The Heavy-Duty 1.33mm Asterix Beam is now available UK-wide from Generation Hire & Sale, simplifying lacing and bracing, and resulting in a substantial reduction in materials and labour.
The Asterix HD beam depth enables use of special brace frames for both plan and section bracing, meaning large beams can be braced in minutes. Alternatively, traditional tube and fittings can be used for both lacing and bracing. Unlike most other scaffold beams on the market today it is permissible to connect scaffold couplers to the posts of ASTERIX HD.
"Adding the Heavy-Duty Asterix Beam to our diverse portfolio of products demonstrates our continued commitment to providing innovation and choice," said managing director Mark Clifford.
Manchester Victoria Station
Manchester Victoria station was opened in 1844 and encompasses a number of Grade II listed buildings and features. Network Rail are currently undertaking a £44m transformation of the station into a transport interchange that is safer, brighter and more spacious.
As part of the refurbishment Crossway Scaffolding Group were tasked with the job of providing a huge 9,000m² crash deck over the concourse and platforms providing a safe environment for passengers whilst the old roof is removed and a new roof is installed.
Using a mixture of Generation’s new Asterix HD beam, Dessa roofing braces and our own Futuro steel ledger decks a system was formulated that was not only strong enough to achieve the spans of 20m but did so at 2.57m centres. The system also had the benefit that it would be quick to erect.
Mark Clifford said: "Crossway Scaffolding achieved three beam lines erected in one shift, fully sheeted. It was calculated that doing this method it saved using over 10,000 doubles in the one structure alone."
The same system was used for other areas using the Generation 780mm deep beam.
"This was done by making the beam into a roof truss and placing the Futuro decks on the top cord of the beam which acted as horizontal braces, the decks had timbers fitted to them off site, and were placed at 1m centres, which then simply allowed Crossway Scaffolding to tek screw the roofing sheets into the timbers on top of the Futuro decks," Clifford added.
The Asterix HD Beam has recently been used on the Battersea Power Station and will be used in a number of forthcoming offshore projects.