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 [...]

August 2018

Blog:How mobile is facade access equipment?

By |2019-02-12T13:23:45+00:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

How mobile is facade access equipment? Facades of buildings are getting more and more complex as architects get to realize their vision through innovative products, such as large curved glass panels, and the introduction of 3D modelling programs. Complex facades have organic shapes and curves, rounded edges, protruding or recessing elements, a sloping roof top or facade and so on. To maintain these architectural delights facade access equipment has to be able to provide maximum movement in all necessary directions, depending on the complexity of the building’s facade. In this blog we would like to provide information [...]

June 2018

Blog: Protect your investment, don’t overlook BMU maintenance

By |2019-02-12T15:33:55+00:00June 7th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Protect your investment, don't overlook BMU maintenance Building Maintenance Units (BMUs) are used for maintaining and cleaning the facades of a building. Whether it is a low to mid-rise building or a skyscraper, a BMU must provide 100% access to the facade while being 100% safe. While a facade needs regular maintenance and cleaning, also remember that the equipment to reach these facades need some care. Keeping a BMU in good condition safeguards the maintenance workers using the equipment. Additionally regular maintenance limits downtime and helps keep repair costs under control. Anatomy of a BMU [...]

March 2018

Blog: Cleaning cycle for a high-rise project in numbers

By |2019-02-12T12:50:36+00:00March 7th, 2018|Categories: Blog|

Cleaning cycle for a high-rise project in numbers Regular window cleaning is proven to have a positive impact on your business. The brightness of a building and a clear view from office floors indicate a business that is intelligent and in good health. Besides a professional look, clean windows also add to customer confidence and value in a company. To ensure a clean looking facade at all times, we advise our clients to think of fitting cleaning cycle for their building before choosing a facade access solutions. In other words: how often and long does it take to [...]

February 2018

Blog: A general take on cleaning cycles for high-rise buildings

By |2018-03-02T16:03:13+00:00February 21st, 2018|Categories: Blog|

A general take on cleaning cycles for high-rise buildings In one of earlier blogs we’ve talked about the different options of facade access systems compared to the costs. In this blog article we’d like to take a look at a different aspect of these systems, the duration of the cleaning process –also called the cleaning cycle. Before going in-depth on this subject, let us briefly explain what the term cleaning cycle means. Basically a cleaning cycle is nothing more than a general calculation of how long it takes to clean all facades of a specific building. This calculation [...]

December 2017

PROJECT: Our facade access solution for Denver’s tallest skyscraper since the 80s

By |2019-02-12T12:51:29+00:00December 28th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Our facade access solution for Denver's tallest skyscraper since the 80s Ready to leave a permanent mark on the skyline of Denver, Colorado the 1144 Fifteenth-tower complex is scheduled to open its doors in early 2018. Taking to mind that it was nearly 30 years ago when the last new-built skyscraper opened in this city makes it extra special. This $300 million skyscraper, mainly existing out of glass and with its 603 feet (184 meters) in height, will provide future office residents with an iconic view of the city of Denver and the Rocky Mountains. Profiling itself as [...]

November 2017

BLOG: Manufacturing the three largest single BMU’s

By |2017-12-07T07:17:11+00:00November 30th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Manufacturing the three largest single BMU's At XSPlatforms HQ, we are continuously working on multiple Building Maintenance Units (BMU’s) in our assembly hall. These machines are quite large and heavy in general, so you can imagine that visitors are sometimes overwhelmed by an up-close and personal encounter with a fully assembled and functional BMU. This year, we set a few records at XSPlatforms. First, we are working on a total of nine (!) different BMU-projects at the same time. This requires detailed planning and hard work. But, among these nine projects, we are also simultaneously developing and manufacturing the three [...]

BLOG: Next level window cleaning: Reversed Osmosis system on a BMU

By |2019-02-12T12:55:10+00:00November 20th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Next level window cleaning: Reversed Osmosis system on a BMU We always strive to meet and exceed the wishes and demands of our clients when developing a Building Maintenance Unit (BMU). This results in incredibly innovative and unique machines being created by our skilled engineering team and installed on the most iconic structures all over the world. In this blog article, we want to discuss a special feature that can be installed on BMUs and significantly reduces the time for window cleaners to clean a glass facade: a reverse osmosis system. What is Reverse Osmosis? Before we provide an [...]

October 2017

PROJECT: A perfect example of roof car integration – Marina Tower Melbourne

By |2019-02-12T12:51:00+00:00October 25th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

A perfect example of roof car integration – Marina Tower Melbourne On Pearl River Road at the Docklands, just in front of the Victoria Harbour, a new architectural masterpiece has risen. The Marina Tower in Melbourne, Australia is a mixed-development project that includes a 7-storey hotel and two residential towers, called the Dark and the Light tower, marking the colors of its shimmering facades. The highest point of this complex (Light tower) lies around 142 meters (465 feet). Making it a true landmark for this area. This amazing project is developed by Singapore mainboard-listed property group Hiap Hoe [...]

BLOG: Installing a Facade Access System – Training and Maintenance

By |2019-05-16T10:05:02+00:00October 13th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

Installing a Facade Access System - Training and Maintenance After three blogs about the different phases of installing a facade access system: from preparation to evaluating tenders and installing the system on a building, we will now discuss the last phase: Training and Maintenance. A project doesn’t stop after installation At XSPlatforms, we believe that the involvement of the manufacturer doesn’t stop when a Building Maintenance Unit (BMU) is installed on a building and tested successfully. From a safety (and regulation) point of view, those who are going to work with the equipment have [...]

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 [...]

PROJECT: FacadeXS solutions for the world famous Grand Egyptian Museum

By |2017-08-24T11:16:15+00:00September 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog|

FacadeXS solutions for the world famous Grand Egyptian Museum The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities is best known for its large collection of artifacts from ancient Egypt. The collection includes several world renowned objects, such as the golden death mask of King Tutankhamun. In 2018, all objects from the museum will be relocated to a new location. The Grand Egyptian Museum Currently, a brand new state of the art museum, designed by heneghan peng architects, is being constructed just outside the Egyptian capital, Cairo. The site is located in the Giza district, approximately two kilometers (1.2 miles) west [...]

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