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MANyRESiDENTiALblocks benefit from having aliftinstalled to access upper floors,where less able bodiedresidents, youngmothers with pushchairs and Waitrose delivery drivers find them invaluable! From1930smansion blockswithornate


mesh clad liftsvia 1960sblock conversions with theliftsqueezedintoastairwell,to modern property with purposebuilt lift shafts;witheach differingstyle anddesign of building, thereare just asmany different designs of lift. Themodernpassenger lift hasits


rootsinthe mid1800sand hasundergone numerous transformationswiththe advancement of technology, with safety levels alwaysatthe forefrontofthese changes,making lift travelone of thesafest modes of transportation in theworld. However,because of thesafetyfirst


lifts comein all shapes and sizes


arehandpicked. TheUKliftindustryhas many companiesfrommultinational powerhouses to sole traders.Youmayget a good job fromboth ends of the spectrum, butitisvital they areusedfor projects that match their skill set so don’t just choose a namefromthe Yellow Pages.Aspread of four to five companieswillensureacompetitive priceisachieved. (See thearticle on choosing acontractoronpage23ofthisissuefor some advice onwhat questions youshouldbe askingwhen puttingworks outtotender.) Your chosen independentconsultant should be present at allstagestoadviseand guideyou throughthe process, leadingto simple decisionmaking basedonvalue for money.Theywillworkclosely with the lift contractor, commentating on all the paperworkand technicaldocumentation, by ensuring regularsitevisitstoensure workmanshipand programare in accordance to expectation.Theywillalsocommunicate with theclientand contractor throughout this processtoensureall partiesare awareof timescales and progress.


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RefuRbishment A well planned lift replacement/ refurbishmentschemeisnot quick, butifitis timedcorrectly youcan ensure downtimeis plannedfor andkepttoaminimum.Typical timescales for a lift replacement schemeare as follows: n Survey lift and produce report – two weeks n Review survey report andplanworks –four weeks


Flat Living Issue 16 Replacement/ 6


to five companies will ensure a


competitiveprice


n Write site specific specification – four weeks n Tender works to five companies – four weeks n Tender analysis andpost tendermeetings – four weeks n Placeorder andprocurematerials–14 weeks n Undertakeliftreplacement –eightweeks Fromthe survey stage to the start of a replacementcan take 32weeksormore,which will enable residentswho rely on theliftto make alternativeplanswhiletheworksare undertaken,minimisingdisruption. Thelift service will beunavailablewhile the lift is replaced or refurbished, so knowingwhen this will take place alwaysmakes residents’ lives much easier. Upon successful completion of theproject,


afullwitness test of theinstallationshouldbe undertaken by your lift consultant to ensure theliftissafe, reliable andinaccordance to both thespecification andtoall regulatory requirements.Thisservice should also include monitoringofthe lift during thedefects liability period and beyond (see below).


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check youRwaRRanty Following on fromthe lift installation,


7 Aspreadoffour


attitude of theindustry, standardsare foreverbeingreviewedandamended, meaning lifts(even relativelymodern lifts) can often be behind the current safety levels of newtechnology–thoughstill considered safe forpublicuse.


theliftwillbecovered underawarranty period by both themanufacturerand installer. This iswhereliftperformance should bemonitored to rectifygeneral teething troubles,whileensuringany more significantissues canbedealt with as part of thecontract. Theliftindustrystandardwarranty


period is 12months, butincreasingly lift contractorsare preparedtonegotiate longer periods of cover. After all, with the expenseofaliftreplacement,itisimportant to ensure peaceofmindthatthe lift will operatesafelyand reliably formanyyears to come.●


ARDENTLiftConsultancyoffers a range of services to assist with the ownership andmanagementoflifts, including: nSurveyReports nSpecificationWriting nProject Overview nWitnessTesting


Gareth Lomax ofARDENTLift Consultancy is always happytofield questions on liftsandARDENTcover theUKtoassistclients with their portfolios,wherever theymaybe. Tel07792395259 Email gareth@ardentlc.co.uk www.ardentlc.co.uk


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