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Head for Heights Pays Off

22 January 2016 | Updated 01 January 1970

The management team at County Square Shopping Centre, in Ashford, Kent, recognised the importance of maintaining its facilities, both inside and out, so when the external facade was showing signs of accumulated dirt, grime and pollution it opted for working at height expert, CAM Specialist Support.

The busy shopping centre in Ashford's town centre has over 50 stores, including Debenhams, M&S, and Next, offering a wide range of shopping all under one roof, from homeware to fashion to gadgets .

Specialist skills, specific equipment and strategic planning were seen as essential for organising the cleaning at height that the shopping centre required.

The cleaning work took place over a series of evenings (from 18.00-23.59) using industrial jet washers set at the appropriate pressure to ensure the fabric of the cladding was not damaged. The hours the cleaning operatives could work were specified by the centre management team and the local authority permits issued by Ashford Borough Council to cause minimum disruption to the public.

The CAM team used 19m and 34m truck-mounted access platforms to reach all the stone, glass blocks, metal panels, metal fins and glazing at the centre. They also cleaned the glass canopy over a pedestrian entrance and fitted obscure film to the underside of the canopy.

CAM’s trucks had to be parked on the public highway during the work, so the team had to have the correct local authority permits and also ensure that no one was endangered while they carried out the clean which included the operatives as well as the public.

“The facade had not been cleaned since the redevelopment was finished in 2008 and over time the stones and tiles had slowly become stained,” explained Frances Burt, Centre Manager, County Square. “The clean provided the desired results in all areas and returned the facade to a clean and presentable fashion more in keeping with the shopping centre’s image.”

Picture: The CAM team working safely at height at the recent clean of Ashford’s County Square Shopping Centre in Kent



Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 22 January 2016


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