Site Specific Safety Systems

May 2017
Antac repair flooring at BT Doncaster

Antac recently completed repair of a damaged floor area (320m²) within the canteen area at one of British Telecom’s offices in Doncaster. A small MEWP had been travelling through when it fell through the raised access floor resulting in a call from the local facilities manager. Replacement of the steel understructure with bracing stringers had to be installed along with high density particle board and new plywood to the area before fitting new vinyl flooring. The project was a challenging one since it had to be conducted at night, doing sections at a time, ensuring the canteen was operational and fit for purpose during the day for all BT staff over a six week period. BT were delighted with the quality of work and final repair at a cost of £30K.

 

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May 2017
Procurement & Supplier reviews to improve Health & Safety practices

Antac Support Services have recently appointed Quincy Myers-John as Health & Safety manager.

Successful management of our suppliers and third parties has been identified as a key component in meeting our company safety objectives. By effectively managing the life cycle of our suppliers and contractors, we will ensure excellent health and safety and environmental standards are achieved and maintained in-line with our existing ISO accreditations and current legislation.

 

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Therefore a review of Antac’s existing “Control of Contractors / Suppliers Policy” along with a review of our entire Tier 1 suppliers / contractors has assured these necessary standards are met and upheld in order to remain an Antac Approved Supplier.

The significant policy and process changes secure:

  • A thorough pre-qualification is completed, (focusing on Safety, Health and Environmental requirements)
  • That suitable and sufficient management of our contractors at site level is undertaken
  • The efficient and effective exchange of site & task specific information between Antac and our suppliers
  • That suppliers’ site activities are monitored, using “Work In Progress” inspections and audits
  • That annual contractor/ supplier performance reviews are completed

 

April 2017
Antac applauded for works at RAF Northolt

Antac have been well recognised for their supreme effort, quality of technical works and prompt response times at RAF Northolt by one of their Flight Lieutenants whose comments read as follows:-

I just wanted to say that I have come across three members of your team who I think are exceptional in what they deliver to the station and should be recognised.

Oscar Fick, Andy Gabb and Jason King work tirelessly on anything that they deal with on a Station level so much so that I constantly get told how good they are and the impact their speedy response to the stations needs is having.

 

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I would also like to say a special thank you to the Antac team in making sure that the Airfield lights were restored after the Power Outage last week. I am aware that they had to work till early in the morning and just wanted to say thanks.

Providing that they are supported to continue to deliver in line with the Stations ever changing needs I think that we (Team Northolt) can only travel in one direction.”

Antac are delighted to have received such kind words in appreciation of their efforts and going the extra mile.

 

March 2017
New Boilers installed at Teesside Magistrates Court

Existing boilers at Teesside Magistrates Court in Middlesbrough were old and had become unreliable with continual reported faults and hence were de-commissioned and removed from site. Antac replaced the three boilers with new Ideal 760KW boilers and hi/low gas burners, each unit weighing over a tonne which required special lifting equipment and MEWPs to remove and install the new ones. Full replacement of the main shunt pumps and water heaters were needed as part of an end of life cycle project where the challenge was to ensure the courts had continued supply of heating and water. Each boiler was removed and commissioned before the next boiler could be de-commissioned and removed from site. The whole project value was £140K and completed in only a 6 week period where G4S were delighted with the final results and efficiencies achieved by the Antac team.

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Antac at Royal Hospital Chelsea

 

February 2017
Operating Theatres Specialist Deep Cleans

John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford has been undergoing some extension works in a few of their operating theatres. As a result, Antac have conducted specialist deep cleans during night time over weekends to ensure operations can continue with minimum disruption. The hospital has been delighted with the quality and speed of the works carried out where all our cleaning operatives are highly trained where work has been carried out in a way and at a time that suited the client.

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January 2017
Building Services gaining momentum in the South

Significant projects have commenced in the southern region at MoD sites. Firstly, Antac have been awarded refurbishment works at the Medical & Dental Centre in Dalton Barracks worth £1.5M. This will involve building a new roof, cladding, new windows and flooring, and clinic rooms as part of the total refurbishment. Furthermore, works have started at RAF Benson valued at £500K to build an extension to the nursery as part of the kindergarten facility.

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Antac are proud to announce they have been recently been approved as a Tier 1 Supplier for JCDecaux, the UK's number one out-of-home advertising company, part of the world's leading outdoor advertising company.

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December 2016
Window Cleaning gains presence in Public and Private Healthcare

Antac have gained a new 3 year national window cleaning contract at the largest private hospital group in the UK, BMI Healthcare hospitals across its 62 sites. This entails a combination of internal and external window cleans on a monthly, quarterly and periodic basis as well as a requirement for specialist atrium and high level cleans. After an initial 2 year pursuit to gain the business, Antac were invited directly to tender for the business and are now delighted to be able to deliver high quality window cleaning services to such a prestigious medical healthcare group since last October.

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Antac have recently gained the window cleaning contract at Barts Health NHS Trust valued in excess of £100K. Notable sites include St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Royal London Hospital, Mile End Hospital, Newham University Hospital and Whipp’s Cross Hospital as well as many community centres. The contract will encompass internal and external window cleans using a mix of traditional, Reach & Wash, MEWP’s, cradle system and abseiling on a half yearly basis.

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November 2016
Antac has the Call Centred at EE

Antac’s Northern Building Services Division has recently completed a £100K refurbishment project at one of EE’s flagship buildings - the Call Centre in Sovereign Place, Leeds. EE, now part of the BT Group, authorised Antac via BT Facility Services to progress the refurbishment, after an initial 4-way tender, to be completed within only a 6 week period. The newly designed ‘Collaboration Work Space Area’ was fully applauded by the appointed architect , client end user and BT / EE FM project management teams after seeing it in its finished splendour. The works included:-

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  • Installation of 5 different carpets specially designed to create curved walkways, multiple circular shapes, new branding & graphics, partitionary and manifestations on glass.
  • Circular suspended ceiling features hanging from structured soffit through existing ceiling fitted with LED spotlights
  • Semi circular, slatted screen which appears be coloured EE branded turquoise from one side and EE branded yellow from the opposite side complete with semi circular laminated counter. (see picture).

 

LED Lighting Energy Saving projec

Antac have recently completed a huge energy saving project for just under £1M where they have successfully changed existing lighting to LED lighting with upgraded lamps and fittings within the Ministry of Defence. The project consists of high priority sites all located in the South East who have all benefited from improved lighting whilst reducing costs in the long term. 

 

 

Antac at Royal Hospital Chelsea

October 2016
Antac Qualified in Fire Stopping and Fire Door Installations

Antac Support Services are now fully Exova BM Trada qualified under the Q-Mark brand to provide Fire Stopping, Fire Door Installations and Fire Door Maintenance advice for any type of premises or building. The Q- Mark Scheme for Fire Stopping Installation illustrates confidence to building owners, specifiers, Responsible Persons and fire stopping product manufacturers that Antac meet the requirements for fire compartment lines which have been properly sealed and that fire stopping products are fitted correctly in line with the Scheme’s instructions and through fire test evidence.

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Certification to this scheme gives building owners, specifiers and the Responsible Person a reliable way of identifying that a door is certified, via the use of plastic plugs denoting the period of fire resistance, the approval of elements including intumescent and glazing and whether the door set has been installed by a certified installation company, namely Antac.
Exova BM TRADA Q-Mark is regarded as one of the most rigorous certification processes available for construction products, where it is recognised by controlling authorities, home warranty providers such as the NHBC (National House Building Council), NHS hospitals and is used by world-class construction companies and manufacturers. Antac, as a recognised and qualified fitter of Fire Doors, have been approved to conduct Fire Door Installations at   Antac at Royal Hospital Chelsea


September 2016
Specialist Cleaning Services are booming

With an increasing client base, Antac’s carpet cleaning and floor sealing division, managed by Michael Woods, is going from strength to strength. We were recently asked to provide carpet cleaning services for several Regus offices in London on behalf of Aramark and have now been asked to quote for the rest of the UK! Additionally, we now offer “Call Out” services including graffiti removal and specialist cleaning services for Home Office buildings, probation offices and MoJ courts.

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September 2016
Shopping Centres Gains

Antac have been growing their shopping centre portfolio working in partnership with ABM providing window and high level cleaning services. Some of these are listed below:-

  • Bullring Shopping Centre, Birmingham
  • Victoria  Gate Shopping Centre, Leeds
  • Highcross Shopping Centre, Leicester
  • Cabot Circus Shopping Centre, Bristol
  • The Rock Shopping Centre, Bury
  • The Mander Shopping Centre, Wolverhampton
  • Cornbow Shopping Centre, Halesowen (Birmingham)
  • Lower Precinct Shopping Centre, Coventry
  • Saddlers Shopping Centre, Walsall
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August 2016
Antac Cables

Antac Cables specialise in cable installations including wireless access points as well as the manufacture of bespoke cabling for office moves and changes. Antac Cables is able to respond to call-outs to accommodate customers’ short deadlines. Recently, Location Guide, a major film location company, moved offices and only had the weekend to set up the new offices.   Antac successfully, at very short notice, accommodated our client’s tight deadlines to ensure there was no lost work time for their employees at their new, modern studios with several servers and assemblies to install.

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August 2016

You’re on Antac Candid Camera

Antac have been also growing their NHS Hospital portfolio for window cleaning services also during 2016.

  • Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Trust
  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust
  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool
  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • Southern Health NHS Trust
  • Central Surrey Health
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July 2016
Antac Building Services with Major High Street Bank

Antac’s Building Maintenance Services have been highly active in completing refurbishment projects at a leading national UK bank. At a Contact Centre in Liverpool, the design was to provide security and privacy for employees to use as a dedicated hot desk area. The Antac team finished works including the fittings of new meeting rooms and Well Being consultation areas within a 3 month period. The client management gave high praise to the Antac project team, applauding their efforts and quality of works in such tight timescales and strict budgetary constraints.

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Further works were conducted at their customer service call centres in Leeds where Antac conducted a large refurbishment, achieving huge savings on future maintenance costs. This entailed fabric building maintenance works and a new air handling (AHU) system over a 6 month period including:-

  • Transformation of print hub areas into 12 kitchenettes with new LED lighting and new complex drainage system.
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  • New paving, landings and floor ways for disabled members of staff to accommodate their needs for improved access.
  • New coils, flooring, motors, lagging, pipework and BMS            controls were fixed to meet AHU requirements.
  • Pipework modifications were necessary to install pumps to       control a new chiller water system in order to reduce energy     costs.
  • New controls added to ensure the water was stored above      60°C to ensure legionella would not breed.


June 2016

NHS Hospital Wins

Antac have been also growing their NHS Hospital portfolio for window cleaning services also during 2016.

  • Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Trust
  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust
  • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, Liverpool
  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • Southern Health NHS Trust
  • Central Surrey Health
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June 2016

Support at Brooklands Museum and Historical Race Circuit

For the last 2 years, Antac have supported the historical Brooklands Museum and famous old race track by supplying free window cleaning services.  Brooklands was the world’s first purpose-built motor racing circuit, constructed at Weybridge, Surrey in 1907 – and was the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, home of Concorde, and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout the 20th century. It contains many hangars on site where the only Wellington Bomber in this country is located.

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Antac provide free bi-monthly cleans, saving over £2K per year to support Brooklands’ ambition to fully revamp and construct the start/finish line back to its original state. The Museum is to benefit from agreed lottery funding to the value of £1M and is very grateful to Antac for all its services and support. Anthony Hutchins, Antac Commercial Director is a keen motor racing enthusiast, is pictured with Neil Sinclair, Brooklands Property Manager.


May 2016
Antac Office Cleans at No 1 Workplace in UK

Antac are delighted to deliver high quality office cleaning services to Softcat (a leading provider of IT infrastructure) who topped the large company category award as “best workplace in the UK” presented by Great Place to Work® UK as a sustainable great workplace with a high-trust culture. Antac were initially approached by Softcat to provide a one off deep clean in their canteen and kitchen area.  The floor had been neglected and in desperate need of attention.  Our mobile team took to task at their Head Offices in Marlow housing over 400 staff, and the results and feedback were so impressive that we were invited back to discuss the cleaning contract which we were happily awarded. 

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The incumbent company had been struggling to provide staff, holiday and sickness cover and what was perceived as poor managerial support.   From day one, Antac retrained the staff, recruited further to back fill the short fall and increased the hourly rate to incentivise performance.  Louise Watts, Cleaning Director, took an active role managing the contract and a new supervisor was implemented.   Natalie Corporate Travel & Facilities Co-ordinator said ‘I have been really pleased with the changes; from day one there were significant improvements which benefitted all staff at Head Office.  We are still receiving positive feedback from Managers, staff always smiling, using initiative and getting on with the job’


April 2016

Antac Employee receives G.O.C. Commendation Award at MoD Site

John Devlin (seen pictured second from right) has been impressively awarded the General Officer Commanding’s Commendation Award from the Major General of London District, CBE, at Wellington Barracks for outstanding services provided to the MoD. The site suffered a sewage pump failure where John wade waste deep into effluent to manually repair the pump and clear the plant room where he worked all weekend to successfully get the plant back working properly for a Monday start.   Antac at Royal Hospital Chelsea

Additionally, on another occasion in the Officers Mess, a contractor had previously been working in the plantroom and had left a valve half open when the boilers got up to maximum temperature with very hot steam flooding the surrounding areas. John bravely entered the plantroom at considerable risk to close the valve and render the room safe. This combined action won John ‘The Employee of the Year for 2014’ where the ceremony (as shown) came about with John receiving a personal recommendation from Colonel Giles Stibbe for his devotion to duty. The G.O.C. is a Commendation for meritorious work above and beyond normal duty which was presented by GoC Major General Ed Smythe-Osbourne who is the most senior military figure in London.


March 2016

Air Conditioning cools extended Server Room at leading Telecoms Company

Antac were instructed to provide a new upgraded cooling system for a server room at a leading telecoms company in Sunbury, London. A history of air conditioning equipment failures had led to server shutdowns, thereby halting company working operations on several occasions. Resultant room extension requirements necessitated an increased cooling capacity of a further 50% with new air handling units (AHU’s), thus enabling the company to accommodate more servers.  During the installation minimal disruption was achieved through the supply of temporary cooling units.

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Notably, the AHUs were energy efficient with humidity controls in place and a bespoke BMS system was designed within the server room to allow the client to both monitor the operation of the equipment remotely as well as receive any alarms for each unit


February 2016

Antac support hospice care for children and young adults

Helen House was the world’s first children’s hospice opening in 1982 while Douglas House is a hospice specifically for young adults which opened in 2004, now merged and based in Oxford. In support of a two day Jack FM Radiothon, Antac generously donated £5000 which is equivalent towards paying a nurse for 5 weeks caring for young people with life-limiting illnesses. Annie Perry, Corporate New Business Manager, said “we were blown away by your donation and truly appreciate your company’s support and commitment to the local business community.”

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January 2016

Flood Repairs for the Magistrate’s Court

York suffered its worst flooding in a generation immediately after Christmas 2015. Antac were called upon by GEOAmey to provide a significant £100K refurbishment within the city to its Magistrate’s Court, a distinguished heritage building, resultant from the devastating floods. Areas affected were the custody suites, offices, kitchens, court cells and basement storage areas which required a full strip out, deep clean, disinfection and refurbishment. All court cells were decorated with anti-graffiti paint and the enquiries office was converted to an open plan meeting area furnished with a flood proof, vinyl floor.

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During this period, a full review of both Health & Safety and Fire Risk Assessments of the building were conducted before opening in April with new Fire Doors installed. The timescales were extremely tight with completion in 2 months considerate to their requirements to re-open to the public and conduct court hearings. GEOAmey commented “the significant amount of work undertaken particularly within the cell area is testimony to the management and workforce of Antac.” This has resulted in an ever increasing profile for Antac within Yorkshire.


December 2015

Our Abseiling Teams Multi-task

Our abseiling teams specialise in rope access techniques to window clean areas that would normally be extremely difficult to reach.  We work to the British Standard for Rope Access techniques and all operatives are trained to IRATA (International Rope Access Trade Association) levels 1-3. However, their tasks are extremely varied with assignments such as: replacing all window actuators at a Head office within the financial services sector; providing rescue cover for the inspection of ladders, radio masts and roofs for MoD sites exemplified by fitting sun pipes at RNAS Yeovilton (see picture).   Antac at Royal Hospital Chelsea

They have recently jet washed the cladding at the Macmillan Cancer Centre in Central London through the use of vulpex soap and wax to provide a polished finish; sanded down and painted window ledges, then installing pigeon spikes at Royal Surrey Hospital; changed the lighting to LED at a major London Airport. Their capabilities to achieve successful outcomes in normally inaccessible areas are endless!


November 2015

New Contract with DWP and Cofely

Antac are delighted to announce the beginning of a 2 year national window cleaning contract with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in partnership with leading provider of integrated facilities management services, Engie (formerly Cofely GDF Suez). Antac will be responsible for cleaning over 850 DWP buildings including job centres, NHS walk-in clinics and large stand alone government building sites. Antac’s ability to self deliver, utilise rope access techniques, and provide sustainable environmental solutions have impressed.

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September 2015
Window Cleaning at Heathrow Terminal 3

Further to Antac's specialised cleaning contract for all baggage areas at Heathrow Terminal 3 in April earlier this year, Antac are now to provide window cleans for all external areas within Terminal 3 in conjunction with Carillion Plc. Terminal 3 handles over 20 million passengers per year specialising in long haul flights and is the airport’s second busiest terminal after Terminal 5. This cements our excellent working relationship with Carillion where we operate static window cleaning teams at Terminal 5 having provided window cleaning services for over 6 years as an approved contractor at Heathrow Airport.

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August 2015
Antac ‘weathering’ their way at Met Offices in Exeter

Antac Support Services are pleased to announce a new contract to window clean the Met Offices in Exeter in partnership with G4S. The huge site entails cleaning a long stretching glass canopy across the whole building in accordance with G4S's initiatives to provide innovative, sustainable and environmental solutions.

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July, 2015
Bicester Scout Group

This month as part of our working initiative drive in the local community, Antac provided 1st Bicester Scout Group with a truck for use as a float for Bicester Carnival. This greatly assisted 1st Bicester with raising funds for the “Help for Heroes” charity.

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June, 2015
Antac on Channel 4 TV

One of Antac's vans was chosen as a "guest" on Channel 4's "For the Love of Cars" themed on the development and progress of the Transit van. Our clean, modern looking van is seen illustrating the new chic look, advancement and appetite for innovation much like the theme and image of Antac's facilities management services! It was chosen purposefully to emphasise how the transit van has come a long way in terms of appearance, operation and functionality over the years embellished with company insignia.

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May, 2015
Antac work with Save the Children

Antac Cables have installed fibre optic links between 3 floors to enable network connectivity for the world renowned Save the Children’s charity at its London headquarters. They have also fitted an interactive smart board and ceiling mounted TVs to aid their presentation and learning programmes.

Following the complete refurbishment works across those floors, we were required to run new wireless access points, as well independently test all the refurbished data network points, before installing a wall mounted interactive Smart Board and ceiling mounted LED TVs to
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improve their communication and media processes. On account of the charity team being so impressed with the interactive capability, additional installations have also taken place at their offices in Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester and Cardiff.

April, 2015
Antac Carpet Cleaning expanding with Amey

Antac Support Services have expanded their carpet cleaning and hard floor cleaning services with Amey. Antac’s Carpet Cleaning division have gained a new ‘deep cleaning’ contract with Kent County Council in partnership with Amey for its Head Office in Maidstone, selected Children’s Centres and Adult Education Centres on an on-going basis.

Kent County Council HQ, containing 7 large office blocks alongside its main office block, was successfully deep cleaned within a 48 hour period on account of strict and tight time constraints by a large team of 20 cleaning specialists. This included ‘scrubbing off’ the hard floors in
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the council entrance areas and chambers in a highly efficient and quality fashion to the delight of the council facilities team. Integral to the contract, some Adult Education Centres and 8 selected Children’s Centres are to be ‘deep cleaned’ on a bi-annual basis entailing scrubbing off hard floors, deep cleaning of carpets and ‘fluffy’ rugs through dry extraction methods.

The contract was won on account of Antac’s renowned reputation in specialist cleaning services, after proven tested and trialled methods within a few sites, revealed the need to extend to more sites. A combination of quality of service, competitive prices and premium results were all demonstrated to the delight of the Council and Amey management teams. This was evidenced by receipt of a complimentary letter from the Area Manager for all the Children’s Centres to Amey saying “how impressed and happy they all were at the Centres with Antac’s professional services”. Similarly, Antac are pleased to be informed more sites are likely to be interested in a ‘brush up’!

March, 2015
Specialised Cleaning Contract at Heathrow Terminal 3

Antac Support Services Ltd is delighted to obtain a new specialised cleaning contract for all baggage areas at Heathrow Terminal 3 in conjunction with Carillion Plc commencing next month in April 2015.

After successfully providing window cleaning services at Terminal 5 for five years, Antac have now extends its operations at Terminal 3 in partnership with Carillion to deliver windows and other specialist cleaning. In 2012, Terminal 3 handled 18.4 million passengers on 92,639
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flights equivalent to 25% of the airport's passengers, making it the second busiest terminal after Terminal 5. Heathrow Airport Limited also has plans for a £1bn upgrade of the rest of the terminal over the next ten years which will include the renovation of aircraft piers and the arrivals forecourt. The new baggage system connecting to Terminal 5 (for British Airways connections) also contains a baggage claim hall which is also set to undergo changes with dedicated A380 belts and an improved design and layout which Antac will clean.

March, 2015
Antac Superheroes uplifting Children’s Spirits

Antac “Superheroes” latest crusade sent them to Queen Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Carshalton, Surrey this month. Crusaders Batman & Robin, Spiderman and Superman all brought their super ‘mending’ and ‘aerial’ powers to the delight of the children at the hospital. The dynamic four visited children’s wards to demonstrate their high level window cleaning skills before flying off for their next mission! Look out – they could be nearby!

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February, 2015

Antac Carpet Cleaning gain a new contract with Deloitte

Antac’s growing Carpet Cleaning division has impressively gained a new contact with Deloitte across 23 sites from Aberdeen to Southampton in conjunction with Serco Group Plc. The current ‘rolling’ contract is to November 2015 where a mix of annual and bi-annual cleans are required at their locations for carpet and upholstery cleaning.

Our dedicated team of cleaning experts have all undergone strict Deloitte security clearance by means of Counter Terrorist Checks (CTC) for supply of such specialised services. The contract was gained based on

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our proven experience and robust methodology, since being recognised by Deloitte 15 years ago, alongside competitive pricing that was suited to Deloitte’s budget with a national cost per m². Our flexible approach and out of hours working was very attractive to the client with high quality service delivery levels already clearly shown by our window cleaning services at Deloitte’s prestigious sites.

January, 2015
M&E Division working with Alpha Boilers

Antac Support Services have now been working in partnership with Alpha Heating Innovation for the last 12 months. The work involves commissioning commercial boilers, attending boiler breakdowns and boiler installations. Matt Hobbs, Commercial Director for Alpha Heating Innovation first contacted Gary Green, our M&E Operations Divisional Manager, through LinkedIn. Matt has been impressed how Antac have installed numerous of our ARES Tec and Protec commercial boilers in to some very prestigious properties, testament to Antac’s excellent build quality and professional approach to commercial plant room installations.

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December, 2014
Antac in Partnership with Amey at Kent County Council

Antac has been awarded a five year contract to provide window, cladding and gutter cleaning for Kent County Council. This will be delivered in partnership with Amey, who have been awarded a Total Facilities Management contract for the entire council estate.

This contract will see Antac deliver specialist cleaning to approximately 165 buildings for Kent County Council. Included are a wide range of building sizes and uses, including Offices, Schools, Libraries and Day Centres.

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Antac’s Commercial Director Anthony Hutchins commented “This is excellent contract award for us and we are looking forward to supporting Amey throughout the life of their contract with Kent County Council”. 

Cleaning will be delivered via Antac’s own fleet of Reach and Wash equipped vans using water fed pole systems, which ensures that quality cleaning can be delivered safely without the use of cleaning chemicals. There are a number of inaccessible and larger buildings which will require the use of Antac’s own hydraulic platforms and Rope Access Technicians.

 

December, 2014
No Access – No Problem

Antac was requested to carry out specialist cleaning for the Prison Service.  This involved cleaning the roof and exterior cladding to the building. The challenge for our team was to implement a way of working safely from the roof, as an abseiling solution was required to clean the roof cladding. The building did not have eye bolts for our Rope Access Technicians to use and the roof covering was not suitable to use weighted Star Anchors, as this would damage the soft rubber roof coating.

Antac at Royal Hospital Chelsea

After considering all of the options for arranging safe access it was decided that the most effective solution would be to use weighted Star Anchors located at ground level which were connected to a safety cable and run over the top of the building, as shown in the figure above. This solution was designed by our own Rope Access Team and approved by the client before being used, this provided an excellent combination of ease of installation, cost effectiveness and safety.

 

November, 2014
Antac at Royal Hospital Chelsea

Antac is delighted to have been awarded window and gutter cleaning for the iconic Royal Hospital Chelsea. We will be delivering this service in partnership with Norland. The requirement is to deliver internal and external windows for this historic site and home of the Chelsea Pensioners. Due to the age and arrangement of the buildings access will be achieved through a mixture of Reach and Wash, gutter vacuums and
Antac own hydraulic platforms.
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The story of today’s Royal Hospital Chelsea begins over 300 years ago in the reign of King Charles II, who committed to create a welcoming and safe home for veterans who had fought for their country and who were now “broken by age or war”.

His vision for such a home was brought to life by Sir Christopher Wren, whose elegant buildings still stand majestically on the banks of the River Thames in the heart of 21st century London. The residents of the Hospital, known the world over as Chelsea Pensioners, have all served as ordinary soldiers in the Armed Forces at some point in their lives.

 

November, 2014
New Contract at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Antac is building upon its success in the hospital sector, through winning window cleaning for three leading Hospitals within Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Charring Cross Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital and Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital will be cleaned by Antac using a combination of Reach and Wash, hydraulic platforms and Antac’s own Rope Access specialists.

 

 

October, 2014
Insight Newsletter

We have launched our own newsletter Insight, which is a new way for us to keep both our staff and customers up to date with our company news. As our business and the range of services which we deliver has
grown, this will be very useful way of keeping our existing, and hopefully new, customers up to date with what is going on at Antac.

The latest edition can be downloaded here

 

 

 

 

October, 2014
Antac “On-Line”

Antac has launched an updated website, which provides much more detail about the extensive range of services we provide for our customers. In each of the service sections there are now Case Studies which explains in more depth about our customer projects.

 

September, 2014
Fantasy Football

Following last year’s great success, Antac staff are looking forward to another exciting season of playing the official Premiership Fantasy Football League. This is open to all staff to join and has been an excellent way of bringing some fun and a healthy competitive spirit into the workplace. All participants make a donation to enter, which is used for the prizes at the end of the season. Staff play in the “Head to Head” game and Antac even has its own league table where everyone can see how successful their team has been.  

 

August, 2014
Commercial Cleaning for Travelport

Antac is delighted to have been awarded a three year cleaning and housekeeping contract. Travelport is the leader in Web-based travel e-commerce and a provider of the most relevant and cost-efficient technologies and services available to participants throughout the global travel distribution chain. There are 400 staff based at its corporate office at Axis Park, Langley. The existing cleaning provider was not achieving a good standard of cleanliness and there was a customer perception that  
the site cleaning team were not receiving sufficient management support and leadership to drive improvements in the quality of service. During the procurement process Cleaning Director, Louise Watts was able to demonstrate how Antac would be able to both introduce an improved level of service and reduce costs by rationalising the contract staffing, through strong contract leadership and training.

On commencement of the contract sixteen staff were transferred to Antac via TUPE, who were put through a consultation process, so that a new staff structure of eleven evening cleaning staff and two day janitors could be introduced. A new evening supervisor was recruited to drive up quality standards and service improvements. To increase the effectiveness of the daytime housekeeping service, a large janitor trolley was introduced so they would have everything needed to improve productivity. All staff were provided with a new smart uniform to improve customer perception. Improvements in the quality of the work were carefully monitored by implementing a weekly quality audit process for each of the operative’s areas. A new regime of customer engagement was introduced through regular client meetings and monthly service performance reports.

 

July, 2014
Antac Supporting the Greenhouse Charity

Greenhouse Charity finds inspirational coaches to work with young people, across 10 areas of sport for young people with special educational needs. Craig and Nick, who are part of Antac’s London operations team, helped with the set up and provided support throughout the day at one of their Sports Challenge events.  

 

July, 2014
Antac Acquires Portable Boilers

Antac’s M&E department has been extremely busy with customer projects during 2014. We are able to provide a full range of M&E services covering heating, cooling, electrical and other building systems. Many of our customers have now been turning their attention towards projects which need to be completed before the onset of colder weather. Replacing boilers is carried out for a number of reasons. This can be because of obsolescence and serviceability, but it is often needed to achieve the efficiency of a modern condensing boiler. This will deliver significant savings in both fuel costs and CO2 emissions.  

Antac recommend installing high efficiency Alpha condensing boilers, which can deliver up to 109% efficiency.  Antac has been awarded a number of boiler replacement projects to be completed by the end of 2014. Even though there is little heating requirement over the summer and autumn, there is a need to maintain heating for hot water supplies for all occupied buildings. To support these projects and to help reduce the high cost of renting temporary boilers, Antac has acquired two mobile gas boilers which will provide heating and hot water supplies during boiler replacements. Our own M&E technicians will install, commission and integrate the boilers with the building heating systems. 

 

June, 2014
Window Cleaning at Heathrow Terminal 5

After successfully providing services at Terminal 5 for five years, Antac extends its contract in partnership with Carillion to deliver windows and other specialist cleaning. Terminal 5 opened in 2008 and is the largest free standing structure in the United Kingdom. Terminal 5 is used exclusively by British Airways, being designed for 35 million passengers a year. Antac is an approved contractor at Heathrow Airport.  

 

May, 2014
Antac Launches Cleaning Training Programme

Antac, which is a member of the British Institute of Cleaning Science, has launched a detailed training programme for cleaning operatives and supervisors. The programme covers 17 modules ranging from safety and hygiene, working with chemicals, cleaning tasks and using powered  
equipment. Commenting on the introduction of the programme Louise Watts, Cleaning Director explained “This is an excellent way of driving forward the level of service which Antac provides to its customers. Far too often the cleaning industry suffers from a deserved reputation for poor training and support for cleaning operatives. Frequently staff get the blame for not meeting customer expectations, when they have received inadequate training to meet specific contract requirements and completing cleaning tasks effectively.”

Staff are issued with their own copy of the Antac Commercial Cleaning Training Manual, which covers the cleaning programme in an easy to follow narrative and pictorial format. Each element provides a detailed explanation of equipment needed, safety and method of operation. The manual contains a training record which is completed when an operative has successfully completed a training module or annual refresher course. Training is delivered at several key points:

  Mobilisation - Ensuring that everyone has been thoroughly inducted for the contract and has been trained for the cleaning tasks needed.
  On Job - Training delivered during the contract life, which is mandatory for new starters or if a new task or equipment is introduced.
  Refresher - Annually all staff receive refresher training to ensure that safe working practices, efficiency and service consistency is maintained throughout the cleaning team. 
 
  Training is delivered on site so that it is relevant to the specific challenges of exceeding Antac’s excellent reputation for high standards. This is achieved through use of our in-house training specialists, “train the trainer” for supervisors and frequent tool box talks delivered by our Area Managers.

 

April, 2014
Antac Supporting Barnados

Barnados Newcastle Teenage Pregnancy and Independence Project targets young people, young carers and teenage parents between the ages of 13-25 in Newcastle, promoting their active participation in local decision making and influencing priorities around alcohol. The “Go Get it - for Barnados” campaign was tasked with obtaining donations of household cleaning products, baby items, non-perishable foods and  
children’s activity sets. Antac welcomed the opportunity to support this project through giving something back to disadvantaged mothers and children by donating £1,500 worth of baby equipment to Barnados. Antac regularly supports charitable initiatives.

 

February, 2014
Batman & Robin put a smile on children’s faces at Oxford Hospital

"Holy Smoke Batman, we are needed for a tricky assignment.  Off to the Batmobile destination - John Radcliffe Hospital.  There is not a moment to lose."  The Caped Crusaders, armed with utility belts at the ready, arrived at the Hospital for their latest mission; re-instating some stainless steel central heating pipes which needed to be crimped.  The essential repairs needed superhero’s who were not scared to work at 100ft high.

The children on a nearby ward enjoyed watching our superhero's abseiling with all their equipment.  The dynamic duo wasted no time to get the job done.

Well Robin, that’s another fine job we’ve done!

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January, 2014
St Michael’s School Landscaping

There was an area adjacent to the school entrance which could be landscaped to create a pleasant and useful part of the school grounds. The school was unable to carry out this work due to its budgetary constraints. The project was organised in collaboration with one of the Princes Charities, Business in the Community. The organisation aims to connect businesses with their local community and matched the school with the Carillion’s Facilities Department at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

 
  Antac donated two men for three days to carry out this landscaping project. The work was completed swiftly and to a very high standard. Headteacher, Sue Grundy commented "The improvement to this area of the school is quite remarkable and has made this particular area, one that the school can use for a variety of activities. As I speak, a group of children are using the area for a reading workshop with their teacher.