Sympathy for the detail…
We walk you through this modernisation project the team completed on a beautiful 1930s lift
The operational components were beyond their useful lifespan and there was an opportunity to provide a level of service and ride quality expected with modern lift systems, whilst the lift car and surrounds could be restored to the grandeur of their 1930s design.
English Heritage vs Health & Safety
The Machine Room
As part of the scheme, the renewal of the lift machine room was undertaken by a building contractor who had already worked successfully at the property.
The removal of the original motor room structure and coordinated installation of the new motor room also fell into our remit as we planned the project from start to finish. The before and after shots are to the left.
The importance of liasing with the lift contractor and the refurbishment team closely throughout this project was critical for its success.
The new machine and control panel are state of the art units, providing excellent ride quality, safety features found on new lift systems and near silent performance.
The machine room housing was renewed, offering a space for the engineers to now work on the equipment safely and to enable access to all components, which will aid longevity and improve maintenance standards.
The installation works were challenging for the lift contractor, with old buildings often throwing curve balls into projects when least expected. The site access and storage was limited, as often happens in city centre projects. The lift installation had accumulated 80 years of grease, dust and grime that needed to be meticulously removed to enable the lift installation to be restored to its former glory.
However, the team delivered, with the onsite Engineer showing dedication, skill and ingenuity to the work, which included taking components home to his workshop to fabricate and refit the following day.
It was this level of teamwork which enabled the lift refurbishment to prove so successful and provide a lift to be proud of once more.
The lift car underwent a full French polish, damaged components were renewed and glazing removed and cleaned, before being reinstated.
The original car operating panel was removed, sandblasted, with the components overhauled and the unit reinstated. A position indicator and emergency autodialler system were added to the lift car, whilst a non-contact electronic safety edge was installed at the lift car gate, to stop the car if the beam is broken during travel – greatly reducing the potential shearing hazard risk.
Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our client had to say:
We were delighted with both the quality of the final outcome and the management of the work-programme.
The project was only a week behind schedule, which is nothing given its complexity.
After a few minor teething issues we have a lift, which looks as beautiful when it was originally installed, but now moves with the smoothness of a modern one.
Director | Heatherlawns Property Management Ltd