SPECIAL PROJECTS

At PHD, we have a mission: to provide our clients with the highest standard of excellence. We are a company that is constantly striving to go above and beyond expectations. We don’t just want to deliver – we want to discover new ways of exceeding your requirements for a project, even on the most challenging of requests.

We are proud to be at the forefront of delivering bespoke installation solutions using innovative techniques, alternative materials, and new applications. We are constantly striving to find pioneering ways of overcoming challenges, safely and expertly, so that when you work with us, you can rest assure that your project will be done to the highest possible standard.

Our expertise in all aspects of construction means we can deliver on any request – no matter how complex or unique it may be. We want to become the number one company delivering all access and installation requirements and solutions while not compromising our health, safety, and sustainability standards.

Our highly trained team is always ready to go that extra mile and get things done.

HMS Victory

After a very rigorous tendering process, PHD Access were chosen to work with the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) for the conservation of HMS Victory.

While the full project is likely to take 12 years, the current phase has put HMS Victory under wraps and fully enclosed the ship. This made the ship weathertight so the conservation work could begin.

Platforms were built surrounding the ship, allowing visitors to see specialist shipwrights at work and view Victory from a brand-new perspective. This scaffolding installation phase took nine-weeks to install a free standing 33m x 33m temporary roof and visitor experience.

London Stadium Seating Relocation

PHD were approached to undertake the daunting task of re-configuring the Olympic Stadium seating bowl from its summer use of athletics to the winter mode of football. This required alteration to all four stands in the lower bowl to improve viewing experience of the spectator; primarily moving them forward and installing relevant walkways and bridges to allow access and egress.

The seating transition at the London Stadium consisted of the reconfiguration of 20,000 seats, that required the co-ordination of a number of specialist “air-skating” and lifting operations. These systems utilise compressed air under high pressure to lift the stand on cushions and allow it to be carefully guided into position with mechanical assistance. This only reduced the overall duration of the seating move but also reduced the number of high-risk activities, such as craneage and work at height. The transition of the stands on this scale had not been attempted previously, nor under such a restrictive time frame.

Bond Street Station

An unusual request. The brief was to design, manufacture, deliver and install a bespoke Rack & Pinion travellator so our client’s operatives could install the steel frame and cladding works in Europe’s second largest escalator shaft.

The normal capacity for a Mast Climber Work Platform (MCWP) is 2.5 tonne, but the new Bond Street station required 7.5 tonne, and the ability to carry two MEWP’s and a HIAB Crane arm. PHD conceptualised and created a bespoke dual platform, safety tested to 7.5 tonne payload, working on a 30-degree incline angle, to run vertically on a 60-meter track.

Our engineers worked to design and manufacture a prototype with our partners, and after 12-weeks were sufficiently advanced to install on site. The client was happy as it reduced the duration of the programme and was overall much cheaper in terms of time and money than conventional methods of Scaffold Chain.

Workshops In The Sky

PHD delivered a highly innovative access solution, ‘Workshops in the Sky’, at the London Stadium, which at the time became one of the UK’s most iconic access structures. The strengthening of the 840m perimeter truss included inspection, blasting, welding, and painting processes, and increased the structure’s weight from 1,400 tonnes to 4,130 tonnes, making the finish product, the largest cantilevered roof of its type.

PHD produced a bespoke, radical ‘top-down slung’ solution born out of the methods harking back to the days of the cinema and the proscenium arch. In addition, by utilising lightweight components PHD reduced the weight of the scaffold by 67% compared to conventional tube & fitting scaffold satisfying the loadings issue.

Over 480 tonnes of lightweight systems were used in the erection of the “Scaffolding Pods” which provided contractors an enclosed fabricating shop work environment, allowing the strengthening works vital to the trusses to be carried out regardless of external weather conditions. PHD erected and dismantled the scaffold all within 4 months on time as per to schedule.

Grid builds

PHD were appointed to install a smart fulfilment platform compromising of an aluminium and steel grid, track, and enclosure system to high tolerances for a prominent manufacturing client.

We undertook pre-commencement surveys, utilizing a 3D scanner to overlay the design and actuals, highlighting deviations and potential clashes. PHD implemented an automated total station for quality assurance checks, and this was monitored inhouse, being the first fulfilment centre that has been delivered using this system.

PHD provided all management, labour, and plant for the grid build and at the projects peak, PHD had 70 operatives onsite. PHD manufactured two ‘grid carts’ as a safety measure to reduce working at height, which due to their success are now an asset, rolled out on all our client’s UK builds.

In addition to the contracted scope of works, a significant amount of additional works was instructed through the grid install package as PHD were known to respond to change and dynamic cope with a positive ‘can-do’ attitude.

When complete, the Fulfilment Centre will be one of the most advanced of its type in the world with high-tech automation. It will be used to further improve our client’s distribution operations in the local area for their customer base.