Lifts are considered a core component of any multi-storey building, so ensuring that you have the right model that is up to date and provides the right functionality for your building is vital.
Whether you are considering a new lift installation for an existing building, or deciding what model to add to a construction project, there are a variety of factors that need to be taken into account to ensure you are implementing a safe, functional, and efficient lift.
Type of lift
Determining the type of lift is based on the size of the building, purpose of the lift, what existing system is in place (if at all), and what budget is available. The common elevator types are hydraulic, traction, machine-room-less (MRL), and pneumatic lifts, meaning there are a number of options available depending on your specific needs.
There are also a number of reliable and trustworthy brands to consider at this stage, too, including Otis, Kone, Thyssen, and Schindler – all of which our specialist lift engineers are fully versed in.
Building regulations and codes
One of the most important factors to consider when planning a new lift installation is compliance with local building codes and regulations. Such codes will dictate the specifications, safety standards, and accessibility requirements that a new lift must meet.
It is important to communicate with an experienced and qualified lift engineer with an understanding of building regulations in order to avoid any costly mistakes and ensure any new lift installation is well up to code.
Capacity and size
Determining a new lift capacity is critical to ensure it is able to accommodate the anticipated number of passengers along with any necessary equipment or goods that may also be transported in it.
Again, it is important to consider building regulations and codes, as the size of a new lift, including its cabin dimensions and door openings should align with the building’s layout and accessibility requirements.
It is a legal requirement for any new lift to comply with accessibility laws; therefore, you must take into consideration the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), or the Equality Act 2010. With that, you must ensure that your new lift installation includes features such as braille buttons, audible announcements, and sufficient space for wheelchair users.
With sustainability and economising becoming ever more important and a significant concern in building design, it is necessary to consider how a lift incorporates energy-saving features; this includes elements such as LED lighting, regenerative drives, and standby modes – these can all play a part in reducing energy consumption and operating costs.
Budget and cost
Arguably top of any list of considerations when planning the installation of a new lift is the available budget and overall cost.
The cost of a new lift installation can vary significantly depending on the type, size, and features. It is advisable that you establish a realistic budget early in the planning process in order to avoid any unexpected and unwelcome expense surprises. When making this decision, be sure to take into account any ongoing lift maintenance costs and the potential for future upgrades, if required.
This is relevant for existing buildings and new construction projects: the timeline for a new lift installation can have significant impacts on both costs and operational disruption. Work closely with your chosen lift contractor to establish a reasonable installation schedule in order to minimise the risk of unexpected costs and inconvenience to occupants.
Specialist Lift Installation Services
At Murray Lift Group Ltd, we offer a comprehensive and specialist lift installation service, ensuring any new lift is installed quickly and efficiently. Our core objective is to achieve complete customer satisfaction, meaning we work closely with you across the project.
If you’re planning a new lift installation in your building or construction project, please get in touch with us today.