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Edinburgh St James Case Study

Edinburgh St James development regenerates the East End of Edinburgh via a retail led mixed use masterplan consisting of a 4 storey retail Galleria with 3 levels of basement car park below and 2 residential blocks, 2 hotel blocks, an apart-hotel and cinema above.

The scheme is has been developed by TIAA Henderson Real Estate with private investment from a third party investor and part public funded through a GAM agreement with the Scottish Government with Laing O’Rourke as the main contractor.

TÜV SÜD Dunbar Boardman were appointed to provide vertical transportation support services to the main contractor Laing O’Rourke. The main services provided were progress inspection, technical guidance, Installation inspections and performance testing.

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40 years of Dunbar & Boardman

This year, our Dunbar Boardman Division celebrates 40 years of operation in the lift industry.

Dunbar & Boardman was established in 1981 by Henry Dunbar and Peter Boardman. The two company founders had met previously while working for the same company. Henry Dunbar was a successful sales executive who had generated many high-profile wins, however, he felt he was not appreciated by his then employer. Meanwhile, Peter Boardman was setting out on his career path in the lift industry, starting as an Apprentice aged 16, before progressing to Lift Tester, then Supervisor.

An incident at work proved the catalyst for Henry to make his next career move, and he subsequently invited Peter to join him in setting up their own business. In 1981, Dunbar & Boardman was formed and the pair moved into a top floor office in the City of London, close to where the Gherkin Tower stands today. Henry and Peter completed their first project for Equity & Law, who are now part of Axa, and their business took off from there.

“By 2015 I felt that I had grown the company as far as I could. As Henry had retired, I decided to search for suitable companies to buy our business and take it to the next level,” explained Peter.

“During my search, I found TÜV SÜD, and instantly found that the branding and growth ambition struck a chord with the company we had nurtured.”

Today, 40 years after forming in a small office in London, TÜV SÜD Dunbar Boardman is an international organisation that is still growing strong and continues to serve as the largest independent lift consultancy in the UK.

‘The only direction is up’

After 5 years of retirement, Peter Boardman can see only one direction for the lift industry: “The lift industry is here to stay: the only direction is up. Cities are going to grow upwards, for example China. Many of our own developments are also rising up into the sky rather than the low-rise developments of the past.”

Paul Hastings, Managing Director of TÜV SÜD Dunbar Boardman said: “We are delighted to continue the legacy of both Peter and Henry and look forward to the next 40 years of continuing to serve the industry."

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Fire Fighter Lifts

Fire Fighter’s lifts are an essential safety requirement for all modern buildings, they have a range of features and equipment that allow them to operate under extreme conditions.

All mechanical and electrical equipment requires maintenance and can be susceptible to failure. The consequences of failures with firefighting equipment can be catastrophic.

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Smart lifts: digital transformation of the lift industry

TÜV SÜD's Smart Lifts is an independent predictive maintenance service that leverages on TÜV SÜD's lift domain and digital expertise and Bosch. IO's lift sensors and IoT platform to support your lift operation and maintenance.

Predictive maintenance anticipates the failure point of lift components enabling you to replace these components before they fail, minimising downtime and maximise the lifetime of the lift components. The smart lifts predictive maintenance service can be used with lifts of any age, brand and model, including existing lift in service making it a flexible solution for your business.

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Creating the Golden Thread of Information for your built assets is an impossible challenge for many property owners.

TÜV SÜD’s Building Asset Portal gives property owners the power to create the Golden Thread for all their safety, quality, and sustainability data. Making it possible to manage and analyse their data, to create unprecedented knowledge.

Click here for our social housing building asset portal info sheet!

TÜV SÜD Appoints Technical Director to Lead Digital & BIM Services

TÜV SÜD UK has appointed Dave Peacock as Technical Director of its Building Advisory Service.

Peacock has worked in the UK construction and property sector for 24 years, with a focus on BIM & digital services for the last 13 years. He joins TÜV SÜD from Royal HaskoningDHV, an international engineering consultancy, where he was BIM & Digital lead for Europe. Starting his career in 1997, Peacock subsequently led the 3D modelling and BIM processes for the 2012 London Olympic Broadcast Centre project. He has also previously led successful corporate accreditation to BIM Level 2 – Tier 1.

Dave Peacock said: “The TÜV SÜD Building Advisory Service team have ambitious plans to grow the business and I am really excited to be a key part of that drive. BIM has revolutionised the construction industry and I look forward to working with our customers to help them realise its benefits over the whole life cycle of their building assets.”

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