Historic Building Lift Consultants.
Chancery Lane takes its names from the High Court of Chancery and dates from the mid twelfth Century. It has particular historic associations with the legal profession which continue today.
Chancery Lane has a mixture of architectural styles with a predominance of Georgian architecture.
The Lift Consultancy were asked to assist the owner of one of these historic buildings with their old lifts.
The lifts, a Duplex two-car group of Otis lifts were over 26 years old. Performance and reliability were deteriorating quickly and most of the equipment was obsolete.
Lift Consultant Duties
The first step was a survey and report that provided options and costs to be used by the client to obtain internal approval for the expenditure.
It was clear that the what was needed was an extensive lift modernisatin or full lift replacement. Following budget approval a specification and tender were put together requesting prices for both these options.
Furthermore, the tender was for third party non-proprietary equipment which was a preference of the client.
The tenders were issued to several independent lift companies following a pre-qualification exercise.
The Lift modernisation option was the more expensive.
Crest Lifts were successful with the full lift replacement being the most competitive.
The lift consultancy assisted all the way through to final commissioning of the equipment.
Working in a fully occupied building minimising disruption was critical.
The work was meticulously planned to avoid adverse impact on the tenants.
- Specific storage routes were agreed.
- Specific trucking routes and times were pre-agreed to avoid busy office hours.
- The removal of the old lift equipment was undertaken at night.
- Noisy work was tightly managed – always a challenge balancing the needs of the lift contractors to undertake noisy work with the needs of the building occupants to be undisturbed.
The second lift was completed in February 2018 to the satisfaction of all.