Stilcon Scaffolding was engaged to supply 35 metre high scaffold around the circumference of the heritage listed chimney at Hoffman Brickworks so as to enable the inspection of the brickwork. Once this inspection was completed the scaffold enabled the repair and maintenance of the damage and decay caused by age to the brickwork chimney.
The historic 153-year-old Hoffman Brickworks is significant in Brunswick’s history. Built during the 1870s, it was the first modern mechanical brickworks in Australia, and at its peak employed up to 400 men to produce 40 million bricks a year.
The 35-metre-high canter levered scaffold with shade cloth encapsulation, was over a live road in a residential area. To incorporate the elements and specific tasks that the client needed to complete for the restoration project, our team needed to design and engineer the supply of a hoist at 35 metres attached to the scaffold
The Stilcon Scaffolding team worked closely with Moreland City Council and Glenvill to engage the residents and ensure they respected and understood the process and that safety requirements were met.
The Moreland City Council and Glenvill Developments were unable to determine the stability of the chimney until the scaffolding was in place and inspection was able to be carried out. Due to this the agreement with the residents meant the scaffold build had to be completed in a short time schedule before Christmas, so as to alleviate the residents’ concerns regarding the continual decaying of the chimney.
There were a number of logistical elements that caused unique challenges for the team during the scaffold build. Traffic management was required of the pedestrians and residents around the chimney breast as well as vehicles while building the gantry canter levered scaffold over the road.
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