Project Description

LECS UK was instructed as independent consulting lift engineers for a recent vertical transport project at a West Sussex NHS hospital.

Following a full inspection and audit, LECS UK determined that the two bed lifts at the War Memorial hospital, Bognor Regis required a complete refurbishment. The lifts had been installed cira 1989 and with careful refurbishment would promise many more years of service.

LECS UK developed the specification for the project and acted as the independent lift consultants in line with the requirements of HTM02-08.  LECS UK  instructed Qudos Lifts as the contractor who worked in conjunction with LECS UK to deliver the project.

Lead consultant and project manager, Lee Dean, director of LECS UK, said: “The refurbishment was required  to improve the reliability of lifts and to extend their life span.

Heathcare facilities are buildings where lifts are subject to specific requirements mostly governed by the Health Technical Memorandum 08-02 (HTM 08-02).   The HTM 08-02 outlines a set of guidelines on the planning, commissioning, design, maintenance and operation of lifts in the health sector so LECS UK was ideally placed to consult on the project

The project involved the replacing of major components to include the hydraulics, controls, entrances and a revamp of the lift car interiors. The project was conducted with sensitivity to this critical environment ensuring that one lift was always available while the other lift was being worked on.

HTM 08-02 also provides supporting information that can be used in specifications for manufacturers, procurement contracts and the briefing of design teams. Intended principally for new installations, it can also be applied to upgrades. It is updated regularly to reflect major changes to European directives, UK acts and regulations as well as the BS EN 81 suite of standards.

Both lifts are now back in operation, and promise many more years of reliable service.

Other similar projects by LECS UK include: Crawley NHS hospital;   Refurbishment at 25 – 35 Park Lane;  1930s building Petty France,London.