High-access cleaning needs attention from design stage, experts
Architectural complexities, while welcome, need to factor in functional BMUs (building maintenance units) and cleaning provisions
Designers and architects need to place added emphasis on building maintenance - especially high-access and rope-access cleaning – from the design stage itself.
High access cleaning specialists Grako’s managing partner Alain El Tawil says architectural firms are still not considerate of cost effective façade cleaning and maintenance as is the case with internal access to roof tops as well.
“Yet we overcome them but the trick is to do a very thorough technical site survey before responding to any proposal or tender request.
“A lot of time the job takes much longer than needed just because there is not direct access to the roof tops which takes a lot more time to mobilise equipment and manpower from one section of the building to the other.”
“The more complex the architecture the more time and effort access planning and mobilisation take to achieve a fully cleaned façade,” he says.
El Tawil is welcoming of complex architectural designs but says high-access cleaning needs to be taken into consideration from an early design and construction phase.
“We need to ensure the BMU installed in the building are effective, certified and can access all angles of the building safely (i.e. the ability to stop at all level and sections of a building),” he says.
Read the entire special report on high-access cleaning solutions in the October issue of fmME.