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Birdcage Scaffold Guide - Stronghold Hire Sydney

Birdcage Scaffold Guide

“Hello sir, I have been told that I may need a birdcage type scaffold, can you help me?”

This is a question that we get asked on a regular basis with the same answer given to most of our enquiries, “yes, of course, we can!!!”

What is Birdcage Scaffold?

The term ‘birdcage scaffold’ is thrown around quite often in the scaffolding world and probably conjures up all sorts of images in the heads of people that have no idea what this is. A birdcage scaffold is basically a scaffold structure mainly designed and erected to carry out works to roof spaces or ceilings where Elevated work platforms (EWP’s) are not practical. Birdcage scaffolds are generally self-supporting with no uses for wall anchors or ties to surrounding walls or structures (as is the case with most other scaffolds).

What is Birdcage Scaffolding - Stronghold Sydney

Birdcage Scaffold Size

They will usually take the form of a large cube with a high minimum base width to height ratio. Working decks are normally only required at the top but can also be placed every 2m to 3m for projects that require walls or columns to be worked on.

When to use Birdcage Scaffolding

Some examples of where Stronghold Hire has used birdcage scaffolds:

  1. Installation of glass balustrades at a multi-level shopping centre.
  2. Installation of the false ceiling over a large stair void in a hotel.
  3. To assist in the construction of bridges around the piers.
  4. Replacement of roof panels in a commercial warehouse.
  5. To support formwork for a suspended concrete slab.

As mentioned in example 5, the birdcage scaffold can also be designed to withstand heavy forces such as a new concrete slab or temporary propping of a bridge or roof structure. Correct bracing and bay width space is extremely important for these types of heavy-duty birdcage scaffolds, sometimes known as high-strutting.

Scaffolds to Suit Budgets

We have erected birdcage scaffolds with our heavy-duty steel kwik stage scaffold system and also our light-duty modular aluminium scaffold system, the choice of system will be decided on the scope of works and budget.

Birdcage Scaffold Projects - St Patrick Cathedral - Parramatta

Sample Projects

Some of the projects where we have provided birdcage scaffolds are:

  1. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta
  2. Brentwood Retirement Village
  3. Mort Street, Canberra

Birdcage Rental Scaffolding - Stronghold Sydney

Birdcage Scaffolding Sydney

If you have an upcoming project in Sydney that needs some birdcage scaffolding (or any type of scaffolding hire really!) then give us a call now on 02 89852020 or contact us online for a free no obligation quote.


We have over 20 years combined experience in the scaffolding and labour hire industry with clients ranging from government bodies and large construction companies through to smaller subcontractors such as painters, plumbers, lift installers, electricians, roof tilers and renderers. We are one of the leading providers of scaffolding labour hire throughout the Sydney area and our experienced and qualified scaffolders can ensure your projects are erected and dismantled on time and on budget.

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