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So far FacadeXS has created 23 blog entries.

May 2019

Blog:Utilizing a BMU to lift construction materials

By |2019-03-27T12:49:31+00:00May 13th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Utilizing a BMU to lift construction materials It is a familiar sight in any metropolis; an abundance of cranes, high rise buildings under construction and facade maintenance works on existing buildings. During both construction and maintenance, materials need to be lifted and lowered. Lifting objects inside a building, however, is not always possible, so external options need to be used. Lifting solutions From the ground up you could work with a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP), such as a boom lift, or a scaffold. These, however, have a limited reach and capacity. To [...]

April 2019

PROJECT: A FacadeXS solution for Asian Business Court in The Hague

By |2019-04-17T12:12:35+00:00April 16th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

A FacadeXS solution for the Asian Business Court in The Hague The Asian community in the Netherlands is on a rise as more and more businesses from Asia are entering the European market and are looking at settling in the Netherlands. The Asian Business Court (ABC), currently under construction, in Ypenburg, The Hague, is a multifunctional commercial and office complex that is specially developed for companies who are active in both the Western and Asian markets. The ABC is designed by Kampman Architecten and will house multiple offices, commercial spaces with showrooms, a luxurious business hotel with congress [...]

PROJECT: Innovative FacadeXS solution for sustainable residential tower: Canaletto

By |2019-02-18T14:24:02+00:00April 5th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Innovative FacadeXS solution for sustainable residential tower: Canaletto Designed by Dutch architectural firm UNStudio and constructed by Ardmore Ltd, the Canaletto residential tower is situated on City Road in the Islington district of London. This 31-storey high-end tower stands tall with its approximate height of 96 meters (314 feet) and is one of the significant developments in London’s skyline of the past years. Canaletto is marked by its uniquely shaped curved aluminum and glass facade. Additionally, the tower is designed to provide several sustainable benefits. Its shape and modeling creates opportunities for shading, balancing good internal daylight and [...]

March 2019

PROJECT: Premium FacadeXS solution within London’s newest metropolitan area

By |2019-03-18T14:09:31+00:00March 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Premium FacadeXS solution within London's newest metropolitan area With multiple development projects, which are set to be completed over the next few years, London’s suburb of Stratford is fast becoming one of the most desirable places to live and work. The newly build Capital Towers, located at High Street, are an iconic example of this development. Housing over 190 luxury apartments and a large amount of commercial and office spaces, this building stands for the future of Stratford. Designed by Stock Woolstencroft Architects, the Capital Towers property comprise two towers: the 15-storey City West Tower and 35-storey [...]

Blog:Using a BMU for exterior building inspection

By |2019-02-18T14:24:55+00:00March 11th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

Using a BMU for exterior building inspection Despite looking robust, high-rise buildings are not immune to the elements. Their facades need maintenance to remain standing tall. Building owners therefore need to set a routine for inspection and maintenance of the building’s envelop. Without regular inspection, problems can go unnoticed for a long period. And signaling minor issues helps to prevent major problems along the route. While window cleaning is at the core of building maintenance, a maintenance and inspection routine should also include taking care of damaged glass panes, cracks in materials, sealants etc. The lifespan of the building’s [...]

January 2019

PROJECT: A FacadeXS solution for Boulevard Point in Dubai

By |2019-02-12T15:35:44+00:00January 17th, 2019|Categories: Blog|

A FacadeXS solution for Boulevard Point in Dubai For years XSPlatforms has been one of the market leaders when it comes to delivering facade access solutions in the Middle East. Something our large project portfolio in the region confirms. This year we have added quite a few new projects to the impressive range of portfolio projects. One being an extensive FacadeXS solution, based on specifications of Koltay Facades (a facade access strategy consultant) for Boulevard Point, located in the heart of Dubai. The surrounding area of Boulevard Point has become the benchmark for real estate, architecture and luxury [...]

December 2018

BLOG: Top 5 impressive FacadeXS projects of 2018

By |2019-01-10T10:32:54+00:00December 27th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Top 5 impressive FacadeXS projects of 2018 2018 brought us many fascinating architectural delights, for which we were able to provide facade access equipment. We want to highlight five impressive FacadeXS solutions we manufactured and/or installed in 2018. All facade access equipment for these projects is custom designed to fit the unique shape of the building and the wishes of the owners. 5. Jewel of the Creek - DubaiJewel of the Creek is a large mixed-use project consisting out of seventeen individual buildings on the north shore of the Dubai Creek. Its brilliant design reflects [...]

October 2018

Blog:When are monorail systems a suitable solution?

By |2019-02-12T12:49:25+00:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

When are monorail systems a suitable solution? All buildings need regular maintenance to prolong their lifespan and prevent serious damage. In order to keep the appearance of a building top-notch, facades require routine washing. Accessing a facade must take place safely, with reliable equipment. Not only does this ensure that workers are safe, it also ensures that the building does not get damaged. One way to provide access to a facade is a monorail system. This system is especially suited for medium-rise buildings with complicated designs and hard-to-reach facades. What is a monorail [...]

September 2018

Blog: Custom integrated FacadeXS solutions for the Collins Arch

By |2019-02-12T15:40:40+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Custom integrated FacadeXS solutions for the Collins Arch In a city with a growing amount of high-rise constructions it can be hard to distinguish a buildings design from the surrounding ones. Architects will do anything to make their design outshine all others. Located at the addresses of 433 to 439 Collins Street in Melbourne Victoria, the design of Collins Arch is an example. This stunning building is designed by the architectural firms Woods Bagot and SHoP Architects and is currently under construction by long-term XSPlatforms client Multiplex. Multiplex and XSPlatforms have collaborated before in multiple Australian landmark projects such as [...]

September 2017

NEWS: Two new FacadeXS projects in Melbourne, Australia

By |2017-09-20T09:28:10+00:00September 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Two new FacadeXS projects in Melbourne, Australia We can proudly announce that we have been awarded two great new projects in Melbourne, Australia. We will design and install facade access equipment to enable maintenance workers to keep these two great buildings in perfect condition. Collins House This residential tower, located at Collins Street combines a classic entrance with award-winning architecture. A decorative heritage building from 1908 forms the entrance. It’s a true landmark of the city with its 195 meters (640 feet) in height and slender proportions (only 12 meters/39 feet wide). By working [...]

BLOG: Installing a Facade Access System – Design and Implementation

By |2017-09-14T12:39:40+00:00September 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Installing a Facade Access System - Design and Implementation In the previous blogs of this series, we discussed the first two phases of installing a facade access solution on a building: gathering intelligence and preparing, followed by a blog about evaluating tenders and specifications. At the end of the second phase, a choice has been made which party is going to further develop the solution offered in the tender and eventually install the facade access equipment on the building. Fine-tuning the design During the tender process, the manufacturers modify their designs according to the [...]

August 2017

BLOG: Replacing Windows at Hard-to-Reach Facade Areas

By |2019-05-16T14:01:48+00:00August 16th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Replacing Windows at Hard-to-Reach Facade Areas In our previous blog about replacing windows of high-rise structures, we described multiple ways to replace glass panels at great heights. This introduction to equipping Building Maintenance Units (BMUs) with a Glass Replacement Unit (GRU) focused on structures with a straight facade. But structures are sometimes designed and built according to contemporary architectural trends. This means that facades aren’t always straight, but have an inclination angle, have twisting or protruding parts and other design elements that make some facade areas hard to reach. To be able to [...]

BLOG: Replacing Windows of High-Rise Buildings

By |2017-08-16T11:19:39+00:00August 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Replacing Windows of High-Rise Buildings Although thick and strong glass panels are used for high-rise buildings, sometimes a panel is damaged or even cracked due to extreme weather conditions or other factors. For example, a gust of wind could have picked up an object and blown it against a glass window. In that case, the glass panel needs to be replaced. In this article, we explain how glass panels are replaced and what options are available to do that. Windows of high-rise buildings The windows that are used and installed on high-rise buildings [...]

July 2017

BLOG: Installing a Facade Access System – Evaluating Tenders and Specifications

By |2019-05-16T12:03:56+00:00July 26th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Installing a Facade Access System - Evaluating Tenders and Specifications After the previous blog post about the early stages of the process of installing a facade access system, we take a closer look at the second stage: evaluating tenders and specifications. Gathering intelligence and assembling a skilled team of experts form the base of the process. Next, the tender specifications based on the project’s demands and the input of the BMU consultant will be sent to the carefully selected BMU manufacturers. At their turn, the manufacturers can send their early stage designs, possible alternative [...]

PROJECT: An Extensive FacadeXS Solution for Jewel of the Creek

By |2017-07-11T15:13:36+00:00July 11th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

An Extensive FacadeXS Solution for Jewel of the Creek On a 123.955 square meter (1,334,240 square feet) plot in Dubai, one of the most prestigious projects of the region is being developed with a total value of 955,73 million Euros. Jewel of the Creek consists of a total of seventeen structures that are located next to Al Makhtoum Bridge on the banks of Dubai Creek (Khor Dubai). Before we describe FacadeXS solution, we will take a closer look at the Jewel of the Creek project itself. Jewel of the Creek Roda Hotels, as [...]

June 2017

BLOG: Installing a Facade Access System – Intelligence and Preparation

By |2019-05-16T10:14:46+00:00June 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Installing a Facade Access System - Intelligence and Preparation Although we are a specialist in developing high-end facade access solutions and work with building maintenance units (BMUs) every day, we are well aware that the process of installing one is not everyday business for most people.That’s why we would like to share our knowledge and experience in installing facade access solutions and the complete process that precedes the moment that workers can use a BMU for the first time.The reason behind this is that we want to prevent unsafe practices as it comes to [...]

April 2017

BLOG: Specializing rescue workers for gondola related emergency situations

By |2017-04-20T06:43:55+00:00April 12th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

BLOG: Specializing rescue workers for gondola related emergency situations During the installation of a BMU at the Fire Services Training School (FSTS) in Hong Kong for maintenance purposes, the idea for a BMU rescue simulator was born. Rescue professionals present on the job were wondering how to perform a rescue operation of a person in need inside a tilted gondola at height. Subsequently, XSPlatforms was asked to develop a BMU that would be able to recreate a real life emergency situation which could be used for training purposes. This was a chance for [...]

March 2017

PROJECT: Stunning Facade installation completed for Crown Towers Perth

By |2017-08-17T11:32:56+00:00March 17th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

PROJECT: Stunning Facade installation completed for Crown Towers Perth The Australian XSPlatforms branch recently celebrated another milestone with the successful completion of yet another major project. The brand-new Crown Towers Perth was equipped with a Facade access solution that is able to efficiently maintain the stunning glass facades of the structure. “This is an accomplishment that we are very proud of. The client expected no less than the best our market has to offer and we succeeded to timely deliver and install a solution that perfectly suits the unique requirements of this project” says [...]

BLOG: A comparison between 3 facade access solutions

By |2017-03-01T12:52:49+00:00March 1st, 2017|Categories: Blog|

BLOG: A comparison between 3 facade access solutions With the number of high-rise buildings increasing, the demand for safe facade access is at an all-time high. But, what are the options? And which one do you choose for your specific building? To provide you with some guidance in the search for the right facade access solution, we will briefly explain and compare some available options in facade access solutions. Each with its own characteristics. Bosun’s chair A Bosun’s chair (or boatswain’s chair) is a short plank that is used to suspend [...]

January 2017

GUEST BLOG: What to Consider When Choosing a Facade Access System?

By |2017-04-20T10:54:38+00:00January 18th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

GUEST BLOG: What to Consider When Choosing a Facade Access System? By Geert Cox, CEO XSPlatforms A few weeks ago I visited a country in Asia after a Partner of XSPlatforms invited me there to meet some of his customers. More importantly, he wanted to show me some existing facade access projects with problems. A very worrying situation, which unfortunately occurs worldwide and hits the headlines way too often. And this was no exception… Spotting unsafe situation During one visit to a facade access project, I was taken to the roof to check out [...]

NEWS: OSHA’s Final Rule for the General Industry – What are the implications?

By |2017-01-18T08:48:45+00:00January 17th, 2017|Categories: News|

NEWS: OSHA’s Final Rule for the General Industry – What are the implications? Today, the final rule for Walking-Working Surfaces (29 CFR Part 1910, Subpart D) and Personal Protective Equipment (29 CFR part 1910, Subpart I) will be effective, specific to slip, trip and fall hazards (referred to as the final rule in this article). We will briefly outline what is going to change for facade access and what the implications are for workers, employers, safety professionals and everyone who deals with working at height and facade access. Reducing falls (from height) Obviously, OSHA has a [...]

November 2016

PROJECT: New WorkSafe Victoria HQ in Australia to be maintained with XSPlatforms BMU

By |2017-08-17T11:40:40+00:00November 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|

PROJECT: New WorkSafe Victoria HQ in Australia to be maintained with XSPlatforms BMU The new headquarters of the Australian WorkSafe Victoria is to be constructed on top of a traditional 90-year-old building. The 14-storey tower will be the tallest building in the port city of Geelong, the second largest city in the Australian State of Victoria. XSPlatforms will design and manufacture a Building Maintenance Unit (BMU) that will provide safe access to the glass facade of the tower. The match between WorkSafe and XSPlatforms WorkSafe, an organization who takes the lead role in [...]

October 2016

BLOG: 10 Tallest buildings in the Middle East with FacadeXS solutions

By |2017-04-18T07:25:10+00:00October 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog|

BLOG: 10 Tallest buildings with FacadeXS solutions in the Middle East  With more than 20 years of experience in the facade access business, we thought that it would be a good time to highlight XSPlatforms’ involvement in a number of amazing development projects in the Middle East.XSPlatforms is proud to be awarded for unique projects currently in progress (and also on past accomplishments in completed projects), and therefore has decided to list the top 10 tallest structures in the Middle East that are (or will be) well preserved and maintained with FacadeXS equipment.What makes these projects so unique?What makes these [...]

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