Maximising independence for all in Edinburgh

Once again, Stannah is doing the locomotion with a major Network Rail revamp – moving millions of people around Edinburgh Waverley, a 24-7 main line railway station sited in Scotland’s capital centre.

As part of a £130-million investment to support a burgeoning tide of passengers, Stannah’s Major Projects team has fast-tracked an extensive lift replacement and refurbishment program culminating in an illuminated bespoke passenger duplex on the station roofline.

Works included: relocating an existing mailroom on platform 10 on a 33-hour Disruptive Possession; removing a 33-person hydraulic lift on platform 8/9 and replacing it with a 33-person, Network Rail specification, 2-floor semi-scenic hydraulic lift; installing an 8-person MRL lift as a temporary solution while the lift on platform 8/9 was being installed; and extending the existing 2-floor, 16-person New Street Car Park hydraulic lift to serve three floors to include the new bridge level and the new entrance on Market Street. Several further lift replacements are also in the pipeline.

Importantly, the Stannah Major Projects team responded to a revised schedule that compressed a 10-week project into 30 working days and installed a bespoke hydraulic passenger lift duplex, operating at 0.63mps and located directly above the rail track. This is a show-stopping feature, particularly after dark when the Italian lighting system (also installed by Stannah) throws it into dramatic and futuristic relief against Edinburgh’s ancestral backdrop.

Stannah Project Manager for Edinburgh Waverley, Jerry Sutton, comments: “Whilst flexing operations around a hectic train timetable, we have successfully increased the people-moving capacity of this main line station by offering a comprehensive relocation, refurbishment, renewal, bridging and bespoke lift solution. Even when faced with a drastically reduced deadline we worked flat out, day and night, to deliver on time and budget. Of course, the floodlit rooftop duplex blazons both Stannah’s capability and Edinburgh Waverley’s emergence as a 21st-century rail hub.”

Not only do the Stannah passenger lifts ensure that Network Rail meets the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, they are serviced by the Scotland branch of Stannah Lift Services, part of a nationwide network providing 24 hour, 365 days a year support.

Stannah Lift Services Major Projects team works closely with contractors and developers to

provide bespoke lift solutions, escalators and moving walkways to retro-fit and new-build developments right across the UK.

Project website: https://www.stannahlifts.co.uk/case-studies/maximising-independence-all-edinburgh

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