Vertical Transportation System in Building

Vertical Transportation Design

Ensure Seamless Integration

Ensure Seamless Integration

TÜV SÜD have had the privilege of working on many of the world’s most iconic buildings, such as the Burj al Arab in Dubai and the Shard in London. We collaborate with the project architect and the design team to ensure that our designs seamlessly integrate, ensuring effective traffic flows, energy efficiency, material aesthetics and cost effectiveness.

What is vertical transportation design?

The approach taken to design a vertical transportation system is crucial to a building's success. Elevators occupy substantial space and thus affect the building's amount of usable space. A well-designed vertical transportation system in buildings should have enough elevator capacity to operate efficiently and handle the smooth and seamless movement of the expected building population, such as people within, in and out of the building.



We have over thirty-five years’ experience in developing and delivering elevator, escalator, and access solutions across all sectors of the built environment. Our dedicated team of engineers are experts in dealing with the challenges of vertical transportation and façade access equipment irrespective of size, scope, or complexity of the project. We work directly with Developers, Building Owners, Architects and Asset Managers and apply our knowledge of the latest innovations and advances in the elevator industry to help make cutting edge architecture possible.


In a building, one of the most important and valuable assets is vertical transportation equipment. Managing vertical transportation systems in buildings can be a complex and challenging task. Poorly designed or maintained systems can lead to safety issues, long wait times, and other problems affecting building occupants and tenants. Building owners and property managers should be invested in securing it. They enlist the services of lift maintenance providers to accomplish this.

However, since elevators and escalators are specialised pieces of machinery, they must be maintained by technicians with appropriate training and authorisation. According to the requirements of the code, all vertical transportation units must be inspected at least once a year and preferably more frequently. Elevator mechanics and elevator inspectors are highly coveted, which has put pressure on the labour market as more high-rise condos and commercial buildings are constructed nationwide.

Our vertical transportation consulting services are designed to help building owners, and managers solve these problems by providing expert design, installation, maintenance, and modernisation services that optimise transportation systems and improve safety, reliability, and efficiency.


  • Pre Tender - Design Services

    • Concept Design
    • Schematic Design
    • Detail Design
    • Tender Documents
    • Bidding & Negotiations

  • Post Tender - Construction Administration and Supervision Services

    • Project Management
    • Installation Supervision
    • Factory Inspections
    • Shop Drawings and Material submittals review
    • Progress payment review and certifications
    • Testing & Commissioning Review
    • Defects liability Period Inspections


  • Peer Reviews

    • Elevators, Escalators


  • Commercial Review - Due Diligence

    • Survey & Report
    • Acquisitions
    • End of lease dilapidations
    • Advice on Health & Safety works
    • Expert witness


  • Support Services

    • Lift / Escalator Audit
    • Lift / Escalator PTO (Permit to Operate) Services
    • Design Review
    • Lift Model Certification
    • Manage regulatory inspections
    • Assist with cost control
    • Improve operational standards
    • Improve quality and safety
    • Improve lift availability, lift reliability, and reduce unplanned down time
    • Tailoring contractual conditions based on customer’s needs and requirements




• We are the market leaders with unrivalled experience and resource, so you can have complete faith in our ability to tackle even the most complex projects.

• We are totally independent so you can have confidence that our advice represents your best interests.

• With an office network across the Middle East, Singapore, UK, and Ireland we can offer a comprehensive and responsive service, as and when you need it.

• We offer a complete service, covering all aspects of design, installation, commissioning, and maintenance, so we offer clients a single source for all their Vertical Transportation & access needs.

To know more about the services mentioned above, contact the team now.


Our vertical transportation services have been successful in a variety of building types and projects, including:

  1. High-rise buildings:

    Effective vertical mobility is a crucial element in the design and construction of tall buildings. One World Trade Center in New York, Shanghai Tower, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, Kingdom Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and the Empire State Building’s green retrofit project in New York are just a few of the recent major projects that have used their implementation.

    TÜV SÜD has the honour of providing vertical transportation consulting on some of the most famous structures in the world, including the Shard in London and the Burj al Arab in Dubai and recently, the KL118 (second tallest building in the world) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. TÜV SÜD evaluates installed lifts according to EN81 requirements to optimize vertical transport systems within buildings.
  2. Residential towers and apartments:

    All high-rise buildings must have a vertical transportation system to provide efficient access to all areas of the structure. Elevators (lifts), escalators, travelators, and stairs are vertical transportation systems that allow for easy vertical movement of people. One of the key success factors for a building’s ability to provide comfort to its occupants is an efficient lift system. We offer sustainable and energy-efficient lift maintenance and service solutions.
  3. Hospitals and healthcare facilities

    Vertical transportation systems in buildings such as hospitals are more important than anywhere else. Elevators are crucial for transporting medical personnel and patients, as well as for connecting family members and delivering groceries, laundry, and medical supplies. For medical facility owners and users, continuous performance and risk assessment improve accessibility, dependability, and safety. To assist clients in maximising utilisation, lowering lifecycle costs, and determining whether a product needs to be repaired or replaced, TÜV SÜD offers helpful data on usage rates and failures.
  4. Shopping malls and retail centres

    When consumers are out and about, they want to be able to move easily and get as soon as possible to their next location. The mall’s split levels are connected by escalators and elevators, which also make it simple to transport goods between them. To create a distinctive and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere throughout the store or shopping centre, from the entrance through the merchandise floors, TÜV SÜD offers access solutions for retail stores and shopping malls in various practical designs.
  5. Airports and transportation hubs

    Effective vertical transportation is essential for ensuring customer satisfaction in the high-traffic environments found in airports and other transportation hubs. There must be dependable elevators and escalators that provide the highest uptime. The effectiveness of vertical transportation in airports was enhanced by TÜV SÜD. The team ensured that design, engineering, and delivery were managed to meet the customer’s expectations with the assistance of local branch operations.
  6. Industrial and Manufacturing facilities:

    TÜV SÜD provides services for all structures, including commercial, residential, hotel, hospital, transportation terminals, and industrial and manufacturing buildings. Our experts consider the needs and population sizes in all structures, whether low- or high-rise. For instance, in an industrial building, security, cargo delivery, movement, and people must be considered.


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