Industry News for December 4, 2014

LERCH BATES ACQUIRES U.K. FIRM DEWAR
Lerch Bates Inc. has reestablished operations in Europe with the purchase of Dewar Partnership Ltd., a London-based elevator and escalator consulting company. Dewar provides technical and economical solutions to improve the operation, quality and safety of elevators and escalators throughout the U.K. and abroad. Its team of consultants specializes in the vertical-transportation needs of the commercial, leisure, financial, retail, education, health, transportation and aviation industries in both the public and private sectors. Dewar has appointed Steve Fall as its managing director, and Matt Scanlan, previous Dewar owner, remains with the firm as an executive director and a member of its board of management.

GT TO SUPPLY TRANSIT PROJECT
Global Tardif (GT) has signed an agreement with Fujitec Canada to provide 16 panoramic hydraulic elevators in the Evergreen Line of the Vancouver SkyTrain, in Vancouver, Canada. The line will connect the current SkyTrain network, from Coquitlam to Vancouver, via Port Moody and Burnaby. The project, now in the pre-construction phase, is expected to be complete in summer 2016 at a cost of CAD1.4 billion (US$1.23 billion).

External-image-Angel-Gardens-Moda-LivingNEW 36-STORY RESIDENTIAL TOWER FOR MANCHESTER, U.K.
A new 36-story residential tower is planned as part of NOMA, a mixed-use redevelopment taking shape in Manchester, U.K., Manchester Evening News reports. Near the new headquarters of the Co-Operative Group, codeveloper of the 20-acre site, the tower is set to include amenities such as a rooftop tennis court and theater. It has dark cladding to contrast with adjacent low-rise buildings. Work is expected to start next year, with the building ready for occupancy in 2017.

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