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20 HERBERT CRESCENT, KNIGHTSBRIDGE, LONDON


169 STEPS The lift is surrounded by a 169-step spiral staircase. At the top floor, this staircase leads to a glass re- tractable roof, which opens out onto a roof terrace with views of Knightsbridge


Malishev adds: “Many sub-contractors were simply afraid of this contract and refused to tender altogether, regardless of the costs.”


Only two companies were willing to put


in bids. Axis Elevators won out, with the glass supplied by UK Glass. Installation of the glass began in March 2015 and the panels were lifted up using hoists and an overhead gantry then down through the oculus of the openable roof light. A hydraulic ram lift was used as a working platform to facilitate the process of installation. Despite very tight working space, no glass panels were damaged during the installation process.


The last panel of glass was installed on 29 March 2016 and the lift was finally commissioned in January 2017. The glass structure comprises a curved laminated glass cylinder in diameter with a cantilevered steel staircase wrapped around the outside. The enclosure size of the lift has been restricted to 1.4 metres, which was dictated by a very tight floor plate arrangement.


There is also an external door and an internal lift door, which are both glass. Due to the circular structure, this was also a challenge. Edwards says: “It’s about the tightest radius you can get. All the glass pivots so you can clean the glass.”


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