Wintech announce launch of Façade Access & Maintenance Service
Complimenting the wide range of Façade Engineering Consultancy services provided by the Group, Wintech Façade Engineering Limited now provide a Façade Access and Maintenance consultancy service headed by Liam Shepherd. Wintech now provide a holistic design approach from concept to completion, developing value adding strategies that will provide safe access to all areas of the building envelope for cleaning, general maintenance, repairs, and glass replacement.
Liam Shepherd states, “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 asset. 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 further adds, “Unfortunately, all too often façade access is considered as an afterthought, leading to areas of façade that cannot be accessed when the need arises. This can result in disruption to tenants and the need for the implementation of expensive temporary measures.”
The early engagement of our specialists allows the key requirements to be coordinated and designed into the building form. This typically will include structural loadings imposed by equipment at ground level, the roof level and on the façade. The Façade Access engineer naturally works in close collaboration with the Façade Engineers and other members of the team to provide fully co-ordinated systems that can minimize the risk of damage from equipment when in use.
Wintech strategies will consider the access requirements to the building façades and our early services allow for informed, best value decision making by the client and team with the aim that final solutions are as cost effective and practicable to operate.
Head of Façade Access Consultancy
Liam joined the Wintech team at the end of 2021. He commenced his Engineering career in 2006 and is a leading consultant in the design and installation of Façade Access Systems covering a diverse range of market sectors within the UK and the Middle East. Liam has a history in the delivery of high-level engineering support and management of a number of iconic projects worldwide.
Liam’s work extends to many areas including the development of strategies for new buildings from design to completion, refurbishment, and modernisation projects, through to developing frameworks and managing the maintenance of client’s façade access equipment portfolios. He is keen to demonstrate that the proper consideration of appropriate systems can ultimately be safer and lower cost than rope access.
Notable projects include Battersea Power Station (multiple phases), Wood Wharf Tower, Royal Atlantis 2, Dubai World Trade Centre, 60-70 St Marys Axe (Can of Ham), Al Reem Tower, Piccadilly Lights, Dubai Design District, Manhattan Loft Gardens, London Fruit & Wool Exchange, Royal Mint Gardens and Chronicle Tower 261 City Road amongst many others.
Alongside a degree in Architectural Engineering, Liam is also a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET), and his expertise have more recently been recognised by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). His technical paper “Key Considerations for Cleaning and Maintenance Strategies in Dense Vertical Urban Environments” was presented at the annual conference in China and later published by the organisation.
Liam will now lead Façade Access and Maintenance Consultancy services for Wintech Façade Engineering Limited. To discover how Wintech can support you with your business requirements please contact us.