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Enjoy reading the most important industry news items happening in the UK on a regular basis. The UK Lift / Elevator / Escalator Industry is unique in many ways and generates news that cannot easily be found on other media platforms. EWUK Magazine is the news forum for this specialist industry. News items are submitted by various sectors of the industry, including Lift Contractors, Lift Consultants, Architects, Property Managers, Building Owners, Equipment Suppliers and Government Bodies.

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Mar. 11-Feb. 26

ROOFTOP BAR WITH OWN ELEVATOR NOW PART OF U.K. TOWER PLAN

A rooftop champagne bar with a dedicated elevator has been incorporated into High Street Group's Hadrian's Tower, which, at 27 stories, will be the tallest building in Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K., ChronicleLive reports. Designed by FaulknerBrowns, the Rutherford Street tower will have 162 apartments and is set to open in 2020. Approximately half of the units have been sold to overseas investors. High Street is planning events to market the apartments to local buyers. The Laurent-Perrier-branded bar will be open to the public year-round, and the development is expected to incorporate communal areas and high-tech features such as apps residents can use to do things such as hire a car or book a restaurant.

IEES ANNOUNCED FOR DECEMBER

A call for papers, and registration for attendees and exhibitors is now open for the second-annual International Elevator and Escalator Symposium (IEES), to be held at Bally’s Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas on December 3-4. The technical and educational symposium for the global vertical-transportation industry 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, and for more information, or to register or book a booth, email or visit website.

KONE PROVIDING VT FOR GOOGLE’S LONDON “LANDSCRAPER”

Google has selected KONE to provide the vertical-transportation (VT) package for its new U.K. headquarters, the 11-story, 312-m-long "landscraper" KGX1 in London's King's Cross being built by Lendlease and designed by Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Construction Enquirer reports. The order includes 38 elevators and two escalators. KONE Executive Vice President, Central and North Europe Thomas Hinnerskov said the structure will bring a "whole new concept of working" to a busy area of London. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who inaugurated KGX1 in late 2017, referred to the US$1.3-billion investment that will house up to 7,000 employees as a sign that the city is open for business despite Brexit looming, Quartz previously reported. Comparable in length to the height of the Empire State Building in New York City, the structure could be a sign of future development in regions such as the U.S. Midwest. It could also open up possibilities for thyssenkrupp's ropeless, sideways-moving MULTI elevator system.

ELEVATOR WORLD ACCEPTING 2019 PEOPLE ISSUE NOMINATIONS

Know of someone in the elevator industry who is deserving of recognition? If so, now is the time to submit nominations for the ELEVATOR WORLD 2019 People Issue, to be published in June. The elevator industry is built on dedicated, hardworking people and their stories, ideas, opinions, contributions and successes. EW's goal is to provide readers with stories of a diverse array of professionals who make an impact on our industry through the work they do for their companies, their communities and the industry as a whole. To submit a nomination, visit the online form. Be sure to explain the nominee’s contributions to his or her company, community and the elevator industry, and/or their interesting story. The EW staff will review all submissions and respond by April 12 if your nominee is selected. Only a select number of submissions will be featured in the June magazine. Others selected will be highlighted online during that month. If you have any questions, contact us at email.

Feb. 25-Mar. 10

GIBRALTAR OFFICIALS ENDORSE MULTITOWER PROJECT

The government of the British territory Gibraltar has endorsed the construction of a multitower project that would add 665 residences, but the plan is proving to be controversial, The Express reports. The developers of Hassan Centenary Terraces envision six waterfront towers up to 33 stories tall in the northeastern section of the territory, with at least some of the units described as “affordable.” Spanish authorities are challenging the project, however, saying the land has been “illegally reclaimed,” despite it being on the shores of the British territory. The challenge stems from a longstanding dispute over territorial waters — the U.K. claims authority over a small area of sea surrounding Gibraltar, while officials in Madrid assert sovereignty over all waters around the territory except for its port. The proposal is also facing criticism from Gibraltar’s own planning commission, which is raising concerns about the visual impact the towers would have on the iconic landscape.

UPDATE: THE U.K. AND TRADE

BBC NEWS recently reported that if the U.K. leaves the European Union (EU) without a deal on 29 March, it would immediately lose its approximately 40 trade agreements with more than 70 countries it has enjoyed as a member. Prime Minister Theresa May's government wants to replicate the EU's trade agreements as much as it can, however, so they are in place in the event of a no-deal Brexit. However, only four of these have been made, with Labour's Shadow International Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner saying talks on 19 other deals were "significantly off track" and that "two are not even being negotiated." So far, only deals with Switzerland, the Faroe Islands, Eastern and Southern Africa, and Chile have been struck. Deals have also been signed with the U.S., Australia and New Zealand, but BBC points out “these are ‘mutual recognition agreements’ and not free trade agreements.” It adds that trade would not stop if the U.K. leaves with no deal, though some barriers would go up due to World Trade Organization rules applying, instead of a custom agreement, harming some businesses via tariffs.

LIFT SYMPOSIUM: SECOND CALL FOR PAPERS

The second call for papers has been issued by the Lift and Escalator Symposium Educational Trust for its 10th Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies. It is to be held on September 18-19, 2019, at Highgate House in Northampton, U.K. To register or submit papers, visit website. The symposium is now indexed in Scopus, beginning with the 2015 iteration. It is indexed as “Symposium on Lift and Escalator Technologies.”

“PRIZED” LONDON STATION CONTRACTS LET

Building.co.uk recently reported that what it calls "the prized deals" for London’s new HS2 Ltd. rail stations at Euston and Old Oak Common have been let to international consultancy/construction company Mace Group and international infrastructure group Balfour Beatty. Their combined value is approximately GBP3 billion (US$3.88 billion), with half of that being the work at Euston. Designed by Grimshaw Architects, this station will have 11 platforms, with other work including expanding the existing underground station and linking the complex to the nearby Euston Square tube station. HS2’s plans for Old Oak Common are "to set standards for design with big, light, open spaces, excellent wayfinding and prominent lifts and escalators, [and] making it easier for passengers with luggage to move around," New Civil Engineer previously reported. Its designs were drawn up by a team led by WSP and architect WilkinsonEyre. The stations will be built under construction management contracts. The Mace team includes Spanish firm Dragados, and Balfour Beatty has teamed with Vinci and transportation-planning consultancy Systra. Demolition work has been ongoing since last fall, and phased openings are planned to begin in 2026.

PLANS SUBMITTED FOR LARGE REDEVELOPMENT IN LONDON

A team submitted plans to redevelop York Gardens and Winstanley Road estates in Battersea, south London, into a neighborhood with 2,550 homes, a park and a sports center, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat reports. London-based architecture firm HTA Design is working with Henley Halebrown and LA Architects for a development team consisting of the Wandsworth Council and homebuilder Taylor Wimpey plc. The first phase is ambitious, with 500 homes in a 32-story tower and a shorter tower designed by HTA and a leisure center and library designed by LA Architects, an eight-story “London mansion”-inspired apartment building designed by Henley Halebrown, a 14-story apartment tower designed by HTA, and a 2.5-ha park. HTA, Figureground Architects and Henley Halebrown previously won approval for a 20-story, 139-unit residential tower, along with a six-story community building at the site.

Feb. 11-24

OTIS UK NOW MAINTAINS 340 UNITS AT GATWICK AIRPORT

Gatwick in West Sussex, U.K., has appointed Otis UK the service provider for 340 elevators, escalators and moving walks in the U.K.’s second-largest airport. The five-year contract "marks a significant expansion of the company’s footprint in the U.K. major infrastructure market," Otis UK said. It will have a team of onsite service engineers for the work. The airport transports 46 million passengers annually and serves more than 228 destinations in 74 countries.

CNN ARTICLE GIVES ELEVATOR OVERVIEW

CNN recently published “A Short History of the Elevator.” While it may not have any revelations for readers of ELEVATOR WORLD, it offers interesting statistics and should be informative for laypeople. Dr. Lee Gray is quoted often as an expert voice. Gray is an EW correspondent and columnist, and curator of The Elevator Museum and professor of Architectural History at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.

STOCKPILING AN EFFECT OF NO-DEAL BREXIT POSSIBILITY

British manufacturers are stockpiling goods at near record rates in preparation for a no-deal Brexit, the Irish Examiner reported. Calling the possible event "calamitous," the source cited that the Markit/CIPS UK manufacturing purchasing managers’ index was 54.2 in December 2018, higher than the 53.6 recorded the previous month and marking a six-month high. (A figure above 50 indicates growth, and economists were expecting 52.5.) Uncertainties regarding Brexit disruption on supply chains and the exchange rate are also weighing on business confidence, and firms cited Brexit and exchange-rate uncertainties as weighing on their outlook for 2019.

37-STORY NEW CITY COURT PLANS FOR LONDON

The Architects' Journal recently reported that Allford Hall Monaghan Morris submitted plans to build a 37-story tower close to the Shard in London near London Bridge station. With more than 45,000 m2 of office space, New City Court would sit at 14/20 St Thomas Street and involve demolishing 1980s buildings on the site, which is within the Borough High Street conservation area. Tapering and stepping reduces the building’s footprint and reduces volume at the base and top. The plan has been in the works for the last four years and, if approved, would be built for Great Portland Estates.

OUT-OF-CONTROL ELEVATOR SCARES SHOPPERS IN WALES

An elevator at a shopping center in South Wales, U.K., traveled up and down over seven floors at a high rate of speed with 12 passengers trapped inside for approximately half an hour on January 26, CNN reports. No one was injured, but the shoppers described the event as terrifying, with one person stating the elevator hit the floor with a thud numerous times. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service responded to the incident, and the elevator remains closed. A spokesperson for the mall said the mishap was due to an equipment malfunction, and, “We will be reaching out to the individuals involved to offer a gesture of goodwill.”

PLANS FOR 52-STORY SKYSCRAPER SCRAPPED IN MANCHESTER

Plans for a 52-story tower that would have housed nearly 400 residences, more than 300 hotel rooms and retail have been scrapped by developer Manchester Quays in light of "an uncertain program for some of the residential elements," said a spokesman for Manchester Quays, a partnership between Allied London and Manchester City Council, The Architects’ Journal reports. The tower was part of the large St Johns development near Liverpool Road Station in Manchester, U.K. Those who bought homes in St Johns Place Tower will be refunded their deposits. The tower was designed by SimpsonHaugh, which has been very active locally of late, with plans for several residential and hotel towers in Manchester and Leeds.

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