As the entry hub for Saint Kentigern College, the new building has several dramatic yet functional elements, including a sleek glass lift. New Zealand Engineering Services (NZES) offers a broad range of elevator systems, and was asked to supply and install this contemporary feature, says managing director Norman Huggett. “One constraining factor was that the elevator was to be directly over the parking building – so it was decided the LM Emerald 300, which requires only a 250mm pit, would be ideal,” says Huggett. “We sent all information on the project off to LM Liftmaterial GmbH in Munich and between LM, RTA Studio Architects and Robert Cunningham Construction, we successfully completed the project.” Here, the Emerald 300 is configured for a 900kg capacity, or 12 passengers, and 1m/sec speed – but it can be set for greater loads and speeds. Its AC Inverter Gearless Drive is in the pit, so no mains power runs up the shaft and the controller is remote, operating from 25m away. The glass shaft and lift car create a dramatic feature. “This model’s shallow 250mm pit depth is well suited to locations that require a suspended lift pit, as with the MacFarlan Centre, or for locations with a high water table, such as coastal areas. Several sizes and load capacities are available in the Emerald 300 range.” NZES also installed a Swedish platform lift, Cibes, that opens on three sides – ensuring MacFarlan Centre is a fully accessible building.