Pickerings Lifts recently took on an exciting lift refurbishment project in Jersey, at one of the main attractions on the island.
The Jersey War Tunnels, located in St Lawrence, opened to the public in 1946 and tells the story of life in occupied Jersey.
The museum is a partially completed underground hospital, built by German occupying forces during WWII. After the Channel Islands were liberated in 1945, the complex was converted into a museum.
Pickerings Lifts renovated the passenger lift that runs between the gift shop and the café, in order to ensure access for disabled and mobility-impaired visitors.
The existing lift controller, hydraulic power pack, car door entrance and operator were all replaced with new components. The parts replaced were ‘open protocol’, which means that the Jersey War Tunnels will not be tied into sole supply, ensuring full flexibility for any future lift maintenance.
The renovation took place in February 2018 whilst the museum was closed for the winter. The project took three weeks from start to finish, ready in time for the for the museum to open to the public on the 1st of March.
Regular meetings were held between Pickerings Lifts and representatives from the Jersey War Tunnels to discuss the progress that had been made. Following a thorough testing by the Pickerings Lifts engineers, the lift was then handed over to the Jersey War Tunnels team at the end of the project.
Haley Blampied, Company Secretary for the Jersey War Tunnels said of the renovation: “We welcome several thousand visitors over the course of the year at the Jersey War Tunnels and pride ourselves on our accessibility for disabled visitors as well as visitors with buggies and pushchairs. Our lift is essential for providing easy access between floors and we were pleased with the efficient, professional service we received from the Pickerings Lifts engineers.”
Ian Woodward, Regional Manager for Pickerings Lifts, was responsible for overseeing the project. He said: “We were delighted to be involved in refurbishing the lift at the Jersey War Tunnels. The project ran very smoothly and our engineers worked hard to ensure the lift was in optimal condition before the museum reopened for the 2018 season.”
“Not many people are aware that Pickerings Lifts not only carry out lift renovations and repair across the UK, but also across the whole of the Channel Islands too.
If your company is in Jersey, Guernsey or any of the other Channel Islands and you are looking for a reliable, reputable company to renovate or look after your lift, we’d love to hear from you.”
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