The National Lift Tower, Northampton, England
research, development, testing
 
   
   

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National Lift Tower
Northampton
NN5 5FH
England

tel : +44(0)1604 587745
email : click here

 

 

 
  • High speed
    shaft
  • Medium
    speed shaft
  • Engineers
    shaft
  • Drop test
    shaft
  • Training
    shaft 2
  • Training
    shaft 1
  • Hydraulic
    shaft
  • 40m test
    void
  • 77m test
    void
  • Drop testing

Lift speed

4.0m/s. Theoretically capable of 10m/s

Rated load

1300kg

Travel

100m

Floors

1,4,5,6,8,11,13,14,15,16,17. Auto doors on 1,16,17. Swing doors on the remaining levels

Control system

Lifteknic Qube control panel with Control Techniques drive unit

Motor

SAD gearless asynchronous motor (38.9Kw, 64.5A, 480V, 15.6Hz, 225rpm)

Safety equipment

Otis overspeed govenor and safety gear, OLEO buffers

Car

16 person


     

 

Lift speed

4.15m/s

Rated load

1250kg

Travel

40m

Floors

Autodoors on floors 12 and 15. Swing doors on floors 13 and 14

Control system

Lester Controls Almega with Magnetek HPV 900 regeneration

Motor

Ziehll-Abegg AC gearless (360V, 42Kw, 94A, 336rpm)


     

 

Lift speed

2.5m/s

Rated load

8 person, 630kg

Travel

115m

Floors

All floors

Control system

ILE control panel with Skycom controller and Fuji drive unit and regen unit

Motor

Express motor and gearbox

Safety equipment

Express overspeed governor and safety gear. OLEO buffers

Car

Express lift car and door operator


       

 

This extensive facility offers testing and type testing opportunities for safety components. The shaft is 27m tall with a ten tonne hoist and an electric cradle for installation and inspection of the components being tested.

The drop test shaft has dedicated access via roller shutters on the ground floor to allow for easy installation of equipment.

     

 

Lift speed

1.60m/s

Rated load

8 persons, 630kg

Floors

7,8,9

Control system

SMS control panel with Gefran drive unit

Motor

Express motor and gearbox

Safety equipment

Express over speed governor, OLEO buffers

Car

Express lift car and linear door operator


       

This shaft is currently out of service with no control system, ropes, car or guides. It is suitable for a company wishing to take on the whole shaft and install an entire lift system.

Floors

0,1,2

Travel

7.3m

Motor

Express Type

 

The "Hydraulic shaft" is historically named as such and is the most suitable for installing a hydraulic lift given that it has specific access from the drop test shaft for installaing rams. However, it is also suitable for installaing a standard traction lift and does in fact have a traction motor currently installed.

This shaft is currently out of service with no control system, ropes and or car. It is suitable for a company wishing to take on the whole shaft and install an entire lift system.

Floors

4,5 (autodoors)

Travel

Approx 18m

Motor

Express Type D

 

There are a number of tall vertical spaces in the tower which are not lift shafts. They are some of the spaces left once all the lift shafts were installed and are of use in their own right.

The 40m test void has a full height aluminium ladder installed of a type typically used in wind turbines and is therefore suitable for climber and and rescue training in those environments. It is also of use for companies developing, testing and marketing personal protection equipment for working at height.

       

 

The 77m test void has a galvanized steel ladder installed to half the void's total height. The ladder is of a type typically found permanently installed on the outside of buildings. It is therefore suitable for training people who work at height such as steeplejacks and telecommunications equipment installers.

This void is also suitable for running experiments on lift equipment such as ropes where height and all round access is important.

       

The high speed lift has been adapted so that we are able to carry out drop tests on many types of equipment, including fall arresters and descenders, at heights of up to 100 metres.

Tests can be repeated in rapid succession and this unique resource has proved itself invaluable for the development and testing of products still in the prototyping phase of development. Additionally, we are able to undertake periodic testing of products already on the market. The shaft has also been successfully used for type testing an advanced form of height safety system.

A brochure with more information can be downloaded here.

 


For information for booking abseils at the tower, please follow this link to an external website http://www.nationalabseilcentre.co.uk

Some new documents relating to the official opening of the tower by the Queen have been added to the media page. Many thanks to Dave O'Brien of SafeLine.