Merstham Park School, which opened in 2018, is a secondary school in Redhill, Surrey that has existed in temporary facilities since its inception, whilst a purpose-designed Low Carbon school facility is being constructed.
The school, of a modular design, was constructed offsite to limit noise and disruption on site, which sped up the overall timeframe of the project. It will consist of classrooms for more than 900 pupils, as well as a play space, a dance studio and a sports pitch suitable for all weather. Boasting impressive sustainability credentials, the school is set to be pioneering in energy and carbon savings.
Heightsafe were contacted to provide safe Plant Access Systems for maintenance personnel accessing the roof areas of the school. Due to the modular nature of the site, there are many different levels and structures pieced together, and so access up to each different level was essential.
Additionally, an Edge Protection System was required to prevent falls occurring at the edges of the roofs.
Heightsafe’s skilled operatives installed over 500 metres of Freestanding Weighted Guardrail to the seven different roof levels at the school, complete with feet that are made from 100% recycled PVC compound and then placed at every 3 metre upright spacings.
In addition, four Access Stair Systems were installed to allow access to the higher levels, with step off platforms and mounted on rubber feet. The stairs were installed using Rope Access methods by our expert engineers, taking care of the new chameleon cladding panels on the façade of the sports hall building, which has been designed to blend in with the surroundings.
The roof areas of the school will be home to a number of photovoltaic (solar) panels and other plant systems designed for the maintenance of the sustainable Low Carbon project. Personnel will now have a safe access route around existing plant systems using Step Over Units, as well as access to the higher levels utilising the Access Staircases, and will be protected from a fall through the installation of Freestanding Edge Protection around the perimeter of the buildings.