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 Contracts Britain’s oldest brewer cleans up Theatre project puts cleaning

The Shepherd Neame brew- ery, founded in 1698 in FavershamKent, has be- come one of the oldest build- ings in the country to be fitted with a bespoke cen- tralised vacuumsystem. The 300 year old building is

home to some of the world’s most iconic beers, including ‘Spitfire’ and ‘Bishops Fin- ger’. Shepherd Neame pro- ducesmore than 70million pints of beer every year ex- ported tomore than 20 countries worldwide. When the areamanager

for Nilfisk-CFM, Ian Aldham- Breary, was asked to survey the site his challenge was clear - how to clean a 300 year old building which has many different floor levels, narrow staircases and very low ceilings? Spiltmalt husks andmalt dust pre- sented a problemthroughout the production area and silo floor. Site personnel had been usingmobile vacuums but they had fallen into dis- repair and, in desperation, staff had resorted to using the old fashioned broom! A new fleet ofmobile vacu- ums was considered but the

practicalities ofmoving them around discounted this solu- tion. It was clear that the systemprovided had to be lowmaintenance, simple to use and quiet. The solution came in the formof a small, bespoke centralised vacuum systemthat was designed to fit under existing pipework. The configurationmeant that vacuumoutlets could be placed where the client needed themmost. The ATEX approved system,

rated for Zone 22, has a pipe run of 55metres and incor-

porates six vacuumoutlets. An air driven cartridge filter systemauto cleans, whilst a built in level sensor provides for auto stop. Chief engineer for Shep-

herd Neame, JeffWilliams, said: “The new systemis user friendly and highly ef- fective compared to our pre- vious cleaningmethods. Nilfisk-CFMwas very profes- sional fromsurvey through to final commissioning and satisfied our requirements at a reasonable cost.”

Everything looking rosy atKewGardens

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew - London’s only UN- ESCOWorld Heritage Site - has selected Julius Ruther- foord as its specialist clean- ing contractor. Kew is one of London’s

most popular visitor at- tractions, recognised as one of the most eminent centres for research and conservation in plant biodi- versity in the world. 30 op- eratives will clean the offices, laboratories and public areas 15 hours a day across the large and varied 300 acre site. This requires experience in a number of cleaning specialisms to

Raising the Standard

two of which are below ground, and it incorporates a curtain wall of glass and stone as a façade. As part of the contract,

Principle Cleaning will carry out daily office cleaning, gen- eral periodic tasks, window cleaning, washroomservices, landscaping, wastemanage- ment and pest control. Next year, Principle Clean-

Principle Cleaning Services has been awarded the exter- nal and internal cleaning contract for Standard Char-

tered Bank’s headquarters at 1 Basinghall Avenue, Lon- don. It is amodern 39.69m high building with 10 floors,

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ing Services celebrates 25 years in the cleaning indus- try. The London-based con- tract cleaning company now has over 2000 staff and a portfolio of customers across London.

manage the scientific re- search sites, galleries, and 40 listed buildings, includ- ing stunning glasshouses, which are enjoyed by over one million visitors annu- ally, 363 days a year. Part of Julius Rutherfo-

ord’s successful bid involved the deployment of bicycles with trailers for fast, effi- cient and environmentally friendly movement of clean- ers across the large site, and an electric buggy for the distribution of supplies. All equipment, including 30 green Henry tub vacuums, will be individually asset marked to ensure no cross

contamination within the site. A further innovation is the

introduction of customer satisfactionmonitors. This allows visitors to provide feedback on the quality of the facilities, and will ini- tially be trialled at the busiest toilets in theWhite Peaks restaurant. James Bennett, opera-

tions director for Julius Rutherfoord, said: “We pride ourselves on providing a quality service using inno- vative cleaningmethods, and our focus on under- standing the importance and uniqueness of Kew’s work helped us to win this very prestigious contract.”

Multi-million cleaning contract

withYorkshireBuilding Society OCS has won a five-year cleaning contract with Yorkshire Build- ing Society. The contract coversmore than 200 branches and of- fices including the principal office, Yorkshire House, in Bradford. A teamof almost 300 OCS staff will be responsible for all clean- ing, periodic cleaning and window cleaning services. Yorkshire Building Society awarded the contract to OCS fol-

lowing a successful tender process, and in recognition of OCS’s strong track record in successfully delivering innovative solutions to service partners. Jane Sheard, UKmanaging director of facilities services, at

OCS, said: “This is a significant contract win for OCS, re-estab- lishing our high street presence in the financial sector. York- shire Building Society is looking for a service partner to develop an innovative service solution, and OCS is well posi- tioned to support themin delivering this goal.”

company centre stage AMidlands andmidWales-based cleaning company has played a starring role in the renovation of one of the country’s best known theatres. G-Force Steamwas called upon to steam clean the exterior of the BirminghamRepertory Theatre, which was refurbished and extended as part of a £189million regeneration project involving the Library of Birminghamin Centenary Square, which reopened in September. The specialist firmwas given the task of cleaning all the

concrete walls and fascias at the theatre, which is affection- ately known as ‘The Rep’. The company also cleaned themain sign on the top of the building, an element of the project that threw up its own particular challenges. Rajinder Balley of construction firmInterclass, one of the

specialist sub-contractors working on the overhaul of the the- atre, said: “Chris and the teamfromG-Force Steamhas done a first rate job. The interior of The Rep looks fantastic, but it was also important to ensure the exterior of the building was given a new lease of life, and the steamclean did just that.”

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