What is Scaffolding?

Tied independent scaffolding

Independent façade access scaffolding that is tied to a permanent structure, erected with two parallel rows of standards supported by suitable foundations.


Free-standing independent scaffolding

Independent façade scaffolding for building and maintaining domestic properties, supported with raking tubes or buttresses where necessary


Birdcage scaffolding

A scaffolding structure erected with a grid of standards, ledgers and transoms, decked to provide an access platform


Chimney-stack scaffolding

A scaffolding platform that extends from a tied tower or independent scaffold to provide access to a chimney stack.


Loading bay

A special scaffolding structure, reinforced with beams and bracing, which provides a safe loading and storage area for materials



A scaffolding structure with four standards that may be free-standing, tied or butted



Independent scaffolding may include a bridged section around an opening, supported by beams, with additional bracing required to stabilise the scaffolding


Cantilevered protection fans

Independent scaffolding may incorporate a light-duty cantilevered fan to protect those below from falling materials. Other forms of fan require a special design.


Pavement lifts

A pedestrian thoroughfare may be incorporated with increased headroom up to 2.7 m and no ledger bracing below the first lift to provide clear access, stabilised with plan bracing or ties.


Cantilevered access platforms

Independent scaffolding may provide a very lightly loaded single lift cantilevered platform at the inner face supported by raking tubes connected with right-angle couplers.


Inside-board bracket platforms

Independent scaffolding may provide inner platforms supported by inside-board brackets, which may be raised or lowered from the main working platform by up to 0.5 m.