Cento successfully install BMU to Blackfriars Station North

Cento installs one fully powered Manntech GmbH Type 6.1/1200 4.5 Metre fixed reach ‘low profile’ building maintenance unit with luffing jib to the roof perimeter of Blackfriars North Station.

Principle Contractor:

Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Limited.



The Thameslink line is one of the business rail routes in the UK, and the line is so busy that 50 percent of regular users say they sometimes can’t board trains because of overcrowding. It is considered that the 1886 Blackfriars railway bridge was one of the worst bottlenecks and the station deemed outdated.

In an attempt to bring them into the 21st century, and to resolve the overcrowding issue, Balfour Beatty set out to widen and strengthen the bridge and build a new station across it. Commissioned by Network Rail, Balfour Beatty realigned tracks and constructed new covered platforms spanning the River Thames as well as introducing a new southern entrance that will give passengers access from the south of the river for the first time.


Cento was awarded the contract to install a fully powered Manntech GmbH Type 6.1/1200 crane type building maintenance unit with a 4.5 Metre fixed reach jib on Thursday 21st April 2011. The machine was designed for use with general building maintenance and cleaning operations, however it also had the facility to incorporate a 450Kg auxiliary winch for glass/cladding panel replacement.

The machine runs on a hot dipped galvanized permanent twin track system to the South and West elevations above the common entrance area at roof level. The BMU has full coverage to the South and West elevations from roof level to ground.