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

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National Lift Tower

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Welcome to The National Lift Tower

Please click here for abseiling and other charity events at the tower.

The National Lift Tower is a 127m (418ft) purpose built lift testing tower located in the UK.

Built by the Express Lift Company, the tower is now privately owned and operated as a research, development and lift testing facility. All of the extensive resources at the tower are commercially available.

The facilities at the tower include six lift shafts of varying heights and speeds, one of which is a high speed shaft with a travel of 100m and a theoretical maximum speed of 10m/s. We also have a drop test facility with a height of 30m and a lifting capacity of 10 tonnes and a 77m vertical void used for research.

The tower has excellent transport links being situated next to the M1, having three international airports within one hours drive and with a local train station on the main line to London.

We are strategic partners with the University Of Northampton and with them, are able to offer training of various types throughout the year.

The National Lift Tower Association exists in order to promote learning and co-operation within the lift industry. We host three workshops a year using our in-house conferencing levels. These levels are also available to others to host their own conferences or meetings.

We have in-house experts who are able to help with or conduct research and development projects. We also have a fully equipped and workshop for light engineering tasks.

As well as being available to the lift industry, the uniqueness of the tower makes it valuable to other sectors such as rope access training, personal safety equipment testing and telecommunications provision.


For information for booking abseils at the tower, please follow this link to an external website

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.