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Engineers uplifted by award

By Folkestone Herald  |  Posted: June 10, 2011

  • The Lower Station, Leas Lift, Lower Leas, Folkestone. The keys to the lift are handed over from Radnor Estates to the Folkestone Leas Lift CIC. Eamonn Rooney (Folkestone Leas Lift CIC) with the keys to the lift. Picture: Andy Jones

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AN ENGINEERING firm has won a national award for its restoration of the Leas Lift.

Consulting engineer Crofton carried out the work in 2010 when the lift was temporarily closed.

It was given the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) Excellence award at a ceremony in London on Wednesday, May 25.

The ACE looks at firms' achievements and how they have contributed to the local economy.

Mark Taylor, who directed the project, said: "Winning a national award is a fantastic achievement for us.

"It was a pleasure working to restore a remarkable piece of engineering which is so important to Folkestone.

"Judges praised the scheme, saying the project showed an excellent level of community integration and was managed to an extraordinarily strict budget. We're delighted."

Lift owner the Radnor Estate spent £200,000 on the refurbishments and repairs.

It is now managed by a not-for-profit organisation, the Folkestone Leas Lift Community Interest Company.

Crofton has offices in Tonbridge, Newhaven and London.

Smith, Wooley and Perry was the agent on the project.

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