PROJECT: THE MEETING HOUSE, ACKWORTH SCHOOL, PONTEFRACT, WAKEFIELD
MAIN CONTRACTOR: WILLIAM ANELAY LIMITEDAckworth School was founded in 1779 by John Fothergill on behalf of The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Part of the schools heritage is the Grade II listed Meeting House, which was opened in 1847. Now 164 years later it is in need of significant repair work and a restoration project is underway to make sure it is preserved for future generations of pupils.
The school raised the funds through the generosity of an Old Scholar, various Grant Making Trusts and many individual friends of the School and with the help of their architect and main contractor have put in place a defined project plan for the restoration.
... SAY constructed a birdcage scaffold that covered the entire internal plan footprint ... Scaffolding access was a integral part of this project and required early consultation with SAY in order to produce a designed scheme that enabled William Anelay’s craftsmen the required protection and access.
Internally SAY constructed a birdcage scaffold that covered the entire internal plan footprint of the building. Built up to just below ceiling height and canter livered over the seating galleries at first floor level, the birdcage allowed access for repairs and redecoration to the original plasterwork.
Externally the scaffolding scheme involved a designed solution to span the low level parts of the Meeting House that were non load bearing, in order to support the fully boarded external access scaffold to the entire perimeter and temporary roof above. The fully sheeted scaffold enabled access for the repairs to the external fabric of the building and re-roofing works to be carried out whilst protecting the building from inclement weather.
Great care had to be taken through out the project to both protect the building and minimize the disruption and routine of the school’s pupils.
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