Client: JD Sports Fashion Plc
Architect: Dalziel and Pow / R N Humphreys
Contractor: H & J Martin
Type of works: supply of Stannah Maxilift MXL passenger lifts, escalators and Microlifts.
Hailed by then Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, as a new urbanism, the Paradise Project in the heart of Liverpool One is a £920-million, 42-acre regeneration programme that has helped transform the city and establish it as the European Capital of Culture.
Featuring strongly in this mixed-use, retail-led project is major UK sports fashion retailer, JD Sports Fashion Plc. Since June 2008, a total of seven Stannah Lifts products operate within their brand-new flagship branch in the eponymous Paradise Street, one of six districts comprising the development.
On the strength of the successful installation of a Stannah A2S down-escalator in the Slough branch of JD Sports, Stannah was once again approached to quote for their three-storey Liverpudlian store. As a result, two Stannah A2S escalators (one up, one down), an exclusive 8-person Maxilift MXL passenger lift and four 50kg Microlifts, for the transport of smaller merchandise between stock rooms and fitting floors, now provide all people- and goods-moving requirements within this thriving outlet.
London Design Consultants, Dalziel and Pow, and James Roberts of Consultant Project Managers, R N Humphreys, worked very closely with JD Sports in designing the layout of the premises to reflect the corporate theme that runs throughout its 430 stores nationwide: a contemporary and minimalistic clear glass, Matt Black and brushed stainless-steel. Stannah echoed this theme in the passenger lift and escalators, all three products being finished in brushed stainless steel with the escalators having clear-glass balustrades topped with Matt Black, extra-slim handrail guide frames.
Appearance played a secondary role with the Microlifts, which were finished in neutral baked enamel for durable service behind the scenes.
Contract Manager, Ryan McShane of H & J Martin, the contractors responsible for constructing the site, explains: Being a new build without any particular challenging considerations and constraints, all lift installations were fairly straightforward and completed on target, if not ahead.
The four 50kg Microlifts were installed over a four-day period and commissioned within one day. The project went fairly smoothly with no major problems. We have installed a good number of lifts for JD Sports and have a good working relationship with them," said Microlifts Installation Manager, Glen Peters.
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