ON SITE: WORKING SHOTS OF THE RAPID EDGE PROTECTION SYSTEM

Welcome to the online photo gallery showing the RAPID EPS system at work on construction sites and building sites, with new photographs added regularly.

Aldgate Apartments, London UK

Concrete frame apartments - a prestigious build located at the gateway of the city of London.

Traditional 'drill and fix' edge protection was already being used here, but the concrete had shown cracks at the point of penetration. The RAPID EPS system – which does not need to drill into concrete – was recognised as superior as soon as the kit arrived on site, so the initial order of only 500m to fill-in was immediately quadrupled for this project.

Apartments, Toronto, Canada

Rapid EPS fall prevention system at work during the construction of apartment blocks within a city.

 

Battlefields EfW, Shropshire UK

Steel framed Energy from Waste plant.

These images show RAPID's temporary stairwell protection at work in this power station build. The challenge with this type of edge protection is that stair dimensions vary a lot, with the width of returns being vastly different, so no standard size tubes can be manufactured to provide these barriers. Traditionally crews chop-up scaffold to fit stairs, a task that could take up to four days. With the RAPID system the tubes are telescopic (see Image 1 and 2) so dressing of stairs takes minutes. The system also has unique telescopic debris guards (Image 3) offering full edge protection down the flights and the landings and half landings. RAPID's temporary stair protection also works with timber stairs.

Bond Building, Miami, USA

The Bond is a James Bond themed development comprised of 44 floors and 323 luxury residences ranging from studio, 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom units, to exclusive lofts and penthouses. This procedure uses the standard RAPID post and barrier fixings and Slab grab; no extra equipment is needed.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle UK

Concrete framed luxurious hotel.

A prestigious hotel building located next to the train station in one of England's biggest cities. Image 1 shows the versatility of RAPID's telescopic temporary stairwell protection system, with bars installed on a wide concrete stair well. Image 2 shows the RAPID Edge Protection System installed on a mezzanine floor which will become part of the hotel foyer. Image 3 shows the RAPID barriers installed on all edges within the concrete frame.

CSC Building (Centre for Sustainable Chemistry), Nottingham UK

A cross laminated timber / glulam (glue laminated) university building.

An architecturally unusual building with a sloped roof incorporating four horns. Image 1 shows RAPID EPS barriers installed safely at ground level onto a timber panel. Image 2 shows the telescopic bars of RAPID's stairwell protection system being adapted for edge protection at roof level, giving crews access and freedom of movement whist still offering full edge protection. These RAPID barriers have been tested on timber to Class B Standard, which means up to 1100 joules of energy and 30 degree pitch.

Hospital Complex, Dallas, Texas, USA

Concrete frame structures within a $1.271 billion project.

Rapid EPS edge protection at use in the building of a hospital complex, Dallas Texas. This is a $1.271 billion project, with the final complex covering 2.5 million square feet.An architecturally unusual building with a sloped roof incorporating four horns. Image 1 shows RAPID EPS barriers installed safely at ground level onto a timber panel. Image 2 shows the telescopic bars of RAPID's stairwell protection system being adapted for edge protection at roof level, giving crews access and freedom of movement whist still offering full edge protection. These RAPID barriers have been tested on timber to Class B Standard, which means up to 1100 joules of energy and 30 degree pitch.

Mayfield Secondary School, UK

Cross laminated timber buildings for a secondary school.

A large project with just under 2km of RAPID EPS barriers. Image 1 shows the barriers used over a roof line, Image 2 gives some indication of the size of this timber framed build. One unique benefit of the RAPID system is that the surface fix only needs two fixings which is significantly less than traditional edge protection systems that typically require six fixings. This is yet another reason why the RAPID EPS system is so fast to erect.

Moys End Football Stand, Peterborough UK

Steel framed stand for a Peterborough FC football stadium.

A challenging construction with many tight curves –particularly around the stair pods - which led to quarter size panels being added to the half and full size barriers RAPID offer. Image 1 shows the canopy roof at the front end of the stand, a very long cantilever with the RAPID barriers installed on the outer edge. Image 2 shows a beam being lifted into place with barriers already installed. The curved edges were created using the clamp with barriers to give degrees of play. The edge protection required up and down the tiers for the seating also presented a challenge with dimensions and angles changing with each level.

Portland Place, Newcastle UK

Steel frame student accommodation block.

Image 1 shows the beams dressed with the RAPID EPS edge protection system at ground level. This installation required no secondary fix, the barrier is installed on the beam using the standard RAPID EPS equipment and is safe to lift and install as a unit. Image 2 shows the RAPID EPS barriers fixed to the steel beam within a box section.

Riverside Road Offices, Lowestoft UK

Steel framed office complex.

These three images show that with RAPID EPS the beam and barrier go in as one, with three barriers set up on this beam. The sequence shows this happening despite an awkward connection between the I beam and web, where the beam has to be fed between two sides, being installed with a significant tilt. Because the barriers are secure they can be angled like this without risk. This procedure uses the standard RAPID post and barrier fixings; no extra equipment is needed for this difficult manoeuvre. The installation of the beam with the barrier already attached eliminates working at height without a barrier.

St George's Tower, London, UK

St George Wharf Tower, also known as the Vauxhall Tower or The Tower, is a residential skyscraper in Vauxhall, London, part of the St George Wharf development. At 181 metres tall with 50 storeys, it is the tallest residential building in the UK.This procedure uses the standard RAPID post and barrier fixings; no extra equipment is needed.

The Leigh UTC, Dartford UK

Steel framed University Technical College.

A unique feature of RAPID's edge protection system is that the RAPID post allows the barrier to be held far above the beam, with a vertical movement of up to 450mil in 75mil (18” at 3”) increments. This allows plenty of access to the deck to allow sheer studs and edge trim to be installed. This feature of the RAPID EPS system requires no secondary fix: secure vertical movement is possible using the post and barrier installed in the normal way.

Various Developments, Toronto, Canada

Various Developments throughout Toronto, Canada. These procedures use the standard RAPID post and barrier fixings and also Slab grab; no extra equipment is needed.

Wenlock Road Hackney, London UK

Timber and steel frame housing project in a cruciform shape, a mix of social and private housing.

Image 1 shows a lifted piece with barriers already installed safely at ground level, this procedure uses the standard RAPID post and barrier fixings; no extra equipment is needed. Image 2 shows the piece being landed, the open nature of these barriers allows maximum access for the piece to be fixed into the steel work; a kickboard will be added afterwards. Image 3 shows the timber framed interior, with edge protected openings that will become balconies.

Woodston Primary School, UK

Steel framed school building.

These images show the clamp fixed to top or bottom of a flange, with a single point of fixing, which is unusual in the industry but perfectly secure. This minimal fixing requirement also adds to the fast erection of the RAPID EPS system. Another unique feature of this system is that the stalk (pictured in Image 2 here) gives 760mm (30") horizontal clearance to cope with over 90% of slab overhangs.

SKYHOUSE HOUSTON, HOUSTON, USA

Rapid EPS is pleased to be contributing to the successful construction of SkyHouse Houston, with our equipment on site now.The new 24-storey tower will have 336 units as well as 7200 square feet of street level retail space.The apartments will have 9 foot plus ceiling heights and floor to ceiling glass for breath-taking views.

PANORAMA TOWER, MIAMI, USA

Soon to be the tallest residential building on the eastern seaboard south of New York, Panorama Tower will rise 83 stories over the Miami skyline, as an iconic, global landmark. The mixed-use residential development will be situated on the largest parcel of property in the epicenter of Brickell Avenue, with a depth of 500 feet to Brickell Bay Drive. In total, the existing office towers and new building will represent approximately three million square feet of construction on the site.

Panorama Tower is a mixed-use development expected to cost over $800 million, strategically located at the epicenter of the Brickell financial district, the project is comprised of:

  • 83 stories
  • 821 luxury rental apartments
  • 208 hotel rooms
  • 100,000 square feet of medically-oriented office space
  • 50,000 square feet of high-end retail space.

SPARKLE TOWERS, DUBAI MARINA, DUBAI

Sparkle Towers is situated on the Dubai Marina waterfront, boasting breath-taking of the Marina skyline and waters. The two towers are Ground+29 and Ground+14 connected to a Ground+4 podium and three basement parking along with several retail spaces facing out onto the Dubai Marina waterfront.

The project offers a combination of penthouses and a variety of bedroom units. The luxury towers consist of two penthouses, 20 three-bedroom units, 116 two-bedroom units, 160 one-bedroom units, and 80 studio apartments, as well as space for 10 retail outlets.

FRIARGATE, COVENTRY, UK

Breathing new life and energy into Coventry, Friargate is a major regeneration scheme that will deliver a new commercial district and transform the city. Occupying a site of 15 hectares (37 acres) between Coventry railway station and the city centre, this strategically important redevelopment will compromise a vibrant mix of commercial, civic, leisure, residential and hotel space and provide a greatly enhanced public realm.

The scheme will regenerate Friargate into a revitalised area of the city as an office led, mixed-use model of sustainability and create a high quality gateway to Coventry will provide over 3 million square feet of mixed use space over 25 efficient and sustainable new buildings including:

  • 14 Grade A office buildings
  • Two hotels
  • New residential dwellings
  • Vibrant streets with retail/restaurant/bar units
  • New high quality public spaces and the expansion and improvement of Greyfriars Green

UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK - NEW TEACHING & LEARNING BUILDING, WARWICK, UK

The new Teaching and Learning Building at the University of Warwick is the start of a comprehensive redevelopment of the university’s central campus and is being delivered to mark its 50th anniversary this year.

The building consists of two number two storey teaching wings consisting of different learning spaces for various size classroom occupation. There is then a central area to house both 250 seat and 500 seat lecture theatre with circulation and alternative breakout learning spaces linking to the classroom wings. There is a large double storey height main entrance atrium to the back of the lecture theatres with feature staircase providing access for the larger of the two lecture theatres.

The structure for this is a steelwork frame with a mixture of precast floor units to the teaching wings and insitu concrete slabs on metal decking to the more irregular areas of the circulation spaces and lecture theatre inclined seating. There is a specialist feature long span timber roof clear over the central area between the two classroom wings. Continuing the alternative break out learning spaces the external areas outside of the building consist of seating areas such to be an extension to that of the internal spaces.

PRIVÉ AT ISLAND ESTATES, FLORIDA, USA

Comprised of two 16-story towers with 80 residences apiece on an eight-acre island, Privé features an astounding array of lifestyle amenities designed to complement perfectly the gracious residences on the floors above. From the broad strokes to the finest details, Privé delivers on the vision of a life without limits.

Highlights of the Privé island lifestyle include:

  • Approximately 70,000-sq-ft of indoor social spaces
  • Several acres of outdoor amenities
  • Two-story gym/spa totaling 10,000 sq ft in each tower
  • Expansive pool deck with two oversized swimming pools
  • Private marina for yachts up to 150 ft in length

LLANTWIT MAJOR SCHOOL, LLANTWIT MAJOR, UK

Exciting plans to redevelop schools in Llantwit Major.

Work has started on the project to develop a learning community in Llantwit Major. The Llantwit Learning Community will be located on the existing site of Llantwit Major Comprehensive and will include enhanced sporting facilities for community use outside school hours.

The Llantwit Major Learning Community project will be a new nursery and a 2280 square metre primary school, the latter designed for 420 pupils. The project also consists of a four-storey new build secondary school and refurbishment, as well as a multi-use games area, featuring three courts, and an all-weather 3G pitch.

The Project will include:

  • A new 2-Form entry, 420 place English medium primary to include a nursery and staff and visitor parking
  • External play and learning areas
  • A new extension to the existing secondary school
  • Refurbishment of the existing Llantwit Major Comprehensive School main building
  • A new All Weather Pitch with a 3G playing surface
  • New drop off parking facilities and turning circle for all schools across the campus

Y PANT COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL, PONTYCLUN, UK

Y Pant Comprehensive in Pontyclun is a mixed comprehensive school for pupils from eleven to eighteen years of age which is receiving a £24m upgrade of facilities. The investment in the Pontyclun school will see some existing buildings, and all temporary mobile classrooms, being replaced with brand new 21st Century facilities.

The project will see a new 8,750-square-metre teaching block built to allow for an expansion to 1,600 pupils in the future, and will include a refurbishment of the existing drama black and sports hall.

The main 1950s block will be demolished, along with the temporary classrooms buildings – which currently make up 25% of the school’s classrooms.

The school’s outside play areas, parking facilities and main entrance will be upgraded.