Scaffolding has long been the conventional and default choice for recladding projects, rooted in historical practices and a sense of familiarity within the construction industry. It's always been the tradition to use scaffolding, which plays a significant role in decision-making and has led to its unquestioned adoption in many recladding projects. In some cases, it might be the contractors own a scaffolding division themselves. Unfortunately, more efficient and safer options are often overlooked. 


Despite being the default choice in many recladding constructions, scaffolding comes with a lot of drawbacks. One significant disadvantage is the considerable time required for the assembly and disassembly of scaffolding structures. This extended project timeline can lead to disruptions and delays, resulting in additional labour costs and potential financial strain on the overall project budget. 


Other than project logistics and financial considerations, scaffolding is well known to impact the well-being of residents during the construction process negatively. The shrouds would block natural sunlight, forcing residents to live in the dark for months and years. Ventilation issues compound the situation as the scaffolding hinders proper air circulation, leading to a confined and stuffy environment.


Additionally, scaffolding raises legitimate security concerns, placing residents in an unsafe position. Described by residents as ladders for cat burglars, scaffolding creates an unsettling element of vulnerability, heightening anxiety and discomfort among residents.



Mast Climbers as an Efficient and Cost-Effective Access Method

Mast climbers as a scaffolding alternative in recladding make a huge difference to all stakeholders in the project – recladding company, workers and residents. Unlike scaffolding, mast climbers are easy to set up and offer flexible height adaptability that allows workers and materials to transport efficiently vertically along the facade, and makes it easier for workers to access various levels of the building. Also, with mast climbers, recladding can be done on multiple levels simultaneously, making the project timeline a lot shorter and more efficient. The adaptability of mast climbers allows for customisation, making them suitable for a diverse range of structures. 


Mast climbers stand out as a superior alternative in terms of both time and cost savings. The time-consuming assembly and disassembly of scaffolding structures often leads to project delays and increased labour costs. In contrast, mast climbers, with their swift deployment and mobility, significantly reduce the time required for access setup. This efficiency translates into direct cost savings, making mast climbers an economically viable choice for recladding projects.



Resident-Friendly Approach to Recladding

Mast climbers minimise disruptions and construction-related inconveniences, which create an environment that is conducive to the overall comfort and peace of mind of building occupants. Due to its nature of not needing to envelop the building during construction, mast climbers ensure natural sunlight and fresh air remain unblocked throughout the recladding process. 


The use of mast climbers significantly reduces intrusion into the day-to-day lives of building residents. The streamlined and controlled access provided by mast climbers not only minimises the risk of unauthorised entry but also substantially reduces the potential for theft and anti-social behaviour, ensuring a positive and stress-free living experience during recladding projects.



Balancing Residents And Project Budgets

The truth is, there's no need to make a binary choice between cost-effectiveness and resident well-being in recladding projects. It's entirely possible to achieve both concurrently, ensuring the efficient completion of the project without compromising the daily lives of residents. Simply explore the alternative methods to scaffolding, and you will find that a successful recladding construction can be executed seamlessly whilst maintaining the comfort and contentment of those residing in the building. 


Mast climbers offer a cost-effective and resident-friendly approach to recladding. By streamlining the construction process, reducing project timelines, and mitigating the negative impacts on inhabitants. Their efficiency not only addresses budget constraints but actively contributes to the creation of a construction environment that is considerate of and beneficial to the residents’ quality of life. Considering the primary objective of recladding is to improve the safety and overall living environment for residents, it would be counterintuitive to subject them to a miserable, stressful and unsafe living condition during a recladding project. 


Engaging in a dialogue, actively listening to the residents' concerns and integrating their perspectives into decision-making processes allow for a more empathetic and collaborative approach. While scaffolding engulfs buildings in a shroud, mast climbers offer a more discreet and less intrusive alternative. It's important to select access methods that consider resident well-being. 


By making conscious choices that align with these values and the Government Code of Remediation, stakeholders contribute to an efficient recladding process and promote a humane, empathetic approach to cladding remediation. Mast climbers have consistently demonstrated their capacity to significantly enhance the efficiency of cladding projects while upholding a commitment to social responsibility, making MCWPs the smarter choice whenever they are feasible options.

To determine whether your cladding project leverages the advantages of mast climbers, consult with a vertical access expert. They can help you assess your project's unique needs and develop a tailored access solution that aligns perfectly with your project requirements. 


All BFT mast climbers comply with Work at Height, Manual Handling, and Health & Safety regulations, ready to deploy from two national distribution centres in Bedfordshire and Manchester. Don't settle for less when better options are available. Speak with an MCWP expert today and discover how mast climbers can help.