Gothia Towers gets one of Sweden’s most modern lift systems

Gothia Towers’ multi-billion kronor expansion will include the modernisation and replacement of the hotel’s lifts. In all, 23 lifts featuring the latest technology will be installed. The project is expected to be completed during the latter part of 2014, when the new tower opens. Thanks to an investment of more than SEK 50 million, the hotel’s lifts will be more than twice as fast.

Work on the construction of Gothia Towers’ third tower is already well underway, and six more floors are being added to the current East Tower. Once the expansion is completed, Gothenburg will boast Europe’s largest fully integrated hotel, exhibition and conference facility – placing significant demands on logistics. “The lifts are incredibly important to us as we create the meeting place of the future,” explains Petter Ullberg, Deputy Managing Director at Gothia Towers. “We need to be able to transport our guests from one place to another, in a quick, efficient, and – above all – environmentally friendly manner.”

The new lifts will be more than twice as fast, and will be a key component of Gothia Towers’ certification in accordance with the international environmental standard BREEAM. Their speed will improve from 1.5 metres per second to 3.5 metres per second. “What tends to irritate hotel guests most is waiting for lifts,” continues Petter. “At Gothia Towers, they won’t have to. This investment will give us one of Sweden’s best and fastest lift systems. The process has already started, and we’ve now replaced four of the lifts in the West Tower.”

All three towers will feature external panoramic lifts. Gothia Towers’ third tower will be 100 metres tall, making it Gothenburg’s tallest building, with views as far as the island of Vinga. Visitors will be able to reach the viewing point in less than 30 seconds.

The new lifts are being supplied by KONE, one of the world’s leading lift manufacturers. KONE has a long track record of working with Gothia Towers and the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre.

For more information, please contact:
Petter Ullberg
, Deputy Managing Director of Gothia Towers and the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre
Phone: +46 (0)31 708 80 00
Mobile: +46 (0)708 80 80 01
E-mail: petter.ullberg@gothiatowers.com

Carin Kindbom, President and CEO of Gothia Towers and the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre
Phone: +46 (0)31 708 80 00
E-mail: carin.kindbom@svenskamassan.se