Hidden Platform Lift at 200 Grays Inn Road

Grays Inn Road is situated in the heart of the Capital between the City of London and the West End. The area, close to Clerkenwell and St Pancras, is home to a wide range of media and tech companies. Great Portland Estates (GPE) purchased the 290,000+ sq ft 200 Grays Inn Road site in 2011 with a vision of developing the office space. GPE have renovated different floors of the building since their acquisition and in 2017 looked to refurbish the ground floor of the building. Ian McArdle Architects (IMA) were charged with designing the new facade, creating a large open reception area with common workspace and a café. The architect's vision included a near 4 storey glazed wall at the front of the building to maximise light and give an impressive entrance. Mace were contracted by GPE to carry out the multimillion pound refurbishment of the reception and main entrance. We worked with Mace and IMA to discuss the different disabled access options available in the reception area. We decided the best option was to design and install a hidden platform lift. The hidden platform lift would provide disabled access but would disappear into the ground with only the stainless steel trim visible. This type of platform lift is extremely popular in commercial buildings where architects are looking for a continuation of materials and design across a whole project.

200 Grays Inn Road has several tenants but 60% of the offices are let to ITN and ITV. The majority of the offices is made up of open plan common workspace and several newsrooms. The nature of the tenants means that workers are regularly in and out of the office. This means that disabled access needs to function extremely well and be incredibly reliable. The lift rises a total of 360mm across the 3 steps in the reception with a traverse of 900mm. The platform measures 1180mm x 1500mm which allows large wheelchair and even electric buggies to use it. The rated load of the hidden platform lift is 385kg. The architect finished the lift with the same stone as the rest of the reception. The reception was opened in October 2018 with additional work on the ground floor being carried out into 2019.

To see similar projects to 200 Grays Inn Road click on the following links: Specialist Step lift at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Platform Lifts at the National Army Museum, Stairwell that becomes a lift at Chiswell Street, Platform Lift at Venture House in Reading and Platform Lift at Seven Dials Warehouse, London.

 

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2018

200 Grays Inn Road - Hidden Platform Lift
200 Grays Inn Road Hidden Platform Lift
200 Grays Inn Road Access Lifts
200 Grays Inn Road Disabled Access Lift
200 Grays Inn Road - Hidden Platform Lift for ITN and ITV
200 Grays Inn Road - Hidden Platform Lift
200 Grays Inn Road - Platform Lift

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Goods Lift for Manchester Metropolitan University

We were approached by Kier who were refurbishing an existing textile mill for Manchester Metropolitan University. Kier is one of the UK's largest construction companies and employs over 20,000 staff.  They won the £8 million contract to renovate the site at Great Marlborough Street for the University. The building at Great Marlborough Street is an old Victorian textile mill that is situated close to Manchester Oxford Road station and the Bridgewater Canal in central Manchester.  The mill is one of many across Manchester that used to produce many textile goods from cotton in 19th century. The refurbishment would provide 5 floors of new office space for the University staff. The client wanted a goods lift for Manchester Metropolitan University to make deliveries into the building easy. They wanted a lift that would be practical but would stay true to the building's industrial history.

We installed a goods lift with a platform measuring 1500mm x 1120mm. The lift travels 1900mm across the two floor levels and has a rated load of 300kg. The lift was finished in black to compliment the modern facade of the building. The client chose mesh sides and doors to match the industrial aesthetics of the building. The lift is made from hot-dipped galvanised steel which means it can stand up to any weather and will not rust.

To see more of our projects similar to this goods lift for Manchester Metropolitan University click on the following links: Platform Lifts at the National Army Museum, Platform Lift at Venture House in Reading, Platform Lift at Seven Dials Outdoor Wheelchair Lift for Elm Yard and Goods Lift at Commercial Office in the City of London.

Location: Manchester

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2018

Goods Lift for Manchester Metropolitan University
Goods Lift for Manchester Met University
Goods Lift for Manchester Metropolitan University
Goods Lift for Manchester Metropolitan University - Great Marlborough Street
Goods Lift for Man Met University

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Disabled Platform Lift for Bristol University

We were approached by Portakabin who were looking to install a disabled platform lift for Bristol University. Portakabin create modular and temporary buildings with an emphasise on the education sector. Portakabin can set up their buildings in a matter of days and weeks which makes them ideal for schools and universities when they're renovating or moving sites. The University were looking to expand their teaching space whilst renovating their existing buildings. During the renovation works the University instructed Portakabin to build a number of new lecture halls and seminar rooms. The new block would help ease overcrowding in the existing buildings and make up for a lack of teaching space. We have worked with Portakabin on a number of sites across the country. The majority of these are made up of schools, colleges and universities. Similar to previous projects, Portakabin wanted a disabled platform lift for Bristol University that would provide access to the first floor.

Portakabin wanted the lift to fix to the outside of the building adjacent to the entrance. The lift was fitted in its own external aluminium shaft with both points of entry on the same side. The lift travels over 3.5 metres across the two floors, with the cabin platform measuring 1100mm x 1400mm. The lift shaft was painted in RAL colour 7015 to match the rest of the building. The disabled platform lift has a rated load of 300kg, which means it can take even the heaviest of electric buggies. 

To see more of our projects similar to this disabled platform lift for Bristol University click on the following links: Bitterne Park School, Glass Lift for Offices at Meriden Hall, Dancing Man Brewery and Retail Lift at Optique 2000.

Location: Bristol

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2018

Disabled Platform Lift for Bristol University
Disabled Platform Lift for Bristol University

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Pneumatic Home Elevator in Bournemouth

We were approached by a couple from Bournemouth, Dorset who were refurbishing their home. They thought that while they were carrying out the refurbishment they should make their home more accessible. Similar to many properties in the area, the house is spread across 3 floors. The addition of a lift can really open up a home and future-proof it against anything life can throw. In this instance, the couple had seen photos of a pneumatic home elevator on our website and thought that was the best option for them. They wanted the lift to travel from the hallway on the ground floor to the first floor landing. The lift would then continue into the spare room which is situated on the second floor. 

The client chose the one person model of the pneumatic home elevator which has a diameter of 750mm. The lift was installed by two of our engineers in under a week. The lift travels just under 6 metres across the 3 floors with a rated load of 205kg. The structure is painted steel with curved perspex panels. The advantage that a pneumatic home elevator has over a more traditional lift is that they take up less space and can easily be added to a corner of a room. In addition the circular lift shaft can act a sun trap and allow light to flood throughout the house. The lift features a 520mm curved door on each floor. 

The client uses the lift to even more the vacuum cleaner  throughout the house and take the washing upstairs. They also use the lift to move small items of furniture as well as bags and suitcases. 

To see more examples of our home and domestic lifts click on the following links:  Home Lift in External Shaft in Branksome ParkSmall Passenger Lift in Townhouse in MayfairHome Lift in Torquay, Home Platform Lift in Whitecliff and Residential Glass Lift in Bosham.

Location: Dorset

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2014

Pneumatic Home Elevator in Bournemouth
Pneumatic Home Elevator Lift
Pneumatic Home Elevator UK

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Outdoor Wheelchair Lift for Elm Yard, Elm Street

We were asked by Mace to supply and fit an outdoor wheelchair lift for a new office that they were building and remodelling. The new office, Elm Yard, is situated on Elm Street between Gray’s Inn Road and Exmouth Market in central London. The new collaborative workspace boasts over 50,000 sq ft across 12 floors of premium offices in the heart of one of London’s most vibrant districts. Clerkenwell is a stylish area of London with an abundance of creative and technology companies. Office space in the district is usually made up of refurbished Victorian townhouses and industrial warehouses. Elm Yard has a similar dark brick front on the ground floor but with modern offices spanning the other 11 floors. We met with the Project Manager in order to discuss the different options available. We decided the best option would be an outdoor wheelchair lift that would provide access to the newly built reception on the left hand side of the steps.

Mace wanted the lift to be able to withstand consistent daily use as well as look stylish against the new refurbishment. We chose to install a lift that has three glass sides as well as a glass gate. The prominence of glass matches the reception and gives the lift a very modern look. The structural components of the outdoor wheelchair lift were made out of stainless steel which looks great as well as preventing any rust or damage to the lift over the time. The stainless steel even matches the adjacent hand rails to give a sleek consistent finish. The lift travels over 500mm with platform dimensions of 900mm x 1400mm. Its rated load is 280kg which means it can take even the heaviest of electric buggies. 

To see more of our platform lifts for offices and commercial buildings click on the following links: Black Mesh Platform Lift in Reading, Black Mesh Platform Lift in Seven Dials Warehouse, Glass Platform Lift in Southwark Council Offices and Collapsable Stairwell Lift in the City of London.

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2016

Outdoor Wheelchair Lift - Elm Yard
Outdoor Wheelchair Platform Lift - Elm Yard
Outdoor Wheelchair Lift - Elm Yard

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Lift in a Residential Building, Kings Lodge, Reading

We were approached by a developer who was looking to install a lift in a residential building he had recently refurbished, Kings Lodge,  on Kings Road, in Reading. The Kings Lodge building has a number of luxury flats across 5 floors in central Reading. The client was looking for a lift to supply access to all floors of the building. The client also wanted to use the lift to provide a way of transporting heavier items throughout the building when the new residents move in. Before we arrived on site the builder had already created a purpose built lift shaft running through the centre of the building. We inspected the lift shaft and completed a survey, taking critical measurements to create technical drawings for the client.

We discussed with the available options with the client and after a couple of weeks came up with a detailed plan for the lift. The client accepted our technical drawings and we installed the lift as to the plan.  This platform lift in a residential building travels over 12 metres across the 5 floors with the cabin interior measuring 1100mm x 1400mm. The lift has a rated load of 400kg (5 persons) so it can be used to move luggage and some items of furniture throughout the building when the new residents move in. The platform lift has stainless steel automatic doors on each floor. The lift was finished with a mirror back wall in order to create a spacious airy feel in the lift.

To see more examples of our lifts in flats click on the following links: Lift in Flats in Weymouth and Small Passenger Lift in Townhouse in Mayfair.

To see examples of our residential lifts click on the following links: Home Lift in External Shaft in Branksome Park, Home Lift in Torquay, Home Platform Lift in Whitecliff and Indoor House Lift in Chichester

Location: Berkshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2018

Lift in a Residential Building - Kings Lodge
Lift in Apartment Block - Kings Lodge
Lift in Flats - Kings Lodge

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Wheelchair Lift at The Point, Eastleigh

We were approached by representatives of The Point, Eastleigh as they were looking to install a new wheelchair lift. The Point, Eastleigh is a local theatre that plays host to a large variety of performances and is run by Eastleigh Borough Council. The Point is situated adjacent to Eastleigh Borough Council offices in the town centre and is a hub for local residents. The theatre accommodates a wide range of events spanning from contemporary theatrical productions to dances classes for all ages to community shows. As a vital hub for the local community the client needed to replace their current wheelchair lift quickly. The Point's current wheelchair lift was over 15 years old and wasn't fit for purpose. However the old lift provided a vital disabled access route for both staff and visitors alike and so we surveyed the site and submitted drawings for a new lift to the client.

We designed and fitted a brand new wheelchair lift to travel up the 3.5 metres difference between ground floor to first floor. The total travel of the lift is over 7 metres which included two 90º corners and one 180º corner from the ground floor. The width of the staircase varied therefore a smaller platform measuring 750mm x 900mm was fitted. The wheelchair lift has a rated load of 225kg therefore can easily move even the heaviest of mobility scooters. The lift was installed within 2 days.

To see more examples of our work in theatres click on the following links: Step Lift and Passenger Lift in York Theatre Royal and Passenger Lift in the National Theatre.

To see more examples of our inclined wheelchair lifts click on the following links: Inclined Platform Lift in Grade II Listed Waterworks, Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift in Dartford, Inclined Wheelchair Platform Lift in Poole, Outdoor Garden Lift in Parkstone and Inclined Platform Lift in Dartmouth

Location: Hampshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2018

The Point, Eastleigh
Wheelchair Lift at The Point, Eastleigh
Wheelchair Platform Lift at The Point
Disabled Access at The Point, Eastleigh
Inclined Wheelchair Platform Lift at The Point, Eastleigh

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Outdoor Platform Lift in Minehead, Somerset

We were approached by a couple in Minehead, Somerset who were looking to make their home more accessible. As with many of our customers, they didn't want to move from their lovely home and downsize to a smaller house such as a bungalow. In addition the house is situated on the hillside above Minehead and the view from their home is fantastic. They had lived in the area for many years and their family loved to come visit on holiday therefore they really wanted to stay put. They were looking for an outdoor platform lift that would not only make it easier to access their home but also help move heavy objects such as bins from the house to the garage and driveway.

Our team met with the couple to discuss the different options available and to perform a survey of the front of the house. We designed and installed the outdoor platform lift rising from outside the garage to the patio area adjacent to the house's porch. This meant that the second garage could still be used as the lift does not require a pit. The lift travels just under 3 metres floor to floor with a platform measuring 1100mm x 1400mm, allowing plenty of room to move bins and other heavy items. The outdoor platform lift is made out of 316L stainless steel making sure it doesn't rust or corrode over time and ensures the lift is in working order for several years. The side panels are made from hardened glass providing a spacious feel and modern look whilst being completely solid.

The client said that she is "thrilled with the lift and visiting folks are very impressed, especially the Tesco delivery man!"

To see more of examples of our outdoor home lifts click on the following links: Residential Glass Lift in BoshamExternal Glass Lift in Branksome Park, Outdoor Lift in Powys and Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift in Poole.

Location: Somerset

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2018

Outdoor Platform Lift
Outside Platform Lift in Devon
Outdoor Glass Platform Lift in Minehead
External Glass Platform Lift

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Inclined Wheelchair Platform Lift in Poole, Dorset

We were approached by a couple from Poole who were looking to make their home more accessible due to unforeseen circumstances. Poole is located on the South coast and similar to many seaside towns and villages, the land undulates around the coastline. The client's home was no different with the driveway and garage situated at the street level then their house situated at the top of the hill. The garden then sat between the two with a paved pathway leading from the driveway all the way up to the front door. After several discussions between the clients and our team we decided that an inclined wheelchair platform lift would be the best option. The main issue that became immediately apparent is how the pathway winds up the side of the garden. The pathway includes several twists and turns with some points narrower than others.

We attended site and completed a digital survey, mapping the exact dimensions of every single step. The survey revealed that the total distance the inclined wheelchair platform lift would travel would be over 13 metres and a total rise of 5 metres. This is by no means our longest inclined platform lift but it posed a unique challenge due to the number of turns and the narrowness of the pathway. We managed to fit an inclined wheelchair platform lift with a platform measuring 750mm x 1000mm. All materials of the lift are made out of 316 stainless steel to prevent any rust or corrosion meaning that the lift can stand up to any adverse weather conditions.

After completing the project the client had this to say, "I wanted to thank you and your team for all your help, hard work and knowledge, your service has been amazing. Your engineers in particular were unbelievably helpful.

"You enabled us to carry on living in our lovely house."

To see more examples of our outdoor lifts and garden lifts click on the following projects: Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift in DartmouthOutdoor Garden Platform lift in Parkstone, Residential Glass Lift in BoshamExternal Home Lift in Branksome, Outdoor Home Lift in Powys and Outdoor Stairlift in Kingswear.

Location: Dorset

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2018

Inclined Wheelchair Platform Lift

Inclined Wheelchair Platform Lift in Poole, Dorset

Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift

Outdoor Garden Lift in Poole, Dorset

Outdoor Garden Lift

External Garden Lift

Curved Platform Lift

Curved Inclined Platform Lift

Outdoor Wheelchair Platform Lift

Curved Garden Lift

Inclined Wheelchair Platform Lift in a Garden

Inclined Wheelchair Platform Lift in a Garden

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Small Residential Lift in Witchampton

We were approached by a couple who lived in Witchampton, just North of Wimborne, because they were looking to have a small residential lift installed in their cottage. The couple were looking to make their cottage more accessible and provide another access route to the upstairs of their home that would be close to the master bedroom. The most feasible option was a small residential lift to the right of the front door - the major sticking point for the project was that the cottage had sloping ceilings and so reduced headroom on the first floor.

We designed and installed a small residential lift that was situated inside the cottage travelling 2550mm from beside the front door to the first floor landing, close to the master bedroom. Due to the reduced space and lack of headroom in the cottage the lift had a cabin that measured 850mm x 720mm and  height that measured 1100mm. The small residential lift was finished in a painted stainless steel structure with glass panels. The glass panels and white painted structure allowed in as much light as possible to dissipate from the window above the lift shaft on the first floor. We fitted the lift with glass swing landing doors so that they took up as little space as possible as well as letting as much light flood through the house.

Location: Dorset

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

Residential Glass Lift

Small Residential Lift in Painted Stainless Steel Shaft

Small Home Elevator

Small Domestic Lift in Witchampton - Ground Floor

Small House Lift

Small Home Elevator with Reduced Headroom

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