Westgate Factory Dividers has provided its temporary wall dividing system, Flexiscreen, for a project at Heathrow Airport. Morgan Sindall had been contracted by Heathrow Airport Ltd and British Airways to modernise hangars at the West London airport in preparation for the arrival of the new airbus.
A temporary, fire retardant ‘dividing wall’ needed to be erected to prevent dust transgressing from the building site to the ‘working’ side of the hangar and to protect personnel and valuable equipment on both sides. The main challenge was the overall height of the hangar. Because of where the hangar was situated and the large opening to the front, there was also the matter of exceptional wind loadings to consider.
The client had considered a scaffold sheeting system, but this would take up too much floor space, take longer to erect and not ensure a dust tight seal. Morgan Sindall contacted Westgate Factory Dividers having seen work they had undertaken at other airports. The 67m wide x 28m tall Flexiscreen temporary system from Westgate Factory Dividers was specified as the ideal solution to achieve the desired result.
The screen was installed by Westgate’s own specialist team within 4 weeks. It was hung on tensioned cable (with a dust tight hook and eye system) fixed to the hangar’s steel purlins. Owing to the wind loading at British Airways site, 10 tonne ratchets and straps were required to restrain the screen system. In addition a boom lift was needed to access the hangar. A smaller cherry picker was used for the mezzanine area. The system has since been approved by British Airways and designated ‘recommended for use’ on other airport sites.
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