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Scaffolding Access was founded in 1997, with one vehicle and 2 scaffolders. It has grown consistently year on year, both in turnover and in the scale of projects it can handle. It now employs 62 people working from 2 depots and has the manpower and expertise to fulfil commercial contracts of all sizes.

Now, Scaffolding Access is an experienced scaffolding company, operating throughout Southern England, East Anglia and the Midlands. The company operates a fleet of vehicles from our depots based in London, Essex and Hertfordshire. We work within various specialist industries including: Ministry of Defence Sites, Asbestos related works, Demolition, Hospitals, Museums, Airports, Police Stations and Schools. We also specialise in Social Housing Developments in Hackney, Lewisham and Southwark.

Our high-profile clients include VINCI Facilities, Ministry of Defence and Mitie. In our aim to work closely with clients we are achieving priority status with many and are now Priority One to Vinci Facilities. It is with pride that the majority of our work is either repeat business or via recommendation.

We have a dedicated management team with extensive knowledge of the scaffolding industry. Through this experience we are able to offer our clients full support from inception through to completion of the scaffold phase. In addition, with our construction knowledge we are able to foresee most issues from the initial commencement of the project, which means peace of mind to the client that when we leave site, the scaffold has been erected in the most cost effective and safe manner for the entirety of the project.

We have a fully documented and comprehensive Safety Management System, (SMS). Through the development of this system we are able to provide full support to all of our team and equally our clients.  The SMS has been developed over many years, taking into account changes in legislation and guidance. Through our health and safety based culture we have attained many accreditations which include the RoSPa Gold award and the award of an Asbestos Licence. The issue of an Ancillary Asbestos Licence demonstrates our commitment to health and safety and that our systems and processes withstand scrutiny by the Health & Safety Executive.

Our Quality Policy

Scaffolding Access is committed to providing scaffolding, cradle hire and erection services to the highest standards, and meeting or exceeding customer requirements. These requirements will include: overall satisfaction, on-time and right-first-time erection, project management and health & safety performance.

To achieve these goals the company operates a quality management system that works to enhance the abilities of all staff and support the effective operation of the project objectives.

Our Mission

Scaffolding Access has become a significant contractor in the construction industry by growing in a controlled way, taking on staff who expand the depth of our technical expertise, whom we value appropriately and intend to keep. This policy has resulted in excellent relations with our growing list of high profile clients and project completion times on – and often before – target.

Our objective is to continue to offer a friendly service with short lines of communication with our clients, matched by recognised and fully accredited expertise to fulfil their project demands.

Our Environmental Policy

Scaffolding Access is committed to protecting the environment by trying to secure a safe and happy environment for our children and grandchildren.  Accordingly, we have a fully documented Environmental Policy which embraces all of our operations and our road fleet complies with the highest standards of emissions. In addition, we take care to use suppliers that share our aspirations for a safe and cleaner environment.


The Team

Managing Director

Jeff Satwick

“I have always been motivated by new projects and the drive to push the company forward, and with every success Scaffolding Access has grown accordingly. As such I feel privileged to have a team behind me that share my core values. Scaffolding Access has a strong management team in place, motivated to complete projects to the highest standards, problem solve and meet strict deadlines. And it doesn’t end there: from project management to yard staff, I trust my team to reflect the company’s values at every opportunity. There have been a number of additions to our staff recently, who with their individual expertise will enhance the strength and quality of the Scaffolding Access group.”

Company Secretary / Director & Accounts

Sarah Chisnall

Sarah founded Scaffolding Access with Jeff Satwick in May 1997 and has worked alongside Jeff in building the company up to its present position.  Sarah has always worked on the Accounts side, taking a break from work to raise their 3 sons and has now resumed her position in the Accounts Department as Director and Company Secretary.  Sarah works via remote access and is based in Chelmsford.

Contracts Manager

Jack Satwick

Jack has progressed and undertaken various roles within the company, and will now undertake the position of Contracts Manager within the group. Jack will be predominantly responsible for and will oversee our social housing, asbestos, demolition and other large contracts currently running. His training includes SMSTS and he has just obtained his CISRS Scaffolder Card Part II, and will shortly be undertaking a Scaffolder Inspection Course. Jack will also be shaving his beard off which will enable him to undertake the asbestos training for our newly acquired asbestos ancillary licence.

Operations Manager

Frank Smead

Frank has over 40 years of scaffolding experience, and brings a wealth of estimating experience to our team. Frank has great customer contact skills, and enjoys talking through his ideas with clients at all levels. He is always able to offer practical solutions to complex scaffolding issues.

Office Manager & PA to MD

Jane Day

Jane has worked for the company for nearly 20 years and now runs the office in Rainham, as well as working as PA to Jeff Satwick.  Jane has a wide range of experience, including working for the Vice President of Citibank for 10 years and spending 8 years working with children with severe behavioural problems in Waltham Abbey for 8 years.  When the company was first started, Jane worked off an ironing board in a small conservatory!

Senior Quantity Surveyor

Mel McMahon

Mel has over 30 years involvement in all levels of the London scaffolding industry. This includes Project Contract Supervision and Management for rail, airports, power stations, and some of London’s more unique buildings such as the Victorian structures of Kew Gardens, the old & new Wembley Stadium’s, and the modern Westfield White City shopping village.

Asbestos Manager

Peter Newton

We would like to welcome Peter Newton to Scaffolding Access who will now become our Asbestos Manager and assume responsibility of Scaffold Supervisor.

After leaving school with 6 GCSE’s, I started in the construction industry, initially in the ground working field but then progressed towards the scaffolding sector.  I started as a labourer on a small residential company, then obtained my Part 1, Part 2 and Advanced Scaffolding CISRS Accreditations.  I have worked in the Ancillary Scaffolding field both as an Operative and a Supervisor for the past 19 years.  My current role as Ancillary Manager, is to oversee all projects concerning Ancillary works. This is in the form of notifying all licensable work, creating the Plan of Work and Risk Assessments prior to the ASB5 online system submissions.  Also ensuring that there is correct supervision for each individual project along with all the required PPE, as per our Asbestos Ancillary Work Procedures.


John Young

John has been scaffolding for over 30 years and has worked for Scaffolding Access for the past 20 years holding an Advanced Scaffold Ticket.  John is well known and respected by all our clients for his knowledge of scaffolding.

Office Administrator

Sarah Turpin

Sarah previously worked for National Westminster Bank for 8 years as both Copy Typist and Telephonist, before finally moving to the Isle of Dogs as a Customer Services Offices. Sarah then took a career break to raise her family before joining Scaffolding Access in August 2014. She has contributed to the smooth running of the office and has taken on many new duties, proving to be a great asset to the company.