August 2022 - Great Portland Estates
With a relationship going back 25 years it's an honour to now be supporting GPE with the service management of their impressive lift portfolio, working with and supporting their contractors for the benefit of all, as we do at Vertex we offer a slick, new and fresh approach.
June 2022 - 9/11 Memorial
The Directors of Vertex recently took a trip to New York, an amazing place and well recommended, whilst there we visited the 9/11 memorial and museum, a sobering experience to say the least.
Relevant to us as lift consultants is the situation regards the lifts, the below was extracted from two plaques which flank the burned-out lift motor now housed in the memorial museum.
“The twin towers were the first skyscrapers to employ a system of local and express elevators, an innovation that reduced elevator travel time and made the buildings attractive to occupants of the upper floors. In addition to elevators servicing basement levels, each tower’s 99 elevators included freight, local, and high-speed express cars. Two express cars travelled directly to the windows on the World restaurant in the North Tower, and two went to the South Tower Observation Deck. The elevator motor (pictured), the largest model in the world when installed, powered one of the express or service cars, which moved at a speed of 1600 feet per minute. A total of 99 motors operated the elevator system in each tower”
“The attack on the World Trade Center precipitated the worst passenger elevator disaster in history, claiming the lives of an estimated 200 of the 2700 victims at the site. At 8:46 am, during rush hour for thousands using the elevators, hijacked Flight 11 struck the North Tower, severing elevator cables and trapping hundreds of people above the 93rd floor. Below the impact zone, most on floors lower than 92 were able to evacuate via the stairs”
“In the South Tower, some occupants began an immediate evacuation, placing them inside elevators, or about to enter or exit the cars, when hijacked Flight 175 struck that building. Smoke rose through the elevator shafts, jet fuel poured down, and flames spread in all directions. At the fire command station in the lobby of each tower personnel were unable to guide cars down the lobby or to communicate with some individuals trapped inside because of the loss of electricity. Efforts to pry the newly installed safety locks succeeded in only a few cases”
May 2022 – Nike Unite Store, Wembley
Vertex received the order to carry out full consultancy and management services for a new bespoke, scenic lift at this new Nike Unite concept store in the shadows of the famous Wembley arch. With this store being a new concept the pressure was on from day one but working with the client and their team including Mace and the main contractor a fantastic product was installed by our preferred supplier for the project, Murray Lifts. On specification, on budget and programme, an overall great job by all and a very happy client, now on to the next…….wherever that may take us!
March 2022 - National Careers Week
Vertex were very honoured and pleased to support the Buller Wood Secondary School for girls Careers fair, discussing all things lifts and lift consultancy with the year 10-13s who are considering their future careers.
March 2022 - Alyesford Bulls Sponsorship
So the Aylesford Bulls under 16s rugby team are going on tour this summer, Vertex have sponsored the tour kit.
This shirt design is certainly not for the faint hearted so let’s hope the Hulk Hogan inspired kit can lead them to victory!
August 2021 - Consort Place, Docklands, London
Vertex are very excited to announce a new consultancy commission with a new client, this landmark mixed use luxury development in London's Docklands comprises two main towers including a hotel plus a school. The project will house 15 new Schindler lift installations, four of which will serve the new 67 floor main tower. This is a great new scheme for us to be involved with and we are very much looking forward to working with our new client and partners at Midgard.
June 2021 - Nike Town, London
Vertex have been engaged to support the store with necessary enhancements to an existing goods lift within this iconic store, with local lockdowns lifting these stores are now prepared and ready to re-open to the public so it goes without saying that all internal services and facilities need to be ready and able to work at capacity.
The works Vertex are engaged with include the overseeing of door and internal car works, interacting closely with the incumbent lift maintenance contractor.
June 2021 - Nike, Malaga
With Nike building a new state of the art store in Malaga, Spain, Vertex have been instructed to provide full scope lift consultancy services relating to one new disabled access passenger lift, it's always exciting to be involved in overseas sites especially working as part of the professional team with such an iconic global brand.
June 2021 - 50 Kings Hill Avenue, Kent
We are proud to announce a new commission for a new client, the works include full scope consultancy services plus Principal Designer duties relating to the full replacement of two existing, three floor, passenger lifts for Vail Williams. The existing office building forms part of the business area within the popular Kings Hill development in West Malling, Kent.
February 2021 - Vincent Road, Woolwich - Pure Lake Group
We are pleased to announce our appointment in supporting Pure Lake Homes in the procuring of a new passenger lift at a new build scheme in Woolwich, South East London. Having attended Woolwich College in the 1990's its nice to be back in the area!
Pure Lake are a long established Bromley based property developer supplying high end apartments within the Kent and South East Regions, Vertex are very much looking forward to supporting Pure Lake with their lift requirements for many years to come.
February 2021 - Association for Project Safety
We are proud to announce that we have been accepted as 'Associate' members of the Association for Project Safety. The Association for Project Safety is the leading membership body for professionals working in design and construction, health and safety risk management.
February 2021 - SafeContractor Accreditation
We are proud to announce after months of checks and analysis that we are now accredited to SafeContractor in the roles of Professional Lift Consultancy as well as Principal Designer duties in line with the CDM Regulations 2015.
The Principal Designer role has legal obligations so as a client please ensure you assess who you are planning to use prior to appointment. There is a questionnaire on the HSE website which can aid you with this assessment.
November 2020 - Nike Town - Oxford Street, London
Our direct relationship and workload with Nike Inc. continues to grow with a new commission surveying a newly installed goods lift at Nike Town, London. With the store being one of their two flagships European stores, the other being in Paris, it was great to see how the industrious the staff were, gearing up in time for the Christmas rush and the reopening after extensive refurbishment works including major improvement works to the escalators plus the lift replacement.
October 2020 - Skillcrown, Bromley
At Skillcrown we are providing expert advice on all things lifts, across a diverse range of projects they are currently working on. Skillcrown specialise in new build apartment blocks for numerous housing associations across London and South-East.
September 2020 - Findley's of Cooden, Bexhill-on-Sea
This is a young, dynamic estates management practice that provides a full range of building management services to its clients who mostly are 'live in' tenants within apartment blocks. Vertex are providing expert advice on the lifts to ensure they comply with all relevant regulations so that the tenants have safe and reliable use of their assets for many years to come.
August 2020 - Nike Store - Hamburg, Germany
A new commission from our partners at Nike, this time just north of Hamburg, will be interesting to experience flying overseas for the first time since the Coronavirus outbreak in March. The work consists of a full dilapidation survey of an existing lift located in the new retail outlet.
July 2020 - Lego store - Leicester Square, London
Vertex have recently been commissioned to carry out a detailed survey and report on the passenger lift within the Lego Store, being a collector of Lego racing cars this is certainly more of a pleasure and does not feel like work! Maybe its only a matter of time before Lego actually build a working lift....
May 2020 - Kart racing - Kent
We at Vertex are big motorsport fans and have a real passion for grass routes kart racing, we now have a company kart which is all liveried to suit the business, we are hoping to take part in the Kent Kart Championship which is held over three rounds next year. Watch this space for more news on this plus some photos! If you see us out please come and say hello.
February 2020 - Projects in Hackney - Brighton & The Royal Docks, London
It is with real pleasure to announce the commencement of the new lift replacement and modernisation projects in Hackney, Brighton and The Royal Docks. It is great that the business cogs are starting to spin in the new world we are now living and working in. This means our positive reputation is spreading and our working with our preferred lift contractors partners lets hope it leads to ongoing repeat business.
January 2020 - New office space - Kent
Due to continued growth we have now moved to a 'holding space' within a beautiful barn in the Kent countryside, this is whilst our new purpose-built office is being constructed for a move later this year, onwards and upwards.