Traditional Lift Products have recently completed the design and manufacture of 23 car linings as part of a refurbishment at HSBC’s headquarters in Hong Kong. The 179m high building designed in the early 1980’s by Foster & Partners; appearing much ahead of its time, had to meet one objective: “to create the best bank building in the world”.
The new lift designs had to meet challenging architectural requirements which included bespoke aluminium handrails and skirting sections; extruded and machined to very small tolerances. The sections were machined to enable LED strips to be contained within the extrusion allowing them to shine up through the v-grooved glass which they supported.
The glass was supported with seamless effect by the innovative use of clamping methodology. This resulted in no visible connections and enabled the full effect of the light transfer through the glass to be created.
The installation was carried out to a tight schedule over 6 phases, which meant TLP had to ensure all parts were manufactured and shipped on time. Each set of linings were individually protected and encased before being sent to Hong Kong via airfreight or sea.
TLP visited Hong Kong to act as a consultant during the installation of the first lift car. This was to ensure that the installation followed the site specific method statement and was completed successfully to the approved design. It also provided the opportunity to make any necessary modifications to increase efficiency for the remaining phases and ensure the project was completed on schedule.