Piccadilly Circus

Abseiling the most central part of London; Lilleywhites, Piccadilly Circus

Client requirements

Window cleaning.

Skills used

Health and safety control over heavy footfall areas including out-of-hour planning.

Project Details
  • Duration: 5 years
  • Frequency: Quarterly
  • Method: Abseiling only
  • Start Time: 04:00
  • Finish Time: 08:00
  • Rigging: Entire structure

Case Study: Cleaning Iconic Building in Piccadilly Circus, London

Location: Piccadilly Circus, London

Project Overview: Cleaning the external glazing of the iconic building at Piccadilly Circus in the heart of Central London presented a unique set of challenges. Given its prime location with high pedestrian footfall, the only viable method for this cleaning task was abseiling. Due to safety concerns associated with the bustling urban environment, the work had to be conducted during off-hours.

Project Details:

  • Method: Abseiling
  • Start Time: 4:00 a.m.
  • Site Induction: Health and safety toolbox talks conducted
  • Rigging: Approved anchor points
  • Abseil Commencement: 4:45 a.m.
  • Completion Target: By 8:30 a.m., before heavy pedestrian traffic increases


Unique Challenges: Cleaning the exterior of this remarkable building posed several distinctive challenges. The prominent location in Piccadilly Circus meant that the work had to be completed swiftly before the area became congested with pedestrians. The project also required meticulous planning and adherence to strict safety protocols due to the inherent dangers associated with abseiling in a busy urban environment.

Our Approach: Our experienced abseilers were well-prepared for the demanding task. Each day started at 4:00 a.m. with a thorough site induction and health and safety toolbox talks to ensure our team's and the public's safety. Rigging to approved anchor points was completed promptly, allowing our skilled abseilers to begin their descent by 4:45 a.m. The tight schedule was imperative to finish the day's cleaning before 8:30 a.m. when heavy pedestrian footfall would escalate.

Result: Despite the challenges posed by this unique project, our dedicated team successfully cleaned the external glazing of this iconic building for several years running. Each visit brought its own set of difficulties, but our staff took great pride in the project and appreciated the magnificent views of the London skyline, which added an extra layer of reward to their work.

This case study highlights our commitment to delivering high-quality cleaning services in complex urban environments. Our expertise, dedication to safety, and ability to work efficiently during off-hours allowed us to maintain the pristine appearance of this iconic structure in the heart of London's bustling Piccadilly Circus.