OEMs announce important wins.

Google’s new headquarters KGX1 was designed by Heatherwick Studio and BIG.


401 Units for Singapore MRT System

KONE has won an order to supply 218 elevators and 183 escalators to stages four and five of the Thomson-East Coast Line of the Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system and pedestrian overpasses. The order includes 215 3000 MonoSpace® and three MiniSpaceTM elevators, and 183 TransitMasterTM 140 escalators.

The equipment will serve passengers at nine new stations along the Thomson-East Coast Line, three on the existing Circle Line and one — Tanah Merah station — on the East-West Line. The overpasses will be served by 52 KONE elevators. The order includes the provision of elevators for the upcoming “four-in-one” rail and bus depot, a multilevel complex incorporating three MRT depots and one bus depot. A project of the Land Transport Authority, the Thomson-East Coast Line and pedestrian bridges are slated for completion in 2025.

120-Unit Order for Reem Mall in Abu Dhabi

KONE also won an order to outfit Reem Mall on Reem Island on the northeast coast of Abu Dhabi with 50 MonoSpace® elevators, 60 TravelMasterTM escalators and 10 TravelMaster moving walks. The island is linked to Abu Dhabi’s central business district by six bridges and is expected to be home to approximately 200,000 people once complete. The 186,000-m2 Reem Mall will contain 100 restaurants, department stores and entertainment venues. The mall is being developed by Al Farwaniya Property Developments, a partnership between Agility a–liate United Projects for Aviation Services Co. The National Real Estate Co. Dewan Architects & Engineers is the technical architect, and CallisonRTKL is the design architect.

VT for Google’s London “Landscraper”

Google has selected KONE to provide the vertical- transportation (VT) package for its new U.K. headquarters, the 11-story, 312-m-long “landscraper” KGX1 in London’s King’s Cross being built by Lendlease and designed by Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Construction Enquirer reported. The order includes 38 elevators and two escalators. KONE Executive Vice President, Central and North Europe Thomas Hinnerskov said the structure will bring a “whole new concept of working” to a busy area of London.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who inaugurated KGX1 in late 2017, referred to the US$1.3-billion investment that will house up to 7,000 employees as a sign that the city is open for business despite Brexit looming, Quartz previously reported. Comparable in length to the height of the Empire State Building in New York City, the structure could be a sign of future development in regions such as the U.S. Midwest. It could also open up possibilities for thyssenkrupp’s ropeless, sideways-moving MULTI elevator system.

Elevator Modernization at Hong Kong MTR Stations

The company will also modernize elevators at 14 metro stations within the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system in Hong Kong. Twenty-six MonoSpace® machine-room-less elevators will replace existing hydraulic elevators at the stations, part of a system with 93 stations and an average weekly patronage of 5.8 million. KONE Greater China Executive Vice President William B. Johnson said:

“Hong Kong’s MTR system is widely considered one of the best urban transit systems in the world. I am proud that our solutions, which demonstrate the knowhow KONE has gained from demanding infrastructure projects around the globe, will enhance the journeys of the city’s commuters and visitors.”


MAX Technology at EDF Paris Headquarters

Seventeen elevators at Électricité de France (EDF) headquarters in Paris were scheduled to be outfitted with thyssenkrupp’s MAX predictive-maintenance technology this spring, serving as a pilot project in anticipation of installation of MAX across EDF’s other facilities. Including the maintenance of 585 elevators and 1,545 automatic doors across France, the deal with the energy supplier represents the first time MAX has been employed in France. thyssenkrupp touts cloud-based MAX as the first predictive-maintenance system of its type for elevators in the world and observes it has been employed at iconic buildings including One World Trade Center in New York City.

Maintenance, Repair of Turkey Transit VT Equipment

thyssenkrupp Elevator’s Aegean-Mediterranean branch has secured a contract from Antalya Büyük�ehir Municipality in Antalya, Turkey, to maintain and repair 95 escalators and 73 elevators at and around an overpass. thyssenkrupp Elevator told ELEVATOR WORLD the VT system includes 25 Schindler units, 13 thyssenkrupp units, 10 KONE units and 15 Fujitec units. The remaining 105 units were provided by local companies. thyssenkrupp Elevator Special Projects Regional Manager Berkay Bulut said the contract is “another example of thyssenkrupp Turkey’s success on infrastructure and mass-transit projects.”


VT for LEED-Certified Office Tower in Manila

Jardine Schindler Philippines delivered a VT system including 20 elevators and two escalators to the 42-story o–ce tower The Finance Centre in Manila, Philippines. Developed by Daiichi Properties, the building is in the Bonifacio Global City District and was designed by Gensler with AIDEA to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Gold certification.

Schindler worked with the team to design a VT system that includes the S7000 high-rise elevator and PORT destination- dispatch system. Delivered in February, the job represents a longstanding professional relationship between Schindler and Daiichi.

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