RMD Kwikform, global leaders in formwork, falsework and ground shoring solutions, has launched its new high-rise safety screen solution, Ascent 200. As the next generation of debris protection, RMD Kwikform has worked with its customers to develop the new system in order to accommodate for the changing requirements of the high-rise building sector.
After extensive market and customer research, conducted across the UK, Australia and United States, RMD Kwikform recognised some of the common challenges contractors face when constructing high-rise buildings. This included health and safety and debris containment, ease of assembly and solution flexibility.
In light of this, RMD Kwikform’s Ascent 200 encompasses a double-height cantilever design, has a stronger mast which enables the class leading single depth structure that aids transport efficiency, and boasts additional cladding options. These include a corrugated perforated profiled steel sheeting, a fixed and sliding mesh panel that can be adjusted in situ, and the already popular plastic sheeting that allows for customer branding and advertising. There are even hybrid options that combine multiple options. Alongside its advanced hydraulic climbing system, Ascent 200 has fewer, yet newly designed components that allows for quicker assembly time and a reduction in transport costs. The new system 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 that further support the safety and efficiencies of Ascent 200. This includes various containment and debris seal accessories, main slab anchors, edge seals and access platforms.