Athens acropolis to get Italian-made panoramic elevator

Como-based Maspero Elevatori chosen by Onassis Foundation

12 February, 18:01

    ROME - The Onassis Foundation is improving the access facilities of the Acropolis in Athens through installing a platform lift made by an Italian firm. The panoramic lift will be tailor-made by the Como-based firm Maspero Elevatori, recognised at the international level as a leader in the design, construction, and maintenance of special elevator facilities both for people and for goods, which was recently awarded the contract. ''We are very honoured that the Onassis Foundation, which will donate the facilities to the Greek state, has chosen our firm for this important construction. By installing a platform lift that will make it possible to transport wheelchairs as well, the foundation resolve not only a practical problem but also a symbolic one, underscoring the importance of equal access for all to a monument that is an integral part of the country's cultural heritage,'' said Maspero Elevatori CEO Andrea Maspero. The firm focuses on technology and design but also considers respect for the environment and the valorisation of the monument as key. ''Our technical experts are in constant contact with the Onassis Foundation, the culture ministry, and the archeologists of the Acropolis to develop the best solution from technical, security, and aesthetic points of view,'' Maspero added. The elevator will weigh 1,350 kg and will have a 18-person capacity (or 2 wheelchairs with accompanies). The lift will also include, in the case of an emergency, the possibility to transport an ambulance stretcher. Due to the glass cabin, passengers will be able to enjoy a unique panoramic view during the ride.

    The elevator is expected to be up and running in May 2020 and was designed and is currently being built at the Maspero Elevatori factory in Appiano Gentile.

    It will later be transported and set up in Athens. Maspero Elevatori will be installing and ensuring maintenance with a 6-year guarantee, including replacement parts.

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