February 2013

The Williams Building… Acrow Scaffolding

Client: Built Product: Acrow Cuplok Scaffolding System

The William Apartments Melbourne - Acrow SuperCuplok

Safety. Strength. Success.

The task of turning a 1970s building into prestige apartments came with a range of challenges, not the least of which was the erection of 80 metre high scaffolding across the facade. Add public safety and a CBD location into the mix and nothing could be left to chance. With our technical expertise and high capacity scaffolding products, Acrow has turned this tricky task into a seamless success.

Located in Melbourne’s CBD, scaffolding for The William project is encapsulated to protect both the public and the workforce. Safety and strength are paramount.

“Major disasters have happened with encased scaffolding when equipment has been ripped off buildings in high winds. The design and engineering are critical,” explains Regional Sales Manager, Laurie Hartley. “Very few scaffolding companies have the engineering capability of Acrow,” he adds. “Acrow’s due diligence has been second to none on this project, and our highly skilled engineering department has ensured everything is absolutely spot on.”

Because The William project is a refurbishment, the scaffolding is very high – between 70 and 80 metres – and subject to extremely high dead loads and also high wind loads. A scaffolding product was needed that could cope with such challenging conditions.

“Acrow’s SUPERCUPLOCK was the ideal product in this instance, because it’s the strongest modular scaffolding system on the market.”

Project builder, Built, contracted Acrow to not only supply, but also erect and dismantle the scaffolding. As well as our quality products, Built chose Acrow because of our competitive pricing, service and attention to detail.

“When tendering for The William, Built competed successfully against a number of tier one builders, so it’s a landmark project for them. Their goal is to produce an outstanding result, and choosing Acrow for the scaffolding component reflects that.”

Laurie says keeping lines of communication open is a hallmark of the Acrow approach, and The William is a case in point.

“Acrow has a site manager on-site daily, plus we conduct weekly engineering inspections. We also hold regular toolbox meetings with our labour subcontractor to ensure all is going well on that front.”

“This is our first project with Built. We hope it’s the first of many.”

Major disasters have happened with encased scaffolding when equipment has been ripped off buildings in high winds. The design and engineering are critical