Scaffolding Companies in Berkshire | A Brief History of Scaffolding and Temporary Roofs

With technology moving forward at such a rapid rate, it can be surprising to discover the origins of today’s efficient working techniques. Scaffolding is far older than many would assume, with evidence dating back 17,000 years to the Palaeolithic era. Although today’s scaffolding erectors use different materials, the key reasons for scaffolds and temporary roofs remain the same. As such, our scaffolding contractors strive to keep construction teams, decorators and roofing experts safe from harm.

Scaffolding companies in Berkshire, Guildford and the surrounding areas must comply with UK health and safety laws, including the Work at Height Regulations 2005. When it comes to the construction and inspection of these structures, our team delivers exceptional workmanship.

Read on to discover a brief history of scaffolding and then contact our team to talk through the range of options available, including domestic scaffolds and commercial scaffolds.


In Ancient Times

When looking at a modern scaffold, it’s hard to imagine its origins go as far back as the Old Stone Age or Ancient Greece. With scaffolding holes found near cave paintings in France and the depiction of a temporary structure on Ancient Greek pottery, it’s clear that scaffolds have existed in some form for many thousands of years. There’s also evidence that Egyptians used wooden structures for the construction of large monuments, including the pyramids.

Today, scaffolding companies employ reliable materials for guard rails, platforms and hoists, ensuring the safest conditions possible. Our scaffolding contractors cover the Berkshire area and will be delighted to provide a tailored solution for your requirements.

In Pre-War History

Before the 1900s, branches and bamboo were often used to create scaffolding. However, with the advent of metal materials, new fixings were needed. Together, Daniel and David Palmer-Jones came up with scraffixer, which would ensure greater security for wood and metal scaffolds alike. Throughout the twentieth century, metal continued to rise in popularity.

As scaffolding erectors serving the Berkshire region, we provide high-quality structures such as independent scaffolds and temporary roofs. Our experienced scaffolders will inspect the structure to ensure its stability and can assist painters, decorators and construction firms with their needs.

In Post-War Britain

Although scaffolding contractors must now meet rigorous safety standards, this wasn’t always the case. Post-war Britain needed a great deal of construction work to repair the damage inflicted, with many workers taking on projects without harnesses, gloves or other important safety gear. Additionally, the workforce often consisted of unskilled labourers – untrained in the safe use of scaffolding. The modern world now demands more of its scaffolding companies and construction firms, enabling workers to renovate properties without fear of harm.

Scaffolders are mandated to inspect their structures before use and every seven days thereafter. Skilled in the construction of temporary roofs, birdcage scaffolds and more besides, we work to assist clients at a domestic, commercial and even industrial level.

As trusted members of the Scaffolding Association, we provide the following services and more to clients in the Berkshire area: 

  • Domestic scaffolding from a PASMA and CITB-approved team

  • Commercial and industrial scaffolding at a competitive rate

  • Professional guidance from time-served scaffolding erectors

  • Full compliance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

  • A competitively priced service of the finest possible quality

  • Temporary roofs, access towers and birdcage scaffolds

  • Independent and design scaffolds, edge protection and more

  • The ideal solution for renovation work, painting and maintenance

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Please contact us on either 0118 981 1418 or 07557 911 160. Like all outstanding scaffolding companies in the Berkshire area, we work to strict health and safety regulations.