ABOUT US

We are the leading name in scaffolding for housebuilders located in Bristol and the South West. Our business is highly successful, largely due to our collaborative approach where we form ongoing partnerships with our housebuilding clients. When your business succeeds, so does ours – it’s in our best interests to work together and make the housebuilding sector an innovative, forward-thinking industry. We have the resources and skills to work with you on your next project, and we are passionate about changing the face of scaffolding for the better, providing a reliable, adaptable, customer-focused experience.

Our values

As part of the Safe Rise Scaffolding Group we are governed by a core set of values that shape our vision and inform the service we provide. You can feel safe in the knowledge you are working with people who are passionate and principled, and who collaborate for success. Our values show who we are and help continue the provision of outstanding scaffolding services.

PEOPLE

  • We ALL have an important role to play in Scaffteq West’s success.
  • We are individually accountable for our actions and quality of our work.
  • Health and safety is foremost in our minds at all times.
  • We embrace ongoing training, learning and development.
  • We have fun too.

EXCELLENCE

  • We ALL take pride in our work.
  • We strive to create elegant and purposeful scaffolding structures.
  • We embrace technology to improve the delivery of our services.
  • We are constantly introducing better business practices.

COLLABORATION

  • We endeavour to deepen our relationships with our partner clients and suppliers, supporting them to achieve their business goals while we achieve ours.
  • Respectful and transparent communication with our partners and team members will always solve problems that arise from time to time.

GOODWILL

  • We endeavour to embrace the virtues of friendliness, kindness, courtesy, diversity and generosity of spirit.

Our team

 A happy team = a happy site.

Our scaffolding teams are integral to our success. All staff are directly employed by us and trained to meet our high standards, providing a skilled, reliable workforce. We focus on the detail, allocating the right staff to each site and ensuring there is a positive, proactive force behind each project.

Meet the key members of our team and find out about the wealth of scaffolding experience we have within our company.

Nigel Harris

Chief Executive
I am responsible for running sites, looking after staff and liaising with managers. A typical day for me starts at 6.45am sharp, then I carry out site visits and complete pricing work, helping to ensure the smooth running of day-to-day operations.

I founded Scaffteq West more than seven years ago, having built up extensive knowledge of the housebuilding industry throughout my career, working for various national housebuilders. I recently sold the business to the Safe Rise Scaffolding Group, and I continue as chief executive/consultant. I am a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building.

Outside of work, I enjoy having a well-earned rest!

Matt

Matt Higgs

Operations Manager

I manage our contract supervisors, look after lorries and equipment, take care of wages for site staff, and generally ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible on site. A typical day for me is always busy! I enjoy what I do and like feeling part of something big – I have good people skills and take pride in delivering an excellent service.

I started out as a labourer, working in various industries including construction, rail and house development. I trained as part of the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme, and I have qualified under the Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme.

Outside of work, I enjoy socialising, sports and football.

Andrew

Andrew Shipp

Yard Manager

I’ve been appointed as Scaffteq West’s first Yard Manager, a role I am excited to be undertaking.  I’m responsible for maintaining an orderly warehouse to supply our scaffolding teams with kit ensuring they can undertake their work for our clients. I joined Scaffteq West initially as a driver, so have gotten to know all our key clients and their development sites very well over the years.  Prior to this role, I was a warehouse manager, so the yard management role is a return to my ‘roots’.

I’m a keen gardener and I enjoy cars and watching football.

Bruce

Bruce McGurk

Contracts Supervisor

As a contracts supervisor, I spend my days visiting and looking after various sites. I’m proactive and good at problem solving, which helps me to succeed in this busy, people-facing role. I enjoy working with our customers and helping to resolve any concerns they might have.

I have been in this industry since 1990 after leaving the Royal Marines. I worked for various scaffolding companies, building knowledge and taking on more senior roles. I have my NVQ Level 4 in Site Management, have completed training under the Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme and I am a First Aid Appointed Person.

When I’m not in work, I enjoy playing a few rounds of golf.

Tony

Tony Smart

Contracts Supervisor

My main duties involve liaising with site managers, and supervising work to ensure projects are completed safely and on time. I travel around sites, speaking to customers, organising labour and making sure materials are available to complete the work. I am conscientious and hardworking, and I enjoy being able to communicate with people on a daily basis – I get great job satisfaction from my role.

I am an Advanced Scaffolder, I have completed the Site Manager Safety Training Scheme and I hold a Harness Inspection certificate. I started out in this industry in 1987, when I was 16 years old and had just finished school. I attended Bircham Newton college, part of the Construction Industry Training Board. I have worked for various scaffolding companies throughout my long career, holding positions as a scaffolder, supervisor and contracts manager.

Outside of work, I enjoy watching rugby, and spending time with my family and friends.

Craig

Craig Orchard

Contracts Supervisor

In my role as a contracts supervisor, I look after numerous sites, making sure scaffolders are working safely and within regulations. I visit sites in person, deal with site agents and allocate scaffolders to specific jobs. I enjoy communicating with a variety of people and I like the challenges that this role brings.

I got into scaffolding by mistake! I took a four-year apprenticeship in engineering, but after that, the recession set in. I found some temporary scaffolding work through some members of my football team, and I’ve never looked back! I have completed the Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme, have my HGV licence, and I have more than 20 years’ experience.

When I’m not supervising sites, I enjoy spending time with my family at home in Bristol.

Ross

Ross Andrews

Contracts Supervisor

My main duties as a contracts supervisor involve visiting sites, and looking after them on a day-to-day basis to make sure everything runs efficiently. I like being able to work outdoors, and I enjoy the social elements of this job – I meet and work with new people all the time.

I started out in this industry when I was 17 – I’ve been working in scaffolding for more than 25 years. I have completed training under the Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme, and Part 2 Scaffolding.

Outside of work, I enjoy football and golf.

Tracy

Tracy Arrow

Finance and Administration Manager

I oversee the commercial, financial and office functions at Scaffteq West, ensuring the operations staff have a proactive support team behind them. I love the variety, and I love having the opportunity to work with lots of different people. I’m a natural problem solver and enjoy finding solutions for our clients. I believe I succeed in my role because I am a good communicator, have excellent commercial awareness – and I have a good sense of humour!

I started my career in the construction industry as an office and contracts manager for a painting and decorating company. I then became an administration manager for Balfour Beatty, before moving to a finance and administration manager role. I came to work for Scaffteq West when I relocated to this part of the country. To further my knowledge, I am currently studying for a qualification with the National Examination Board of Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH).

Outside of work, you will usually find me walking, travelling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Clare

Clare Barrett

Accounts

I am responsible for payroll and accounts – my days are busy, dealing with employees and looking after the numbers! I enjoy working with people, helping others and solving queries.

I have worked in various sectors but have always been based in the accounts department. Over time, I have become an expert in this area and I have developed excellent communication skills.

When I’m not in work, I enjoy going to the gym, socialising and going to family get-togethers.

Expert knowledge of the housebuilding industry

We don’t just know scaffolding inside out – we also understand the housebuilding industry. Key members of our management team have worked in various areas of the housebuilding sector, bringing holistic knowledge and experience to their work. We understand your goals and are well acquainted with legislation, so we know what you need to achieve. We play a key part in helping you reach project completion.

We work on projects of all sizes, whether you need a two-storey tower or scaffolding for an entire construction site. Our resources and experience ensure we can deliver what you need.

The complete service

Given our extensive experience, we know what you need and will play our part in ensuring you are awarded your Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) Professional Consultant’s Certificate (PCC). If you need us to return to a project to assist after the scaffolding strike down, we will always make provisions for this – our service doesn’t end when we leave your site. We have a large enough team to ensure we have the right resources, and we will do whatever you need us to, ensuring your CML certificate is awarded without any difficulties.

Where we work

We are based in Bristol and cover the whole of the South West. We have worked with all major housebuilders in the area.

Our accreditations

We are fully accredited scaffolders, meeting all health and safety standards.

BSG
CQMS
NHBC
SMAS

Award-winning scaffolders

We have qualifications that mark us out as industry leaders, and we are the proud winners of 22 National House-Building Council awards with four different house builders. We are also winners of the Barratt Health and Safety award, marking us out as leaders in site safety, providing innovative solutions and using modern techniques.