Dare­devil team de­fy­ing grav­ity to clean a ho­tel

Salford Advertiser - - NEWS - John Scheer­hout

IT takes a team of four dare­devil work­ers a whole day to clean all the win­dows of The Lowry ho­tel.

Th­ese amaz­ing pic­tures show how they go about their job.

They are from Tu­dor Group, a con­trac­tor whose ‘rope ac­cess di­vi­sion’ has the daunt­ing task of clean­ing the 165-room, nine­storey £30m ho­tel’s many floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows.

If they’re at work, it’s a sure sign no celebri­ties are in­side.

Ho­tel man­agers won’t al­low win­dow clean­ing to take place if they have high-pro­file guests stay­ing.

But they did spot one high-fly­ing guest.

While at work they spot­ted a bird of prey, pos­si­bly a kestrel or hawk.

They took a video of the ma­jes­tic an­i­mal swoop­ing down to­wards the car park in front of the Sal­ford ho­tel.

The bird of prey seemed un­fazed by the win­dow clean­ers’ pres­ence.

A source said: “It’s a fan­tas­tic crea­ture. It’s been here quite a while and has nested around the ho­tel too.”

It’s not the only bird of prey which has made Manch­ester and Sal­ford its home.

Last month we pub­lished pic­tures of a hawk­like an­i­mal eat­ing doner ke­bab meat on a ledge in the Gay Vil­lage.

Last year we re­ported how pere­grine fal­cons nest­ing above Ex­change Square had de­liv­ered two chicks.

Twitch­ers were able to watch them de­velop on a spe­cial we­b­cam set up to keep an eye on them.

This year will be there ninth sea­son in the city.

The Lowry had been owned by Rocco Forte for 13 years but a multi-mil­lion pound deal was com­pleted by West­mont and its in­vest­ment part­ner Mount Kel­lett Cap­i­tal Man­age­ment in Septem­ber.

It is due to un­dergo a £4m re­fur­bish­ment later this year.

●●The four-strong win­dow clean­ing team go to work at The Lowry Ho­tel

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