The National Lift Tower, Northampton, England
research, development, testing, training and marketing

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National Lift Tower

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Welcome to The National Lift Tower

Please click here for abseiling and other charity events at the tower.

The National Lift Tower is a 127m (418ft) research and development facility located in Northampton, England.

Originally built to test lifts, the scope of work undertaken at the tower has increased considerably in recent years. The height of the building and it's unique features make it an invaluable resource. Ongoing projects include work in the following areas ...

  • Height safety and access equipment
  • Escape systems for offshore platforms and vessels
  • Novel systems for underwater cranage
  • Lift engineer training
  • Lift equipment development and marketing
  • The world's tallest drainage testing installation
  • Telecommunications including long range high speed wireless broadband
  • Corporate and charity abseils
  • Filming location

There are six lift shafts of varying heights and speeds, one of which is a high speed shaft with a travel of 100m and a theoretical maximum speed of 10m/s.

Aside from the lift shafts, there are a number of other vertical spaces inside the building which have been used for a variety of projects. The tallest of these is 93 metres and is equipped with a sophisticated camera system that can be used to track experiments in realtime.

The tower has excellent transport links being situated next to the M1, having three international airports within one hours drive and with a local train station on the main line to London. Directions to the tower can be found here.

We have in-house experts who are able to help with or conduct research and development projects. We also have a fully equipped workshop for light engineering tasks.


14th March 2017

Link to a story from Studor on a pretty windy day
at the tower.



28th Feb 2017. New training brochure available here


6th July 2016. Some fascinating pictures of the
tower being constructed have been added

12th May 2016. New brochure available.


13th July 2015. Drone flight up the full height of the tower.


Superfast broadband in Northampton - we have recently partnered with a local company to provide superfast broadband into areas of Northampton that currently do not have coverage. The name of the company is Barton Broadband and the website is here. Please get in touch if you would like to find out if coverage is available in your area.

For information on booking abseils at the tower, please follow this link to an external website.