06 Jan

Hydratec’s COVID-19 Lockdown Update (January 2021)

With the Prime Minister’s newest updates on UK COVID-19 restrictions, Hydratec’s management team fully understand the Government’s lockdown rules and would like to notify our customers that business operations are able to continue as usual, from the 5th January 2021, across our Yateley and Heywood branches.

We will be abiding by all government safety rules, and ensure that we keep up to date with any additional advice as and when it is issued.

Hydratec engineers are provided with COVID-19 protective equipment i.e. gloves, face masks and sanitisers, and our vans are equipped with hand washing facilities.  All RAMs issued to staff prior to commencing work include COVID safety measures.

Should the lockdown escalate further, Hydratec have contingency plans and will announce further updates as necessary.

Key Personnel are available during normal business hours via the usual number 01252 871664, or their direct lines and mobile phones. If any of our customers do not have key personnel contact numbers, please contact sales@hydratec-lifts.co.uk for details.

17 Aug

Hydratec’s new transporter vans have been delivered!

Last week saw the arrival of the first of our nine new Volkswagen Transporter vans, all being delivered to our offices in Yateley and Heywood, between 13th and 21st August.

We are all very pleased with our new vans as one of the decisions to buy them was based on their safety features which includes a forward collision warning with emergency braking. Additionally, we chose automatic transmission for all nine vans, to help reduce driver fatigue in heavy traffic.

Each of the vans’ load compartments has been heavily customised to allow Hydratec engineers to carry essential day-to-day items and undertake minor repairs on-site. The vans all have first aid kits, sanitising and handwashing stations with hot and cold running water.

The first group of engineers have kitted out the vans with essential parts and the tools needed for their day-to-day work and started their work this morning in their smart new vans.


13 Aug

Car Frame Packages now available from Hydratec

Hydratec can now supply competitively priced, high quality car frame packages.

If you are planning a back to guides modernisation or installing a new lift and looking for a hydraulic car frame package, we can help. Our car frames are available for Passenger and Goods lifts, and available for all standard drive arrangements with an optional hot dip galvanised finish. Non-standard DBG’s are also available.

Our car frame package can be supplied with or without the hydraulic system.

As standard, we can offer the Bucher range of drive systems to compliment the car frame.

We can also offer custom-built cars, control systems, doors and offer a full modernisation and installation service. We can also produce General Arrangement drawings for the package.

If you are a lift company interested in our modernisation or new lift modular packages, get in contact with the Hydratec team for more details.

01 May

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

12 Mar

Hydratec Sponsors a Charity Race Night for Bexley Snap

Last week, some of the Hydratec team took part in a sponsored race night, in support of Bexley Snap. For those of you who are unaware, Bexley snap is a charitable association fully committed to improving the lives of disabled children and their families.

We are pleased to announce that together with other partner organisations, a total of £1,500 was raised for the race night! A big thank you to our colleagues and friends for their ongoing support for Bexley Snap.

For further information about Bexley Snap, click here.

18 Dec

Hydraulic Lift Modernisation in Library

A prestigious Library complex needs an efficient reliable lift. Hydratec were asked to provide a solution to replace the existing Bucher Orion Alpha accumulator system, ensuring maximum energy saving whilst retaining the existing lift jacks. As the existing controller was expected to be retained, we opted for the Bucher Supercap system. The Supercap system installed reduces energy consumption of the lift by up to 40% compared to a standard VF system.

If you have an accumulator system that needs replacement or any other hydraulic problem, we are the ones to resolve it.

18 Dec

Full Hydraulic Lift Modernisation at four-storey Private Residential building. Soho, London

Soho is globally renowned for its great range of live entertainment, restaurants and clubs. The area also has a significant amount of social and privately-owned properties.

Hydratec were tasked by the owners’ primary lift contractor to undertake a full modernisation on a four-storey passenger lift that serves the apartments over the street-level units.

As the building was occupied during the modernisation, Hydratec produced and erected custom hoardings to protect residents and our workspace during the project which included minor builders’ works. In line with other full modernisations that Hydratec undertake, we installed a new open through lift car, entrances and car doors.

Other elements of the modernisation included a Hydratec smart™ EN81-20 compliant system incorporating a Bucher VF iValve and a Lester Controls Almega II lift controller, landing signalisation, shaft wiring, limits, car top control and a CEDES shaft encoder.

Prior to handover, we fully tested the new lift and made it available for use by the residents.

18 Dec

Three-Storey Lift Modernisation. Kensington, London

Situated close to Kensington High Street and in a premium residential property, Hydratec were contracted to undertake the modernisation of a three-storey MRL hydraulic passenger lift.

The residential property under new ownership was undergoing a full refurbishment programme which included replacing a longstanding out of service lift.

Working with the primary lift contactor, Hydratec were tasked to undertake the full lift modernisation which related to the installation of a Hydratec smart™ hydraulic system. This included the installation of the hydraulic unit into a newly constructed motor room.

The Hydratec smart™ EN81-20 compliant system utilised included a Lester Controls Almega II custom manufactured controller and a Bucher iValve. As part of the package, we also installed the shaft wiring, limits, car top control and a CEDES shaft encoder.

Typical three storey buildings in Kensington similar to the one recently being refurbished.

09 Dec

First Aid training at Hydratec

First Aid training at Hydratec

Hydratec has an excellent safety record, and we are keen to ensure that this continues!

Last week, our engineering teams attended Hydratec’s latest First Aid training at our Southern office in Yateley.  It is important that our staff are up to date with their First Aid Qualifications, and continue to be aware all of the latest developments and guidelines on significant Health & Safety elements as set out by the HSE.

We want to ensure that our customers have qualified First Aiders working on site, who are always available to help in emergencies and reinforces the company ethos that health & safety is a vital part of our work and a priority for us.

A big thank you to our engineers for participating in the First Aid training and their ongoing commitment to Hydratec.

25 Sep

Hydratec is officially ISO 45001 certified!

We are pleased to announce that Hydratec have achieved the ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety Management standard accreditation!

The safety of our staff and those that visit the sites we work at is incredibly important to us. Gaining the ISO 45001 has proven that the policies and procedures we have in place do just that! Despite our OHSAS accreditation renewal not being due until 2021, our team have worked with determination to secure the certification ahead of time by demonstrating how seriously we take health and safety.

The IS0 45001 certification has been developed to help reduce risks in the workplace and internationally provides a single framework to businesses, whatever their size. ISO 45001 also provides clear direction that assists companies to build a more robust Health and Safety program.