Royal Opera House Repairs
The Royal Whanganui Opera House required repairs and Scafit were asked to provide contractors with a solution for access. Built to commemorate the reign of Queen Victoria, the Opera House was constructed around 1900 and has a category one historical grading.
Using Layher’s Allround Lightweight Scaffolding system, Scafit designed a 14 metre high scaffold. 130 lineal metres of German made scaffolding, used a combination of 0.73m and 1.09m ledgers.
Opera House scaffolding
Scafit’s Whanganui Manager, Luke Mainwaring explains, “working to the Opera houses tight timeframe, we planned and designed the scaffold ourselves. This meant that we were able to execute the installation and dismantling without compromising the Opera Houses schedule of works. Furthermore, our scaffold design ensured all access points, fire exits and loading access platforms were not hindered throughout the entire project.”
“The Scafit guys enjoyed working alongside the local council and other sub trades to help assist with such an iconic local building. Scafit are proud to help with large community projects on heritage buildings. We pride ourselves on providing a safe and efficient product to our local community, with minimal interference to surrounding businesses and the Opera House itself,” said Luke.
Repair and repaint
Lynda Hocquard, from the Whanganui District Council, said “The Royal Whanganui Opera House was due for her regular repaint so Whanganui District Council took this as an opportunity to do some exterior repairs at the same time as repainting the entire exterior. Scafit were asked to provide staged scaffolding around the entire building as well as a wrap solution to the west side whilst the entire face of weatherboards was replaced.”
Lynda continued “Luke and the Scafit team worked with contractors to ensure work could be completed in a timely manner as well as allowing the Opera House to remain open for events and shows. They provided practical solutions for access to difficult areas and at extreme heights. Also, Scafit ensured that the scaffold was installed to enable a variety of different tours to occur and facilitate full access as needed to all areas of the building.”
“Many thanks to the team for working with us and we appreciate your flexibility and professionalism in making this a successful project,” said Lynda
Thank you to Luke Mainwaring of Scafit for the use of these photographs.
Many thanks to the team for working with us and we appreciate your flexibility and professionalism in making this a successful projectLynda Hocquard, Whanganui District Council
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