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Northampton Lifts Tower To Open To Abseilers

One recurring request in the Skyscrapernews email bag is if we can tell a charity worker how can they can abseil down a building. Soon they won't have to ask, the National Lift Tower is opening up to allow a certain number of charity abseils a year.

The 127 metre tall structure has been awarded planning permission to allow it to run charity events on a maximum of 24 days each year, with up to sixty abseilers allowed on any one day.

These moves were opposed by ten neighbouring residents who complained that the proposals could lead to increased traffic ignoring the small fact that once upon a time the tower was the centrepiece of an industrial research complex that employed hundreds of people and generated substantial amounts of traffic. Further to this, the site already has a suitable amount of parking.

Now Grade II listed, the tower was originally constructed in 1982 following an investment by the previous Labour government in Express Lifts in the late 1970s as past of their last gasp state commitment to research and development.

Designed by Stimpson and Walton, it was the tallest such testing tower in the world when completed but fell into disuse in January 1997. Faced with demolition it was rapidly given historical protection making it the youngest listed building in the United Kingdom at the time. Eventually purchased by Peter Sullivan, the Express Lift Tower was renamed and is now used by the British National Abseil Team.

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