At the exciting new Victoria Towers development in Sweden, working to the highest standards of safety has been a prerequisite during construction of the building’s 34 floors. Set to stand 117 metres high and become Stockholm’s second tallest building upon completion, protecting the workforce was the priority for main contractor Peab. To protect operatives working at height whilst protecting those on the ground from falling objects, leading safety at height solutions Combisafe International supplied a combination of Steel Mesh Barriers and Safety Net Fans to ensure exceptional levels of safety prevention and protection.
Designed by international architect Gert Wingårdh, the stunning building will house 300 hotel rooms for Hotel Scandic Kista, as well as a restaurant, conference facilities and 10 floors of office space. Construction began in 2008 and includes a variety of trades working across a number of floors, including a detailed facade application to create the stunning all-glass finish. With so many trades working throughout the structure, it was vital that edge protection and fall prevention systems were provided to ensure optimum safety at all times. For this, Peab turned to Combisafe International.
“It was important that with many trades on sit we found a safety system that would protect the workers at height, as well as those working below from falling objects and debris,” said Martin Henriksson, Site Manager for Peab. “The Steel Mesh Barriers and Safety Net Fans from Combisafe provided a comprehensive safety solution that met all of our fall prevention and edge protection requirements.”
Specified as a fall prevention solution, Combisafe supplied more than 700 Steel Mesh Barriers (SMB), and Adjustable Safety Posts for additional flexibility. Developed for use with the SMB, the safety posts act as holders for the system and can be set to the required height to offer exceptional levels of protection. Using its special Quicklox locking mechanism, this also makes installation easy and safe, and saves valuable time and manpower on-site.
Combisafe’s SMB system comprises guardrail, toeboard and netting in one product and was installed around the building’s 12 lower floors using both wall and slab attachments. The SMB is available in two sizes – 2.6 metres and 1.3 metres – and is a lightweight, versatile solution that was perfect to accommodate the different edge protection needs of the various tradesmen, throughout all stages of the two year project.
To protect pedestrians and workers on the lower levels from falling debris whilst high level construction is carried out, Combisafe Safety Net Fans were used. Available in two standard lengths, 4m and 6m, the Safety Net Fan consists of two steel brackets which allow a projection range of three metres from the building. The mesh density of the protection net is 100 x 100mm and is tested and approved in accordance with EN 1263 – the European standard for Safety Nets. Offering an efficient installation process, it was easily assembled on the ground and then lifted into place using a crane basket.
Set for completion in September 2011, the cutting edge Victoria Towers development has further enhanced Combisafe’s reputation for providing innovative edge protection and safety solutions for the most complex construction projects. For more than two decades, Combisafe International has set the standard in safety at height technology and continues to do so with the successful delivery of preventative and protective systems for the construction industry.