“Kone is pleased that British Land, one of Europe’s real estate companies, has put its trust in Kone with such a landmark project. The company’s UK team continues to achieve results and to win confidence among its customers,” Kone EVP director for Central and North Europe Noud Veeger says.
The Leadenhall building project will be equipped with 29 elevators and 3 escalators. When installed, 22 of the elevators will be fully scenic exterior glass elevators with a maximum speed of 8 m/s and a travel distance of approximately 220 m. The installation of the equipment will start in July 2009 and is planned for completion in December 2010.
The decreasing profile of the Leaden- hall building provides a logical termination to a tall building, allowing it to create its own distinctive profile and to become a positive addition to the London skyline. The profile will also appear to anchor the tower to the ground, giving a sense of strength.
The Leadenhall Building project follows Kone’s earlier involvement with British Land in the city of London, which were the 201 Bishopsgate and the Broadgate Tower projects. The Broadgate Tower will have the first double-deck destination control system in the world due for completion during 2008.
Kone supplies its customers with elevators and escalators, with solutions for maintenance and modernisation. The company also provides maintenance of automatic building doors. In 2006, Kone had annual net sales of €3,6-billion and approximately 29 000 employees.