New lifts installed in Motherwell tower blocks – six months after initial target date

A programme of works to install new lifts for properties at four towers in Muirhouse has finally been completed – six months after the initial target date for this to have taken place.

The replacement of the odd numbered lifts at Merryton, Dalziel, Shields and Grange Towers commenced in March last year and with an anticipated completion date of June 28.

However, significant delays were experienced with the progress of the odd lift replacement project and this has been attributed to the impact of wider supply chain problems in the construction industry, caused by COVID.

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Scottish Conservative councillor, Nathan Wilson, repeatedly made representations to the council on the issue and expressed concerns about the delays to the completion of the works.

In response to further representations made by Councillor Wilson, the local authority confirmed early in the New Year that the odd lifts at each of the four towers are now in place.

Councillor Wilson told Lanarkshire Live : “The length of time it has taken for the completion of this vital work has been hugely frustrating.

“It is disappointing the lifts for the odd numbered properties were unavailable to residents for the majority of the last year when they were only meant to be out of service for a couple of months.”

The odd lift at Dalziel Tower was made available again for residents in November and the work at Grange Tower was completed shortly afterwards.

The replacement lift works in Merryton and Shields reached a successful conclusion before the Christmas Holiday period in December.

The lifts servicing the even numbered properties at the four towers are now being replaced and this programme of works is anticipated to be complete by April 25.

Councillor Wilson added: “It’s great news that the work has now been safely completed.

“Residents are again able to access the odd lifts when entering and leaving the tower blocks for everyday tasks.

“Given the extremely long delays experienced with the installation of the new lifts for the odd numbered properties, all efforts should be made to avoid a similar scenario with the even lifts and I will be keeping a close eye on how this work progresses.”

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