Sheffield Hallam University - Charles Street Building

Safety Circle steps used in this project
Sheffield Hallam University Charles Street

The client

Constructed in 2015, the Charles Street building is part of Sheffield Hallam University's overall aim to improve the student experience and enhance the University's reputation. This development brings together the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and will primarily focus on training teachers and house the Sheffield Institute of Education.

Sheffield Hallam University Logo

The requirement

Working for the roofing contractor, we were asked to provide a full roof access solution. Periodic roof access is required to maintain the following:

  • PV panels (Photovoltaic)

  • Green Roof

  • Gutters

The initial access requirement was from the plant area to the new roof. Secondly, there was a significant change in the level between the two roof areas, which also required a bespoke solution. The fall protection requirement on this project called for a cable-based system.

Sheffield Hallam University Charles Street
Sheffield Hallam University Charles Street
Sheffield Hallam University Charles Street

The solution

To provide safe access from the plant area to the roof, we designed, supplied and installed an Ascent™ access ladder. The hooped Ascent™ fixed access ladder provides a simple access solution to the roof area for regular maintenance.

Due to the design of the roof areas, there is a significant change in level that requires a bespoke access solution. We provided safe access by installing an Ascent™ Step Unit, with handrails to both sides.

To provide the most aesthetically pleasing access system, without compromising the operative's safety, Eurosafe installed the MSA Latchways Constant Force® Post cable system. We designed the layout to ensure operatives are in a restrained position at all times.

As is common with many roof types and manufacturers, this is an approved solution for biodiverse green roofing systems.

For more information on this project or solutions applied please contact...

Sam Wakeling

Estimating Manager

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