The Edificio Castelar – popularly known as the Edificio Vitalicio, after the bank which established its headquarters on the same site in the 19th century – is one of the most stately and emblematic buildings in the city of Santander, on the north coast of Spain.
A prestigious office building, constructed in the sixties and located in West End London, required a refurbishment which was to include triplex control lifts, one of them being an adjacent entrance fire fighting lift.
It feels like we're breaking new ground with every new project that we take on,' says one of the team working in IMEM's large-lift manufacturing shop, pointing over his shoulder at the enormous lift system taking shape behind him. Just over the last four months, the team that he is a part of has built over twenty different lift systems, all of them well above standard size. The lift car and frame which they have almost finished assembling will soon be delivered and installed in one of London's best-known buildings
Spain’s new Centro Botin art centre designed by Renzo Piano opens Designed by architect Renzo Piano, the new building’s elevatir have been fully designed, manufactured and installed by IMEM Lifts Spain's most important private cultural foundation opened its doors in Santander on Friday 23 June with a solemn ceremony attended, among many other personalities, by the Spanish Royals. The Centro Botín, an arts centre designed by Pritzker Prize-winner architect Renzo Piano located in the Bay of Santander (Spain). The brand new building by Piano uses a broader urban intervention to integrate the city centre and the historic Pereda Gardens with the Bay. Covered in thousands of light-diffusing ceramic tiles, the building has a total built-up area spanning 8,739 m², which is made up of two blocks, connected by a structure of squares and the walkways known as – “the pachinko”. The west block is dedicated to art, with two exhibition rooms measuring a total of 2,500 m2; and the east block is for cultural and educational activities, boasting an auditorium for 300 people, classrooms, work spaces, and a rooftop terrace to enjoy the breathtaking views of Santander and its Bay. To preserve views of the waterfront, Piano has raised the building on four-metre pillars level with the tree trunks in the surrounding Pereda Gardens. By re-routing a main road through an underground tunnel, the project has doubled the green space to almost ten acres. IMEM Lifts was the company in charge of the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of the elevators installed in the new Botin Centre. The main elevator, whose fundamental task will be to transport passengers and artworks, is installed close to the new building’s main entrance. It is a machine-roomless elevator with a 6500Kg/86-passenger load capacity, which will serve four floors with a travel distance of 20.3 metres at a speed of 1 metre/second. The glass elevator car will has a height of 5 metres and the car and landing doors are of stainless steel and centre-opening with four panels of 3600x4000mm (width x height). Given their unusual size, both the car and the car doors are fully bespoke. Other component parts of the doors and door entrances, such as the stainless steel door sills, were also specially manufactured for the project. "It was the first time we built a elevator with a cabin of such a height" - acknowledges IMEM Lifts General Director Antonio Pérez - "but I would venture to think that there is no other similar elevator car in Europe." The unusual and striking proportions of the elevator were not, however, the biggest technological challenge that IMEM Lifts had to take to give life to the elevators that Renzo Piano's studio demanded for his project. "Our main competitor for this project, a well-known elevation multinational, presented a solution that involved the construction of a machine room for the elevator, which meant a considerable sacrifice of space" - says IMEM Lifts Marketing Director. "We decided take more risks, introducing a design without machine room, which is almost uncommon of in such large elevators" - he adds. The other elevator systems installed in the building include a machine-roomless elevator, capable of carrying loads of up to 2000Kg at a speed of 1 metre/second and two dumb waiters fitted to serve the centre’s restaurant-created by two-Michelin star chef Jesús Sánchez.
Options to install an elevator when space is limited In this current day and age there are still many buildings that do not have an elevator . Most are of an age that no consideration for installing an elevator was ever studied by the original architect, for this reason a lack of space can be a real handicap. In many cases this shortage of space leads owners to believe that there is just no physical way of installing an elevator; however, there are various options available: Modifying the existing stairwell: sometimes cutting back part of the existing stairwell to gain space for an elevator shaft may be the most suitable route forward, thus allowing for an elevator that serves each landing. In the building´s courtyard: many existing buildings have an interior courtyard which is usually an ideal alternative for the installation of an elevator. In these scenarios, the elevator can be installed inside its own pre-fabricated elevator structure or within a purpose built elevator shaft to suit the individual requirements of each group of homeowners. Building facade: installing an elevator or elevators to the exterior facade of a building is another interesting alternative. As with the previous scenario, the elevator could be installed inside its own pre-fabricated elevator structure or within a purpose built elevator shaft. Local planning permission should be requested prior to commencing these works. Other alternatives: There are also scenarios where building owners are willing (or required) to give up space to make room for a new elevator installation. Re-designing the layout of a building can bring widespread solutions for a new elevator however extensive building works would be required. At IMEM Lifts we have a proven track record in the design and manufacture of elevators within existing buildings as well as reduced size elevator shafts. We develop and manufacture elevators in our own production facilities to the exact detail of each existing elevator shaft or overall footprint available: we design our products around the smallest of spaces thanks to our extensive in-house engineering capabilities, allowing us to offer the largest elevator car possible. Our elevators are always designed to suit the particular project in question be it a hydraulic, MRL, electric traction (with a machine room above, below or on the side of the shaft) or even a drum drive to offer the most rewarding outcome. The end result of our continued dedication are lifting solutions that: Maximise the given space. Intelligently overcome the structural limitations of a building. Fulfil the technical, practical and aesthetical expectations of our clients and their consultants. Cater for the project budget and delivery timeframe.
Scenic Elevators If you are a lift installation company, a consultant, an architects’ or engineering firm looking for an elevator manufacturer able to design and produce top class scenic lifts for your demanding project… At IMEM Lifts we master the design and production of fine bespoke and custom made scenic lifts according to our customers´ tastes and needs. When we design and manufacture panoramic lifts, the sky is the limit: Regardless the traction type of the lift, we can design scenic lifts in a great variety of sizes and speeds. Our scenic lifts can be installed both indoors and outdoors. Our fine bespoke scenic lift cars are available in all imaginable formats: rectangular, polygonal, semicircular, circular or specially designed to suit the style and needs of each particular project. The cars can be completely glazed in Stadip 6+6 safety glass or selectively glazed with the glass framed in stainless steel. We offer limitless design possibilities: there is a wide range of materials available - stainless steel in different colors and textured finishes to match the glazing. We offer glass car and landing doors suitable to provide the lifts with the visual enhancement they demand. Lift doors can be provided with stainless steel frames, fully glazed or made to order including bespoke specifications on demand. The car flooring can be in marble, granite or in any other material the customer chooses. The cars can be fitted with domes in stainless steel and a range of different textures and formats as required to best suit the project. There is a wide choice of different designs for car and landing operating panels, push-buttons, displays and direction of travel arrows. Many options available to personalize the lift cars with a wide range of optional extras. Glazed self-supporting structures are available for both indoor and outdoor use. We accumulate a huge experience with projects involving made to order scenic lifts of all sizes and formats where we are expected to provide superb lift solutions able to fully suit our customer’s needs in terms of aesthetics, delivery times and budget.
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IMEM Lifts is one of Europe’s leading lift manufacturers with a well-established reputation for quality and reliability. We occupy a particularly competitive position in the lift market as we are one of the few fully independent lift companies on the entire continent able to design and build an almost limitless range of lifts and components – including lifts with or without a machine room in a wide range of sizes and configurations, hydraulic lifts, goods lifts, home lifts, lifts made to measure to satisfy a client’s special requirements – and more.
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