To meet the Client’s expectations of quality of service, it is necessary to determine
the number, size, speed and control system of the lifts or escalators within the
building. This is an interactive design process between all members of the design
team, as variables such as population distribution have an effect on the vertical
transportation system that in turn affects lift well dimensions, pit depths, headroom,
Our knowledge in design matters allows us to provide accurate dimensions and loads,
at an early stage in the design process and without bias, to allow the speedy progress
of the scheme without unnecessary expense. Our independence also ensures the right
emphasis on performance, space, capital cost and programme.
It is rare for money to be no object in any situation, and construction, refurbishment
and fit-out projects are no exception. Establishing a realistic budget and keeping
to it is critical to the success of any project.
We can assist with this process, by interpreting the initial requirements of the
Client, advising on the appropriate funds to achieve them and commenting on the relative
‘value for money’ of various options.
Having established the appropriate system to meet the Client’s needs, it is necessary
to translate the scheme into a format that is clear, unambiguous and suitable for
contractual purposes. This requires a technical specification, written by an unbiased
specialist in a language easily understood by contractors.
From the Client’s viewpoint, the specification allows decisions to be made by comparing
‘like for like’ offers and a basis to be established for comparing the end result
with that quoted.
Using our experience on both sides of the industry’s ‘fence’, we write specifications
that define concisely the scheme without unnecessary frills and in a style that is
not open to misinterpretation.
There are various statutory requirements and other standards which affect the scheme
design, eg disabled access, a suitable environment is necessary; and long lead times
need to be put into the programme.
These are matters with which we are familiar, enabling us to avoid the disastrous
consequences of non-compliance with legal requirements, unsuitable environments,
and late delivery or completion.