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Serving building access needs beyond cleaning

The most obvious use for your Building Maintenance Unit (BMU) is window and facade cleaning, but it is also important to look at all the building maintenance tasks which will need to be completed and consider what other functionality might be required.

A complete building access solution might also need to provide for maintenance tasks such as window or facade panel replacement, air conditioning and sprinkler installation or servicing, upkeep of vertical gardens or other architectural features, or it might need to include a material hoist capable of handling heavy loads.

CoxGomyl has extensive experience of providing access solutions for a huge range of buildings, taking a holistic approach which considers all the architectural features, the required cleaning cycle, and also the additional functionality of completing glass and panel replacement strategies, garden upkeep and any other relevant maintenance tasks.

Collins Square, Melbourne, Australia

This $2 billion development required a comprehensive building access system to serve for routine cleaning but also to provide for reliable replacement of glass panels. A shift in floor plan below level 27 presented a significant practical challenge and means the facade steps in on two of the four elevations. To overcome this, the BMU located at roof level features a self-approaching mechanism along with a cradle equipped with a scissor type mechanism and stabilising counterweight.

Building Maintenance Unit Collins Square, Melbourne

For the key requirement of glass replacement, for the elevations above the step, the Building Maintenance Unit includes a dedicated built-in glass-changing hoist.

For glass panel replacement in areas below the step in a monorail system is located at level 27, fitted to the underside of the ceiling. Starting with the glass panel at ground level, a winch is installed to lift the panel to the necessary location with the support of the operators in the cradle.

The Oasia Hotel Downtown, Singapore

This development is at the forefront of the growing trend for sustainable living and in particular innovative new designs for building gardens, which can also mean new challenges for designing practical building access systems. The building features an unusual open structure including four ‘sky terraces’ full of greenery in addition to a sky garden with an open crown rather than a flat surface at roof level.

The comprehensive access system included an access solution with a soft-rope restraint system which allows operatives to safely travel horizontally or even diagonally. This solution works with the complex design of the building and makes it possible to cross the open voids. For access to the mid-level sky gardens we also provided monorail systems on the underside of the soffit. Finally, we installed a material hoist crane to service the continued upkeep of this vertical living tower.

As one of the only true end-to-end facade access providers in the world, CoxGomyl are ideally placed to design, engineer, manufacture and install access solutions to meet all the unique needs of any building.

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