Lift replacement programme - keeping you updated

Find out about the work we're doing to modernise or replace our lifts across the city.

Since 2011 we have invested in modernising or replacing 67 lifts on housing sites across the city.

We're modernising or replacing lifts because:

  • a number of lifts in the city are old and are becoming unreliable and expensive to maintain. Modernising or replacing lifts should mean fewer breakdowns and a more reliable service for residents
  • compared to the older lift stock, the new lifts will be faster, smoother and more environmentally friendly in line with the council's goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030
  • where existing building conditions allow, all new lifts will be big enough to fit most mobility scooters making them more accessible

Lifts planned for replacement or major modernisation during 2021/2022

  • Lavender House, Kemptown
  • Sloane Court, Kemptown
  • Jubilee Court, Moulsecoomb
  • Lindfield Court, Hollingdean
  • Hazelholt, Portslade
  • 29c Hartington Road

Lift replacement or modernisation works for 2022 onwards are subject to ongoing review. These works will be shown on this page when up to date condition surveys on lifts have been carried out and reviewed.

Completed work

Since 2011, we’ve completed replacement or major modernisation works on 67 lifts across the city. A list of properties can be found below.

  • Essex Place, Tyson Place, St John’s Mount,
  • Courtlands, Ecclesden, Highleigh, Normanhurst, Richmond Heights, Saxonbury and Thornsdale (Albion Hill)
  • Viscaria, 61-107 Donald Hall Road; Hazel, 1-24 Turton Close; Jasmine, 2-48 Donald Hall Road (Bristol Estate)
  • Sanders House, Leach Court blocks 1, 2 and 3
  • Theobald House, Hereford Court, Nettleton Court
  • Dudeney Lodge, Philip Court, Highcroft Lodge, Wiltshire House, St James House
  • Falcon Court, Swallow Court, Kestral Court, Kingfisher Court and Heron Court
  • Cherry, 13-59 Bowring Way; Calendula, 109-155 Donald Hall Road, Sorrel, 1-47 Chadborn Close (Bristol Estate)
  • Barclay House, Johnson Bank and Napier House (Wellington Road Estate)
  • Labumum Grove, Elizabeth Court
  • Meadowsweet, 74-120 Donald Hall Road
  • Allamanda, 146-192 Donald Hall Road
  • Muriel House, Ingram Crescent West
  • Installation of a new lift shaft and larger capacity lift at Elwyn Jones Court, Patcham

How will the lift service be affected while the work is carried out?

The inside of a lift shaftWhere there are two lifts in a building, the lifts will be replaced one at a time so that one lift will remain in service throughout the work. Where the old lift serves alternate floors, some floors will not be served until the first lift has been replaced.

We apologise for any inconvenience and recognise this will cause hardship for residents who cannot walk up or down one flight of stairs. Members of our project management team, Housing Officers and Seniors Housing Scheme Managers will be available to help out where we can.

If you think you, or someone you know, may need help please contact the Housing Customer Service Team.

New lift

How long will the work take?

This depends on how many floors and how many lifts your block has.

The average time for the whole replacement of two lifts in a 12 storey building is about 40 weeks.

Prior to replacement/modernisation works a meeting will be held with residents. We will let you know how long it is expected to take at the meeting and via regular updates.

Will there be noise and mess generated?

Lift installation works are construction projects which will cause unavoidable noise. Residents will be consulted on any noisy phase of works with works being carried out during normal working hours. The engineers will do this as quickly and efficiently as they can to minimise the disruption and impact on residents.

There will also be dust and debris generated by the works but our contractors are very aware of the need to keep the site safe, clean and tidy.

What happens if the only lift in service breaks down?

We will treat it as an emergency and make every effort to restore the service as soon as possible. Housing officers and Seniors Housing Scheme Managers will be available to assist anyone needing help.

There will be engineers on site, doing the replacement works on the new lift and they will attend to the breakdown immediately.

As we take out the old lifts we are saving any useful spare parts. This puts us in a better position to repair the existing old stock and helps to reduce the time spent on waiting for replacement parts to be ordered.

Where can I find out more?

If you have any other queries, they can be raised at the first meeting for your block, which will happen before the lift work starts. You can also email the Property and Investment Team at P&