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Travelling Vertical Access – Bridge Mast

The main building to the Albion Riverside development features a stylish convex outer facade. This required a unique access solution in keeping with its design that would simplify the undertaking of maintenance to the complex’s south-facing exterior which curves simultaneously in three directions.

The Challenge

Standing eleven storeys high on the southwest bank of the Thames, the Albion Riverside is a multi-purpose development comprising shops, leisure facilities and residential accommodation.

With a roof-based conventional building maintenance machine deemed to be incompatible with the structure’s aesthetics, a bespoke access solution that could enable easy cleaning and repairs to its convex, south facing facade was required.

ARX was approached to develop a curved 30m tall vertical gantry access mast, capable of supporting a self-levelling man-riding cradle that travels the gantry’s full length while traversing the 120m around the building’s asymmetrical profil

The Solution

For this project, ARX devised a travelling vertical access bridge mast which runs upon recessed rails located at the top and bottom of the building’s aluminium facia, complete with a self-levelling cradle for personnel and a robust control solution.

Weight was minimised with a trussed structure formed from curved members, which arcs around the building and complements the style set by the aluminium tubing that makes up the external panels.

Technical Details

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