17 Mar

Hydratec smart™ installation Sheltered Housing Kingston

Typical image of the residential housing Hydratec smart solutions are used.

Working during the early part of January 2020, under strict Government COVID guidelines and to reinstate the reliability of the lift, our engineers completed a full Hydratec smart™ lift modernisation. The work took place in a 4-storey sheltered housing home in Kingston, Surrey, originally built in 1989 with 32 apartments and shared communal facilities.

We removed all the existing hydraulic equipment including the lift controller and undertook the installation of the new equipment. The Hydratec smart was configured with a Bucher iValve, a Lester Controls ALMEGA II hydraulic controller and a CEDES absolute positioning system.

Taking great care to ensure all hygiene and safety procedures were in place before and throughout the work, a time frame and access to the site was agreed with the residents. This included the removal of the old equipment and installation of the new smart hydraulic system.

22 Feb

Hydratec’s response to the upcoming changes to VAT rules

From 1st March 2021, the HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will be rolling out a VAT Domestic Reverse Charge scheme which will affect some activities within the Construction sector.

Hydratec would like to inform all of our customers that our lift works fall outside of the scope of the CIS (Construction Industry Scheme) and as a result, will continue to be subject to standard VAT charges and NOT the Domestic Reverse Charges.

For more information, click here or get in touch with our Management team on 01252 871 664.

10 Feb

Hydratec smart™ modernisation at one of London’s large teaching hospitals

Working as subcontractors with one of our industry customers, Hydratec have recently undertaken a Hydratec smart™ modernisation on one of the hospital’s hydraulic lifts. The lift had been out of action for several months and a full modernisation was required including cylinders, VVVF power unit, new cylinder pillars, chains and pulleys.

As with other essential work that we are undertaking during lockdown, Hydratec engineers are taking great care to ensure all hygiene and safety procedures follow strict Government COVID guidelines. Our engineering team also worked with the hospital’s facility management to ensure that we fully complied with the rigorous COVID requirements of the hospital.

Our initial task was to undertake a site survey, to establish the correct specification for the Hydratec smart and what ancillaries. After agreeing a time frame for the upgrade, we removed all the existing hydraulic equipment including the lift controller. We then undertook the installation of the new equipment.

The smart was configured with a Bucher iValve, a Lester Controls ALMEGA II hydraulic controller and a CEDES absolute positioning system, to comply with the EN81-20 and A3 compliance.

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.