Lift Shaft Repair

Lift shaft repair by The Comprehensive Group – one of the most difficult access areas to carry out remedial repair works.

Lift shafts by nature are usually totally enclosed with either a square or rectangular construction. Rising vertically from the basement through a building to often terminate above roof level, makes accessing the lift shaft to conduct any remedial repairs or replacements a highly difficult access area, and a unique challenge.

Designing Buildings Wiki explains why Lift Shafts have several important functions and this is why when a lift shaft repair is required, works are conducted as soon as possible, with H&S and previous experience are at the forefront of any works.

Lift shafts have several important functions:

  • Their fire-resisting construction is designed to ensure that lift operation is not impaired by a fire breaking out on any of the floors of a building. As such they become protected shafts. If they were not fire-resisting construction, they could form flue-like apertures that might allow the spread of fire through convection currents and firebrands.
  • They can provide a zone for locating the lift mechanism, although sometimes lift machinery is located in rooms located outside the shaft.
  • Their construction usually affords users of areas immediately around the shaft with a degree of noise separation from the lift operating machinery.
  • They can form part of the structural core that stabilises buildings.

The difficult access foundations of a lift shaft repair results in a detailed RAMS being compiled and sent across to our client for pre-works approval. This means any queries and questions can be answered prior to works commencing.

Our latest lift shaft repair project saw The Comprehensive Group (TCG) being instructed by a UK-wide facility management firm who had a lift shaft at one of the skyscraper office blocks which required remedial works following an engineer’s yearly building inspection.

The confined space resulted in Rope Access being the ideal method to reach the areas that required repairing. TCG were instructed to fit 6no. UKA brackets to the lift shaft wall and steel fixed with bolts and resin anchors to ensure no further movement of the surrounding brickwork would occur. Prior to installing the UKA brackets, our IRATA trained rope access technicians had to grind out the existing mortar and re-seal the joints with an industry leading non-shrink grout as an added longevity repair to the affected area of concern.

Upon completion, TCG Project Team compiled a photographic report for our client’s records and reassurance to the building’s inhabitants.

If you have a high level or difficult access repair project then contact The Comprehensive Group today to discuss and arrange a free of charge site survey!