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May 7-20

LIVERPOOL STREET SET TO BE TRANSFORMED BY SKYSCRAPERS

Characterized by open space, parking lots and dealerships, Leeds Street in Liverpool, U.K., is poised to be transformed by skyscrapers, with various projects planned or under construction, the Echo reports. The first of a trio of towers is being built by Vermont Construction for the Elliot Group in Infinity, which includes a 39-story, 400-plus-unit skyscraper. In addition, the Freemasons Row scheme with towers ranging from 11-15 stories was recently approved, and Via Verde with five towers ranging from 18-27 stories is seeking approval. Vermont Construction CEO Mark Connor said he is "proud to be delivering a building that will have such a positive impact on my home city."

EW 2019 PHOTO CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 15

The deadline for entries in the 2019 ELEVATOR WORLD Photo Contest has been extended to May 15. Submit your photos here for consideration by a panel of EW judges, who will choose up to 20 finalists from each category. Those finalists will then be presented online during the month of June, where readers can vote to determine each category’s winner. Winners and runners-up will be featured in the August 2019 issue of EW and highlighted online. All qualified submissions will be posted in a special photo contest gallery online, as well. Winners will receive US$250 cash or the equivalent in Elevator World, Inc. educational products or advertising. Details can be found here.

LIFTEX 2019 IN LONDON: PROMISING MORE THAN EVER

Interested parties are invited to preview LIFTEX 2019, scheduled on May 15-16 at ExCeL in London. Organized every three years by the Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA), this year’s show features more exhibitors than ever before, including 30 attending for the first time, for a total of approximately 120 U.K. and international exhibitors. There will also be more free seminars led by industry experts than ever before, with topics including standards development and implications, safety, escalators and codes. LEIA states LIFTEX is the “international destination for manufacturers, suppliers, installers and specifiers of lift and elevator products and services,” and observes that thousands of products, many of which have never been seen before, will be on display.

Apr. 24-May 6

TWEAKED “CUCUMBER” GETS THE GREEN LIGHT IN WEST LONDON

After being in the works for at least seven years, a 46-story residential tower nicknamed the Paddington Cucumber won approval in April from city planners in west London, Building reports. Designed by Apt and officially known as 1 Merchant Square, the tower will be the tallest in developer European Land's six-building Merchant Square project north of Paddington Basin. The original plan was tweaked to omit a seven-floor hotel element in lieu of more homes and to increase the height of an adjacent building from 15 to 21 stories. The new plan, which still requires approval from London Mayor Sadiq Khan, will bring 426 new homes to the market.

RESIDENTIAL LONDON SKYSCRAPER GETS BOOST FROM LOAN

A US$226-million loan has given a boost to developer Damac International for Damac Tower or Aykon London One, a 50-story luxury residential tower designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) in London's Nine Elms district near Battersea Power Station, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat reports, citing Architects' Journal. With the façade approaching the 20th floor this past spring, the Jenga-like tower is slated for completion in 2021. It will contain 450 homes with interiors inspired by fashion designer Versace. Describing the financing as "a vote of confidence in the U.K. and Damac's track record," Damac Chairman Hussain Sajwani said the developer is seeking further investment opportunities in London.

ALIMAK LONDON BMU ORDER BUILDS ON EXISTING RELATIONSHIP

Alimak Group subsidiary CoxGomyl has landed an order from Chalegrove Properties for two 5000 Series Building Maintenance Units (BMUs) for construction of The Landmark Pinnacle in London's Canary Wharf, which, at 75 stories, will be one of the tallest residential towers in the city. The US$880,374 order builds on an existing partnership with Chalegrove on the project, for which Alimak is providing construction hoists, and "showcases the benefits of the integrated offering after two large acquisitions," according to Alimak. Engineering work is underway, with the BMUs scheduled for delivery in mid-2019.

TALLEST BUILDING IN BIRMINGHAM, U.K., TO RISE IN NOVEMBER

Developer Court Collaboration said ONE Eastside, a 51-story tower containing 667 residential rental units in Birmingham, U.K., will start rising in November ahead of an anticipated completion in late 2022, World Construction Network reports. Taking the place of the CEAC Building in Eastside, it will be the city's tallest and close to a new HS2 rail station with direct links to London and numerous Birmingham landmarks such as Grand Central. The plan includes public areas, while resident amenities will feature a rooftop sky bar, a cinema and fitness facilities. In the spring, Court Collaboration was assembling a global investment team.

SOM WINS APPROVAL FOR EAST LONDON DEVELOPMENT

Architecture firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has received approval from planners to proceed with a residential development that would bring 796 homes to East London and would include a 23-story tower as its centerpiece, BD Online reported on April 16. During its most-recent meeting, the Newham council’s strategic development committee approved the plan, which was drawn up for developers Mount Anvil and the London International Exhibition Centre. At an earlier meeting, the committee deferred on a decision for the project, which would sit on a 1.03-ha. site next to the ExCel center. Sticking points included concerns over the project's scale and massing, as well as questions about its plans for affordable housing. Approval came after planning officers noted the project had “evolved positively through early engagement” with the council’s Design Review Panel. The project still will require the backing of London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

EW 2019 PHOTO CONTEST DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 15

The deadline for entries in the 2019 ELEVATOR WORLD Photo Contest has been extended to May 15. Submit your photos here for consideration by a panel of EW judges, who will choose up to 20 finalists from each category. Those finalists will then be presented online during the month of June, where readers can vote to determine each category’s winner. Winners and runners-up will be featured in the August 2019 issue of EW and highlighted online. All qualified submissions will be posted in a special photo contest gallery online, as well. Winners will receive US$250 cash or the equivalent in Elevator World, Inc. educational products or advertising. Details can be found here.

IEES CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

The deadline for the second-annual International Elevator and Escalator Symposium’s (IEES) call for abstracts is June 14. The IEES Technical Committee and will then review them and share their assessments on July 8. The technical and educational symposium, to be held at Bally’s Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas on December 3-4, is organized by Liftinstituut Solutions and Elevator World, Inc. This year’s theme is safety of elevators and escalators during their life cycle: maintenance and inspections. Papers can be submitted here; for more information, visit website.

CIBSE LIFTS GROUP MANCHESTER MEETING COMING UP

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Lifts Group is holding a meeting on June 12 at 4-6 p.m. at the Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Elliot House, Manchester, U.K. Speakers include Michael Bottomley with “The British Lift,” Pamela Gray with “Ampetronic – Assistive Listening in Lifts” and Adam Scott with an update and debate on codes and standards. Those wishing to book are asked to do so at website.

70TH ANNUAL NAEC CONVENTION & EXPO IN GRAND RAPIDS

The National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) announces its 70th Annual Convention & 2019 Exposition is coming up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on September 16-19. The largest vertical-transportation industry event in North America, the event will host more than 200 companies exhibiting their products and technology, and provide networking and education opportunities. A variety of sessions will allow participants to earn continuing-education credits, and roundtable discussions will provide a chance to discuss relevant issues and share experiences in small group settings. Social functions, including the newly created main event CELEBRATE, will be focused on celebrating NAEC’s 70th anniversary and solidifying industry camaraderie. For more information about attending or exhibiting, contact Megan Ragan at phone: (770) 760-9660 or email.

Apr. 9-23

PROJECT TO BRING TALLEST BUILDING TO LONDON BOROUGH

Developers are planning a high-rise project that would bring 251 affordable homes, affordable workspaces and an incorporated supermarket to the Alperton neighborhood of London's Brent borough, construction-oriented website pcbtoday.co.uk reports. Known as Minavil House, the 27-story tower would be the tallest building in Brent and would "make a significant contribution to addressing the capital's affordable housing crisis," the source said. The project will also include a café next to the adjacent Grand Union Canal. The “car-free” development sits across from the Alperton Underground Station and will include resident-owned units and rental apartments. Completion is expected in 2022.

STUDENT-HOUSING TOWER PART OF UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL PLAN

A 21-story tower housing approximately 950 students is part of the University of Bristol's plan to redevelop seven acres on the dormant Temple Quarter site on Arena Island near Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station, the oldest and largest station in Bristol, England, itv News reports. Construction, which includes a trio of towers and teaching, research and innovation space for 800 staff members and 3,000 students, is slated to start in 2020. The university is gathering public feedback through May 1 and plans to welcome its first students to the site in 2022.

U.K.’S PICKERINGS HIRES MANAGING DIRECTOR

Paul Brooks recently succeeded Ian Bowers as managing director of Cleveland, U.K.-based Pickerings Lifts. Bowers has retired, which has initiated further changes within the company’s executive board, with former Service Sales and Marketing Director Gary Rains having been promoted to service director. In his new role, Brooks will be responsible for the strategy, growth and direction of Pickerings, as well as taking responsibility for key customer accounts. Brooks joined the company in 2014 as head of divisional operations before being promoted to service director in 2018.

“WORLD’S TALLEST” VERTICAL LIFT BRIDGE FOR LONDON

The Architects’ Journal recently reported on details of a proposal to construct the world’s tallest vertical lift bridge in southeast London. It mentions Transport for London documents seen by New Civil Engineer that show plans for a 90-m-tall, 180-m-span vertical lift bridge to connect Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf. These dimensions would make it both the longest and tallest vertical lift bridge in the world. It would also be 15 m wide, and its deck would lift to a height of 60 m. Bridge specialist Knight Architects of Buckinghamshire, U.K. won a key design role for engineering and architectural support on the project. A Transport for London spokesperson said "We are still working on the designs and plans," which have yet to go to public consultation.

LONDON TULIP APPROVED BY PLANNERS

Planners have approved the proposed Tulip, a 305-m-tall cultural attraction in downtown London (ELENET 762 and 770), the BBC recently reported. City of London Corp. said it was "truly unique" and would help increase the number of visitors at the Square Mile. They also contended that any harm done by its view blocking or ostentatiousness would be "less than substantial" and outweighed by the "benefits" of the proposal. However, London Mayor Sadiq Khan still has to sign off, and Greater London Authority planners have 14 days to respond. Khan has “significant concerns with the design approach” and design, he wrote in January. The authority previously advised the Tulip failed to follow the London Plan, BBC also reported. If approved, the Foster + Partners-designed, Jacob J. Safra-owned tower (like the Gherkin) would be built at 20 Bury Street beside the Gherkin.

LEIA PROMOTES U.K. APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

The U.K.’s Lift and Escalator Industry Association (LEIA) has been promoting a new Lift and Escalator Apprenticeship Standard: the Lift and Escalator Trailblazer Group’s Level 3 Standard and Assessment Plan for Lift and Escalator apprentices, which was approved for delivery by the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education. The standard is available to the industry to develop employees capable of carrying out the installation or maintenance, repair and modernization of lifts and escalators. A maximum funding level of GBP21,000 (US$27,475) has been awarded for the program. This level of funding allows for the building of an enhanced and comprehensive program. Additionally, age barriers have been removed from the “apprentice” role, so employers can recruit a wider range of candidates.

SAFELINE GROUP OPENS U.K. OFFICE

Swedish lift safety company SafeLine Group opened a U.K. office in the Crayford area of London, where it says "the heart of the U.K. lift business" lies. Led by Stuart Garcia, CEO of SafeLine Group UK, the office will offer same-day collection from its trade counter in Crayford and next-day delivery to customers anywhere in the country. Customers will also be able to use the supply and fit service from SafeLine's in-house lift technicians. Located at Unit 47, Acorn Industrial Park, Crayford, Kent, it is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The company supplies lift emergency phones, with more than 250,000 installations across Europe, and has manufactured more than 100,000 units of its SL6 phone system. It also sells CANopen Lift products, and its local-market product experts are also lift engineers.

BACK-TO-BACK ESCALATOR INCIDENTS AT U.K. MALL

Birmingham Live has reported on two escalator accidents in 24 hours at the Cornbow Shopping Centre in Halesowen, U.K. The first, occurring on April 8, saw an elderly man colliding with three other shoppers when he fell down a unit. All four were taken to the hospital after being treated at the scene. The incident is being investigated. In the second, a woman was taken to the hospital following a fall on an escalator on April 9. She had boarded with a full cart of fruits and vegetables. Her injuries are “potentially serious,” an ambulance service spokesperson said. The shopping center manager informed the public that three lifts are available for those unsure about using the escalators.

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