Extension to Western General Hospital

Western General Hospital is situated in Edinburgh and forms part of NHS Lothian which provides adult and paediatric care to the people of Edinburgh, the Lothians and beyond. The hospital has almost 600 beds and a new Endoscopy and Decontamination Unit was constructed as part of a programme of redevelopment of hospitals in Scotland.

Customer Name

WH Malcolm

Project Location


The Challenge

This was a technically complex project which involved the construction of the building and lift shafts. It was essential that the contractor could carry out the work safely at height. 

The Solution

Leada Acrow designed a climbing scaffold that utilised all the technical advantages of a large-size wall formwork, even at height in windy conditions. The design detailed that the climbing scaffold and wall formwork were connected with bottom extensions being used to build secondary platforms. A slide carriage design was used so the formwork could be slid back by 70cm to provide sufficient working space for cleaning and rebar works.

The climbing scaffold KLK 230 that was used consisted of climbing brackets, wall struts, platform and guard-railings, serving as a support platform for wall formwork. Due to its specific safety benefits, KLK 230 was the perfect solution for this project.

The Results

This was the first climbing core constructed in Scotland using KLK 230. Leada Acrow’s Project Engineer Paul Raybone devised a programme of works to allow the contractor to access each platform safely so they could strip each shutter in a sequence of works, thus keeping the joiners safely enclosed within the hand rail/access platform at all times. The system allowed the whole process of lifting the platforms to be completed without the use of harnesses.

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