London’s largest independent lift manufacturer, Apex Lifts, has installed a new eight floor sugar-only lift for Tate & Lyle Sugars at its iconic Thames refinery in Silvertown, East London.
The goods-only lift transports nothing but sugar up and down eight floors of the Thames refinery, which has been refining the sugar since 1878. The lift is part of a larger project to modernise a previously redundant part of the building.
“The new lift is safe, reliable and efficient, and has allowed us to reduce our carbon footprint.” explains Andrew Harvey, Project Engineer at Tate & Lyle Sugars.
Tate & Lyle Sugars is a leading name in sugar production, with a product portfolio that includes Demerara sugar, fondant icing sugar and Lyle’s Golden Syrup.
The new lift incorporates a call and send system with KAT 2 detector edges for safety. A complete new lift car sling and car interior along with safety gear & equipment has been installed. The shutter gates on each floor were also completely renewed, alongside an automatic gate at the ground floor, which can be operated by the forklift driver loading the lift. The motor room has also been moved from the 14th floor, the roof of the building, to the 9th floor as the top part of the building will no longer be used.
“From design, to manufacturing and through to installation, the lift project for Tate & Lyle Sugars has been challenging; it was vital to ensure heavy loads of sugar were delivered safely and efficiently throughout the building,” explains Managing Director of Apex Lifts, Warren Jenchner. “We’ve never created a sugar-only lift before!”
About Apex Lifts
Apex Lifts (apexlifts.com) is London’s largest independent lift manufacturing and elevator servicing company. With over four decades of trading excellence, Apex maintains, repairs, refurbishes, installs and manufactures quality bespoke lifts throughout London and Southern England.
Apex Lift’s philosophy has remained unchanged for 43 years: Our commitment to excellence will always be demonstrated in the service we provide. The first company within the UK lift industry to be awarded all three major quality management accreditations, over the years Apex has secured some of the most prestigious lift contracts, including for the Royal Households.
Delivered from our in-house facilities Apex provides flexible out of hours amenities and lift services, and whilst no installation or service contract is ever the same, every one conforms to stringent European and British Standards. Apex Lifts is dedicated to providing a standard of product and service that will not just meet your needs, but exceed your expectations.
At Apex, we understand how important employees are, and pride ourselves on our training and continued development of apprentices and staff. We have an unrivalled team of highly skilled personnel who have dedicated many years of hard work to serving our business and our customers. Every Apex Lift's staff member must display at pre-appointment stage obvious communication and people skills, in addition to understanding the importance of a flexible ‘can do’ approach.
Apex Lifts is an EAL approved assessment centre and the Apex Training Academy provides support not only for our own staff, but for our clients too, so you can get a real insight in to operating and maintaining your own lifts and elevators.