APT Client - Rhondda Cynon Taf Council
Client – Sardis HouseRhondda Cynon Taff CouncilPontypridd, Wales
Project – Commercial Cladding Cleaning, High Level Cleaning and Rope Access

What did the client need?

The prominent tower building standing some 20 metres high is constructed with aluminium cladding. It is positioned in the main centre of a busy town of Pontypridd in Rhondda Cynon Taf. The exterior cladding needed intense commercial cladding cleaning as it hadn’t been cleaned for over 10 years.

How did we approach the Commercial Cladding Cleaning?

The building is located on the busy main through road for Pontypridd town centre which also runs alongside the riverbank. The railway line and Pontypridd train station are nearby. Closing any of these facilities to clean the cladding of the building was a no go.

What was the solution?

APT were called by our client Carillion, having worked with them on numerous occasions throughout the years, to provide our expertise and a solution for commercial cladding cleaning at Pontypridd.

Due to the nature of the commercial cladding cleaning contract and the size of the project, proposals and quotations needed to be sought from alternative companies. Most of companies required several weeks of road closures and a weekend of rail closures all of which were unacceptable.

Through consultation with highways and Health & Safety, we were able to devise a plan that meant we could avoid the full road and rail closures while the commercial cladding cleaning of the buildings cladding took place. Partial road closures needed to be implemented over a three-day period for safety reasons.

We put in place a full traffic and pedestrian safety management system. We utilised our commercial cladding cleaning and specialist IRATA high level rope access teams. We used our unique method of super-heated steam cleaning systems and Algae Free, an environmentally friendly algae and moss removal product on the cladding. This allows for a swift and easy process of cladding cleaning service to building facade. We hired in high level access equipment, as this was the fastest way to clean. Using rope access alone is time consuming.

Full Scope of Work

  • Clean severe algae from whole building
  • Remove Graffiti from lower levels
  • Repair windows
  • Painting
  • Organise traffic control

Our accredited teams removed and cleaned over ten years of grime, algae and moss growth from painted aluminium cladding. The graffiti was removed from the surface using APT’s own specialist graffiti removal products which are safe to deep clean and remove the surface contaminants.

Our painting contractors decorated the lower levels of the building. General repairs were also required to the window seals.

What was the outcome?

The buildings cladding and indeed the entire building was transformed, this had a huge impact on Pontypridd town centre, not only from an aesthetical point of view but from a business and trading aspect.

We were advised that residents and business alike sent letters to the local authority (Rhondda Cynon Taff Council) praising the cleaning work and the team of APT, citing how professional, clean and swift we were in completing the task. The local Pontypridd and Rhondda paper run a story on the long-awaited commercial cladding cleaning

APT saved several thousand pounds for the Rhondda Council using our cleaning process as well as our 30 years of industry knowledge of providing limited disruption to local trading and traffic flow. We have continued to work with Rhondda Cynon Taff on several projects throughout the years.

Client Testimonial

“We cannot thank APT enough for their professionalism and expertise with this Job.  Not only did we save thousands of pounds but APT managed the traffic flow.  We have called on APT previously and they always think outside of the box, providing solutions and sound advice… very pleased.”

Edwin Hanley – Head of Maintenance & Repairs

Work with us

If your organisation or company requires commercial cladding cleaning, high level cleaning or rope access cleaning in Pontypridd, Rhondda, Caerphilly, Treforest, Wales, contact APT for prices or expert advice. Our teams will work with you to create a solution that meets your needs and budget.

We provide professional landing cleaning services, using eco-friendly cleaning chemicals for a wide variety of commercial buildings. We clean all types of cladding using a variety of cleaning methods.