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Façade Access Strategies to Support our Clients

In the field of modern architecture and building maintenance, the visual appeal and structural integrity of a building are paramount. However, amidst the focus on architectural design and functionality, one crucial aspect often overlooked is the role of façade access and maintenance.

The façade of a modern building is one of the most expensive and important elements of building construction and can represent up to 35% of construction costs. Façades represent the manifestation of the architect’s expectation of the external appearance of a building, have the greatest effect on carbon use and have the greatest level of historic failure.

As such, it is critical that a robust access and maintenance strategy is considered at the early design stages and is implemented to facilitate proper cleaning and maintenance, and cleaning of this important asset.

Read our Head of Façade Access & Maintenance Liam Shepherd’s article on the Hidden Costs of Poorly Maintained Façade Access & Maintenance Equipment here.

Wintech provide advice at the early design stages on the relative advantages and disadvantages of each type of system, whilst referring to the hierarchy of risk to inform the Client of their duties under the Working at Height Regulations. This allows the Client to make an informed decision on the preferred solution. Our advice includes budget capital costs, cleaning time analysis to inform annual costs, as well as parking requirements to inform visual impact.

With buildings becoming taller and façades becoming more complex, a well-designed access strategy can be an invaluable tool in the proper maintenance of the face of any building.”

At Wintech, we have developed a range of services that provide a holistic approach to the engineering, design and specification of façade access systems which will provide the necessary access provisions for cleaning, general maintenance, repairs and glass replacement that will facilitate the avoidance of unnecessary challenges during the life of the building.”

– Liam Shepherd, Head of Façade Access and Maintenance (Associate)

Wintech were appointed to develop a façade cleaning and maintenance strategy for Moselle Gardens, Clarendon Road, consisting of approximately 1800 homes and 100,000 square feet of commercial space in West London.

This instruction involved seven blocks within the development at RIBA Stage 3, with Wintech working closely with architects, land designers, structural engineers, façade engineers and MEP consultants to put plans together for cleaning the building envelope’s windows and rainscreen panels; to advise on the impact and interface requirements of various systems; as well as to conceal equipment, where practicable, to minimise the visual impact and retain the aesthetic appearance of the building.  

To talk to a member of the team about how Wintech can support you with your Façade Access & Maintenance project requirements, visit our website here, or reach out and contact us at enquiries@wintech-group.com.


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Wintech Group are dedicated engineering specialists in the science of façade engineering, the discipline also includes Façade Access, Fire, M&E, Expert Witness and Sustainability Consultancy services from the early phases of building delivery strategic development to the building completion.


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