The comprehensive service and support solutions provided by Alimak Service have played a key role in the construction of Landmark Pinnacle residential skyscraper in the heart of London’s Docklands. The 239-metre tower will become the tallest residential building in Europe and at 75 storeys, will also have more habitable floors than any other residential building on the continent. A construction project of this scale requires a range of appropriate vertical access solutions and the expertise and excellence in servicing to keep the vertical access equipment operating reliably and efficiently.
Four high-functioning Alimak construction hoists were purchased, with a fifth hired later in the project, all of which shared a common tower. This helped save space on an already congested ground floor podium area and along with a staggered hoist strategy, also helped to minimise costs and maximise efficiency. In conjunction with the 75 storey 5mtr x 5mtr Common Tower; the project included the supply of a high speed Alimak Scando 650 FCS XL (2mtr wide hoist) with a travel speed of 100m/min. Amongst the other passenger goods hoists supplied, was a large specialist twin mast TM Mammoth hoist with a capacity of 5,500kg and a volume of 45m³.
Two CoxGomyl building maintenance units (BMUs) mounted on a central twin track were also supplied for ongoing facade maintenance, facade cleaning and emergency glass replacement. These machines will be used by the client for routine cleaning and building maintenance requirements for many years to come.
The comprehensive package provided by Alimak Service initially began with the installation of the common tower and construction hoists. The Common Tower installation (which is normally installed by hand) was assisted on this project by the tower crane, with the construction hoists being erected in a sequence that maintained vertical access for personnel and material throughout the project with minimal downtime. The program required the installation to keep up with the concrete frame installation of constructing one floor per week.
Beyond the initial installation and training of operators, Alimak Service provided ongoing support to ensure optimal performance through a comprehensive Service package. This encompassed proactive project management and regular preventive maintenance visits on all of the products to ensure productivity was being maintained safely at the highest level.
The project benefited from a locally based service team and access to genuine spare parts for the quickest possible response and minimum downtime. Alimak Service also helped to facilitate the expanded use of the common tower to complete facade infill work to two thirds of the building, requiring tie removal and reinstallation sequencing to be executed whilst vertical material and personnel movements continued. The complete dismantle of the common tower and hoists was completed on time, on budget and safely.
Following the installation of the BMUs, Alimak Service completed extensive testing and certification. Alimak Service will also be providing peace of mind with ongoing protection of this investment in facade access with a service maintenance agreement. The BMU service package is completed with operator and duty holder training.