• Liverpool Uni - Roxby Building
  • Liverpool Uni - Roxby Building
  • Liverpool Uni - Roxby Building
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Roxby Building - University of Liverpool

The Roxby Building had always been separated from the rest of the Lift portfolio at The University of Liverpool, even during the period the university had their own directly employed lift engineers the maintenance in this building was always carried out by Express Lifts and subsequently Otis.

The lifts were 2.5m/s DC gearless motors originally driven by generators, then converted to Variable Voltage AC control in the early 90’s by Express Lifts. Over the years the lifts had become unreliable to the extent where one of the lifts was isolated by another lift company for a considerable time, and the ride quality in the remaining lift was more akin to a fairground ride! ....  A refurbishment was required urgently to avoid the possibility of the second lift becoming unusable, and life becoming very difficult for building users.

Knowsley Lifts were engaged, and due to our close working relationships with many suppliers managed to procure materials for the project to begin work in 7 weeks, where standard delivery would be more likely to be approximately 12 for equipment of this type.

Hoist motors were changed to Permanent Magnet Gearless Machines, running at 2.5m/s, and top quality control panels supplied giving excellent speed control and first rate reliability, new car roller guides were fitted to improve ride quality, also all landing entrances were replaced together with all car and landing fixtures and fittings, including a TFT car display.

Consequently the Building users now know that when they press the button they can rely on a lift arriving and delivering to their destination smoothly and safely, whilst experiencing the aesthetics of new lift car (finishes of which were chosen by the building users themselves).

All in all, the project was a complete success, both in end result and attainment of completion within very tight schedule due to the urgency of the situation on site.