Leeds’ most iconic building gets makeover with help from Powerclad
ITP’s Powerclad Standard FR scaffold sheeting has been chosen to provide fire-retardant protection during the multi-million-pound makeover of Leeds’ most iconic building.
The product has been installed as a key element in support of major refurbishment work ongoing at Leeds Town Hall, which is one of the largest town halls in the UK and currently stands as the city’s eighth tallest building. Originally opened in 1858 by Queen Victoria, the Grade I listed building will benefit from a wide-ranging project to secure its legacy for future generations. The venue – which saw 340,000 visitors last year – is used to host live music, comedy, film screenings, entertainment and many of the city’s renowned arts and cultural events. The facility is due to reopen in 2022 in time for the 2023 city-wide cultural festival.
Designed by Page Park architects, the refurbishment will use specialist decorative artists to carry out the renewal of the original features in the hall alongside the addition of several new features including new seating, enhanced sound proofing, vastly improved public access, additional toilet facilities, two new bars and a new event space. The works are funded by both the Leeds City Council Capital fund and public campaigns, including a £249,810 donation from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore the original decorative features of the performing space.
Award-winning scaffold company, IBN Scaffold Access Ltd, is using ITP’s Powerclad Standard FR 2.2 sheeting throughout the project to protect the building during its renovation. The product’s certified flame retardant material has been tested to the highest standard by independent regulators and follows all relevant standards and regulations. At Leeds Town Hall, Powerclad sheeting is improving the safety and security of the site while minimising the environmental impact of development work.
David Brown, Managing Director of IBN Scaffold Access Ltd, said:
“We have worked with ITP on many major developments and their products and customer service are consistently outstanding. Powerclad will provide robust and reliable containment and protection throughout the timeline of this refurbishment. The product meets the rigorous performance requirements of IBN’s comprehensive quality control program which is designed to deliver customer satisfaction in every project.”
ITP Account Manager, David Gilmore, said:
‘We are proud to see our sheeting being used to facilitate the rejuvenation of one of Leeds’ most well-known and well-loved buildings. Leeds Town Hall is one of the numerous high-profile projects across the globe which feature our Powerclad systems, which have gained recognition throughout the construction sector for their strength, durability and flame retardancy. Contractors and scaffolding specialists also appreciate the quality of our manufacturing, with total batch traceability, and our ISO 9001 certification which demonstrates the reliability of our services and products.”
The Standard FR 2.2 sheeting is one of a wide range of options within ITP’s range of Powerclad products which are compliant with BS 7955 and TS 62 / TS 63 accredited. The company is a market leader for scaffold sheeting in Europe, designing and manufacturing a wide range of weather protection and containment solutions.