Cinderella Support Services first started cleaning windows for the University of Warwick in 2008. The University has in the region of 25000 students and nearly 6000 members of staff using the Universities buildings.
We replaced a much smaller window cleaning company who were sending just a couple of window cleaners to clean large buildings which took a long time. The University were looking for a company who could send in large teams of window cleaners to complete the clean quickly and create a minimum disruption for the students.
Site specific safe access
Before starting the contract, we visited the University and did a full and detailed risk assessment of all the buildings, paying particular attention to establishing the safest and most efficient way of accessing high level areas and the University’s own work permit & safety procedures. We asked the client about how they use the building to establish the safest time for window cleaning to take place.
We created a risk assessment and plan of works for each building. The plan of works is an easy to follow document which shows our window cleaning team which access methods are used and the controls that they need to put into place to ensure that everyone is kept safe during window cleaning operations.
We use a variety of methods for cleaning windows at this university including:
- Reach and wash from the ground
- Use of portable reach and wash units
- Use of truck mounted access platforms
- Use of tracked access platforms
- Tower scaffold
- Rope Access
- Use of the Universities own cradle and gantry ladders.
- Roof work using the man-safe systems in place
Designing window cleaning into new buildings
Our contribution during the initial phase of building development helped to avoid the use of expensive and polluting methods of access to clean buildings or structural changes after construction. During the planning of the £24 million Material & Analytical Sciences Building we suggested a change to the design incorporating a hand rail for cleaning windows overlooking the terrace and in so doing reduced the construction costs of the project as well as make the ongoing cleaning safer and cheaper.
Additional services we supply to this client are high level internal cleaning in sports halls, squash courts and buildings with glass ceilings, sign cleaning, jet washing, cleaning of canopies, annual book stock cleaning, providing a reactive carpet cleaning service and even waste removal services to assist the University during refuse collection strike action. We also supply on site window cleaners during degree ceremonies and important VIP visits to make sure that the University is looking clean and smart for visitors and photographs.