The Manntech brand is synonymous with the design and manufacture of high quality, bespoke solutions made for purpose to suit complex facades worldwide. Our customised facade access solutions are exclusively developed to meet the various requirements of specific architectural challenges. These unique solutions are conceived and tailored to the requirements of the building in terms of the design aesthetic, the technical parameters and the practical access requirements for the upkeep and maintenance of the building.
Manntech can claim many years’ of experience in designing and manufacturing bespoke access solutions for highly complex structures with any number of challenging features which make standard systems impractical or entirely unworkable. This might mean developing bespoke access solutions for buildings with varying, staggered heights, facades with a range of difficult recesses and protrusions, and systems capable of navigating sloping or spherical surfaces.
We are regularly involved with numerous ‘landmark’ projects where the architectural integrity of the building is paramount, demanding that the access solutions meet the same high standards of technological innovation and aesthetic to preserve the clean lines of the building structure. This often means drawing on all of our expertise and experience to deliver an access solution integrated into the contours of the building, without losing functionality.
Some of our landmark projects include the Pylon of the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam, which provides access to all facades for painting, the World Trade Centre in Abu Dhabi where we have four high angle climbing machines garaged neatly inside the buildings and the mega tall Shanghai Tower.
The pinnacle of our complex, customised range can be found in action at Central Market in Abu Dhabi. With two towers of 58 and 88 stories respectively which provide a floor area of 550,000m²in total, architects Norman Fosters found that Manntech were the only provider whose proposal satisified their high expectations. They demanded that the BMUs must be practical and efficient in operation without negatively impacting the building’s design. These challenges were met with a number of unique access solutions including four BMU systems which are all completely concealed when not in use. An additional challenge was presented by providing an access solution for the high energy performance panels which would also mesh with the attractive curvilinear shape of the building. This was achieved with a curving twin track, custom-built to navigate the 55 degree angle of the roof slope.
Refurbishment and Replacement of Aging Access Systems
Manntech’s array of products are always built as long term investments and a great number of Manntech machines can still be found in use many years after installation. Regular maintenance is always a key factor for any machine and ensuring it continues to operate safely and performs as it was designed to. In addition, we all know that the world around us can change quickly what was an ideal access solution some years ago might no longer suit today’s needs or the ways in which you now want to use the building.
Our restoration programs can often be utilised to bring aging facade access equipment back to optimum working functionality, and avoid the dangers posed to your valuable equipment when untrained parties carry out important maintenance tasks. Manntech are able to draw on the expertise of our global team and provide you with all our valuable knowledge and experience. When it comes to the value of your equipment, your building, and above all your people, the service underqualified parties are able to deliver is unlikely to satisfy your needs.
More severely ageing building access systems can become a growing problem, with the expense of keeping them running increasing year upon year. In these instances the hard reality might be that the current system is simply not performing efficiently enough to justify the mounting costs and is no longer fit for purpose. In this context, providing replacement facade access equipment of older buildings has become a growing area of Manntech’s services around the world. With the benefits of more recent developments in engineering and technology, our team can work with you to transform your building access system into a modern solution which meets your current needs and can also provide additional functionality which may not have been available at the time of the original installation.