- After more than 40 years of service, the escalators in the Tower are being replaced.
- The new escalators will have improved reliability and safety features, as well as a wider step.
Few pieces of technology can boast 40 years of ongoing service. The escalators in the UTS Tower were installed in the 1970s during construction of the building, putting them in the same vintage as the Commodore 1530 Datasette and the Atari game console.
While those other devices were quickly outmoded, the UTS escalators have continued to provide ongoing and (generally) reliable service to building users over four decades. Vale UTS escalators!
But after a long and illustrious career, it’s time to bid the original escalators farewell, as they are retired to make way for upgraded and updated people-moving technology.
The replacement escalators will have improved capacity, with wider steps to allow passing on the right, as well as improved safety standards including comb plates and emergency stop buttons. The upshot is that a safer and more comfortable ride is in store for building users and visitors.
With each escalator weighing over a tonne, removing and replacing them is a mammoth task that will take weeks to complete. The work has been scheduled to happen over the summer, to minimise disruption. However, there will be some teaching weeks where the escalators will be out of action.
While the replacement project is underway, the escalators will remain closed and hoardings will be placed around the worksite. Stairs and lifts will provide alternative routes between levels 4, 5 and 6, and signage will help building users navigate to their destinations.
When is this happening?
Works will begin in mid October 2018, with removal of the current escalators scheduled for late-October, followed by installation of the new escalators in December. The project should take about four months, with the new escalators set to be operational from mid-February 2019, in time for the start of the autumn session in March.
Noisy works and movement of large pieces of infrastructure have been scheduled to happen overnight, to minimise impacts on building users.
What will this mean for me?
There will be some impacts on building users throughout the project, primarily in terms of moving through levels 4, 5 and 6.
- The escalators will be closed, however stairs (between levels 4 and 5) and lifts will provide alternative access.
- Hoardings around the worksite on levels 4, 5 and 6 will prevent pedestrian access along the western corridor of the building. An alternative route through the lift lobby can be used instead.
- There will be some noise and additional activity in the Tower lobby through the project, however the noisiest works and the movement of large pieces of infrastructure has been scheduled to happen overnight, to minimise disruption.
When can I use the new escalators?
The escalators are scheduled to be operation in mid-February 2019, in time for the first teaching session of the New Year.
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