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Excavated Shaft Stair

Excavated Shaft Stair by Above Scaffolding
Excavated Shaft Stair by Above Scaffolding

Excavated shaft stair

Above Scaffolding were appointed to design and install a 94m stairway access tower into an excavated shaft as part of a very large infrastructure project in Australia.

NorthConnex is a 9-kilometre motorway tunnel under construction in northern Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. When completed it will connect the M1 Pacific Motorway to the M2 Hills Motorway, linking the north to the Sydney Orbital Network and form part of the National Highway route.

Stair access challenges

The project involved a number of access challenges, including stair access into a 94m deep excavation, and then a 90m access/working scaffold to conduct maintenance repairs to a vertical conveyor belt which runs up the wall of the excavation. The client specified the requirement for the stairway to be suspended and to be progressively extended in length to keep pace with the continuous excavation work.

Suspended stair constructed using Layher Aluminium Platform Stair
Suspended stair constructed using Layher Aluminium Platform Stair

Aluminium Platform Stairs

Addressing high tensile loads and preparing safe assembly methodologies were key design requirements for this project. A clever solution was produced using Layher Allround Aluminium Platform Stairs, in combination with Layher’s 2.21m standards. An extra rosette is a feature of Layher’s 2.21m standard. This rosette allows for stair modules to be split and relocated without any of the conventional requirement for tube and fittings.

Strong stable stair

Layher’s Aluminium Platform Stairs are stable and lightweight, yet very strong. They are fast to assemble and disassemble, plus they are fully compliant with all New Zealand safety requirements.
The Layher team developed the initial concepts and methodology which involved crane lifting 6.21m modules of Layher Aluminium Platform Stairs.

Stair tower module

The stair tower modules were assembled at ground level. Each module was then lowered into the shaft by crane and connected to the suspended stair tower in one uninterrupted operation, without setting down or double handling. Brian Whelan, Managing Director of Above Scaffolding, said “A safe and highly efficient progressive installation methodology was critical. Layher stair modules up to 6.21m high were installed within an hour ensuring that shaft excavation could progress with little to no interruption.”

Thanks to Brian Whelan of Above Scaffolding for the use of these photos.


  • Contact

    Brian Whelan

    Company

    Above Scaffolding

    Location

    Australia

    Website

    www.abovescaffolding.com.au

  • Components

    Layher Allround Scaffolding
    Layher Temporary Stair Solutions

    Details

    Stair access into a 94m deep excavation

    Comments

    A safe and highly efficient progressive installation methodology was critical.
    Brian Whelan, Above Scaffolding


Excavators start digging the 94m shaft
Excavators start digging the 94m shaft
A module of the suspended stair tower is lowered into position
A module of the suspended stair tower is lowered into position
Suspended stair descending 94 metres into the shaft
Suspended stair descending 94 metres into the shaft

Looking up the shaft showing Layher’s suspended stair tower


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