LECS (UK) was the consulting engineers for the vertical transport element of the newly constructed 10-storey building at 92-98 Vauxhall Walk, London.
This brand-new office development opened its door in summer 2023 following the demolition of an abandoned industrial site and the construction of the 28,500 sq ft of high-quality office space designed by the award-winning architects The Manser Practice.
As a leading independent lift consulting engineering firm, LECS UK was instructed by Meinhardt, one of the most respected Asian-based engineering companies in the world, to support on the lift design, specification, tender and project management of the lifts through to installation and handover.
Lee Dean, consulting engineer and director at LECS UK, led the project working closely with the design team to deliver the two new firefighting lifts servicing the 10 floors of the new development.
The lifts are traction MRL lifts, meeting full fireflighter lift compliance. With 1000kg capacity, the lifts run at 2m/s and are designed to meet the high demand of the building from ground floor to the roof terrace (at level 10. Importantly, full BREEAM credits were awarded to the lifts.
Lee Dean said: “This was a superb project, and working with the design team from the start through to handover last month (June), ensured the entire lift project as well as the installation and commissioning went smoothly.
“The design and finish of the lifts works in perfect harmony with the overall interior of the building. While lift design might not be something many people think about, we put big design thought into these smaller spaces, both in regards to functionality, safety and aesthetics. The project most definitely ticks all the boxes.”
The developer was CLS Holdings and main contractor Galliford Try. 92 – 98 Vauxhall Walk is targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating and is now named The Coade – after Eleanor Coade, a Lambeth local, recognised as one of the few women who significantly impacted the architecture of the eighteenth century.