GIND UK and installation partner Integral Cradles are pleased to announce they have been jointly shortlisted in the Technology category of this year’s IWFM Impact Awards.
GIND UK entered the awards for its outstanding and innovative work at 52 Lime Street, London, where its engineers manage the ongoing maintenance of the two gigantic building maintenance units (BMUs), which were installed by Integral Cradles.
52 Lime Street is otherwise known as The Scalpel due to the building’s unique, angular shape and following a trend for naming new buildings in the city based on their shape. The Scalpel is 190 metres tall, offers 35 levels of office space, over 500,000 square feet of commercial space and over 12,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
Integral Cradles designed and installed two BMUs to provide full lateral, horizontal and vertical access to the building’s façade. The two BMUs are eight storeys tall – approximately the height of ten cars stacked one on top of the other. They are installed on either side of The Scalpel, on the east and west elevations.
The unit installed on the west side of the building is the larger of the two. It has a 19-metre operating radius, is 49 metres in height, weighs 41,300 kg and has a 1,000-kg glass replacement capacity.
The unit on the east of the building has a 13.935m operating radius, is 24.5 metres high, weighs 36,800 kg and has a 100-kg glass replacement capacity.
In addition, Integral Cradles designed innovative roof systems for the storage of both units. The east BMU was designed with a roof panel comprising photovoltaic cells, which move and slide in tandem with the unit’s operation. The cells provide renewable energy for the building, a valuable extra benefit of the system.
The IWFM Impact Awards are arguably the most prestigious and high-profile of all the awards in the FM industry. We look forward to keeping you up to date with our progress.