13 Aug 2018

Pickerings Lifts & Cambridge University

St John’s College is the most iconic and photographed building in Cambridge.

Founded in 1511 and is one of the largest Colleges at the University with over 900 students, 150 resident academics and 250 staff.

Former alumni include former Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King, author Douglas Adams and actor Sir Derek Jacobi.

The colleges at the University of Cambridge are self-governing, meaning that they have control over the building and their own internal procedures, and have autonomy to choose which companies they work with.

St John’s College has been working with Pickerings Lifts since 2015. Pickerings Lifts provide lift maintenance and repair services to the seven lifts across the College campus, including one in the library, two in the School of Pythagoras (the College’s archive centre) as well as a lift in the kitchen.

Pickerings Lifts engineers service each lift four times a year and are on call to provide 24 hours a day, 365 days a year emergency support.

Engineers also installed a new lift and steel lift shaft in the 200 year old New Court building within the College grounds. To keep with the look and feel of the gothic listed building’s arched doorways, bespoke architraves (interior mouldings) were installed above the lift.

Our Regional Manager for the London North office and the Account Manager for St John’s College said:

“Our team of experienced engineers and office staff work with St John’s to provide the highest level of service available on the market.”

“We provide training to our engineers and staff to ensure we accommodate a diverse range of cultures and religions, as well as safeguarding training, to ensure that everyone involved on the contract is mindful of the health, safety and welfare of students.”

Steve Beeby, Superintendent of Buildings at St John’s College said

“We have worked with Pickerings Lifts for the past three years and are very pleased with the level of service they provide.”

“As over 1000 people live, study and work at the College, it is essential that we work with a company that has experience of undertaking work in an occupied building and ensuring staff and students are not disturbed when going about their day-to-day business.”


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