Extreme Cleaning at The Shard, London

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Here at Total Clean, we've cleaned some pretty 'extreme' places in offices around London, but we've got nothing on some of the guys who work on The Shard! Officially opened earlier last week and holder of the title 'Western Europe's Tallest Building', the Shard in London is the brainchild of Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al Thani, and provides up over 31.4 acres of space across 78 floors. So, as you can imagine the cleaning operation required on such a structure is pretty expansive, with teams of contract cleaners and commercial cleaning staff on hand around the clock to keep the offices spic and span. However, hitting the news this week has been the massive job of keeping the Shard's windows clean. Given it's place in the heart of London, the Shard's windows are subjected to a fair amount of grime to keep them looking pristine. The window cleaning team on the Shard, however, are no ordinary window cleaners! Using state-of-the-art gondolas and a team of six abseiling cleaners, it's fair ro say the Shard's window cleaners are braver than most! One of the team made the news for all the wrong reasons this week, as one of the cleaning gondolas was trapped at the 72nd floor in gale force winds. On-site engineers were on hand to fix the problem, which was described by a spokesman for the Shard as an 'unnecessary' panic. London Fire Brigade, which sent a fire engine and fire rescue unit to the Shard, said in a message on Twitter: "On site engineers at the #Shard have made the window cleaner's cradle safe & we can all now breathe a sigh of relief."

Europe’s Coolest Offices: Google UK HQ in London

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This is not the first time we write about the search giant HQ in London. Back in December 2011 we wrote an article entitled "Google’s Stress Free London Office". But since this article series is about cool offices in Europe Google UK HQ in London surely deserves to be in it. Cradle to some of Google's most important projects like voice search, personalised local search and the most popular Android and iPhone apps the place was designed with only one thing in mind: Inspiration. From corridors inspired on the insides of the SS Enterprise to a “coffee lab” with nothing less than 19 different blends of coffee Google’s London headquarters in Victoria is one of the trendiest workplaces in the world. Since an image is worth a thousand words, here are a few thousands words to describe this incredible workplace: Google L4 officeCoffee Lab super clean offfice spacess-enterprise-corridorsGoogle's office games roomTrendy Meetings Room Related Links: Europe’s Coolest Offices: Red Bull UK HQ in London Europe’s Coolest Offices: Nykredit’s Office in Copenhagen World’s Coolest Offices

World’s Coolest Offices

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Many people complain about working in offices but I doubt that employees from following companies have anything to say about theirs. The offices listed bellow are a dream come true even for office cleaners. Red Bull UK Headquarters in London Forget stairs and lifts to move from one floor to another, Red Bull's UK HQs in London has slides, another innovative creation by interior design company Jump Studio. The place also has a bar, cafe and a roof top terrace.

red bull London hq

Facebook Studio O+A California The social media giant also has one of the coolest offices in the world, located in Palo Alto in sunny California. The place was designed according to poll results conducted amongst employees.

Facebook Headquarters Studio O+A

Besides the sleek furniture and funky décor the place as a unique sound system with a complete DJ booth to cause envy in many clubs around the globe. Believe it or not the place has its own Facebok Page. Good Technology HQ in London Good Technology headquarters in London is an award-winning office designed by interior whizzes Spacelab. The place was designed mixture of old-fashioned gentleman's club luxury and modern practical workspace, all that to bring the best out of their staff.

good techology office

Good's office is so cool that employees end up staying after hours to socialise round the office pool table. Comvert Office in Milan, Italy In my opinion one of the coolest offices I have ever seen simply because it was a skateboarding bowl over it. Comvert is an Italian based manufacturer of snowboards, clothing and accessories developed by skateboarders and snowboarders for all the young people out there.

Comvert Office Milan

Their new office was built inside an old movie theatre large enough to hold the admin area, a store, products depot and over it a state-of-the-art wooden skateboarding bowl. TBWA/Chiat/Day LA Office Gargoyles, cafe with a balcony made with old surf boards, a basketball court and a small garden make the TBWA/Chiat/Day office in LA one of the most trendy and inspirational places to work.

tbwa LA office

With more than 274 offices in 100 countries TBWA is amongst the top ten advertising agencies and its employees must be on top of their game at all times, reason why the LA is so inspirational. Nike's UK headquarters Another Jump Studios creation Nike's headquarters in the UK has a sleek, clean and modern design. The walls are packed with match balls and every where you look there is a high def telly showing the latest games, a dream come true for sports-fans.

nike London office

Bahnhof Office in Stockholm, Sweden Located 30 metres below the surface the Bahnhof office and data centre in Stockholm, Sweden looks more like Dr Evil's hideout place. The place used to be an old nuclear bunker and now is one of the most unique workplaces in the world.

bahnhof office stockholm

Greenhouses, artificial waterfalls, German submarine engines used for backup power, simulated daylight emphasize that. The place is sealed from the outside world by a 16 inches thick doors capable of withstand a hydrogen bomb explosion. Google's Stress Free Office in London We have already talked about Google's refurbished London HQs, please read Google's Stress Free Office in London. GooglePlex Last but not least we have GooglePlex, the global headquarters of the search giant. To describe all the features Google provides its employees would require a whole article. Basically the place has everything an employee could ask for, free food, games room, cafes, swimming pool and a design to inspire even the less creative of all employees.

googleplex

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Demand for New Offices is high across the UK

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Over the past year the construction of office spaces in the UK has declined considerably with only 38,000 square feet of new units under construction or set to be built this year. Not the kind of news office cleaning companies around the country would like to hear. According to industry experts the supply will remain very limited in the forthcoming year. The segment that is experiencing the biggest shortages is the Grade A segment where developers who strategically position themselves could reap the benefits of this shortage. Meanwhile this is by no means good news for office cleaning companies across the country who will find themselves competing for contracts as competition gets tougher. But luckily for office cleaners working on one of the six key industrial areas that shouldn't be of any concern as the number of vacancies in these areas is below four per cent, indicating that there is still a demand for new offices. That is exactly what is happening in London, where a surge in office sales and rents should increase the procurement for office cleaning services. The demand for office space is growing rapidly but not a sufficient pace to change the mood of investors and incite them to invest in building more Grade A offices not only in London but across the land. For competitively priced office cleaning in London contact Total Clean Office Cleaning Services.