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Capital Gate facade cleaning contract won by Grako

Grako engaged for facade cleaning on iconic 35 floor Abu Dhabi tower

Grako will apoint a dedicated team to work on the facade to ensure it stay continuously clean.
Grako will apoint a dedicated team to work on the facade to ensure it stay continuously clean.

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High level access cleaning company, Grako, has secured a year-long contract for Abu Dhabi’s 35-floor Capital Gate building.

The contract tasks Grako with keeping the façade of the building spotless, a task which is challenging, given the nature of its desert surroundings. A team has been appointed to work on the façade continuously to ensure it stay clean.

"Capital Gate is one of the most technically challenging engineering projects in the world, and high-level access cleaning for a structure of this kind presents its own set of challenges,” said Alain El Tawil, Managing Partner, Grako. "Grako [has] a proven track record and extensive expertise in tackling some of the most challenging projects in the UAE, and working on Abu Dhabi’s most prestigious property is another opportunity for us to demonstrate our capabilities. It’s not about just cleaning the structure, it’s about helping the city maintain its futuristic and progressive image."

The asymmetrical nature of the structure, its incline and the ‘splash’ connecting the Capital Gate to the exhibition centre present areas that are difficult to access using traditional high-level cleaning methods.

"No one angle of the building is the same and each panel of glass is different, which means the standard methods of cleaning just won’t suffice," says El Tawil. "We have deployed a combination of access machine operators and abseiling or rope-access technicians to tackle the many hard to reach areas and ensure efficient cleaning. Abseiling (rope-access) is one of the safest methods of high-access cleaning techniques that Grako specialises in."

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