Star brewery assignment

By Euan Youdale15 February 2019


Star Platforms helped complete the roofing and cladding work at a new brewery in the UK.

Curious Brewery is part of one of the UK’s leading drinks companies and winemaker, Chapel Down. The project started in August 2018 and TLC Roofing and Cladding, which won the contract, chose Star Platforms to provide powered access equipment to complete the work.

Set to open in March, the 1.6 acre site in Ashford, Kent will be home to a state-of-the-art brewery, luxury dining restaurant and shop selling local produce. As with every modern build, safety is key and so the company chose to use powered access platforms to complete the work.


Jamie Cook, managing director, TLC Roofing and Cladding explained, “When we found out we’d won the project for the build, we got in touch with Star Platforms to discuss what powered access equipment would be most suitable. The hire team were knowledgeable and able to recommend the best powered access platforms.” The company hired a 21m 4x4 articulated Niftylift Height Rider HR21 boom and a 12m Skyjack rough terrain scissor lift.

The Niftylift HR21 enabled the contractors to get up and under the roofing to fit cabling and cladding. With a working height of 20.8m, a maximum outreach of 13m and 4x4 capability the Niftylift HR21it also comes with a Niftylift ToughCage, a tough, impact resistant cage offering extra strength and safety to operators in the machine.


The Skyjack SJ6832RT scissor was used for cabling work, using its 11.58m working height and overall deck size of 3.94m x 1.42m. With four-wheel drive and outriggers fitted as standard, the SJ6832RT comes with a 454kg safe working load, hinged railing system, lanyard attachment points and a tilt alarm system.

Bryan Freeman, sales director, Star Platforms, said, “When our customer called us about the project, we were delighted to help support them. The new brewery is fantastic for the area and will generate new jobs and bring in additional tourism. We are delighted to help support our customer on this project and look forward to working with them again in the future.”

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