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Lift Modernisation or Refurbishment

Lift Modernisation

Lift Modernisation or Refurbishment Consultancy.

A service for those who know they need to modernise their lift(s).

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There are a lot of lift companies in the market either global multi-nationals, large or medium sized nationals or small local companies. The range of equipment they can offer is huge, from low cost/low quality to top-end high quality. Getting the right equipment that is suitable for your building is not that straightforward.

This scale of work involves considerable capital expenditure and achieving value from money, usually through competitive tendering, is a must.

  • Will the work comply with all required codes and standards?
  • What about planning the work on site, how long is the lead-in time and site time?
  • What will be the impact in the building due to loss of lift service?

Survey and Report/Initial Planning

Firstly we need to understand the present and future requirements for the lift services as you may be considering re-configuring the building and/or increasing the population or adding other facilities all of which can impact the demand on the lift service. Coupled with this we will carry out a detailed survey of the equipment. Once we have gathered all the information about the equipment and its future expected use we will provide a report with the following elements

  • Equipment Condition
  • Modernisation Options
  • Budget forecasts
  • Outline programming

Specifications and Tendering

Once a decision has been made on the extent of the works we will write a detailed performance based specification. This will cover all aspects of the equipment, site work and programming and ensures you get the correct equipment that suits your needs, conforming to all necessary Standards.

We will then agree with you a list of appropriate companies to tender the work to. We will administer the tender, sending it out, dealing with any queries and when the tenders are returned provide a Tender Evaluation Report incorporating recommendations on which contractor to proceed with.

If you decide to move forward we will assist in final negotiations to award of contract. This typically includes payment terms, final programme, cash flow forecast, penalties for delay to programme.

Construction Services

These are broken down into pre-site start and during site program.

  • During the manufacturing period of the equipment we will review and approve all drawings and submissions necessary to ensure the manufacture of the equipment proceeds with the work Specification. Depending on the size and requirements of the projects this may involve factory visits to inspect key equipment.
  • A few weeks prior to site start we will set-up chair and minute a pre-start meeting. This is a key meeting and involves the contractor and all other relevant personal that have input into the project on site.
  • The agenda will focus on all issues necessary for the project to run smoothly on site, e.g. H&S, inductions, access, storage of equipment, security, communications, escalation procedure etc..
  • During the on-site work we will complete periodic site reviews to monitor the progress of the works, quality of workmanship and adherence to specification.We will report following each review.

Witness Testing and Commissioning

It is the contractor’s responsibility to complete a thorough test on the equipment.  We will attend site to complete a final review of the contract work towards the end of the contractor’s test. We will witness key parts of that test including typically, full load test, buffer test, safety gear and traction test.

We will complete a commissioning of the equipment including reviewing all necessary documentation (O&M Manuals) and checking site performance (ride, floor-levelling, noise, vibration) and that the equipment operates correctly.

If there are snagging items we will issue a snag list distinguishing between items that need to be complete before the lift goes into service and those that can be completed subsequent to this. Finally, we will issue a Practical Completion Certificate.

What are the costs?

As a guide the fixed fee for this service can be anywhere between 5% and 12% of the contract sum. However, the actual fee is not determined as a percentage of the contract sum but by the work content, which can vary according to project and client needs.

For a relatively small percentage of the contract sum, you can be assured the correct equipment, that suits your needs and budget, is being competitively tendered and will be selected. That the site program is overseen to ensure everything runs smoothly and that on completion, the testing and commissioning is thorough, all snagging items are completed and all documentation is in place.

If you would like to discuss your requirements further either on the telephone or at a meeting please get in touch. All calls from our website are routed directly through to a lift consultant who will be pleased to help.


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