Façade replacement

25 April 2008

Removing 200 Tonnes of Natural Stone Façade From the front of a 30 m tall building on a busy street in the centre of Munich, Germany is not a simple task. Nonetheless, it is one that needed to be undertaken on the headquarters of the Signal Iduna Group on Sonnenstraße.

The project manager Bergmann needed to keep the pavement open while it replaced the 40 year old building's stone façade with a more modern metal one. The access issues, along with each 90 mm thick marble slab weighing 150 kg, meant that traditional scoffolding access could not be used.

Instead Bergmann used two Hek MSM twin mast climbing platforms, which were able to carry 3 tonnes along the entire width of the façade. “The mast climbers reduced the cost of the work by -20% compared to traditional scaffolding,” said Bergmann managing director Michael Bergmann. “The system also allowed us to position the platform to provide maximum safety throughout the project and enabled pedestrian access too.”

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