Star Platforms provide access equipment to help rebuild Grenfell Community Centre and Boxing Club

UK powered access company, Star Platforms, provided three SkyJack SJ16’s and a Niftylift HR12N to help the DIY SOS team carry out the £2 million rebuild following last year’s tragic fire.

In April this year, working with local suppliers and the community, Nick Knowles and the BBC DIY SOS team took on a challenge like no other to help rebuild not only the facilities but community spirit in Grenfell following last year’s disaster. The most ambitious in the show’s history, the project was close to Nick Knowles’ heart who called upon a lot of existing contacts for help. The project involved a new community centre and space for the Dale Youth Boxing Academy, and we provided powered access platforms to help the cause.

“The events of last June shocked us all so when we saw the DIY SOS team were taking on this huge challenge and looking for support, we were more than happy to help with the rebuild of the Grenfell Community Centre and Boxing Club. Safety of those working on the project was essential to the project team; we provided both electric lifts and an articulating boom lift; so they could complete the internal electrics and outside cladding work efficiently and safely.”

Steve Simmons, Managing Director, Star Platforms

With the SkyJack SJ16 vertical mast lifts on site, the DIY SOS team were able to complete the internal electric work (lighting and CCTV) with ease; an essential part of any new build. The battery powered vertical mast lifts provided the perfect indoor solution to complete the interior work to a high standard. Offering a 0.41m extended platform and a 6.75m working height; the mast lift could be moved around safely to reach the areas they needed to.

The Niftylift HR12N boom lift was the perfect solution for them to work outside on a tricky site with lots going on, whilst working to a tight project timescale. The articulating boom lift is ideal when the user needs to go up and over an obstacle; and so they were able to install the metal cladding to the community centre that covered the outside of the building, navigating the corners with ease.

Airing last night, viewers were able to see the magnitude of the project and the amazing results of what can be achieved when a community, and those outside of it, pull together. The second episode is due to air on Wednesday 12th September. You can now watch last night’s episode of DIY SOS on BBC iPlayer.

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