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How do you clean a Grade I listed 16,000 pane Palm House?

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How do you clean a Grade I listed 16,000 pane Palm House?

29-Apr-2014
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By ensuring this delicate operation goes smoothly – avoiding a royal pane in the glass.

Julius Rutherfoord’s relationship with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, began in 2013 when we were appointed as cleaning contractor for these prestigious gardens and associated facilities.

The 300 acre site contains a large number of famous & historic listed buildings, none of which are more recognisable than the Palm House. This Grade I listed glass building was constructed in 1848 and with its 16,000 glass panels it is one of the most important remaining Victorian iron and glass structures in the world – and until recently it hadn’t been cleaned for over 10 years.

A testament to the work that the Julius Rutherfoord cleaning teams have performed at Kew, Julius Rutherfoord was selected to perform specialist window cleaning of the entire Palm House building – all 16,000 panes of it.

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Cleaning the Palm House windows with a cradle

15 different operatives spent over 200 hours, over a six week period, on the project, which incorporated the use of rope access, three different mobile elevating work platforms (MEWP), and numerous extension poles. Equipment also had to be specially designed to fit between each pane of glass.

The results are fantastic.

Results of the Palm House window cleaning

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