scaffolding is only as reliable as the weights used to support it. You need to ensure that the weights around the scaffolding are heavy duty enough to withstand heavy loads, and since concrete is one of the most durable and hardwearing materials available, we would always recommend that you use concrete kentledge blocks to weigh down scaffolding.

Here at JP Concrete, we supply heavy-weight kentledge block systems, which are designed to hold down scaffolding to allow for a safe and sturdy building structure.

 

How should you install concrete?

Since many customers only need access to a kentledge block system for a set period of time, our blocks are available to hire for temporary use as well as being available for sale. You can install the blocks yourself if you wish and lifting loops are supplied with the units to make installation straightforward.

However, if you would like us to install the blocks, our trained installation team can deliver them on a craned vehicle and install them on site for you.

We operate our bespoke installation service to customers throughout the UK, working on small one-off jobs through to large-scale projects. We employ a team of structural engineers who have been expertly trained in providing advice on precast and prestressed concrete construction, and are fully qualified members of The Institution of Structural Engineers.

If you’d like more information on how the installation service works, get in touch with a member of our team who will be able to give you further information.

 

How quickly can the blocks be delivered?

 If you’re ordering the concrete ballast blocks from stock, we can usually deliver the units within two to three days. Speak to a member of our team about our delivery service and they will work with you to agree on a suitable date and time to deliver the blocks to site.

 

How heavy are the concrete blocks?

Our standard blocks come in a variety of weights and sizes for extra flexibility and to enable you to secure permanent and temporary structures of any size.

The kentledge blocks also come in a range of measurements so if you require advice from our team on which measurements to opt for, just get in touch with us and we’ll provide you with our expert assistance.

If your project calls for even more flexibility and the dimensions and weights supplied are not quite what you’re looking for, we can also manufacture and supply blocks in a range of other weights and measurements. Our team will work closely with you on this to ensure that the blocks will be the right length, width and height and, most importantly, the right weight.

 

Can kentledge concrete blocks be used for on-site hoarding?

Yes. In fact this method is becoming increasingly popular. Historically, it was more commonplace to cast hoarding posts into concrete footings which were buried in the ground, whereas with kentledge block hoarding, no groundwork is required meaning that the process will not only save you time, it’ll reduce your building spend, too.

Not only is installing kentledge concrete blocks much easier and quicker than securing to a foundation, you can also be sure that the blocks will provide a heavy-duty effect, as opposed to relying on the security of the ground conditions.

What’s more, assuming you have purchased the concrete blocks, these can also be used again in the future, making them an investment you’ll make once that’ll pay off time and time again.

Give our helpful team a call today on 01158 220 282 and make costly and complex structural building projects a thing of the past.