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OLYMPICS ONE VIEW TO HIGH-RISE RESIDENTS

The residents of Pioneer Point – which is billed as east London’s architectural icon – will have unbeatable views of the 2012 Olympic stadium, thanks to a high-rise cleaning system devised in Yorkshire. Sheffield-based Rostek-UK has created monorail system that carries two powered cradles around the perimeter of Pioneer Point, which will soon tower above the Ilford skyline. The cradles can carry two people, who will be responsible for cleaning Pioneer Point’s windows and facilities. The 33 and 25-strorey residential towers stand 113.3m and 91.3m high and, when complete, will give residents spectacular views across the City, Canary Wharf and the Olympic Stadium. The £200,000 contract was awarded by the project’s main contractors, London and Regent Consturction. The monorail system has been designed to negotiate tight bends and a vertical section. Two of Rostek’s self-hoisting cradles will run alongside the monorail. Rostek-UK, which employs 20 staff, has also developed an abseil system that enables rope technicians to have access to the roof so they can maintain the monorail brackets. John Hepworth, the sales and marketing director of Rostek-UK, said: “Although my colleagues have been in the industry a long time, Rostek-UK is less than two years old. “Much of the business is based on reputation and by continuing to deliver to standards that exceed client expectations we will attract even more high profile projects such as Pioneer Point.”