Constructed in the late 1950’s, the Shell Tower with 25 office floors above Ground
level is part of the massive Shell Centre between Waterloo Station and the London
Eye. Since 2006, the ‘Renewal’ project has been refurbishing the building to bring
it into the 21st century and make it suitable for occupation for over 2000 staff.
From early traffic studies, it was obvious that the six high rise and four low rise
passenger lifts with conventional collective control, with ‘up’ and ‘down’ buttons
on the landings, would be insufficient to handle the expectations of the buildings’
occupants. The only solution to meet the requirements of short waiting and journey
times, thus avoiding frustration and lost productive time, was to link the ten lifts
with a ‘destination control’ (or ‘hall call’) operating system. This has proved to
be an exceptional benefit, even though not all lifts can be seen from any one point.
This, however, is only one element of the project:
one of the goods lift is being extended to serve an additional floor while its neighbour,
sharing a lift well and machine room, is to have its speed increased
two new traction scenic lifts have been provided in a new glazed enclosure on the
outside of the building, with their machine room two floors below the pit
a new platform lift has been installed between the 25th and 26th floors
All this is happening in a fully occupied building with all the challenges of a 50
year old landmark structure.
Shell Real Estate
Hurley Palmer Flatt
Schindler, Crown and Landmark
Modernisation of 14 lifts, two new ‘external’ scenic lifts and one platform lift