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Vertical Transport Consultants

Façade Access Management

What We Do

As building designs become more complex, façade access and maintenance systems are also advancing to overcome the challenges posed by increasingly complicated building forms.

D2E is the leader in facade access design and consulting services for developers, architects, contractors and building owners.

By adopting an integrated approach from concept to completion we can offer innovative engineering designs to accommodate the most complex building facades. Our services and advice take into consideration the complete life cycle of the building.

Customer Satisfaction

The overriding principle applied at D2E to measure our performance on each project is Client satisfaction. Therefore, our first undertaking following our appointment for any project is to understand the project requirements:

Clients

  • Develop façade cleaning and maintenance solutions to allow safe access to the building.
  • Develop bespoke façade access solutions, concealed within the envelope to promote the building image and prestige to attract potential new tenants.
  • Develop glass replacement strategies, which are crucial to the future maintenance cycle.
  • Advise on measures that can be implemented to ensure the equipment performs reliably over a long life span.
  • Provide a full and detailed Access and Maintenance strategy.

Design Team

  • Facilitate solutions that support the architectural aspirations of the building whilst minimising visual impact.
  • Lead early co-ordination to ensure the equipment and associated loadings are integrated into the structure to avoid potential re-design during the latter stages of the project.
  • Promote strategies which aim to minimise disruption to the tenants and building users.
  • Facilitate schemes which can be accessed safely, are maintainable, and effective when in operation.
  • Provide design solutions which are not only safe for the building users and the general public but also the operatives. This includes advice on rescue procedures and safe systems of work.

Our Services

D2E’s Façade Access Department offers consultancy services from concept, throughout the life cycle of the building. Together, our creative designers and knowledgeable field engineers provide the following services;

  • Performance-based design strategies using the key RIBA design stages
  • Project Management for Modernisation/Refurbishment
  • Portfolio Management and Framework Agreement Contracts
  • Health & Safety Audits in line with best practice and all relevant standards.

Our industry experience and contacts also enable us to keep abreast of industry standards and benchmarks so that we can facilitate up-to-the-minute proposals and strategies.

Notable Project Involvement: Battersea Power Station Phase 1 and Phase 3 (London), Greenwich Peninsula (London), Wood Wharf (Canary Wharf), 20 Fenchurch St, Nova (London, Royal Atlantis Phase 2 (Dubai), St Johns Wood Square (London), Dubai World Trade Centre, Mount Pleasant (London), London Bridge City, Al Reem Tower (Abu Dhabi), Eagle House (London), 60-70 St Marys Axe (London), 261 City Road (London), Marble Arch Place (London), London Dock St George Tower C1.

With safety as one of D2E's core values and working at height being one of the most dangerous activities in construction, we ensure we keep our Clients up to date with the latest codes, standards and regulations by providing factsheets and guidance notes to allow them to evaluate the safety of their installations and working practices.

 

Marble Arch Place
London, UK

Marble Arch Place consists of an 18-storey residential tower and a further 7-storey consisting of commercial units, complete with retail at the ground floor. The area is enhanced further with the creation of a new public realm for all. A striking art installation around the front commercial building façade gives the whole development a unique look. D2E were asked to perform Vertical Transportation and Façade Access & Maintenance services from the planning stage of the development. As the development is mixed-use, a range of residential and commercial traffic calculations must be performed to guarantee optimised traffic performance. In addition to this, D2E had to provide a robust Façade Access design for the client within the building parameters and geometry, ensuring the safest methods of Working at Height are utilised and Hierarchy of Risk design procedures are followed.

Marble Arch Place View Case Study

Battersea Power Station Phase 3
London, UK

D2E are appointed as the Vertical Transportation consultant to the design team through the design, procurement, constructions and commissioning phases for phases 3 of this iconic development. D2E are also appointed as the Façade Access consultant to the design team to develop an access and maintenance scheme from concept design, through design development, through tendering and procurement to installation and handover.

Battersea Power Station Phase 3 View Case Study

South Quay Plaza 4
London, UK

South Quay Plaza (SQP) is a residential development truly unique to the Canary Wharf area. Rising to 198m and designed by Foster + Partners and Axis Architects, the building will sit at a 45° angle to provide dual aspect views and to enable sunlight to flood the park at the base of the building. There will be cafes and restaurants on the Ground floor and a residents’ club lounge and terrace on the top floors.

South Quay Plaza 4

Key Services


Battersea Power Station Phase 2
London, UK

D2E are appointed as the Vertical Transportation consultant to the design team through the design, procurement, constructions and commissioning phases for phases 2 of this iconic development.

Battersea Power Station Phase 2 View Case Study

Vauxhall Sky Gardens
London, UK

D2E were appointed as the Facade Access consultant for concept design through to detailed design.

Vauxhall Sky Gardens

Key Services


London Dock C1
London

D2E were appointed as the Façade Access consultant to the design team to develop an access and maintenance scheme from developed design, through tendering and procurement to installation and handover.

London Dock C1

Key Services


Clarges, Mayfair
London, UK

Façade Access and maintenance scheme from concept design, through design development, through tendering and procurement to installation and handover of a prime residential development.

Clarges, Mayfair

Key Services


70 St Mary Axe
London, UK

D2E were appointed as the Vertical Transportation and Façade Access consultant for this distinctive new office development in central London. Our services as the Façade Access Consultant include the development of an access and maintenance scheme from developed design, through tendering and procurement to installation and handover. As the Vertical Transportation Consultant, our services include acting as the VT consultant to the design team through the design, procurement, constructions and commissioning phases. D2E have developed a BCO (2014) compliant scheme. Following tge completion of this project, D2E were appointed to manage the VT and FAC assets.

70 St Mary Axe View Case Study