ThyssenKrupp’s 'Willy Wonka' rotating lift potential for London Underground
Posted on: 16/06/2016

Industry representatives have met to discuss the possibility of introducing multi-lift systems to the London Underground.

The lift is European firm’s ThyssenKrupp creation, and allows for multiple lifts to operate on horizontal and vertical planes. London Underground currently has 167 lifts, only allowing an ‘up and down’ option, whereas the multi-system lift would take up a smaller footprint in buildings ropes.

This multi-lift allows buildings to potentially become both higher and wider in design, and is designed without ropes. It would allow station expansion and new lines to be constructed beneath existing lines.

“The original submerging of train lines underground was absolutely revolutionary for its time, but as passenger demand continues to rise it is unsurprising that the sub-ground location of these lines make it incredibly difficult for developers to bring them up to date with modern capacity and access requirements,” commented panellist Chris Williamson, co-founder and partner at architecture firm Weston Williamson.

ThyssenKrupp CEO, Andreas Schierenbeck, added; “Multi was initially developed for tall buildings, to double elevator shaft capacity, reduce elevator footprint, and offer vertical and horizontal movement to enable architects to construct taller, more creative and more user friendly structures, but its concept makes it a prime solution to the challenges of metro stations as well. If applied it would undoubtedly change the face of London’s transport network, and reinforce the UK’s position at the head of global innovations,”

The multi-lift is dubbed as the ‘Willy Wonka’ system. ThyssenKrupp are planning their first installation of the multi-tower in 2017.

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