Grand Hotel, York

Grand Hotel, York

Having been contacted by our client, with regards to the design of three separate design projects on the historic Grand Hotel, York. 


The first being an independent scaffold to be erected to all elevations of the existing and proposed buildings, with a pavement gantry installed not only for protection to the public, but this would also be used for storing materials. In addition to this our client required a large gantry scaffold to span a service road into the grounds of the hotel, while maintaining vehicular access, and the gantry would also be used for storing various contractor materials.

The second requirement for the project was a cantilevered scaffold from the third floor of the building. It was as requested that we used a certain type of beam, as they only had this in stock at the time of design, with this in mind we adopted a method of designing around this type of beam. For us this meant reducing the effective spans between supporting truss-out beams and back-propping, where this wasn’t possible we simply increased the number of beams supporting the span.

Finally our client asked us to provide them with a hoist run-off tower design, once again this was further complicated with a lack of space on site, the need to span plant and retain access for a fire escape. With this in mind we took the decision to use ladder beams as the standards, this allowed us to retain the compressive strength in the standards, while reducing the footprint of the supports at ground level.