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Buildings recognised for 'effective cleaning'

Published 4th August, 2010 by Neil Nixon

Buildings recognised for 'effective cleaning'

The 2009/2010 Building Cleanability Awards scheme culminated in a presentation luncheon at Guildhall, London recently where a number of short-listed building entries were recognised for a variety of features which support effective day to day cleaning.

Promoted by the cleaning industry livery company - The Worshipful Company of Environmental Cleaners - this latest biennial scheme was the eighth held since the award’s inception in 1994. Nearly 400 buildings from across the UK and Republic of Ireland have been individually assessed over the 16 year period and from 10 separate entry categories.

Birmingham Metropolitan College, based in Sutton Coldfield, was declared the overall winner. There were two other major awards for the working environment, one presented to the Forth Valley Acute Hospital in Larbert, Scotland and the other to Cork Institute of Technology School of Music in Ireland.

Other national category winners were: Medway Police HQ, Gillingham; West Ham bus garage, Canning Town; Regents Place, London; G-Casino, Sheffield; Cheshire & Merseyside NHS treatment centre, Runcorn; Highcross Centre, Leicester; and Kings Place, London.

The British Cleaning Council was once again the principal patron of the 2009/2010 awards scheme with further sponsorship provided by The British Institute of Cleaning Science, Dougland Support Services, ISS Facility Services, Mayflower Washroom Solutions, Selden Research, CAM Specialist Support and Pertrac International.

The two leading building design professional bodies - RIBA (Royal British Institute of Architects), and CIAT (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) - also provided promotional support to their respective members for this latest awards scheme.

Full details of short listed entries and national winners are available on the awards website:

“We have managed to raise the profile of building cleanability significantly over the last 16 years,” said BCA management committee chairman, Paul Taylor, “but we recognise that we, together with our professional body partners, have much work still to do to persuade all those engaged in building design to consider the cleaning needs of a building before construction work actually starts.”

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