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

For more information about lifts like the one above call us on 0800 65 252 65 or email us

 

Indoor House Lift in Chichester, West Sussex

We were approached by a private client in Chichester who was looking to incorporate an indoor house lift within their home. Chichester is a cathedral city and the county town of West Sussex, situated on the Southern edge of the South Downs National park close to the popular seaside town of Bognor Regis. As with many of our clients they were looking to future-proof home - lifts are becoming more common in the home and can even be a necessity in order to sell a house in some areas. The client wanted an indoor house lift that matched the modern aesthetics of their home and would like stylish against the light and airy appearance throughout the house.

We installed the indoor house lift in its own purpose built shaft that connected the ground floor hall and the first floor landing. The lift's cabin measures 900mm x 12500mm. The lift travels a total distance of 2800mm across 2 floors with lift entry on one side and has a safe working load of 300kg. The house lift was finished with white doors with dark glass panels to match the modern appearance of the client's house. The client then painted the cabin in a stylish monochrome design with white and black horizontal stripes.

To see more examples of our domestic lifts by clicking on the following links: Residential Glass Lift in Bosham, Home Platform Lift in Whitecliff, Small Passenger Lift in Mayfair, Glass Home Lift in St John's Wood, Glass Lift in Flats in Weymouth and Outdoor Glass Lift in Branksome

Location: West Sussex

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2016

Indoor House Lift in Chichester
Residential Elevator in Chichester
Personal Home Lift with Glass Panels

For more information about lifts like the one above call us on 0800 65 252 65 or email us

Residential Glass Lift in Bosham, West Sussex

We were approached by a private client near Chichester in West Sussex because they were looking to fit a residential glass lift to the outside of their new home. The house had recently been built as part of a small development of half a dozen homes near to the Solent. They were looking to adapt their new home to make it more wheelchair accessible and chose to install a residential glass lift to the outside of the house. The client wanted a lift that was in keeping with the surrounding village's style but also matched the house's modern aesthetics.

We designed and installed the residential glass lift in an external white structure in the the client's back garden - the lift was fitted to the outside wall with doors from the lounge on the ground floor to the landing on the first floor. The lift's interior measures 1000mm x 1200mm giving surplus room for the client to use the lift in their wheelchair. The lift has a total travel of 3300mm across the two floors with entry to the lift only on one side and a safe working load of up to 400kg. The lift was finished with opaque glass to add privacy from the neighbouring houses.

To see more examples of our glass residential lifts click on the following links: External Glass Lift in Branksome Park, Outdoor Lift in Powys, Glass Stairwell Lift in Torquay, Lift in Flats in Weymouth and Glass Residential Lift in St John's Wood.

Location: West Sussex 

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2016

Residential Glass Lift in Chichester

Residential Glass Lift in Chichester

Interior Cabin of Residential Glass Lift

Interior Cabin of Residential Glass Lift

Opaque Glass Domestic Lift

Opaque Glass Domestic Lift

For more information about lifts like the one above call us on 0800 65 252 65 or email us

Inclined Platform Lift in Grade II Listed Waterworks

We were approached by Blackbottle Ltd, a building contractor, as they were looking to install a number of lifts at a site in Hampton. Blackbottle is responsible for the renovation and refurbishment of a Grade II listed Victorian waterworks located on the banks of the River Thames in Hampton. They are in the process of building several scientific research laboratories as well as premium office space for small, scientific-based businesses within the waterworks. The first lift that Blackbottle were looking to install was an inclined platform lift in the "Boilerhouse." We are specialists in the installation of inclined platform lifts in listed buildings and have fitted a number around the country therefore we know that getting the right product and style is paramount.

We designed and installed an inclined platform lift with a platform measuring 800m x 1200mm and a load capacity of 300kg with the lift travelling 1500mm up 5 steps. The large platform space allows for both electric-powered wheelchairs as well as smaller manual wheelchairs for visitors and workers of the businesses within the building. 

To see more of our inclined platform lifts in listed buildings and other lifts in listed buildings then click on the following links: British LibraryNational Army Museum York Theatre Royal, National Theatre and Dancing Man Brewery.

To see more of our projects in commercial buildings then click on the following links: DartfordVenture House, Meriden Hall, Seven Dials, Southwark Council, and Chiswell Street

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2018

Inclined Platform Lift in Listed Building

Inclined Platform Lift for Offices

Wheelchair Platform Lift in Office Building

Inclined Platform Lift in Hampton

Inclined platform Lifts in Listed Buildings

Inclined Platform Lift in Grade II Listed Waterworks

Inclined Platform Lifts in Offices

Inclined Platform Lift in office Building

Inclined Platform Lifts in Commercial Buildings

Folded Inclined Platform Lift

For more information about lifts like the one above call us on 0800 65 252 65 or email us

Glass Lift for Offices at Meriden Hall

We were approached by Hasker Architects who were designing a new glass office building attached to the Grade II listed Meriden Hall. E Manton were the principal contractors running the construction of the new build - they are one of the leading building contractors within the Midlands and take on projects in both the private and public sectors. Hasker Architects are an architectural practice based in Solihull with projects nationwide, their projects vary from one-off houses to multimillion pound industrial projects. For this particular project, the architect wanted a lift for offices which were spread across the two floors in the newly constructed building. The lift was to be finished in pinned glass as to match the building's external facade.

We installed an enclosed platform lift within its own structure in the stairwell leading up to 1st floor. The lift's cabin measured 1400mm x 1100mm with the total travel distance between the floors measuring 4 metres. The safe working load for this lift is 400kg which equals 5 people. The lift's structure was finished in RAL colour 7015 with pinned glass on all four sides and two points of entry from the same side. The lift was fitted with double automatic glass doors on both floors. Tiles were fitted on both the lift platform and in the lift shaft under the lift, these aligned with the existing tiled flooring on both floors. We were also asked to design and install a custom made steel handrail to match the existing handrail on the other side of the stairs. Working with a local metal fabricator we created a steel handrail which was fitted through the panes of glass onto the lift's steel structure to complete an impressive look.

To see more examples of our glass lifts and our lifts in offices click on the following projects British Library, Powys, Venture House, Chiswell Street and Branksome Park

Location: West Midlands

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

In partnership with

E Manton Building Contractors Logo

Glass Lift in Stairwell

Glass Lift with Automatic Double Doors

Lifts in Offices

Glass Office Lift in the West Midlands

Glass Lifts for Offices

Glass Lift with Custom Made Handrail

Glass Lift in Meriden

Glass Lift in Newly Built Office in Meriden

Glass Office Lift

Glass Lift at Meriden Hall Finished with Pinned Glass

For more information about lifts like the one above call us on 0800 65 252 65 or email us

Home Platform Lift in Whitecliff, Poole

We were approached by a private client who had already built a lift shaft next to his staircase and was now looking to have a lift installed. We went to the site in Whitecliff, Poole to measure the internal structure and discuss his vision and exactly what he was looking for. Whitecliff is a sought after area and overlooks both Whitecliff Park as well as Poole Harbour. The majority of the houses around the park are very modern with glass being a prominent feature across the whole Whitecliff-Lilliput-Sandbanks area. He wanted a lift that would match the aesthetics of his home and so wanted a style that was light, airy as well as being modern.

We fitted an EP Elfo within the prebuilt lift shaft with the home lift travelling a total distance of 5970mm across 3 floors with a maximum load of 300kg. The internal cabin measures 850mm x 1100mm with 800mm glass swing doors on each floor. The door structure was painted white to match the colour of the lift shaft with the glass within the doors specially made to include a wave-like pattern. On the upper floor there was glass on 3 ides of the lift to allow as much natural light as possible into the lift shaft. The lift was fitted with adjacent entry on 2 sides. This home lift was fitted within 2 weeks.

To see more of our home lift projects have a look at our Branksome Park, Torquay, Westbourne and Powys projects.

Location: Dorset

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2014

Glass Home Lift

Glass Home Lift in Whitecliff

Glass Home Lift

Patterned Glass Home Lift in Poole

Home Lift in Internal Lift Shaft

Glass Home Lift in Internal Lift Shaft

For more information about lifts like the one above call us on 0800 65 252 65 or email us

Outdoor Garden Lift in Parkstone

We were approached by a private client in Parkstone, Dorset who had recently moved into a renovated home that was situated on the side of a hill with views overlooking Poole and Poole Harbour.  They were looking to install some sort of outdoor garden lift as they needed a way of carrying heavy items and groceries from their garage up to the front door. They also wanted something that would act as a way of future-proofing their home.

After meeting with the clients we decided that the best option would be to install an inclined platform lift going from the garage to the level of the front door. A traditional platform lift would require a lot of builders work and wouldn't be economically the best option for the project. The outdoor garden lift has a total distance travelled of over 9 metres with a mid-point landing due to the topography of the land. 

To see more examples of our outdoor lifts and garden lifts click on the following projects: Inclined Platform Lift in Dartmouth, Outdoor Home Lift in PowysExternal Glass Lift in Branksome and Outdoor Stairlift in Kingswear.

Location: Dorset

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2018

Garden Inclined Platform Lift

Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift in Parkstone

Outside Garden Lift

Garden Lift Mid Travelling

Outdoor Wheelchair Lift

Outdoor Platform Lift for the Garden

For more information about lifts like the one above call us on 0800 65 252 65 or email us

Platform Lift at Venture House in Reading

GPAD, the London based architecture firm, approached us as they wanted to install disabled access into the main entrance of a commercial office block they had recently designed in Reading. Venture House is a former print works building that has recently been refurbished creating 6 floors of commercial offices in the heart of Reading.

GPAD wanted a platform lift that would suit the modern interior of this iconic building but also not break the bank. We designed and installed a Midilevel platform lift with dimensions of 1100mm x 1400mm. The lift travel distance is 1.2 metres and provides disabled access at the main entrance of the building. The lift was finished in black painted steel to match the surrounding balustrade with a mesh door designed for the lift car and a glass door chosen for the upper level.

The lift was installed in 3 days and a gap of 22mm was left on the lift platform so that the building contractors could finish the tiles on the side. The tiles used on the lift matched the rest of the flooring so there was a seamless transition from landing to platform.

To see more of our platform lift projects in commercial buildings take a look at our National Army Museum, Chiswell Street, Southwark Council, Seven Dials and Medway Court projects.

Location: Berkshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

In partnership with

Commercial Platform Lift

Platform Lift at Venture House - Upper Level

Commercial Building Platform Lift

Platform Lift at Venture House in Reading

Commercial Building Platform Lift

Glass Upper Door at Venture House

For more information about lifts like the one above call us on 0800 65 252 65 or email us

Passenger Lift at the British Library

We were approached by the architect, De Matos Ryan, to measure for a disabled access lift in the British Library in Central London. The British Library is located next to St Pancras Station on Euston Road and contains copies of every book published in the UK as well as being the largest library in the world. The building it is situated in is less than 50 years old however it is a Grade I listed building which can make the construction of a lift very difficult. The client needed disabled access across 3 floors for library visitors as well as private functions that take place on the 2nd floor. The lift’s overall travel would be 5.8m.

The disabled access lift needed to cover 3 floors and have adjacent doors on both 1st and 2nd floors as well as being perfectly aligned between the 2 steel beams supporting the roof. One of the initial challenges we faced was that for a lift of this size, a conventional lift would require a 1500mm pit below the lower floor level, however due to the small distance between the floor level and the ceiling of the floor below the maximum pit we were able to have was 130mm. In addition, a conventional lift would need 3500mm metres above the upper floor level however we had a maximum height of 2350mm as the ceiling could not be taking off or adjusted for the lift.

The lift structure also needed to be able to support two landing balconies weighing 500kg each. The disabled access lift that we installed was a Vertico inDOMO with platform dimensions of 1200mm x 1200mm. We had 2 sets of automatic power car doors adjacent to ground floor entry onto the balconies of 1st and 2nd floors. The architect wanted a white finished with pinned glass on the outside of the structure. This proved challenging as there were limited options to be able to position the glass panes as there were no points that could become a hoist. This resulted in the glass, weighing up to 120kg per piece, being carried up the staircase and then carefully placed and pinned in place.

The lift now supplies disabled access for all library users and is an aesthetically pleasing addition to the Grade I listed building.

To see more examples of our disabled passenger lifts in commercial buildings and listed buildings, have a look at our National Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Wool House projects.

Location: Central London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

In partnership with

Glass Lifts for Listed Buildings

1st Floor View of the Lift in the British Library

Glass Lifts in Commercial Buildings

Glass Lift at the British Library

Lifts in Public Buildings

3 Floor Glass Lift in the British Library

For more information about lifts like the one above call us on 0800 65 252 65 or email us

Disabled Access on Trains – Challenges & Solutions

We know it can be difficult getting around the country via trains regardless of having a disability. Every week there seems to be more cancellations and delays than the week before and we constantly hear about the ongoing disputes between the companies and workers' unions. The continuous strikes mean that we, the public, are left with a very fractured service and we can't get anywhere fast. It recently took me over 3 hours to travel to London, a journey that used to take under 2 hours. To think these journeys are extremely stressful is an understatement. Having a disability can compound this further, it should be easy for a wheelchair user to use every type of public transport but it seems it is becoming more difficult on trains in recent years. There is hope on the horizon with a £250m investment to Midland Metro being announced by Theresa May this morning but then that targets only a small area of the country. The long term project of High Speed 2 is, from the outside, promising but then it'll not start services for over 9 years if it's on time. It is also poses the questions will the brand new trains be compatible with the current stations along those lines. 

Expensive Fares

This is not predominantly a factor affecting disabled people however I thought I would mention it as it is an issue that affects everyone. Train fares have risen in recent times to extortionate levels and I've experienced a poorer service as time has gone on. Every week there seems to be a delay or cancellation for some reason or another and it can become very frustrating. If train operators are going to rise ticket prices then I expect an increase in the standard of service however that's not what I've seen, with people getting lower value for money. Disabled people can find it difficult using trains at the best of times but having to use a dodgy ramp to embark and disembark the train makes the experience worse. You'd have thought that with an increase in fares the train operators would invest more in disabled access but it doesn't seem apparent. Across Europe the large French and German operators have invested heavily into disabled access supplying lifts from the train to the platform. Compared with the UK, they've made it far easier for disabled people to use the train network and therefore get around the country. It doesn't seem like there is going to be a massive reduction in fares in the near future so it would be great to see our money being invested more wisely into integral services such as disabled access. 

Mind the Gap

A common sight on British railways

Old Trains

An issue that affects everyone and not just those with a disability is that trains from the 1980s still exist in certain parts of the country. Are these trains that are nearly 40 years old fit for service for the general public let alone wheelchair users? Simple answer - no they're not. The average age of a train on Britain's railways is over 20 years old and with an ever ageing and growing population, can these trains handle the demand? These older trains can be up to half a metre higher than the platform level and so makes disabled access a nightmare. A standard disability ramp in the UK has to have a gradient of between 1:12 to 1:20 - that would mean a 50cm height difference would have to have a 6 metre long ramp. Conventional disabled access ramps like these are cumbersome and difficult to manoeuvre in the short space of time a train stops at a station, in addition many platforms do not have 6 metres of space to work with.

Differing Heights and Trains

It seems strange that trains and platforms would vary in height so much, the apparent reason is due to constant network development with several stations being built over the decades since the Victorian Era. However you'd expect that there would be a standard height of platform or train floor but that doesn't seem to be the case. This is compounded by different train operators having slightly different designs and different types of trains having completely different operating heights. For example in the UK the "standard height" of a platform is 915mm but this can still vary, the Heathrow Express has platforms that measure 1100mm high. High Speed 1 connecting London to the Channel Tunnel has platforms measuring 760mm high and High Speed 2 will either have 550mm or 760mm platforms. These discrepancies are illogical but they exist and so we need to find a way to bridge these gaps. Sometimes these gaps between the train floor height and the platform are not manageable for able bodied people let alone wheelchair users.

This can be a difficult problem to solve for a station manager especially if he has more than one type of train going through his station. He could have different lengths of ramp depending on the train floor height but then he would have to have several different ramps and places to store them as well as the additional cost. Ease of use of should be at the forefront of everyone's minds, how can we make these services better for the customers. A simple but effective method to get around varying train heights is to have a portable train lift, easy to use and can rise up to a 1 metre to meet the train's floor level. Portable disabled access lifts are affordable and can be easily moved into position something station managers can find difficult with cumbersome ramps. 

Old Southern Rail Train

Old Southern Rail Train

Some London Underground platforms are inaccessible to wheelchair users

Time

Trains are a time critical service, a small amount of time lost at one station can impact the onward journey and make a train late at it's terminal stop. It seems like we're stuck in the dark ages when it comes to disabled access for trains, several years behind Europe. With great variation within the distance between the train and the platform, getting the right ramp can be an arduous process and can be very time consuming. It can require 2 or more staff to manoeuvre into position then help the disabled passenger disembark the train. This can take a relatively long period of time and depending on the height of the train, the station manager might have to use different ramps. A simple solution to these problems is the portable disabled access train lift. It can be stored on the platform and then easily wheeled out when needed. As it is an adjustable platform lift it could operate at any height up to 1 metre and only needs one person to wheel it out and use it rather than 2 or more that can be used when positioning a ramp. 

The Solution

Disabled access is pretty lacklustre across Britain with ramps the predominantly used solution. However with varying platform sizes across the country and train operators using different carriage designs you would need more than one ramp. Ramps can also be cumbersome and take more than one person to simply position it in place ready for a disabled passenger. A portable train lift can be kept on the platform and simply wheeled out when needed. The lift can cover heights of up to 1 metre above the platform level and can be easily driven up and down to meet the train's floor level. In addition it only takes one person to move it into position then operate it. This frees up time for the other station staff to carry out other tasks therefore makes the station more efficient. 

Portable Train Life

Portable Train Lift

Disabled Access for Trains

Disabled Access for Trains

Platform Lift for Trains

Platform Lift for Trains

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