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Saving a part of Hungarian history

The 14th district of Hungary’s capital, Budapest, is a showcase for magnificent villas and wide avenues leading directly to the City Park. One of those buildings, the neo-baroque-style Villa Róheim, was built in the early 20th century. Today, around 120 years later, it is in dire need of renovation. The multi-storey building became ingloriously famous in 1918 as the location of wartime prime minister István Tisza’s assassination during the Chrysanthemum Revolution. However, over the years it had become increasingly dilapidated, especially the roof. The main priority of this project was to protect Villa Róheim together with its beautiful sculptures, magnificent panelled ceilings and balustrades. This meant that a scaffold, including a temporary roof covering, had to be erected around the listed building.

The scaffold was designed with 3D planning technology and comprised a practical solution involving the two Layher Sytems, Allround and SpeedyScaf. It met all project requirements and ensured smooth project implementation. In close collaboration with the Layher engineers the project management team at Hungarian general construction company Budai Műemlék Felújító Kft. was looking for a solution that was not only ideal for the renovation project, but also cost-effective. “The installation of the Keder Roof XL roof covering on Layher SpeedyScaf material, the flexible Layher Allround Scaffolding on the gable and the Layher Allround FW System to bridge the massive span made it possible to implement the project efficiently and cost-effectively, while reliably protecting this special building’s historic fabric,“ said Tamás Szécsi, the company’s General Manager.

Digital planning for project reliability

Good planning is absolutely essential in this kind of project. The digitalisation of scaffolding-specific processes with Scaffolding Information Modeling offers brand new opportunities to project teams. “With complex scaffolding structures like this one, digital planning facilitates fast and reliable assembly and prevents time-wasting surprises as a result of unplanned collisions at the construction site. The real-time material list for transportation and assembly also considerably simplifies the advance planning of logistics operations,” explained the scaffolding expert. The software modules LayPLAN CAD and LayPLAN MATERIALMANAGER – both integrated in the LayPLAN SUITE – enable the detailed and precise advance planning of projects like these. Then, based on that plan, the scaffolding can be erected quickly, reliably and cost-effectively, and the project can be implemented without any hitches.

A combination of SpeedyScaf and Allround, crowned with a Keder Roof

The engineers opted for a combination of Layher’s SpeedyScaf and Allround Systems for this project, in conjunction with the system-integrated, high load-bearing Allround FW System to optimally and cost-effectively meet the villa renovation project’s requirements. “The scaffolding on the elongated eaves sides of the buildings had to be used by the workmen and also support the roof covering. To expedite the process and maximise safety, we decided to use SpeedyScaf Scaffolding,” explained Sándor Serdült, Managing Director Layher Hungary. SpeedyScaf is made of a light material, has a limited number of basic elements and is logically and safely assembled without bolts in a perpendicular structure, making the insertion-frame system the ideal solution as a working or support scaffold. On the eaves sides, where the architecture is highly structured and there are high wind loads, the project managers decided to use Allround Scaffolding because it has different standard lengths and is easier to adapt to the building geometry. With the right accessories, such as the high load-bearing Allround FW System, it was possible to realise the necessary longitudinal central support for the roof covering, which was 33 metres long and had a span of 28 metres, with standard parts.

The Keder Roof XL roof covering literally crowned the project. It not only protects the listed building from the effects of weather, but also enables the project team to work in all weather, which improves construction site efficiency. The very flexible Keder Roof XL System made it possible to precisely adapt the cover to the villa’s roof architecture and create an arched roof structure. It also has light aluminium parts and integrated profiles for fast assembly.


Hungarian scaffolding expertise
The company, was entrusted to put up the scaffolding, Stabil Építő Kft. is also a dependable partner of Layher, based in Budapest and provides scaffolding erection and rental services. “We always use the Layher Scaffolding Systems because they offer us the ideal combination of material quality, reliability and flexibility. We have been in the scaffolding business for many years, so we have the relevant experience to realise fast builds, which is a big competitive advantage,” said Zsolt Halmavánszky, the company’s General Manager, talking about the partnership with Layher. The scaffolding systems all have the necessary ÉMI and TÜV licenses and comply with the strict European Union requirements, which considerably simplifies market access. In Hungary, the Layher brand stands for “German-engineered” innovation, safety and quality, as it does in other markets, which gives it a strong USP. “As a result of our excellent partnership with Layher and their technical support we were able to provide efficient solutions for all our customer’s requirements and build our reputation as project partner,” Tamás Szécsi concluded. Therefor it was a nice showcase for a great scaffolding cooperation.

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