It is scaffolding – but is it art?
By Andrew Merrell | 12th February 2020
I think it is probably fair to say we can all take tradesmen for granted from time to time - and then something suddenly turns our heads and leaves us in awe.
Which explains why we have chosen to focus on the work of Cheltenham & Gloucester Scaffolding Ltd, which caught our eye with some social media pictures of one of its recent jobs.
Judging by the number of comments they were getting we were late to the appreciation party, but we could not help but ask the firm's boss, Ben Clarke, a few questions by way of explanation.
But first, the pictures - a gravity defying mindboggling work we think is difficult not to admire and wonder at (even at the risk of being inundated with scores of other scaffolding related images by rival firms!).
First 20m got erected over the weekend, we have a further 60m to erect & complete over the next coming weeks, we completed this weekend within time, for production to start back full on Monday #scaffold #scaffolding #bestscafsinthesouthwest #yougottoloveyellow @Scaffold_Assoc pic.twitter.com/KbKztwwdEv— C&G Scaffolding Ltd (@CGScaffolding) February 10, 2020
Mr Clark, a director of Tewkesbury-based Cheltenham & Gloucester Scaffolding Ltd who has worked in the family business since he was 14, was good enough to educate us a little on what we have all been looking at. It does look, we told him, "impressive".
"Many thanks, even better coming from someone not in the industry thinking it looks impressive.
"The job is called a hanger which allows works to continue bellow with minimal impact to the factory floor, the scaffold is for ducting and heating works to be installed safely, the job is in Worcester Bosch factory.
"We had a 48-hour window to erect this scaffold, which was tight but doable. We have additional 60m to add to this scaffold over the next two months.
"The job was challenging to a certain extent, with logistics and so on, but we just see it as another job, from the first meeting to the first design to be signed off we just thrive on jobs like this, we just love what we do.
"Obviously we can only be as good as the people we put round us. We have excellent staff, and more than 50 per cent have been with us more than 10 years.
"As for us as a company we are a small family run business we have a staff of 15. We are very much a commercial company and will take on churches, hospitals, schools, shore work, design work and so on, but we do domestic stuff as well, but never got into the new house building (house bashing).
"As for other projects I'm very proud of the work we put out for the size of our company.
"We've also been lucky to work on some great projects in Gloucester over the last few years. Gloucester Quays re-generation, the Quays shopping mall, the fleece hotel, the new college in the Forest of Dean... the list goes on."
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