Ringscaff and Super performing in 'Cité des Sciences'

Ringscaff and Super performing in 'Cité des Sciences'

In Luxembourg, Blast Furnaces Emerge Phoenix-like Testifying To Past And Future Success, Assisted by Scafom-rux Support Systems

Signalling the end of an era, the last blast furnace was decommissioned in Luxembourg in1997. In fact, Furnaces at the former Esch-Belval plant constituted the last two witnesses of this remarkable epoch and now Luxemburg plans something quite special for the two industrial age structures.

The idea integrates the two furnaces into a modern, coherent concept under the name of “Cité des Science” consisting of 20 modern buildings centred around the blast furnaces.

The scaffolding work was divided into two phases, both in terms of space and time:

• Building phase 1: blast furnace B, 2011 to 2012 followed by

• Building phase 2: blast furnace A refurbished from 2012 to 2013.

The blast furnaces are extremely angular objects with diverse anchorage and support possibilities. Large, smooth surfaces are a luxury. As a result, the main task when building up the scaffolding was to get as near as possible to the object.

The distance between the scaffold and the object would be minimal, providing horizontal clearance of between 75cm and 225cm.Vertically, the scaffolding needed to be as near as 15 cm to the surface of the object. The construction of all the floors had to be realised at the same height. Moreover, the entire scaffolding had to satisfy the requirements for enclosures using shrink film, up to a height of 95 metres.

Together with Echo-Location, BSB deployed large quantities of scaffolding material, drawing upon the entire product range of the scaffolding manufacturer Scafom-rux. It is noteworthy that BSB planned some 31,000 m² of facade scaffolding, partially as an interior system, just for the blast furnace B. Here, only the silhouette of the object was to remain.

The second phase required even more impressive amounts of scaffolding. Every corner of the object needed to be reached from the scaffolding: 25,000m² of facade scaffolding and an additional 60,000m³ of interior scaffolding were applied.

Besides the Scafom-rux modular scaffolding Ringscaff and Variant, the Schmölln-based company relied on the Super 65 facade scaffolding and, in particular, on the Super 100 facade system.

In the final analysis, the future is easily informed by the past, particularly when they enjoy strong support from adaptable, versatile Scafom-rux scaffolding systems.