After removing the old cogs and chain, Liftec started clearing the site last week. They cleared the shaft and machine room of the mechanical equipment. If required, any further cleaning will be carried out this week, with hopefully minimal disruption to us.
(Paternoster cogs being removed from the site)
Other works to update the lift cars and equipment are being carried out off-site for the time being, but electrical works are programmed to commence within the library from the 23-24 March.
If you’ve been in the Albert Sloman Library recently, you’ve probably seen the bright new displays in front of the paternoster openings on each floor. You may have also heard the sounds of heavy objects being moved around, but what is happening on the other side of the barriers? If it all seems a little mysterious, read on to find out what is going on behind the scenes!
First, a quick catch-up of what’s happened so far:
Once all the old parts are removed, restoration work can start. These works include:
If it sounds like a lot of work, that’s because it is! The paternoster lift was originally built over fifty years ago, and since then it’s only been updated twice (in 1975 and 1995), so there’s a lot that needs to be done to ensure it will continue working for years to come. That being said, we’re pleased to report that the restored lift is on track to reopen next autumn!
We’re delighted that the paternoster will soon be open and accessible for visitors to the Albert Sloman Library, and we’re looking forward to seeing it in action again.
Scaffolding has now been erected in the paternoster shaft, and the mechanical lift equipment (chains and gears) will be dismantled and removed over the next couple of weeks.
We don't anticipate much disruption, but will keep you posted!
All of the cars have now been removed, and the new graphics installed on the hoardings.
Over the weekend (15-16 Feb), there will be some noisy works taking place whilst scaffolding is erected in the shaft in preparation for the heavy machinery (chains and gears) being removed next week.
We apologise for any disruption caused whilst this work is taking place. You may wish to avoid the landings as a place for study during this time, and sit at the end of the floors instead. Alternatively, you may want to study in the Student Centre whilst these works take place.
This week, we'll be continuing to remove the cars from the paternoster shaft with the aim of having them all out by Friday.
We are also still in the process of installing the new graphics with information on the project on the hoardings, and expect this work to be completed at the beginning of the week.
This week, we'll be continuing the process of removing the cars (all 14 of them) from the shaft. As the cars are bigger and heavier than initially anticipated, there will be some disruption whilst they are moved from the hoarding out of the building. We will try to keep this to a minimum, and at less busy times of day, likely to be the first half of the mornings.
New graphics explaining what is happening will be installed on the hoardings at the end of next week (30-31 January).
Workers are on the scene installing new hoardings around the paternoster landing. New barriers will be put up in the central landing on every floor (G-5), but they won't obstruct access to the main lift or stairs. Take a look at the Alternative access routes page for more information on how to navigate the building whilst works are taking place.
The initial phase of work begins this week on Thursday 12 and Friday 13 December.
This will involve replacing the existing hoardings with new larger ones to enable work to take place in the paternoster shaft.