We recently completed a full modernisation of a two-car group of scenic lifts at a popular shopping centre in Bromley, Kent, London.
The Lift Consultancy supported the client extensively from concept design all the way through to practical completion. Our services included full technical lift consultancy, project management, contract administration and CDM advice.
We began by completing a full technical survey and report which provided recommendations to the extent of work required. A specification was subsequently drawn up and issued to tender. This included careful selection of robust lift equipment from independent lift companies to ensure maintainability, longevity and durability. We conducted a full tender analysis along with post tender interviews, as well as assisting the client in appointing the successful contractor.
Lift Consultant Duties
During the design stage and prior to the works commencing, we produced a pre-construction information pack to assist the contractor with the construction phase plan as part of the CDM requirements. The construction phase plan was reviewed and commented on before final approval.
We held regular mid-term progress visits and meetings throughout the project, and provided reports advising the client of progress made against the agreed programme. The meetings allowed for any technical and site issues to be discussed, reviewed and resolved to minimise potential delays. Throughout the project, we also reviewed payment applications and issued payment certificates.
At the end of the project, we completed final acceptance checks, confirming works were installed to the specification and highlighting any defects in a defects list. To sign off the defects, we held a final visit and as a result of this, the practical completion certificates were issued .
Within this very busy shopping centre, we were required to have careful consideration of the risks of falling objects. These could fall onto the public, either walking below the open portion of the lift shafts or seated within the open air retail units within the vicinity of the lifts. To keep costs to a minimum and to avoid installing full screening around the open portion of the lift shaft, the works and deliveries were all conducted at night.