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New City Court - London Bridge, London

Case Study

CLIENT NAME: great portland estates

Industry: Real Estate - Lift, Cranes and Conveyors

Project Value: Confidential 

Services provided: Façade Access Consultancy


New City Court is a commercial development located within close proximity of London Bridge Station mainline & London Underground, supporting the Jubilee Line and Northern Line and the National Rail Services.
The site is located within the Borough High Street conservation area (St Thomas Street & Guy's Hospital sub area). The local area includes key landmarks and destinations, such as the Shard, Borough Market and Southwark Cathedral, promoting a strong footfall to the area and a need to develop accessible public routes through it.

The building stands at 139m tall from ground with 36 levels. TÜV SÜD’s Façade Access Team assisted the design team in setting out roof level which will include a single Building Maintenance Unit (BMU) mounted on a centralised track in the plant areas on top of the towers. The bellied façade will require an adjustable rope restraint with additional sockets allowing the cradle to be drawn onto the façade on the negative incline.

The double height spaces at Levels 05 and 06 comprises of interior planting consisting shrubs and trees. TÜV SÜD’s Façade Access Team designed the access strategy to maintain the internal facades via series of continuous rails are fitted at the soffit of Level 06 to allow arborists using roped access techniques to reach the high-level tree branches.

The external windows of the Georgian Town Houses & Keats House will be cleaned manually from respective floor levels by the occupants / tenants. Low level glazing can be cleaning using reach and wash pole positioned on the surrounding pedestrian areas. TÜV SÜD’s Façade Access Team developed access scheme so that long term maintenance will be carried out via an articulated platform positioned at ground level.

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