Conder Structures and SGB have launched a new edge protection system which is being used for the first time on Conder’s Darlington Learning Centre contract. The development of Extraguard has been driven by the Work at Height Regulations, as well as Conder’s obligation as a steelwork contractor to supply safety edging.
SGB developed the edge protection over the last 12 months and has been working closely with Conder on its application. The triple mesh Extraguard panels are a combination of horizontal steel bars that sandwich vertical bars and have 300mm high integral steel toe guards.
The 1150mm high panels are said to be straightforward to install, hung from standard cherry pickers and slotted onto upright Extraguard guardposts that have a special J-shaped locking feature.
The state of the art Darlington Learning Centre forms part of the £170M regeneration of Central Park, a brownfield site in Darlington.
Conder has supplied 1,245 tonnes of steelwork for the seven separate buildings of the learning centre that occupy 6.4ha of the 30ha site. The largest structure is the two level circular main hub and learning research centre with a unique vestibule, featuring a steel ‘tree’ with four support columns.