Czech firm played key role in construction of world’s tallest building
The completion of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Dubai, made scores of international headlines this week. Among those who took part in the huge project in the United Arab Emirates was a Czech firm called Pega Hoist, whose high-speed construction elevators were used throughout the building stage. One, even remains permanently, some 600 metres off the ground.
“It was very demanding, first just to get the tender, I’d say probably 20 percent. And then to realise the project without any technical problems for the next four years. That was more challenging, I’d say, about 80 percent of the effort or so.”
I understand that there were eight hoists that ran up the first 425 metres alone: did you have to develop new technology for those?
At peak hours, Pavel Policar says between 8,000 to 12,000 workers on the job depended on the lifts. Now that the project is finished, one feather in the company’s cap was that a single service elevator near the top was installed permanently in the building. Pavel Policar again:
“We wouldn’t be the contractor on the site, fully supporting the site, if we hadn’t won this ‘cherry on the cake’. It’s a small thing, a rack-and-pinion 40 metre long lift that is situated at 611 metres. That makes it the highest situated lift anywhere on Earth.”