Mace Ltd obtains down-to-earth answers from i-Clean Systems - about the cleaning of 5,500 triple-glazed windows in
Europe's highest building
'The Shard of Glass', in the London Bridge area, will be a 310 metres high 'vertical city' comprising 28 storeys
of office space, 12 floors of residences, 6 mid-levels of public space, and 18 storeys for the Shangri-La's flagship
European hotel. The project contractor Mace Ltd, and its professional partners, needed to know which design
would allow the cleaning of the thousands of windows, set in a sloping facade, in the safest and most efficient
way, and with the minimum intrusion for occupiers.
"There were technical challenges in abundance," comments Roger Beswick, Mace Ltd's project manager for the
external envelope of the building. "The i-Clean Systems people understood what the different parties wanted
from the consultation, and supplied the information for us to reach our decision on the final construction."
The specialists from i-Clean
Systems conducted trials on
a prototype structure, located
at the Netherlands factory
of window manufacturer
Scheldebouw. Three design
options were considered, all
with access from inside the
planned building. Risk analyses,
methods statements and
video demonstrations were
produced, with commentary on
the economics of cleaning The
Shard's 51,000 sq m of facade
window glass and its sunblinds.
"The i-Clean Systems people were very professional in their approach, and they listened well when we
explained our needs and interests," concludes Mr Beswick. "I am happy to make public our appreciation of their
The Shard was designed by the celebrated architect Renzo Piano. The tower, whose construction is planned to be
complete in 2012, will have a naturally-ventilated radiator at its tip, and a public viewing gallery on the 72nd floor
which offers 360 degree views of London and far beyond.
It is expected that The Shard will welcome more than 2 million public visitors a year, and more than 8 thousand
workers, residents and hotel guests a day. Mace Ltd will deliver the project for its client Teighmore Construction
Ltd, with Turner & Townsend Ltd the project managers.
Since its introduction in August 2005, the i-Clean Cleaning Management System has attracted interest from
a variety of organisations in the commercial, manufacturing, service and public sectors.
For further information please contact us on:
T: 01684 580680