Daredevil team defying gravity to clean a hotel
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