Shanghai Tower – the fastest lift in the world

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By Chris Jones

Published on: 09-11-2018

As one of the leading lift companies in the UK, we like to keep our finger on the pulse in the elevator world! Recently we blogged about visiting the tallest building in the world where we rode on a super speedy elevator to the summit, but in terms of speed that elevator was nothing compared to the one located within China’s Shanghai Tower!

To compare heights, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building standing at over 800 metres tall. The Shanghai Tower stands at 632 metres tall.

Shanghai Tower (centre)

But the lift speed within the Shanghai Tower travels at an incredible 20.5 meters per second (67 ft per second) which is faster than a certain Usain Bolt can run! That equates to an amazing 1,260 metres per minute! It is over twice the speed of its counterpart at the Burj Khalifa which travels at 600 metres per minute!

So whilst Dubai rightly boasts the tallest building, China has the fastest lift!

Lets put that into perspective for those who haven’t been to China or Dubai.

For those of you who have been to Blackpool Tower here in the UK (ok so we know it’s a very poor comparison!), that summit is located at around 158 metres, its only around ¼ of the height of the Shanghai Tower. The lift at Blackpool Tower takes 69 seconds from the roof where you collect the lift, to the summit. If you put the Shanghai Tower lift into the Blackpool Tower, it’d take you less than 8 seconds to get to the top!

In a similar way to the Burj Khalifa, the views are something to behold once you do arrive at the top. But think less ‘desert’ and more ‘urban metropolis’….

Take a look at the video below:

If you are looking for a reliable lift company in Manchester (also covering London, Birmingham, Leeds and Liverpool) then do give us a shout!

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