RAPTOR rigid rail systems provided a practical solution for rope access without compromising the luxury design aesthetic at the Collins Arch building in Melbourne.

Located at 447 Collins Street in Melbourne’s bustling CBD, the Collins Arch development is a world-class mixed-use building offering spectacular views of the city. The 164-metre towers are connected by an eight-level elevated sky bridge, which spans 14 metres. The building houses apartment, hotel, office and retail spaces.

Maintaining the pristine facade of this building is a challenging task, which requires a highly intensive schedule. Rope access systems were required to allow window cleaning and other facade maintenance work to be conducted safely and effectively. In addition to allowing ease of use and good manoeuvrability for the operator, these systems also had to ensure that the ultimate in height safety was being provided.

Additionally, from the design perspective, the system was required to minimise visual impact on the architectural lines of the building.

RAPTOR Rigid Rails for Rope Access

RAPTOR's suspended rail and standard rail products were chosen for their rope access functionality and aesthetic simplicity.

The intricate design required a system that could follow the many curves of the facade walls without causing any interruption to the architectural vision.

BMUs (Building Maintenance Units), with custom designed RAPTOR trolleys were also included in the design with SAYFA working alongside the BMU supplier to engineer the innovative system.

To begin production, detailed drawings were created and then manufacturing began for this ground-breaking integration.

Collins Arch Drawing

Now completed, the project is a shining example of collaboration and innovation, and proof that design, functionality and safety can go hand in hand without compromise.

RAPTOR rigid rail systems can be used in both rope access and fall arrest applications.