As part of Transport for London’s 2014 refurbishment work on the London Underground, there was a requirement for the glass canopy at Paddington Underground Station to be cleaned after 20 years of grime, dust and diesel build-up.


The glass canopy for Paddington Underground Station stretches across the tube line making access challenging and scaffolding near impossible. As a key access point for commuters into the city, the job had to be undertaken as quickly and as efficiently as possible, with minimal disruption to the general public.


Due to the challenges of accessing the area, Taskforce employed a 50-man team to tackle the job using rope access. The IRATA trained team undertook a full site clean, including the top and underside of the platform canopy, the cladding and structure beams. Making full use of the height specialist team on-site, Taskforce also completed refurbishment work to the glazing and removed pigeon spikes.


The huge benefit for Transport for London was the flexible approach adopted by the Taskforce rope access team. Using this method, as opposed to erecting scaffolding, meant the job was completed with minimal disruption to the train line and travellersTaskforce saved the client time and money, and thanks to the flexible nature of rope access, the team undertook complementary tasks while in situ. The glass canopy is now bright and clean, improving the overall appearance and environment of the station.

I would just like to take time out to congratulate you and your team for an excellent job carried out on the canopy cleaning at Paddington Undergroun Station. We have had good feedback from London Underground for the possession works. Your team were hard working and a pleasure to work with. Well done to all concerned. I would readily recommend Taskforce to any contractor.

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