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Commercial Scaffolding Guide - Hire Scaffolding Stronghold

Commercial Scaffolding Guide

Here at Stronghold Hire, we undertake several commercial scaffolding projects each year. Many people ask, what is the difference between commercial, domestic, and residential scaffolding? Well, in this post we’ll outline and give you the complete guide to commercial scaffolding.

Difference Between Residential & Commercial Scaffolding

Basically, residential or domestic scaffold as it is more commonly known are smaller type scaffolds. They would be erected around houses or small apartment blocks. The scaffolds may be full perimeter or just for certain areas depending on the tasks required. They may be used for new builds, first-floor additions or simply scaffolding for painting. Our clients for this type of scaffold are insurance builders, painters, roofers, plumbers or homeowners.

Commercial scaffolding covers buildings that are used for commercial purposes. Although we have sometimes accommodated tier 1 builders on large commercial projects our forte is the small to mid-size range, covering unit block renovation and new builds, schools, hospitals, event, stadium and showground scaffolds, emergency scaffolds, lift shaft maintenance and all types of scaffold for insurance work. The scaffolds are generally much larger than domestic and require more planning and preparation.

What is commercial scaffolding

Types of Commercial Scaffold Projects

Commercial scaffold projects are not all the same and can even be a new build, involving cranes or material hoists or remediation work to existing buildings. Some of this work could involve a roof replacement or major render repairs. One of our most popular quote requests we receive is for the supply of scaffold to replace cladding on apartment buildings in Sydney. The reason is that these buildings have cladding that does not pass the new combustible cladding regulation set in 2017 after major fires in London and Melbourne.

We cannot turn around commercial scaffold projects within 24 hours the way that we can with domestic scaffolds due to the amount of preparation required. As you probably know by now, some of the designs can be complex and require mass planning.

Requirements for Commercial Scaffolding Projects

Many commercial projects will require the majority of the following:

  1. Certified scaffold drawings
  2. Engineers sign off
  3. Council permits
  4. Traffic control
  5. Pedestrian control
  6. Permanent onsite scaffold supervisors
  7. Highly experienced scaffolders
  8. Weekly scaffold inspections and certification
  9. Daily pre-start meetings
  10. Weekly toolbox and safety meetings
  11. Anchor pull tests

We do not undertake large commercial projects as we are not set up for this type of work. A large part of being successful is knowing your capabilities and working to your strengths. We focus on what we know and what we are good at.

These larger projects require a large amount of resources such as:

  1. Ownership of a very large quantity of scaffold material
  2. Ownership of lots of transport vehicles
  3. In house engineering and design team
  4. Project managers
  5. Large storage premises
  6. In-house repair and maintenance of scaffold components facility
  7. Access to a large supply of experienced and qualified scaffolders

Commercial Scaffolding Projects by Stronghold Hire Sydney

Commercial Scaffolding Projects

Check out some of the commercial scaffolding projects that we’ve completed over the years.
1. Castlereagh Street

  • Project: 155 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
  • Scaffolding System: Super Cuplock
  • Client: Remedial Services
  • Period: Nov/Dec 2018
    • 2. Shore School

      • Project: Shore School House Re-roof
      • Scaffolding System: Commercial Scaffolding
      • Client: Shore School House, COE Grammar School, North Sydney
      • Period: Nov 2019

      3. Croydon Ladies College

      • Project: Croydon Presbyterian Ladies College
      • Scaffolding System: Commercial Scaffolding
      • Client: Building Owner
      • Period: October 2020

      Commercial Scaffolding Services Sydney - Stronghold Hire

      Commercial Scaffolding Services Sydney

      If you have any upcoming projects that could benefit from an experienced team of commercial scaffolders then get in touch with us by calling 02 89852020 or contact us online for more info!


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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