Ocon claims record escalator at Piccadilly

Ocon Construction claims to have installed the longest escalator in Manchester as part of the firm's £27m Piccadilly Gate project.

The escalator is 30-metres long and was installed as part of the refurbishment of the 124,000 sq ft, ten-storey civil service offices owned by Department for Transport subsidiary BRB Residuary.

BRB was close to selling the building for £48m to a German pension fund in 2010 but the deal fell through.

Andrew Barker, managing director of Ocon Construction, said: "Piccadilly Gate is, in itself, a landmark building, thanks both to the high profile tenants now based there and to the quality and location of the development. The escalator is one of the most striking features of the building and we're delighted to have been involved in such a prestigious project right on our own doorstep."

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Excellent. How many lifts does this building have, out of interest?

By boris

It makes me proud to be Mancunian.

By E Scalator

Just out of interest, what was the longest escalator before this, and is now languishing in second place?

By Ann O'Rak

Uplifting news for the city

By Andrew Rail

I think it was the one into the Arndale food court ..

By Dave Lloyd

“The escalator is one of the most striking features of the building”. This made me smile. Talk about damning the thing faint praise. Candid but accurate I’d say!

By A_Noun

7 lifts I think if you could goods, fire and disabled lifts.

By James