A brief history of the property…
The foundation stone for the hospital was laid in 1879 and it was officially opened by the Prince and Princess of Wales as the St Marylebone Union Infirmary in 1881.
A nurses’ home was opened by Princess Christian in 1884.
The facility became the St Marylebone Hospital in 1923 and was renamed St Charles’ Hospital in 1930.
It joined the National Health Service in 1948 and continues to operate as the St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing.
Lift Condition Report
Ardent Lift Consultancy were appointed to undertake condition surveys of the nine lifts serving St Charles Hospital, London in October 2021.
The report identified that the property was served by varying designs of lift (with traction, hydraulic and platform lifts), due to the age of the building, with different lifts having been installed at differing stages of the building’s construction/usage.
It meant the survey report recommended a number of varying approaches to be undertaken on the respective lift systems, which aligns with our company ethos of offering every client a bespoke approach to their needs, making sure meet their requirements, whilst tailoring services to suit budgets and needs.
The hydraulic lifts were identified as being suitable for further refurbishment (they were mainly of robust design and suitable for extended service after key component renewal).
The same approach was adopted for the traction lifts, though these were of differing ages/designs, we agreed to harmonise control systems and bring all the equipment into alignment for long term maintenance and technical support (vital to Hospitals where lift service is critical).
The platform lift was identified, and a replacement scheme was agreed, due to the original system never being fully compliant or operating correctly.
Programme of Works
The project was undertaken in three distinct phases with two passenger lift refurbishments and the platform lift replacement being undertaken in phase one, with phases two and three being undertaken two lifts at a time.
This enabled a minimum of two teams of engineers on site, to aid with the movement of materials around a busy hospital environment, always ensuring segregation from the public.
West Pavillion Lift 1
West Pavillion Lift 3
East Pavillion Lift 2
East Pavillion 1
West Pavillion 2
Urgent Care Lift
The project was completed on time and budget, in December 2022, with the client saying the following:
We contacted Ardent Lift Consultancy to undertake a survey of the 8 lifts serving the estate at St Charles Hospital. Their survey report identified the different designs, ages, and condition of the lifts at the property, and they produced different recommendations for each lift on this basis.
Ardent were instructed to specify, tender and project manage this complex and varied contract. They delivered a well-managed project, which came in on time and under budget
Martin Meltzer, MAPM
Senior Capital Manager / London Region / NHS Property Services