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As construction output increases, access industry offers unique solutions

It has been reported by the Construction Leadership council that monthly construction output grew by 17.6% in July 2020, following the record monthly growth of 23.5% in June 2020.

However, the level of construction output in July 2020 was 11.6% below the February 2020 level due to the slowdown of production in all industry.

Building maintenance systems are of course essential to ensure that the increasingly impressive, complex and challenging facades of today’s high buildings are cleaned, repaired and kept in first class condition.

The European Standard EN 1808:2015 describes permanently installed building maintenance units as well as temporary suspended platforms that are more commonly used in construction work.

There are a number of factors that have an impact on a maintenance solution including building regulations, the size, shape and location of a building, as well as the carrying capacity required for the solution.

PTSG employs innovation at Channel 4 HQ

Earlier in 2020, Premier Technical Services Group Ltd (PTSG) completed the main part of an extremely difficult and complex specialist services project at the headquarters of Channel 4 in Westminster.

The project is a powerful demonstration of how innovation can overcome challenges that may seem insurmountable on the surface.

Engineers from PTSG Access & Safety Ltd were given the task of replacing the Building Maintenance Unit (BMU) from the inside of the main reception in Horseferry Road.

PTSG’s engineers were unable to lift the BMU from the outside of the building, as the atrium glazing hangs from an exoskeleton structure, which prevents access. To resolve this, a specially designed scaffold was erected in such a way that the reception of Channel 4 could continue to function uninterrupted. The pictures show the scale and difficulty of PTSG’s task.

PTSG removed the cradle in sections and lifted it down the scaffold for disposal. This was performed at night in order to further minimise disruption. The new machine was lifted up in sections and erected in place on the tracks. It enables users to safely work at height at the premises, performing a range of specialist services.

SAEMA has a long history in delivering the best training and guidance in the temporary and permanent suspended access industry. We are committed to advancing safety through raising the standards in best practice.

  • We co-operate with other organisations, specialist bodies and institutions (property developers, architects, planning supervisors, insurance companies, facilities managers, etc.) involved in the provision and maintenance of façade access systems and equipment.
  • We promote co-operation between members and the work at height industry in general.
  • We act in the best interests of the client in all matters relating to the design, manufacture, installation, maintenance and testing of systems and equipment.
  • We educate our members through our bespoke industry-leading training platform.