The £140,000-a-year window cleaning bill for Norman Foster’s ‘space helmet’ London City Hall building has been slammed by some of its occupiers
Washing the south London building’s 3,000 plus panes of glass costs £13,600 a month, eight times more than in 2002 when the building opened – reports The Evening Standard.
Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat leader at City Hall, hit out at the ‘oversight’ saying it had cost ‘a fortune’.
She told the Standard: ‘Clearly there was a fundamental oversight when City Hall was built and no one gave any thought as to how the windows could easily be cleaned at a reasonable cost. As a result of such incompetence a fortune has been spent.
‘Serious questions now have to be asked as to why the cost of cleaning the windows has been spiralling while so many continue to be filthy.’
In the same week, investigations revealed that so far £4 million has been spent on mothballing Grimshaw’s derelict Waterloo international terminal, also in south London.
The Department for Transport has allowed the former Eurostar terminal to remain disused for the past three years, failing to find an alternative use for the platforms following the relocation of international services to St Pancras in north London.
Piping up again, Pidgeon told BBC News: ‘It’s absolutely appalling that when commuters are suffering with over-crowded trains and over-crowded platforms, they look over and see £4m being spent leaving these platforms empty.
‘Government ministers have got to stop this waste of public money.’