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Star Platforms provide powered access to bring Madge Gill Mural to life

UK powered access platform rental company, Star Platforms, has worked with Wood Street Walls CIC to provide a Skyjack 6832 Rough Terrain (RT) scissor lift for their recent project; Madge Gill mural.

Wood Street Walls brings public art to East London for residents and visitors to enjoy and called upon Star Platforms once again to help provide powered access equipment for their latest project. The Madge Gill mural project is part of the LDN WMN project, a collaboration between City Hall and Tate Collective. The project is part of Mayor Sadiq Khan’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, which marks 100 years since the first women won the right to vote in the UK. In collaboration with local project “Works by Madge Gill”, the community were invited to vote on the background pattern of the proposed portrait of the artist via Wood Street Walls annual “Pick Your Pattern” initiative.

When the project came up, Mark Clack (Wood Street Walls, Co-Founder) called upon Star Platforms to provide the powered access platforms. Mark explained: “Star Platforms are by far the best company in our supply chain. Steve Simmons and the team provide a professional, friendly and affordable service for us to deliver high quality pieces of public art across London. Their powered access platforms make the job so much easier. This isn’t just about the equipment though, it’s about the full service; the delivery drivers are always super helpful and patient around orientation if it’s been a while since our last use, and their hire office team turn around orders and deliveries quickly. This means if there are any delays on the client side, Star Platforms make it possible for us to be as flexible as possible.”

After discussing his requirements with the Star Platforms hire team, a Skyjack 6832RT 4x4 scissor lift was chosen due to the model being suitable for use on all ground types. Mark continued: “The scissor lift is sturdy, very easy to navigate and manoeuvre into tight spaces given its size and, most importantly, feels safe and secure when driving and elevating. Given the rough type of ground we usually work on, the stabilisers provide that extra safety element and provide confidence when working at height.”

The Skyjack 6832RT scissor lift is also driveable at its full working height of 11.75m and comes with a large capacity diesel engine, making it an ideal option for a project like this with constant movement back and forth, and up and down. The scissor lift comes with a 1.52m cantilever extension deck as standard, providing an overall deck size of 3.94m x 1.42m; providing enough room for two users as well as the equipment required to complete the task at hand.

Steve Simmons, Managing Director, Star Platforms, commented: “We have been supporting Mark and Wood Street Walls since its inception and we ensure the artists can work safely at height. After a discussion to understand the task we recommended the Skyjack 6832RT scissor lift which was perfect for the job. We are always happy to work with our customers to meet any time or site restrictions, and it’s great when we get to see the outcome of such a great art project such like this one.”

You can view a video of the project by vising the Star Platforms YouTube page: YouTube.com/StarPlatforms.

You can view more about the LDN WMN project by visiting london.gov.uk/ldnwmnand you can view more of the Wood Street Walls projects at www.woodstreetwalls.co.uk or on social media via @woodstreetwalls