Evans Lifts
Evans Lifts nameplate




Evans Brothers

Succeeded by

Otis Elevator Company

Year active

1919 - 1997



Evans Lifts was a UK-based elevator company that was from Leicester, England. It was acquired by Otis in 1982.


Evans Lifts was established in 1919 by the Evans brothers. In 1982, Evans Lifts was bought out by Otis. Otis used the Evans name for their cheap elevators.

In 1995, Evans Lifts merged with another UK elevator company Express Lifts, then both companies was known as ExpressEvans. Two years later, ExpressEvans was taken over by Otis. In addition, the General Electric Company's elevator division in Hong Kong was taken over by Otis in 1999. After ExpressEvans was taken over, Otis Elevator Company has re-operate the ExpressEvans in both UK (ExpressEvans)[1] The name ExpressEvans is also used in the new Gen2-based Express M.R.L. elevator in the UK.[1]

Elevator fixtures

Main article: Evans Fixtures Guide

Notable installations

United Kingdom

  • British Museum, London
  • Middlesbrough Hospital
  • Wendover Court
  • Beckenham Court
  • BHS, Norwich
  • Fairfield Halls, Croydon
  • Waterstones, Wolverhampton
  • BHS, County Mall, Crawley
  • WHSmith, County Mall, Crawley
  • Newnham College, Cambridge
  • Trafalgar Centre, Chatham (now closed)
  • Conquest Hospital, Hastings (1992)
  • Waterstones, Watford (now closed)
  • Hampshire House, Southampton
  • Waterstones, Edinburgh
  • Debenhams, Glasgow
  • BHS, Belfast

Outside the United Kingdom

  • Mass Rapid Transit - North South and East West Line, Singapore (except Joo Koon, Pioneer, Marina South Pier, Dover, JEMP, Expo & Changi Airport)[2]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Otis is now using ExpressEvans name again!
  2. Most of them have been disabled and not working since 1 December 2002. They were replaced by Toshiba lifts which is designed to accept contactless payments and reduction of manning staff.

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