TÜV SÜD is Europe’s leading independent lift consultancy. We provide a complete range of lift, escalator and façade access services tailored to your individual needs. We are proud to serve and manage over 23,000 lifts across Europe.

No matter the size of the project, we are committed to delivering quality and cost-effective services which our clients trust and value. We have the expertise to tackle even the most complex projects. You can be assured of our independence, and have complete confidence that our advice is appropriate and impartial.

Ready to discuss your lift, escalator, or façade access project? Our expert lift consultants are here to help. Please complete our contact form, and we'll be in touch with you shortly.

    We have engaged Tim Piggott of TÜV SÜD for several projects at the College because we trust his independent, impartial, expert advice for our lift related matters. He takes time to explain the options and help us decide on the best solutions and strategy to achieve our goals.

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    Andrew Gair, Estates Manager at Gonville & Caius College, University of Cambridge

    We have used TÜV SÜD on a number of occasions for independent expert advice, which we have found to be both honest and comprehensive. They have always demonstrated a professional approach to problem solving with a high degree of flexibility to changing client requests and alternative strategies.

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    Matt Dye, Technical Services Manager, Telereal Trillium, London

    We have been delighted by the hard work and dedication TÜV SÜD has demonstrated in supporting our ambition to achieve 100% KPIs each month.

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    Judith Wilkinson, Property Safety Officer at Orbit


    What lift consultancy services do WE offer?

    Our specialist lift and escalator consultancy services include:


    By collaborating with the project architect and the design team, we’ll make sure that our designs seamlessly integrate, ensuring effective traffic flows, energy efficiency, material aesthetics and cost effectiveness. A well-designed building should have enough elevator capacity to operate efficiently and ensure smooth and seamless movement of the expected building population. 

    LIFT AND ESCALATOR DESIGN / PLANNINGTÜV SÜD offers services from pre-tender to commercial review to help you achieve that including:

    • Traffic studies
    • Detailed design / planning
    • Contract and technical reviews
    • Project management
    • Oversee commissioning

    Find out more about our lift and escalator design and planning services



    We look at your lifts or systems to find the cause of recurring faults. We recommend short-term and long-term measures and provide a framework for the repair costs to help you improve the quality, availability and lifecycle of your lift.Technician check on elevator or passenger lift

    • Risk assessment
    • Budget setting for financial planning
    • Advise on health & safety requirements
    • Technical and logistical problem solving
    • Advise on statutory inspections
    • Project planning
    • Due diligence inspections
    • Technical reviews of existing schemes

    Find out more about our lift maintenance management services


    Lifts and Escalators Asset Management

    Following new installation or refurbishment of equipment it is necessary to ensure the equipment is properly managed to ensure that any investment returns the maximum value; prolongs equipment life, ensures ongoing equipment performance is maintained and that equipment operates safely and reliably over its design life. Asset Management is the systematic approach to managing all of the necessary activities associated with the equipment.

    Find out more about our lift maintenance management services


    Modernisation and Refurbishment

    Modernisation and refurbishment services identify the lifts and escalators in your portfolio that may require modernisation on or refurbishment. It also describes the measures necessary to eliminate or minimise existing dangers in a lift.

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    Our services include:

    • Risk assessment
    • Bespoke specifications
    • Site surveys
    • Project management
    • Witness tests
    • Chairing of design meetings

    Find out more about our lift maintenance management services



    Lifts and Escalators Compliance Support

    From inspection and witness testing of escalators and lifts at the commissioning stage through to thorough examination and maintenance management support during the life of the equipment, you can be assured that all the necessary statutory obligations are met, and that equipment remains safe and delivers the specified performance over its design life.

    Find out more about our lifts and escalators compliance support services


    Lift Maintenance Management

    Provide specialist knowledge, and support services to those who hold the responsibility of guaranteeing that the lift systems inside their property meet the standards of which makes them comply with statutory requirements. Working on your behalf, we record, assess, initiate and check all processes in your lifts. If a service you’ve been offered is required, we can negotiate to secure a reasonable price. Maintenance management prevents unnecessary repairs and offers a qualified assessment. For better economic planning, we work out a budget proposal that covers several years. We also document all processes in our database for a supported elevator management system. The services include:

    • Cost-effective maintenance plan
    • Annual expenditure control
    • A holistic approach to health and safety

    Find out more about our lift maintenance management services


    Facade Access System Design

    Design bespoke façade access solutions to enable easy cleaning and maintenance of your building’s façade. From the inception phase to practical completion, our façade access consultants combine technical expertise with a practical understanding of the built environment which means our advice is always focused on delivering your project objectives.

    Find out more about our façade access system design services


    LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations) inspections

    We provide independent, periodic thorough examination of your passenger, goods, service, platform and mobility access equipment to ensure that your lifts are compliant. Read the Orbit case study on how we improved LOLER compliance for the affordable housing group

    Find out more about our LOLER inspections


    Smart Lifts

    TÜV SÜD Lift Manager is an independent predictive maintenance and condition monitoring service that leverages on IoT know-how and TÜV SÜD's lift domain to support your lift operation and lift service maintenance.

    Find out more about our smart lifts service


    Cranes and Machinery

    Create a well-defined maintenance and inspection programme to help you control the entire process while protecting you from risks and liability.

    Find out more about our cranes and machinery services

    Contact us to discuss your lift, escalator or façade access project

    Whether we’re working on a high-rise commercial office in London, a residential development, a high-profile football stadium, a flagship retail development, a hospital or supporting one of the UK’s largest affordable housing groups, we are committed to delivering quality and cost-effective lift consultancy services to our clients. Our experience goes beyond the UK, and we’ve been privileged to work on the Burj Al Arab luxury hotel in Dubai, as well as other projects in the Middle East, Far East and across the globe. With over 40 years’ experience, we have the expertise to find solutions for even the most complex projects such as vertical transportation for new buildings, lift refurbishment, replacement, maintenance management and compliance support.

    Please complete our contact form and one of our lift consultants will be happy to discuss your project with you.

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    I have been working with TÜV SÜD for the past 12 years and have always found them to be very professional, helpful and proactive in all aspects of their work. The consultants are all very approachable and always happy to help out. TÜV SÜD have helped with the design, specification, procurement and delivery of replacement lifts in various buildings at the University, with most recent the lifts in Psychology and Biology E which were both handed over within the project time frame with little snags, this can only be accountable to Paul Babington’s professional Management of the project. I have recently engaged TÜV SÜD services for providing maintenance management for the servicing of our lifts. This has seen the University save thousands of pounds, plus many hours of my time from them reviewing quotes, comparing against what is out there on the market and providing alternate quotations. Paul Babington has also assisted me with re-configuring our auto dialler system and audited our Evacuation lift policy from which we found many holes/shortfalls in our policies. Without Paul’s assistance this would not have been possible. Overall I am more than happy with the standard of service provided by and would not hesitate in recommending them.

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    Chris Stanley, Mechanical Engineer, University of York

    • Why choose TÜV SÜD lift consultancy services? What are the benefits of lift and elevator consultants?

      By choosing to work with our lift consultants, you will benefit from independent and impartial advice. Because we don’t sell lifts or other products, there is no conflict of interest and you know that our goal is to help you achieve the best solution for your situation.

      • You benefit from the best overall value as our lift planning experts evaluate and find the correct lift solution on your behalf. This means your costs can be kept at a reasonable level whilst achieving lift safety, reliability and performance.
      • We enhance transparency and legal compliance by monitoring processes including lift maintenance and inspection status and ensure that the documentation is compliant with laws and regulations provides advice on health and safety requirements, codes and practices. We keep up to date with the latest codes and standards and are members of BSI and the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), the world’s leading non-profit organisation exploring how increased urban density and vertical growth can support more sustainable and healthy cities. Our lift experts are also proud to have contributed to the lift section in the British Council of Offices’ (BCO) Guide to Specification.
      • As a one-stop solution provider, we reduce your administrative workload by taking over your lift planning and maintenance management.
      • Through technical reviews of your existing lifts, we improve lift quality, availability and lifecycle. Our aim is to reduce downtime and maintenance costs by ensuring that any works are necessary and offer best value to the client.
      • We improve your economic planning with profitability studies and cost estimates to use as a reliable basis for decision-making.
      • Our lift consultants are able to adjudicate in contractor and client differences.
      • Your organisation benefits from TÜV SÜD’s commitment to stay up to date with the latest lift industry knowledge. We support our lift consultants in their professional development by providing financial assistance and allowing them time to pursue higher education courses. A number of our lift consultants have an MSc Lift Engineering from the University of Northampton, and more are currently studying for this qualification.
      • Our team of consultants consists of experienced engineers who offer you great expertise, gained whilst working at other consultancies in the lift industry and other relevant sectors, alongside formal professional qualifications.
    • Which locations are covered by our independent lift consultants in the UK and Ireland?

      Our lift consultancy covers the whole of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and we have regional offices in:


      • Central - Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool (covering the Manchester area)
      • Midlands - Birmingham
      • Southwest - Bristol
      • Southeast - London
      • Northeast - Newcastle


      • East Kilbride (located between Glasgow and Edinburgh)


      • Cardiff


      • Dublin
    • Which locations are covered by our independent international elevator consultants?

      TÜV SÜD also have a team of international lift consultants and engineers who have worked around the world on projects such as the Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, the KAFD Conference Center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, OMRAN HQ in Muscat, Oman and Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir in India. Our international offices are in:


      • Dubai


      • Mumbai
      • Kochi
      • Chennai
    • What sectors do we work in?
      • Commercial offices
      • Finance including banking and financial service providers
      • Hospitality including hotels and food & beverage (F&B)
      • Retail - shopping centres and individual retailers
      • Historic and listed buildings
      • Sport, venue and recreation
      • Healthcare
      • Laboratories, pharmaceutical and research facilities
      • Residential market and social housing
      • Education
      • Cultural including museums and concert halls
      • Transport including airports and stations

    • What type of lifts and escalators do we work with?

      TÜV SÜD can assist you with all types of vertical transportation equipment which moves people or goods between floors including:

      • Service, goods only, and goods and passenger lifts
      • Passenger lifts
      • Low-rise accessibility lifts
      • Firefighting lifts
      • Evacuation lifts
      • Scenic or panoramic lifts
      • Cycle lifts
      • Dumb waiter lifts
      • Trolly lifts
      • Escalators, travelators and passenger conveyors

    • What does a lift consultant do?
      Lift consultants are independent experts acting on behalf of clients by providing specialist help and advice on issues such as planning and design of new lifts, refurbishment of existing lifts, asset management, lift and escalator maintenance, health and safety, legal responsibilities and compliance.
    • What is the difference between a lift consultant and a lift contractor?

      The main difference is that a lift consultant is independent and is not selling lifts or other products. Whereas a lift contractor is there to sell you a product or maintenance service and so their advice might focus on the products they can sell rather than what is best for the client.

    • How often should a lift be checked?

      According to the Health and Safety Executive:

      “Unless there is an 'examination scheme' specifying other intervals, thorough examinations should be conducted every:

      • 6 months, for lifting equipment and any associated accessories used to lift people
      • 6 months, for all lifting accessories
      • 12 months, for all other lifting equipment.”


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