About Us

Founded in 1976 as Lift Design Partnership by Mike Godwin and Dr George Barney we pioneered the first ever application of computers to lift simulation and our founders became renowned for their technical and academic knowledge in the field combined with some quite unique  “problem solving” capabilities. Mike Godwin had been the former head of Research and Development of Wadsworth Lifts and George Barney was a senior lecturer at UMIST (the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology).

By the time Mike Godwin retired in 1985 his eldest son,  Adrian Godwin, had taken up the role of Managing Director of the firm and had already met the founders of the US elevator consulting firm Lerch Bates Inc. In 1990 Lerch Bates Inc and Adrian Godwin entered into a 50:50 joint venture business arrangement and LDP changed its name to Lerch Bates Limited to give the Lerch Bates organisation a major presence in Europe.

In February 2014 we ended our joint business venture with Lerch Bates Inc and later that same year changed our name to MovvéO Ltd.  This change reflected a realignment in direction for the company and provided an opportunity for us to extend our technical leadership and deliver unique solutions to our clients. The main structure of the company remains unchanged and we continue to provide the same excellent service that our clients have always enjoyed!

Throughout our nearly 40 year history we completed over 10,000 projects and are proud of our
100% success rate in all legal cases where we have acted as expert witness – i.e. our findings have always been upheld.

Innovation at the highest level has always been at the forefront of our approach to providing the right solutions for our clients – solutions that not only change the way people design and use buildings but improve the way equipment will communicate with the building systems network, its users and building management.

We have been responsible for many UK & World ‘Firsts’ in lift design solutions, including engineering solutions for clients such as:

• Centre Point, London
• Broadgate Tower, London
• Henderson Global Investors, City of London Headquarters
• BBC World Service
• London Borough of Southwark

We currently have 40 staff and 20 consultants in Europe and have delivered many world class buildings with world renowned architects including Sir Norman Foster, Renzo Piano, Rem Koolhaas and others.

We were responsible for the lift design for the 2015 CTBUH Best Tall Building Middle East and Africa, Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid Tower, and 2013 CTBUH Best Tall Building Worldwide (CCTV HQ, Beijing) as well as the Best Tall Building Europe (The Shard,London).

Lift, escalator and facade access consultants… delivering cost-effective, reliable and safe solutions

Whether it is initial design, design review, submittal review, project management, equipment modernisation or repair, acceptance testing or “in service” inspection you require we have the expertise within our organisation to ensure you get the best possible advice and guidance to meet your needs. Our organisation has the geographical representation, people and experience to provide that assistance wherever and whenever you need it.

We are committed to reinforcing our position of leadership within our profession and to establishing standards which encourage improvement in lift design, installation methods and transport services for the benefit of the user public. Ingenuity is backed up by the latest computer aided design tools for Lift System Simulation analysis and design.

Our Project Directors, Lift Consultants (Elevator Consultants) and Facade Access Consultants average over 25 years experience in their disciplines and over 15 years of association with our firm. All our consultants are trained to operate to our internal quality system. We are externally audited and accredited to ISO 9001 and provide continuous training on changes in legislation, codes and standards to all our lift consultants and other staff.

In today’s fast moving business environment you can be confident of impartial, professional advice and design input delivered within a timescale that will enable you to accomplish your objectives within your own deadlines.