Creating Façade Access systems and deploying the correct Building Maintenance Units (BMU) or Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) is specialised work that requires both project management experience and detailed knowledge of the technological advances in the industry. The requirements of each building will be different and are often complex. This complexity is one of the reasons that companies around the world choose to work with a specialist consultancy for Façade Access & BMUs. The other major reasons are listed below.
The development of a Façade Access solution is a long term process and the building maintenance strategy will be ongoing over the life of the building. It is essential that a maintenance strategy is considered and incorporated into the initial building design and implemented during construction. The maintenance programme and longevity of the equipment must be considered. We will be able to achieve all of this and enable the facility management team to use the maintenance equipment for a minimum of 25 years.
When creating a schedule of Façade Access and selecting the most suitable solution a key objective will be the need to optimise the usage of the access equipment, as well as the operability of the Façade Cleaning Equipment (FCE). Dunbar and Boardman manage this process for you and we carry professional indemnity insurance to give you further peace of mind.
If a developer or client were to approach a manufacturer directly there is a real chance that they would be guided into the purchase of one of the manufacturer’s existing product solutions. As a specialist consultancy we will ensure that the best solution will be sought and found.
We can set up and manage a formal tender process with 3 or 4 bidders and invite them to submit a tender for the project. Following post tender evaluation the most appropriate solution and supplier can be chosen. The final decision and award of the contract will be based completely on merit.
We are aware of industry norms and charging rates and therefore have a stronger hand when it comes to negotiating commercial contracts and cost control. Using Dunbar and Boardman could save you money in the short and long term. Naturally the possibility and scope of any saving can only be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Industry & Legislative Standards
We will create façade-cleaning solutions that minimise the impact on building design and meet the highest safety according to EN standards. Furthermore we will be able to ensure that the equipment is provided within International Quality & Safety Standards and that health & safety requirements for the particular environment are met.
As part of upgrading the entire property, air conditioning was added and as a result the windows were sealed which therefore required external cleaning.
Dunbar and Boardman were commissioned to create a Building Maintenance Unit to facilitate external cleaning.
The reach of the trolleys and cradles are such that all facades and areas of the building can be accessed for cleaning and maintenance purposes. Particular attention was paid to the proposed glazed brise soleil provision to the South face of each tower because there were restricted clearance dimensions. The hoist height exceeded 40 metres in some areas and as a consequence electro-mechanical interlocked cradle restraints were incorporated in the design in accordance with BSEN 1808: 1999.