Brixton Recreation Centre

Safety Certifications & Access Solutions For Iconic Recreation Centre

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Our client is a well-loved Recreation Centre in Brixton, London, that requires safe access for works, including roof maintenance, Safesite safety solutions and certification.
We delivered safety ladders, Bespoke Access Platforms, Ladders, KeeGuard and Recertification on a challenging yet rewardable project which took almost four years to complete.

 

About the Client

Brixton Recreation Centre is a sports and recreation facility situated in the heart of South London’s district of Brixton.
The Centre was designed by pioneering architects in 1970 and constructed between 1974 and 1985. It is now due to the listed nature of this property, a grade 2 listed property due to its monolithic brick masses and dramatic sculptural spaces.
The Centre was, at the time, billed as one of the earliest designs to combine sports and leisure facilities within an urban area with two swimming pools, squash courts, sports halls, gymnasium, shooting range, cricket, and basketball and football facilities built over six stories.

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Brief

Lambeth Council and Edge approached Safesite in 2021 with a budget of £65,000 to provide safe access to Brixton Recreation Centre.
The building boasts a copper finish that coats the entire roof, making this property unique from anywhere else. For this reason, all safe access solutions must be respectful of the surfaces they are applied to.
We looked to engineer and design safe roof access using our secure, compliant and accessible Guardrail System that did not compromise the listed property and its delicate design features with detailed planning.
As a part of the Kee Safety global group, we have access to cutting edge, innovative technology, enabling us to offer them unrivalled engineering and recertification services currently unavailable anywhere else in the market.

Safe Access Solutions

Long-term safety was a top priority for this project. All Safesite access solutions aim to offer cost-effective yet permanent rooftop edge protection for areas requiring regular maintenance and inspection access.
We focused on safety solutions which do not require specialist fixing, welding or drilling to the roof structure or membrane, eliminating the risk of surface damage to the iconic building.
As standard, we pride ourselves on offering safe access solutions which are:
·      Fully compliant with UK regulations
·      Tested for the highest safety standards
·      Quick and easy to install
·      Available as standard fittings or bespoke design
·      Modular designs to fit additional fixtures
After a full consultation and conversations with our expert team, we worked with Lambeth Council and Edge to agree on several safe access solutions
We decided on three main products:

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1.     KeeGuard Ladder Kit.

The KeeGuard Freestanding guardrail kit was a great roof inspection solution for Brixton Recreational Centre. It combines KeeGuard edge protection fixed on either side of an existing fixed ladder with a Kee Gate Self Closing Safety Gate.
Fixing the kit is quick and easy, as it has been designed to clamp onto existing ladders. The unique fitting has been designed to secure around both flat and tubular stringers with a maximum diameter/width of 75mm.
·   Provides safe access to roofs from fixed ladders
·   The freestanding system prevents damage to the surface membrane
·   Reversible self-closing gate for automatic safety

2.     Free Standing Roof Edge Protection.

KeeGuard rooftop edge protection is suitable for virtually any flat roof up to a 10° slope and includes a market-leading counterweight system which is highly visible, non-slip, and made from 100% recycled PVC.
We chose this freestanding roof edge protection for its compatibility with various surfaces, meaning it would work with all grade II listed Recreational Centre areas.
All our Guardrails are manufactured with galvanized to prevent corrosion and provide unrivalled weather protection. Benefits include:
·   Rooftop edge protection
·   Collective roof guardrail protection
·   Freestanding, counterbalanced system
·   Overcomes the need to penetrate the roof membrane
·   Suitable for flat roof surfaces up to 10° slope

3.     Bespoke Access Platforms

We chose to use a Bespoke Access Platform as they are ideal for providing safe access over pipework, plant equipment, and conduits and can be custom designed for secure access to meet virtually all site requirements.
Due to the delicate nature of the Recreational Centre building and the regulations required for this kind of structure, the Bespoke Access Platform was the perfect safety solution to provide an extremely secure, robust, corrosion-resistant access platform.

Safety Certification

An essential aspect of this complex project was ensuring that the work completed was thoroughly tested, inspected, and certified. Any staff working at height were adequately trained for safe access.
Once Safesite has installed all safe access solutions, we will ensure the Recreational Centre is maintained and examined annually as outlined in legislations BS 7883:2019 and BS EN 365.
Our qualified and experienced engineers will assess roof safety equipment during our safety certification and inspection process, inspect and certify all PPE, and provide necessary training.
Once completed, we will provide Brixton Recreational Centre with a certificate of compliance and schedule any additional work required to ensure all systems continue to be safe.
Safesite’s inspection, testing and recertification service includes ongoing support and advice should the Centre need it.

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Challenges

No project is without its challenges and working on safe access for such a sensitive build site was no different.
Due to multiple changes in contractors working with Lambeth Council, team changes and numerous planning delays due to the listed nature of this property, overall, we experience nearly a 4-year delay from initial enquiry to installation.
As a busy inner site location, multiple delays caused by bus lane permits and parking bay closures meant an alternative crane location had to be sought.
The success of the project, despite its complexities, is a testament to the experience and hard work of all those involved.

Result

The installation of all roof access safety solutions was completed during July-August 2021.
The solutions have provided all contractors with safe, compliant access for all future roof and maintenance works that have never been able to be achieved before.
The bespoke access platforms constructed on-site have given access to portions of the roof that have never been accessed.
All freestanding solutions were provided and did not compromise the existing copper roof finish.
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