Lifts require a shaft in which to run. It is built by a builder or supplied by the lift company.
Concrete, brick or block shafts are usually built into the building as part of the construction process (190mm thick load bearing walls is common). They are preferred by customers who want the lift to “blend in”. They usually require a bigger total outside shaft footprint due to the thickness of the concrete walls and may be slightly cheaper in a new building situation. Remember “total project cost”.
Where an elegant and impressive or observation effect is required to the entire outside of the lift shaft, the the lift shafts are often purchased in addition to the lift. The steel shafts have a smaller outside footprint due to the 50mm thick load bearing structure so are also popular for situations with limited space. Steel and glass shafts are extremely popular where a functional light well or architectural effect is desired.
The steel shafts look sensational, and are designed to impress our most discerning customers.
Steel shafts are also very quick to install as they are modular, designed to be carried in through a normal door opening, they do not require roof removal or crane, and sustain their own loads. Naturally, it is one less thing for the builder to do.
Panels & Structures
Other important options available when shaft internals are visible
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