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Cranes, Trains, and Automobiles

Posted On - January 31st 2017
The Problem

Mila Window and Door Maintenance rise to the challenge of replacing sealed units seven storeys up in a high-rise office block in Sheffield.

Project Overview

When the call came to visit site to see if they could help with the replacement of sealed units which were broken on the seventh floor of a modern 10 storey office block in the centre of Sheffield, Mila Window and Door Maintenance knew it would be a challenge with wide ranging Health and Safety and logistics considerations.

Nature of the works

Contracts Manager Dean Bradford takes up the story.  “When Arc Engineers approached us to see if we could help them by replacing sealed units seven storeys up in an office block we knew we could do it; but we also knew that there would be significant challenges”.

“The sealed units had ‘exploded’ internally so our first job was to take out the internal panes and board them up to make them safe; the main challenge was how to remove the units externally and then replace them with new ones”.

“It is fair to say that the material cost of the job was really fairly negligible, the cost was in the access equipment and the management – which included having to work with the local authority to close part of the road whilst the works were completed, which we did on a Sunday to try to ease the traffic burden and disruption”.

Cost benefits

“The biggest cost was in hiring a crane to reach the affected windows and glazing, and in training our staff to use the building’s cradles to supplement the use of the crane itself.  Whilst the job was completed the surrounding area at the bottom of the block had to be cordoned off with full site supervision to ensure that there was no access to the site while the new units were raised into position”.

The works completed by Mila Window and Door Maintenance are typical of the type of works they carry out on commercial buildings of this nature.  They also provide repairs and maintenance services to hotels, schools, hospitals and retail outlets.

For more information www.milamaintenance.co.uk 0808 100 8881 @milamaintenance

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