RMD Kwikform invents new high-rise safety screen

15 November 2019 | By Neil Gerrard

The RMD Kwikform Ascent 200 system

Interserve Group’s formwork, falsework and shoring division RMD Kwikform has developed a new high-rise safety screen that it claims is stronger and quicker to assemble.

The Ascent 200 system encompasses a double-height cantilever design with a stronger mast to enable a single-depth structure. Equipped with an advanced hydraulic climbing system, it includes corrugated perforated profiled steel sheeting, a fixed and sliding mesh panel that can be adjusted in situ, and plastic sheeting that allows for contractors’ branding and advertising.

The new system also has fewer components which have been newly designed for quicker assembly time and a reduction in transport costs. It also has the ability to provide fully sealed enclosures on angled facades of up to 10 degrees.

Ian Fryer, divisional product innovation manager at RMD Kwikform, said: “Prior to commencing the design of Ascent 200, we spoke to our customers about some of the challenges faced when constructing high-rise buildings. The core challenge was around health and safety; not only for site teams but for the general public. With the new Ascent 200, we have delivered the highest level of manufacturing specification and design to ensure maximum debris sealing around the site perimeter.

"Another feature of the Ascent 200 is the slab jaw brackets that have been specifically designed for the new system. Once opened, the jaws allow for the screens to be removed without having to lift the system up the building. Ultimately, this reduces the crane height, and overall usage of cranes, in order to exit the solution.

“One of the other key points that was raised by our customers was around efficiency. It was vital that we provided a solution to our customers that could be transported, assembled and climbed with ease without impacting other areas of development on the project, or indeed, the surrounding locations outside of the site.

“Finally, what the Ascent 200 embodies is complete flexibility with the ability to accommodate complex building shapes. This is where the multiple screen options were developed. Each option delivers the highest levels of protection and sealant, but it gives the customer more choice depending on the project and the shape of the building.”

RMD Kwikform has also designed a range of additional components for the Ascent 200 including various containment and debris seal accessories, main slab anchors, edge seals and access platforms.

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