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Earls Court Demolition

Earls Court was an indoor exhibition, conference and events venue located in the London Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

Originally opened in 1887 and rebuilt in 1937 with an art deco style exterior, it was the largest venue of its type within central London. Exhibition space was increased with the building of Earls Court Two, constructed at a cost of £100 million. This barrel-roofed hall offered 17,000 sq/m of column free floor space and was opened by Princess Diana for the 1991 Motorfair.

In 2010 the owners of Earls Court proposed to demolish the buildings and redevelop the area with residential flats and retail outlets, plans for which were passed in July 2013.

Apollo Scaffold Services were approached to manufacture a bespoke articulating platform to enable the removal of the roof sheeting on the barrel roofed Earls Court Two building.

Ladder Beams were modified to form a two level 10m long box structure, which when combined with a subframe mounted on hydraulic rams, enabled the platform to ascend the barrel roof and remain perfectly level despite a near 40 degree change in angle from the bottom to the top.

Four wire ropes were fixed to the steel structure at the top of the building, with winches pulling the platform up the roof, controlled from a central unit in the middle of the platform.

To ensure safe working during the removal process, the platform was fitted with two Skylock safety devices, heavy duty tyres and Ladder Access Gates, with all workers given in depth health & safety inductions before use.

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