Report of the City Surveyor.
The Committee received a report of the City Surveyor containing details of the three public escalators/lifts that were in service for less than 95% of the time.
The City Surveyor reported that all lifts were now back in service. She went on to state that the previous lift maintenance contract had now come to an end and that a new contractor had been in place since early July 2019 – there had been no reported problems with any of the lifts since this time.
The City Surveyor went on to make specific reference to the Millennium Inclinator and reported that Kone would be the maintenance company responsible for this going forward. The maintenance contract would mirror that already in place for a similar Inclinator in Greenford Station, which is also managed by Kone and it was hoped that this would come into effect by September 2019.
A Member reported that she had recently walked from the Barbican to Guildhall and had tried to take the escalator down to Wood Street. She reported that she had reached the second level only to discover that the escalator here was not in operation. She recognised that this escalator was not the responsibility of the City Corporation but highlighted that, as it was situated within the City there was an issue around public perception and went on to question what the organisation might be able to do around this.
The City Surveyor responded by assuring Members that the organisation had a good working relationship with those who managed the escalator in question and undertook to take this matter forward.
Another Member referred to the London Wall West lift and questioned progress around this. The City Surveyor reported that the issue of water ingress was currently being discussed with the owners of 1 London Wall.
Another Member questioned how long the Speed House lift had been out of service for. The City Surveyor reported that the lift had been out of service since November 2018 and that part of the highway had had to be taken up due to water ingresswhich had meant the works had taken longer than anticpated.