SwingOn by Access Lifts

We are proud to introduce a new exciting disabled access solution. SwingOn is a genuine alternative to conventional disability ramps, outside stairlifts and inclined platform lifts. It is an innovative design that allows easy disabled access up to a maximum height of 500mm. SwingOn has the advantage against conventional disability ramps and inclined platform lifts. This is because it takes up a fraction of the space of ramps and platform lifts. UK Building Regulations state a disability ramp has to have a maximum gradient of 1 in 12 for a total rise of 166mm rising to a maximum gradient of 1 in 20 for a total rise of 500mm. This means that for a 500mm rise from the pavement to the top of the steps you will have to build a ramp that is 10 metres long. This coupled with the ramp's 1.5 metres width means the total area is at least 15m2. This can be inviable and impractical therefore the best option is SwingOn.

SwingOn features a telescopic platform that can measure between 830mm - 1400mm in length and 700mm in width. This means it can accommodate a variety of  different wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Its safe working load is rated at 300kg which means it can lift even the heaviest of electric scooters.

SwingOn is easy to install, taking only 1-2 to fit, with a simple plug and play connector so it can be used straightaway. It is easy to use and even easier to pack away, the compact design allows for it to be stored against a wall neatly. It comes in a number of colours so it can seemingly blend into its surroundings. SwingOn is made to last! All components are tested to European Standards to resist both hot and cold temperatures as well as high humidity levels.

And the best thing about SwingOn? It's affordable!

To see some of our commercial projects click on the following links: Venture House, Telefonica Digital, Seven Dials, National Army Museum, Southwark Council and Chiswell Street

To see some of our residential projects click on the following links: Witchampton, Chichester, Bosham, Whitecliff, Mayfair and St John's Wood.

 

Lifts for Restaurants – Disabled Access Made Easy

Maximising Space

Restaurants along with hotels and shops can find it difficult to maximise space when it comes to disabled access. They sometimes see disabled access as something they have to have rather than maximising its potential and the potential of the restaurant. Disabled access for many restaurants takes the form of a ramp. A disability ramp can be a good idea and can be cost effective. However ramps take up potential cover space and when profits are so tight like they are in the restaurant industry then 3 or 4 tables can make all the difference. Alternatively a lift can answer the disabled access question and open up the space for potential covers. The word 'lift' usually brings to mind a large passenger lift that is in a stainless steel structure with automatic steel sliding doors. However a lift can be any platform that moves between two floor levels. Finding the right disabled access lift when every square foot is vital to boosting sales can be tricky - restaurant owners are looking for lifts that have as little impact as possible but provide the necessary disabled access so that their restaurant is open to all. We provide a wide range of step lifts that cover short rises. In addition we provide lifts for restaurants that have a second floor or mezzanine - this can open up previously inaccessible covers for wheelchair users and really boost a restaurant's profits.

Lift or Ramp

Are Lifts Affordable?

Most restaurant owners might initially be put off having a lift in their restaurant due to the cost compared with a conventional ramp. However disabled access lifts for restaurants are more affordable than you think. In comparison, for a restaurant with a floor level difference of 500mm from the street to the entrance a ramp's area will take up at least 165ft2. This space is wasted covers that have the potential to boost the restaurant's profits. We understand that for many owners and managers there is a tradeoff between the initial cost of installing a lift and the additional covers it opens up. That's why we see having a disabled access lift in a restaurant as an investment. It not only gives you back the space the ramp was taking up but for those restaurants that didn't previously have disabled access it opens up the restaurant to a large pool of new customers.

Lifts for Restaurants
Lifts in Restaurants Entrances
Lifts for Pubs

Functionality

Functionality is at the core of disabled access equipment whether it’s a lift, a hoist or even a ramp. We believe that any disabled access equipment has to follow 3 basic principles: firstly, it has to be easy to use, giving as much independence to the user as possible, secondly, it has to be relatively quick to use and most importantly it has to be completely safe. These 3 principles come together to form the functional aspect of any disabled access equipment. With advancements in technology the majority of disabled access lifts now meet these principles but sometimes they are not tested in situ regularly. For example there are some situations where a disabled access lift is only used a handful of times each year. However when looking for the right lift for a restaurant, you need a lift that can stand up to daily use. The best lifts for restaurants need to be robust against the knocks and bangs that are common in a bustling restaurant or bar. We know that even with the most careful use, lifts can be knocked by staff and customers alike. That's why we look for and supply the best lifts on the market so that they're always up to the challenge and therefore last. 

Style

In the past disabled access only used to be functional. Now creating a lift that matches the restaurant’s style and interior can be just as important as its functionality and sometimes it can become the priority. Major restaurant chains can undergo refits every 5 to 10 years therefore finding a lift that matches their new style is important. We've seen with some of our projects a shift towards industrial looking restaurants, with untreated metal becoming a more common style as well as bold vivd colours. With this in mind, suppliers and manufacturers are now providing more and more choice with finishes and optional extras. We understand that each project is unique in terms of appearance and all of our products are made to order to bring the client's vision to life. We also love adding intricate details such as mesh panels to our products to make sure they seamlessly blend into the surrounding aesthetics. We're seeing that fashion and style are having a greater effect on the world more today than ever before and even the lift industry is subject to it.

Lifts for Hotels
Lifts for Bars
Enclosed Platform Lift for Restaurant

Options

We provide a variety of lifts for restaurants and build the lift around your vision creating a truly unique product. Our lifts vary from outdoor step lifts at a restaurant's entrance to hidden step lifts for an indoor set of stairs to a more traditional enclosed platform lifts to reach a second floor or mezzanine. Finding the right lift for your restaurant can be tricky and that’s why we’re here to help. For advice on your latest project or to get a quotation give us a call on 0800 65 252 65 or email us by clicking here.

To see more of our work within hotels, restaurants and retail click here.

To see more of our work in the hospitality sector click here.

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

Home Platform Lift in Ringwood, Hampshire

We were approached by a couple who had recently built their new home in Ringwood, Hampshire and were looking for a lift at the front of their property. Ringwood is a market town located on the Dorset-Hampshire border adjacent to the New Forest. The couple had built a lift shaft to the front of the property and were looking for the right home platform lift. This is when they got in touch with us to discuss the possible options available to them. They were looking for a lift that would match the modern aesthetics of their home and be able to stand up to day-to-day usage. After meeting with the couple and discussing their vision for the lift, our team created technical drawings of what the lift would look like and how it would fit in the shaft. After reviewing the plans, the client liked the design of the lift and gave us the go ahead to order the lift.

We designed and installed a home platform lift in the purpose built lift shaft. The lift travels nearly 3 metres from the hallway by the front door on the ground floor to the living-dining area on the first floor. The home platform lift has cabin dimensions of 770mm x 1060mm and a rated load of 300kg.  The lift was fitted with 750mm wide swing landing doors with glass windows to allow lots of light into the shaft and to give the lift a spacious feel.

To see more examples of our home lifts click onto following links: Glass Lift in a Stairwell in Torquay, Small Domestic Lift in Mayfair, Glass Residential Lift in St John's Wood, Small Residential lift in Witchampton and Residential Glass Lift in Bosham

Location: Hampshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2013

Home Platform Lift in Ringwood
Home Platform Lift in House in Hampshire
Home Platform Lift in Purpose Built Lift Shaft
2 Floor Home Platform Lift

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

Platform Lifts at the National Army Museum

We were approached by BDP, the architecture firm responsible for the £23.75 million redevelopment of the National Army Museum in London. They were looking to fit platform lifts within the museum so visitors would be able to access every part of the museum and make full use of the new services. The refurbishment completely modernised the museum and they wanted  a trio of platform lifts that would match the new look of the museum. The locations that they needed to fit platform lifts were from the main reception to the education centre, to the Discover More gallery and for staff from outside the building to access the lower basement entrance.  

We designed and installed a Barduva RB150 between the main reception and education centre. This lift is mainly used for groups and school pupils who visit the museum and use the education centre. The education centre is a great tool where large groups can learn about British history from the Civil War up to the present day conflicts. The lift was finished in stainless steel with glass panels to match the newly refurbished modern look of the building and the travel distance was 1.8 metres.

The lift we fitted and installed for access to the Discover More gallery was a LPA, it was also finished in stainless steel and glass to suit the new aesthetics of the building. We chose to install the LPA as the cabin length is 1650mm so allows both a large wheelchair or mobility scoot and carer to easily and safely use the lift. The platform lift travels just 980mm but can hold a load of up to 300kg.

The third lift we designed and installed was for staff access from outside the building to the lower basement floor. We chose to install an Alpine lift  finished in 7016 painted steel with a travel distance of 1180mm. The platform lift that the client wanted was a cost effective product that would withstand any adverse weather conditions that could be thrown at it. The lift was fitted with an adjacent lower basement door.

All three lifts were fitted within 2 weeks and were ready for the National Army Museum's Grand Opening in March 2017.

To see more examples of our platform lifts in commercial buildings, have a look at our Venture HouseSeven Dials, Southwark Council and Chiswell Street projects.

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

Disabled Wheelchair Lift in the National Army Museum
Disabled Access Lift in the National Army Museum
Outside Disabled Access Lift for Museum
Outdoor Wheelchair Lift at the National Army Museum
External Platform Lift for Museums
Wheelchair Platform Lift in the National Army Museum
Disabled Platform Lift in Museums

For more information about lifts like the ones 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

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

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

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