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Developers of a London landmark, with spectacular views over the City, Canary Wharf and the Olympic Stadium, have turned to Sheffield based Rostek-UK to install a high tech system for cleaning and maintaining its facades.

Pioneer Point comprises two towers, rising between 25 and 33 storeys and more than 370 feet above the ground, clad with 17,200 square metres of facades made largely of glass – enough to cover two and a half football pitches.

Parkway Drive-based Rostek-UK, which specialises in designing and installing fall protection and facade access systems, was called in to install what is claimed to be a unique climbing monorail that runs around the perimeter of both buildings and carries two powered cradles.

The monorail has to negotiate a number of right angle bends and includes a vertical section.

Due to the steep slopes of the roofs, Rostek-UK also had to develop an abseil system to allow rope access technicians access to the roof for periodic maintenance of the monorail brackets.

Gary Royston architectural projectmanager for main contractor, London and Regent Construction, was full of praise for the way the Sheffield firm carried out the £200,000 contract.

“Rostek-UK was recommended to me and I can understand why, as the company has been totally professional throughout the contract,” said Mr Royston.

“We have worked extremely well with the designers, who were quick to provide the right solution for the scheme.

“Additionaly, the installation and back up service was excellent and if any problems developed they were on-site straight away to sort them out.”

Rostek-UK’s latest success comes a month after the firm won a £250,000 contract for a guardrail system for a new super hospital in Bristol.

by BOB RAE The Star (Doncaster)