The vast majority of the UK’s multi-storey buildings – commercial and residential – are dependent on lifts for access to work or homes. 99% of these lifts are the responsibility of property owners, building managers, or property management companies who have no specialist knowledge around vertical transport. How, then, can we be sure that the UK’s lifts are well-maintained and safe for passengers to use?
What Does a Lift Consultancy Provide?
Lift consultancy offers a way for non-expert lift managers to access expertise and experience in relation to a range of vertical transport issues. Many of the clients contacting us about lift consultancy are aware of their responsibilities with regard lift health and safety, but are looking for specialist guidance on how to fulfil their obligations to passengers.
The Role of the Lift Consultant
A lift consultant is a specialist who has spent a number of years working practically in lift installation, maintenance, refurbishment and modernisation. At Tower Lifts our lift consultants have expert knowledge of working in the private, commercial and industrial sectors both in the UK and internationally. As such our expertise covers goods lifts, passenger lifts, and platform lifts.
Lift consultants provide clients with an infrastructure that ensures lift safety and compliance. Rather than providing the maintenance, repairs or refurbishment, they oversee the procurement or tendering process, any lift installation works, and monitor the ongoing operations of maintenance engineers. There are 4 ways in which a lift consultancy can support business owners with resonsibility for lift management and maintenance.
1. Lift Consultancy for a New Lift Developments
Tower Lifts has nearly two decades of experience designing and installing lifts for residential apartment developments, new office blocks, schools, or commercial refits. For this reason Tower Lifts engineers are often involved as consultants working with architects or design teams on vertical transport design and installation projects. In this case we’ll work with the team by following their design approach and fitting in with their methodology. Sometimes we are available throughout the process, or we might be asked to input at specific stages.
2. Lift Modernisation Consultancy
Once a lift has been in service for a number of years, there are serious questions to be asked about whether or not to modernise it, or replace it. Tower Lifts consultants will provide an engineering survey to help you make the right decision. Our report will detail the condition of the lift, and make recommendations regarding the viability of lift modernisation. This would involve replacing key lift components which are worn or obsolete, and retaining others that are working well.
3 Lift Maintenance Consultancy
If your business inherits a legacy lift, complete with a maintenance company, how do you know if they’re doing a good job? Trust in the quality of maintenance for your vertical transport is key to workplace health and safety, so an expert audit from an experienced lift consultant provides important peace of mind. Tower Lifts will inspect the lift maintenance work, and the documentation provided to date. Our report will offer an objective assessment of the work completed, the overall condition of the lift, and the value-for-money being delivered.
4. Lift Replacement
If your lift needs replacing, our lift consultancy services can be accessed at every stage of the process. Following a detailed survey of the lift, we will provide a lift specification and tender package. We’ll evaluate the tender bids and offer a summative analysis. Once the supplier is chosen, we can close the negotiations and place an order on your behalf.
Throughout the installation process Tower Lifts consultants will monitor progress, approve drawings, inspect work at each stage and take part in checks on the equipment. We ensure that all required documentation is provided, that it’s correct, and that the installation matches the initial proposals. Lift consultancy can be comprehensive, from start to finish, or cover specific phases of the work.
A Lift Consultant is a Trusted Colleague
Whilst a lift consultant may sound like an expensive luxury, outsourcing management of your lift is actually a necessity if you’re to achieve the maximum return on investment. Poor maintenance practices can cost lift managers a fortune, endanger the safety of passengers and lose the trust of users. Knowing that your lift is in a safe pair of hands, however, ensures that you achieve ongoing compliance and safety for your users.
Lift Consultancy from Tower Lifts
Tower Lifts is a leading provider of bespoke lifts in the UK. We’ve been providing a full range of lift services for nearly two decades now, and our engineers are all specialists in their own right. We are now able to provide lift consultants in London and across the UK, drawing on a wealth of experience and accumulated expertise. We know the vertical transport sector inside out, and we’re happy to extend our knowledge in supporting business with lifts that require management.