Hydratec’s return to operational services under strict COVID 19 guidelines.

As of Monday 11th May 2020, Hydratec will be returning to fully operational services from both our Yateley and Heywood facilities.

We continue to remain partly operational until 11th May, to support requests relating to the NHS and other of the UK’s front-line essential services for on-site support and for the dispatch of critical stock parts when required.

Key personnel can still be contacted directly via their mobile phones, (numbers provided to existing customers).

To protect our staff, we will be following the distancing and hygiene standards as recommended by the Government relating to Covid-19. Returning to work, repair and modernisation engineers will all be correctly equipped with face masks, gloves, visors and goggles and thoroughly briefed on COVID 19 distancing and safety procedures prior to visiting any work site.

Our Senior Managers will be prioritising all jobs and projects that were already in progress or due to start prior to the lockdown. We are happy to discuss timelines for any new jobs or projects and appreciate your understanding whilst we clear the backlog of work.

Technical support is available through the usual channels and by emailing sales@hydratec-lifts.co.uk we will do our utmost to respond as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding.

Rob Keane

hydraulic scenic lift
29 Jan

Hydraulic Scenic Lifts, Direct Acting Borehole – Water Ingression

hydraulic scenic lift

top image Steel sleeve pressed into place, liner being readied for lowering into sleeve · bottom image Steel liner welded and ready for lowering into the sleeve


Originally installed in the early 1990s, the four scenic lifts were all experiencing problems with water ingress into the boreholes, resulting in lift break-downs due to overheating (despite 12kW oil coolers being fitted).

The building owners had become concerned about the level of water ingress into two of the four boreholes and the high energy consumption. The lifts are situated in pairs at each end of the atrium and the water ingress problem affected all four lifts, however, the problem was most acute on the two lifts which diagonally opposed each other.


Hydratec was tasked with replacing the liner. Over the years, Hydratec has re-lined several boreholes using MDPE piping where there has been a problem with water ingress.

The process is straightforward, the water in the borehole is pumped out, the new liner is installed in sections which screw together with silicone to seal the joints. The liner is then weighted with water and once fully assembled, it is plumbed.

Bentonite pellets are filled around the annulus (between the old and new liners) and left to swell overnight to seal the liner in position. Once the bentonite has sealed, the water holding the liner in position can be pumped out of the liner and the new cylinder can be installed.

To view the full case study, and Hydratec’s solution, download a PDF of the case study here.

29 Jan

Residential Apartment Block, Hydraulic VVVF MRL Lift Modernisation

residential apartment block


Over the past two years, Hydratec has been working with one of its major customers to improve the reliability of two hydraulic Machine-Room-Less (MRL) lifts in a private residential block.

Working with our client, the reliability has been improved, but there were still ongoing complaints from the residents about the excessive noise created by the power units during up travel. The noise was transmitted throughout the building and was disturbing residents’ sleep to such an extent that the majority of them, who were able, were using the stairs.

The design of the original building gave rise to some of the noise problems; the lift well is a steel structure within a steel stairwell with thin sheet cladding on the outside. The cladding provided little in the way of an acoustic barrier, and as previously mentioned, the
original power units were very noisy during up travel.


Hydratec was tasked with significantly reducing the noise levels whilst at the same time improving the reliability and safety of the lifts. This created several challenges:

• The original power units were of a vertical design with a very small footprint of 400mm square
• The noise levels of similar hydraulic systems were very much in line with the existing unit
• No option to relocate the power unit outside the lift well
• Restricted space for the new controller

To view the full case study, and Hydratec’s solution, download a PDF of the case study here.