01 / Vertical Transportation

Specialist vertical transportation solutions

The Vertical Transportation (VT) system can be a key element in the efficient operation of a building. When creating a vertical transportation (VT) strategy, DSSR’s experts consider a variety of factors including occupancy levels for different types of developments, lift cabin capacity, waiting times, travel times and ways to maximise lettable space in the building. We can also offer advice on the size of lifts for the movement of goods and furniture in residential developments

02 / Introduction to Vertical Transportation

Our scheme’s focus on delivering schemes to Guide D: Transportation systems in buildings, BCO Guidance and other reference materials such as the London Housing Design Guide, etc. At DSSR, we use software modelling including Elevate™ (to select the number, size and speed of elevators for all types of new buildings). Our aim is to create a VT system sympathetic to the building that delivers energy efficiency and passenger/building user comfort. Our designs will often include lifts for fire-fighting purposes, within allocated fire shafts in the buildings (a fire-fighting lift comprising one of the key elements of the fire shaft).

03 / Elevator Systems for All Types of Buildings

Services for all types of buildings

We offer services for all types of buildings including hospitals, industrial and commercial units, retail premises, residential/homes, hotels, and mixed-use developments.

We offer design services including the modernisation of lifts (from “light touch” lift car refurbishments to full lift replacement), including solutions for new-build projects, extensions etc.

In all VT schemes, we consider the needs and numbers of occupants and furthermore, in a residential building, consider furniture movement, and cargo delivery.

Our holistic approach to the built environment means we work closely with project architects to inform the design team on shaft sizes, including the particularly important pit and headroom sizes for the lift.

04 / Destination Control

Increase in efficiency of lift operation

A Destination Control System is an additional system which increases the efficiency of the lift operation, and potentially reduces waiting times.

This type of application (Destination Control) is applicable in large buildings with an increased number of lift calls, where it is important to transport passengers rapidly, safely and without long waiting times.

Our Lift Traffic Analysis (LTA) can model the impact/betterment on the VT scheme when using Destination Control.

05 / Specialist Lead

Fraser Faulks


Fraser has acted as Lead Electrical Engineer on many projects covering various sectors, drawing from his 23 years of experience in Building Services with DSSR.

Fraser has also developed expertise with lifts and vertical transportation systems and provides the specialist lead across the business.

Fraser plays a key role as a senior electrical designer, representing DSSR at design team/client meetings, chairing utility meetings and is actively involved in the design of all aspects of utility and electrical systems.

He brings extensive knowledge of utility networks and electrical systems including the design of low voltage and 11kV networks, together with experience in LZC solutions.

Fraser specialises in vertical transportation design, having provided designs for multiple projects across DSSR’s diverse portfolio of work.

08 / Contact

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