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What is the legal position regarding lift trapped passenger release/rescue? – Under the Lift Operating and Lift Equipment Regulations (LOLER) there is a duty on owners/operators of lifts to ensure that provision is made for the safe release of trapped passengers in lifts. – The Health and Safety Executive is a good source for understanding […]

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How to procure a lift consultant? For those of you who have not used a lift consultant before, procuring a lift consultant is straightforward, quick and simple. The first thing to do is to make contact with us by email or phone. You certainly know that you have an issue relating to your lift(s) and […]

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Scenic Lifts There are 3 broad categories of scenic lift; fully bespoke scenic lift, semi-scenic lift and wall-climber lifts. This article outlines the main features of each, gives an idea of their cost, complexity and their availability in the market in the UK. Semi-Scenic Lifts These are lifts with some part of the wall that […]

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Bespoke Scenic Lift

Glass Lift Doors A simple concept but when aesthetics are a priority you need to know the detail. How much glass will you see? Does the door panel have a frame? What about the operating mechanisms, can you see them? What is the quality of finish? How much do they costs? Glass lift door panels […]

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Lift Modernisation versus Lift Replacement – Lift Duty and Lift Life Expectancy The question is often asked of our lift consultants, what is more cost effective a lift modernisation or a lift replacement? This article considers two key factors to take into account when considering a lift modernisation versus a lift replacement. The first factor […]

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A Bespoke Scenic Lift in London Transparent Aesthetics Looks are paramount and most bespoke scenic lifts tend towards as much glass as possible, but the lift needs equipment to make it run safely. How can this be achieved and at what cost? One of the best examples our lift consultants are aware of is the […]

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BREEAM Lift Credits – Part I There are two BREEAM credits for lifts available and this article lets you know, in some detail, how you can about getting them. There are two parts to getting your first credit and one part to getting the second credit. To make it more manageable we have broken down […]

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Lift Upgrade, Upgrade Lift,

Thinking about a Lift Upgrade? Selective lift upgrades can be a cost effective alternative to an extensive lift refurbishment or a full lift modernisation. Improved aesthetics, better performance, less breakdowns, increased accessibility and a transformation in performance. There are many benefits that can be had through lift enhancements, small or large. Our lift consultants have […]

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Lift modernisation

Lift Modernisation When modernising a lift we are referring to replacing lift components or lift equipment with modern equivalents; we are upgrading the lift. As distinguished from a lift refurbishment where we are replacing lift equipment like for like i.e. direct replacements. The lift modernisation or lift upgrades can be minor or major and a […]

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Lift Upgrade Standards – Considering upgrading your lift? When considering a lift upgrade, lift safety should come first before all else. Lift owners/operators have a legal obligation to ensure that the lifts they are responsible for are safe both for lift passengers and for lift engineers. There are over 3 million lifts installed in the […]

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BREEAM Lift Credits – Part II This is the second article in a series on Lift BREEAM Credits. It explains and illustrates how to go about demonstrating compliance for several typical examples. Other articles can be found by clicking the links below BREEAM Lift Credits – Part I BREEAM Lift Credits – Part III The […]

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Lift refurbishment

Lift Refurbishment With approximately half of all lifts in the UK more than 30 years old, lift owners/operators are often faced with questions about what to do with their old lifts. There are four options Lift Modernisation Lift Refurbishment Lift Replacement Do Nothing We are discounting the Do Nothing option because it is assumed that […]

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Lift Survey

Lift Survey Need a lift survey? A lift survey can tell you just about anything you need to know about your lift.  Whether you want the complete picture or are concerned over a particular area; lift safety, lift regulations, lift refurbishment, lift performance or lift reliability for example, our lift consultants have the experience to […]

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BREEAM Lift Credits – Part III This is the final of three articles based around understanding more about how to achieve your Lift BREAM credits. The other articles can be found via the links below Lift BREEAM credits – Part I Lift BREEAM credits – Part II If you can satisfy the requirements of the […]

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Independent Lift Consultants in London, operating throughout the UK and Western Europe What you get from The Lift Consultancy is lift consultants that are absolutely independent and unbiased. We are not owned by, nor do we have any links to, lift companies, we are entirely independent. All our consultants have worked in the lift industry […]

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Recent satisfied clients for lift passenger rescue release training courses include   Our customers and what they have said about the training The Head of the Estates at Blackpool Sixth Form College remarked in a follow up email: “Thanks for the training which we found invaluable.” The Head of Estates at Lambeth College emailed following […]

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Lift Maintenance, value for money? Lift Maintenance, from basic oil and grease to fully comprehensive and everything in between, there are a multitude of Lift Maintenance Contracts in use today in the lift industry. Occasionally they don’t always match the service that is required and are sometimes written more to protect the lift service company […]

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No more paper based lift surveys Going to site to survey lifts is something we all have to do very regularly, and have done for many years using the same forms being photocopied or printed time and time again. The lift survey form is hand filled in on site, we then sit down, usually when […]

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Why use the Lift Consultancy? If you have insufficient knowledge and/or time to cost effectively deal with your lift issues or projects, then our lift consultants, who on average have over 25 years lift industry experience, pride themselves on their close, personal, client communication, quality and professional approach and are here to help. We are […]

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Bedford Square London

Lift Modernisation and Refurbishment, a London Classic A few our Lift Consultants put their heads together and suggested what might be a Classic lift modernisation or refurbishment in London We are talking about low to mid-rise buildings in central London dating from the 18th and early 19th century when several large expansions of London took […]

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Lift Modernisation in Occupied Buildings – Loss of Lift Service, Lift Reliability and Pro-active Lift Maintenance Lift modernisations in existing, occupied buildings, whether on a single lift or on a group of lifts, will impact detrimentally on the overall lifts service in the building. If the lifts are already heavily used this reduction in lift […]

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Voice Activated Lift New technologies arrive at a fearsome pace and products in the lift industry have their own technological evolution, but is this a step to far? Voice Activated Lift More amusement can be found on our YouTube channel Our Topics section covers a whole host of lift related issues.

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For the funnier side of lifts and escalators we have a selection of funny videos to make you smile, just click on the icon  

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Lift Survey and Report Questions and Answers Q. The lift company are telling me that parts on my lift are obsolete and need to be replaced is this true? A. During a lift survey, our lift consultants identify components that are suspected of being obsolete. If we can’t tell you straight away we will make […]

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Lift Modernisation in Occupied Buildings – How many lifts should I modernised and will old and new lifts work together? Will the modernised and un-modernised lifts work together during the lift modernisation? Because of the technology differences between old and new lift control systems in most cases unfortunately, the answer is no and the result […]

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What do you think of this man? International Lift Salesman If you liked this, you might also like this one. And we have more at our YouTube Channel.

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Lift Energy Saving

New lifts can now come with an energy rating certificate but what does this mean, and what can be done about existing lifts?

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Are you thinking of increasing the population of your building and worried about the effect on the lift service?

Maybe more people have already moved in

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Lift Destination Control or Hall Call Allocation Replacing lift car floor buttons with floor buttons on each landing can at first seem an unconventional way to improve lift traffic performance. However, these lift control systems have been around for a long time now and it is universally accepted that they can very significantly improve the […]

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BREEAM Credits are available for the installation of energy efficient lifts and escalators

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