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March 16-29

EAST LONDON RAILWAY SYSTEM INKS VT MONITORING DEAL

Docklands Light Railway (DLR) has inked a deal with vertical-transportation (VT) equipment monitoring company WeMaintain to provide predictive maintenance for 86 lifts and 30 escalators, the East London Advertiser reports. Observing it had Europe’s first computer-controlled driverless trains when it opened in 1987, DLR links the Canary Wharf development with the Isle of Dogs and Stratford in East London. Under the deal, WeMaintain will use sensors to provide data to DLR engineers in real time, providing early warnings about VT equipment failure so problems can be proactively resolved.

U.K. COMPANY BECOMES DISTRIBUTOR OF KONNEX LIGHTBELT

BEW Lift Division, based in Ilford, U.K., is now the exclusive distributor of Lightbelt systems by Konnex GmbH, an international designer and manufacturer of metal and plastic products. Aimed at creating a safer working environment by providing a well-lit lift shaft, Lightbelt utilizes a ratchet technique to adjust the tension of the LED strip, which can remain lit for 3 hr in emergency/backup mode. BEW Lift states the system requires only two mounting points and can be cut to suit various lift shafts and retrofitted to existing ones.

EW LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE

ELEVATOR WORLD’s new website is now live. The culmination of several months of work, the revamped site includes the following new features:

  • Integration with our updated subscription model, making the website fully content-driven
  • All past issues are being added as digital flipbooks and in HTML format (by article) for fully searchable content. All subscribers will have two to three years of EW available at launch. Eventually, this benefit will be expanded to include all issues over EW's 68 years.
  • Daily News is categorized by "U.S." or "International," but there is an option to continue reading all at once.
  • The main menu is much easier to navigate search.
  • The "Events" (industry calendar) page is now fully integrated into the website, instead of on an external "Directory" page. "Classifieds" and "Directory" will also soon be incorporated into the main site.

 

March 2-15

APPROVAL GIVEN FOR BIRMINGHAM, U.K. DEVELOPMENT

Camp Hill, in the center of Birmingham, U.K., is to receive at least one 26-story tower as part of a 4-acre plan by Eutopia Homes to bring 480 new residences, a hotel and commercial space, pbctoday reports. Designed by Darling Associates and funded by Chenavari Investment Managers, the development would cost GBP130 million (US$181 million) and include seven blocks of buildings ranging from three to 26 stories joined by walkways and landscaping. It was approved by the secretary of state following a 15-month wait since the Birmingham City Council planning officers recommended its approval. The tallest tower is to house 180 apartments, which will sit alongside a further 300 rental homes, including 12 four-bedroom townhouses.

IRISH RAIL TO ADDRESS VT AT 22 STATIONS IN 2021

TheJournal.ie recently reported on Irish Rail's accessibility-driven plans to upgrade or replace vertical transportation (VT) at 22 stations this year. The service confirmed a total of 22 stations — 10 of which are in Dublin — earmarked for the work. Templemore, Thurles, Ballybrophy, Laytown, Leixlip Louisa Bridge, Monasterevin, Tullamore, Athlone and Ballinasloe stations are to get new "heavy-duty stainless-steel electric traction lifts," and modernization will take place at 11 other stations. Escalator replacements will be done at Dublin’s Connolly and Pearse stations. Finally, a system dubbed "Lift Call" will be initiated in efforts to monitor lifts by closed-circuit TV to prevent unauthorized access and vandalism.

POPULAR PUB COULD MAKE WAY FOR WALES’ TALLEST BUILDING

The Draycott Group wants to demolish a commercial complex on Butte Terrace in Cardiff, Wales, that houses the popular pub and entertainment venue Porter's to make way for a 35-story apartment tower that would be the tallest building in Wales, walesonline.uk reported in March. Wales' current tallest building is the 29-story Meridian Tower in Swansea. An active developer in the area, Draycott purchased the property in May 2018, and Porter's' lease expires in October 2021. Draycott would bring 350 residences to the market, and Porter's will relocate to another Cardiff location. The developer has hired a consultant to help with planning and demolition applications.

BOY IN MOSCOW IN ICU AFTER ESCALATOR INCIDENT

A four-year-old boy suffered serious head injuries, plus chest injuries, after holding an ascending escalator’s handrail at a Moscow shopping mall and falling 20 ft, Daily Mail reports. The March 4 incident reportedly occurred when his parents were not watching, and he eventually fell onto a café counter under the moving staircase, sustaining head and chest injuries. He was last reported to be in an intensive care unit (ICU) at a Moscow hospital. The Russian Investigative Committee’s spokesperson said the authorities are “conducting an initial inquiry into the case.”

February 16-March 1

THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR BECOMES TK ELEVATOR; BRANDED TKE

thyssenkrupp Elevator is now TK Elevator, branded TKE, the company announced on February 25. The new name and brand follows the company's becoming a standalone entity following its purchase by a consortium of Advent, Cinven and RAG AG in February 2020. Suggesting the energy and optimism of a sunrise, the purple and orange colors and bold appearance of the new logo points to the company's aspirations, TKE explained. "The new TKE brand is. . . a great opportunity to strengthen our market positioning and technology leadership in next-generation mobility services, TKE CEO Peter Walker said. “With the recent integration of our cloud-based digital platform MAX into all kinds of new elevator and escalator systems, we have made a significant step toward digitalization of our products and services."

NEARLY 1,000 AFFORDABLE HOMES AND MORE FOR WEST LONDON

Work is being done to make way for the mixed-use The Verdean in Acton in the Borough of Ealing, West London, PBC Today reports. Developers Catalyst and Mount Anvil worked with local lawmakers and community members to conceive their plan, which will deliver 990 homes (45% of them affordable), commercial space, green space, a children’s play area and a community facility close to the Acton Mainline Crossrail Station. The first structure to launch, according to Abode2, will be a 24-story tower scheduled for completion in 2024. Julian Bell, leader of the Ealing Council, said the development will create jobs and apprenticeships for local residents and help the borough achieve its goal of delivering 2,500 affordable homes by April 2022.