The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) is home to the most extensive collection of portraits in the world, receiving between 1.5-2 million visitors each year. It was the first portrait gallery in the world to open in 1856, and in 1896 the Gallery moved to its current site at St Martin's Place, adjoining the National Gallery.


Since 2020, the Gallery has been undergoing a major refurbishment programme leading to its full closure until 2023. Designed by Jamie Fobert Architects, the "Inspiring People" project comprises of a comprehensive redisplay of the Collection from the Tudors to now. Combined with a complete refurbishment of the building, the creation of new public spaces, a more welcoming visitor entrance and public forecourt, and a new state of the art Learning Centre.


Part of this refurbishment project, undertaken by one of the UK largest independent lift companies, includes the installation of five machineroomless (MRL) lifts, four 4-storey ones for public usage and one 7-storey lift for staff.


Lester Controls will be supplying Almega II controllers which will comply to all of the latest standards, and will be supplied with a full shaft package including Cedes APS shaft positioning system; limit kit & car top controls, along with our Flexibus serial push & indicator systems. The project delivery is due in November 2021.