Geoffrey Manton Building - Manchester Metropolitan University
Manchester Metropolitan University
August 2016 - January 2017
TÜV SÜD Dunbar Boardman have a long-standing relationship with Manchester Metropolitan University having undertaken multiple lift refurbishment projects, acted as CDM coordinator and more recently Principal Designer on all occasions, and having provided maintenance management services over many years to assist in the day to day running of the lift portfolio.
The works were delivered on budget in accordance with the tendered contract sum and were completed in the time period allocated by the client.
TÜV SÜD Dunbar Boardman were appointed to advise and develop a lift refurbishment brief and specification for two passenger lifts in the Geoffrey Manton Building at Manchester Metropolitan University. As part of the works, TÜV SÜD Dunbar Boardman specified, tendered and project managed the works, and acted as the Principal Designer on behalf of the University.
The existing duplex pair of lifts serving 7 floors, were each designed to carry a load of 13 persons or 1000kg and were installed by Otis in circa 1993. Having served the building well over many years, they had come to the end of their useful working life.
The existing equipment overall was dated and in some cases obsolete, and was being required to handle one of the heaviest traffic flow demands on the University Campus. Keeping the lifts in reliable service had become a major issue for the maintenance provider and the University, and numerous failures had resulted in increasingly unacceptable down times.
With this in mind, TÜV SÜD Dunbar Boardman recommended that the lifts should be fully modernised to achieve a further 20 years plus of reliable service for the building.
The modernisation commenced in August 2016 and ran until completion in January 2017. The works included the full replacement of the existing drives and controls with new energy efficient products, new variable frequency AC gearless hoisting machines, along with new signalisation, lift car refurbishments and ensuring full compliance with current Health & Safety and DDA legislation.
TÜV SÜD Dunbar Boardman acted as the Principal Designer for this project and the design responsibility was shared between TÜV SÜD Dunbar Boardman and the Principal Contractor.
The building remained occupied and fully functional during the lift refurbishment works. This was the most challenging aspect of the project, with the need to keep one lift in service at all times and secure the working area to students and staff for the duration of the works.
The University were especially keen to procure a sustainable, low energy refurbishment solution, and as a consequence the lifts were fitted with a Variable Voltage Variable Frequency drive system. A UPS automatic rescue device was also provided for passenger release purposes in the event of future breakdowns.
In recent months, the University have appointed TÜV SÜD Dunbar Boardman as the Authorising Engineer for their lift related operations. On a monthly basis TÜV SÜD Dunbar Boardman chair meetings with the University and incumbent maintenance provider to review all aspects of the day to day operation of the lift portfolio site wide.
TÜV SÜD Dunbar Boardman have an extensive portfolio of project and maintenance management experience across the Further and/or Higher Education sector. Our experience is far reaching, including lift and escalator equipment of all types across countless Universities and Education Establishments in teaching facilities, laboratories and student accommodation