Step Lifts at Cheltenham Racecourse

During renovation and refurbishment of Cheltenham Racecourse, KIER needed to supply access to two different locations in their new Princess Royal grandstand. As one of the busiest racecourses in the country, the client needed step lifts that were modern to suit the brand new grandstand as well as rugged, so to endure both the elements and sheer numbers of people who go to Cheltenham throughout the year.

The first step lift was situated under cover and is used to access the Mandarin restaurant and Mandarin terrace so that when customers are finished dining they can view the races from the terrace. Even though it is under cover, this specialist lift can withstand the elements and will happily operate in subzero temperatures. The travel of the step lift is 1200mm with a maximum load of 375kg so that a wheelchair user and carer can both use the lift at the same time. The lift is finished in stainless steel and glass as to blend in with the facade of the new modern grandstand.

The second step lift, allows disabled members of the public to access the Golden Miller terrace which overlooks the paddock on one side and the racecourse on the other. The position of the lift lends itself to be exposed to the weather. However the lift we installed, the LP5+, is a specialist external lift that can cope with any conditions, even snowstorms and subzero temperatures. The lift travels 600 mm and has soft touch buttons so that the user can simply rest their hand on the buttons to operate the system. In addition, the lift uses a 12 volt DC supply so that if there are any interruptions in power the lift will take the user safely up or down. Similarly to the lift located outside the Mandarin restaurant, the lift is finished in stainless and glass, in keeping with the modern aesthetics of the grandstand.

Both step lifts were fitted and installed within 5 days in October 2015 and were ready for the start of the racing season in November.

Location: Gloucestershire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2015

In partnership with

One of Two Step Lifts at Cheltenham Racecourse

Outdoor Step Lift at Cheltenham Raceocurse

Step Lift onto the Golden Miller Terrace at Cheltenham Racecourse

Step Lift at the Princess Royal Stand at Cheltenham Racecourse

Step Lift Leading to the Mandarin Restaurant at Cheltenham Racecourse

Platform Lift Supplying Access to the Mandarin Restaurant at Cheltenham Racecourse

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

Platform Lift in Medway Magistrates’ Court, Kent

We were approached by Medway Magistrates' Court in Chatham, Kent as they needed to replace their old disabled platform lift with a new one. The old lift that we removed was over 40 years old therefore in really bad condition, our engineers were surprised it even worked! After removal of the old lift we measured the resulting gap so that we could design the new lift. We set out to design a lift that would be robust, affordable and would last.

We installed a LP8 with platform dimensions of 900mm x 1480mm, the length of the platform allows both a disabled person in a large wheelchair and carer to travel up together. The lift travels a total distance of 1400mm and was finished with glass automatic doors and side panels. The extruded legs were finished in brushed aluminium. Due to the busy nature of the court, we weren't able to install the lift within the week. The result of this was that we had to fit the lift on the weekend, we started the installation on Saturday morning and were finished by Sunday afternoon.

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

Location: Kent

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2016

The Original Platform Lift that We Removed and Replaced from Medway Crown Court

Court Platform Lift

Platform Lift at Medway Court, Kent

Platform Lift in Crown Court

Platform Lift in Medway Court Main Entrance

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

Goods Lift in Paternoster Square

We were approached by the building and real estate group CBRE for a project in one of their buildings in Paternoster Square, Central London. Paternoster Square is in the heart of the financial district in the City of London, playing host to the London Stock Exchange as well as several investment banks. The client wanted a lift that would connect the kitchen on the lower floor to the staff restaurant above. The lift would act as disabled access as well as performing as a goods lift ferrying food to and from the two floors.

The specific requirements that the client wanted were; the lift could take over 300 kg in weight, as they would be transporting several heavy trolleys to and from the kitchen. The second requirement was that the lift had 2 points of access on the lower floor so that trolleys could be loaded into the lift form both sides of the kitchen and the client wanted an affordable product that wouldn’t break the bank.

In order to match these criteria we decided to install a 1100mm x 1460mm Aritco screw drive platform lift with a travel of 3.6m between floors. The lift supports a load of up to 410kg so staff could easily transport large trolleys carrying food up in the lift. As requested two doors were fitted on the lower floor to allow goods to be loaded form both sides of the kitchen and then one adjacent door was fitted within the restaurant. The structure and lift car were finished in white with blue floors apart from the restaurant door was finished in black as to match the colours of the restaurant. The installation was completed within 3 days.

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

Goods Lift for CBRE @ Paternoster Square

Goods Lift in Paternoster Square for CBRE

Location: Central London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2015

In partnership with

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

Inclined Platform Lift in Dartmouth

We were approached by a group of clients that wanted to find a way to get from the road to their house some 44 metres up a steep incline. An inclined platform lift would be an easy way to get to their homes as well as transport shopping and other heavy items to and from the houses. The lift would provide access for 3 homes that shared the same access route up the side of a hill in Dartmouth, Devon.

The only viable option for this particular challenge was to install an inclined platform lift however we had never installed anything this long before. Before we started we needed to photograph every step (all 87!) so we could produce a quality drawing for both the clients and the manufacturer. Due to the location’s proximity to the sea, both the lift and the complex supporting structure would have to be made out of the right materials to prevent any rusting or corrosion.

We chose to install a Hiro inclined platform lift, with the lift and the structure built using marine-grade stainless steel so that the system wouldn’t rust or weaken overtime. The lift was installed within 1 week and the clients are very happy.

Location: Devon

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2016

Platform lift at Dartmouth

Inclined Platform Lift Overlooking Dartmouth Harbour

Curved Inclined Platform Lift

Inclined Platform Lift - Curved

Inclined Platform Lift in Dartmouth

Inclined Platform Lift Stretching Over 44M

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

Cupboard Lift in Newbury

We were asked by the building contractor Calco to come and measure for a cupboard lift for their client in Newbury. The site was a newly built farmhouse and we were told that the client wanted a lift that would be easily disguised and concealed within their home. The main challenge was that the lift shaft was relatively narrow and so limited options were available.

We decided to install the Elfo by EP, due to its versatility and ability to be designed for even the smallest of spaces, the lift shaft measured 1150mm x 1500mm. The lift travelled 6m in total across 3 floors with 800mm swing doors fitted on each floor. On both the ground floor and 1st floor, the doors matched the others on the floor and so the lift looked as if it was simply another room or cupboard.

We completed the installation within 8 days and the lift was ready for the client to move into their new home.

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

Location: Berkshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2016

 

Cupboard Lift Disguised Behind Hallway Door

Concealed Home Lift in Hall cupboard

Cupboard Lift on 1st Floor Landing

Concealed Home Lift with Matching Landing Door

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

External Home Lift in Powys

We were asked to go to Powys, to measure up for an external home lift in the region for a couple who wanted to make access to their home easier. After speaking with the client we found that 7 other lift companies had turned down the project as it was either too far away for them to realistically complete the project or they simply didn’t have the expertise to design and fit an external home lift.

We managed to come up with the solution of an external platform lift within its own fully glazed structure so that the homeowner could see the wonderful vista of the Welsh countryside surrounding their home whilst travelling in the lift. The lift connected the garage with the walkway above which in turn connected straight to their front door.

The lift would make it easier to go from the garage straight to the house without having to tackle the steep steps up to the front door and is also useful to take heavy shopping and other items up to the house. The lift that was fitted was a 1600mm x 1500m Elfo EP with a 4.1m travel up to the first floor. The structure was fitted with opaque glass on the ground floor to increase privacy from the road whilst the upper part of the shaft was completely transparent so the homeowner could see the surrounding views. The finish of the lift was in light grey as to match the colour of sky and so the lift would blend in.

We installed the lift within a fortnight and the client is very happy with the lift.

To see more of our home lift projects have a look at our Newbury, Westbourne, Torquay and Whitecliff projects

 

 

Location: Powys

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2016

External Home Lift in Glazed Structure

External Platform Lift in Glazed Structure

External Home Lift with Purpose Built Walkway

External Home Lift - Walkway

Outdoor Home Lift

External Home Lift from the Garage

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

Southern Rail Fiasco

One of the main stories that has been popping up in the news lately is about the ongoing strikes being conducted by Southern Rail staff over pay. This has led to infighting between MPs and transport ministers and has affected the customers using Southern Rail. This disruption has created irregular train timetabling and in turn has led to commuters not being to get to work on time.

Among other issues, one significant point is that on Southern Rail services, there is a lack of disabled access meaning that many routes across the South do not cater for wheelchair users. This coupled with overcrowding of trains makes it virtually impossible for people with disabilities to get on the services. Public transport should serve every member of the public regardless of their impairments. 

These concerns have been echoed on other rail networks with many passengers being left in the dark. Issues such as year-on-year ticket price increases and services being cut increase the profits of the large corporations who own the rail services. In addition due to new train carriages being commissioned with higher step ups, access is becoming more difficult for customers with disabilities as well as mums with pushchairs.

Train access liftOne of the products we offer is the LP11, a Guldmann product that can be stored on the platform and then rolled out as and when it is needed. This product has a maximum travel of 1 metre and can take a maximum load of 300 kg. This portable lift only needs one person to operate it and means that disabled passengers or mums with pushchairs can get on and off trains quickly and safely. This is an easy solution to a complex problem that rail services have created for themselves. Rail networks cannot cope with the increased demand and so have cut corners and have disregarded their namesake of public transport as they leave many members of the public out in the cold.  

Our products are used throughout Europe by large railway companies such as SNCF in France, DSB in Denmark and RENFE in Spain. It is difficult to see why British rail companies haven’t followed suit as, in the long term, with more disabled customers using their services, they would increase their profits. British rail companies need to wake up and actually face their problems rather than this petty squabbling that has been seen week in, week out this entire year. 

For more information about our lifts for public transport please read our brochure, visit our lifts for public transport page or view our train lift data sheet

Lift installed in the historic Wool House, Southampton

The Dancing Man Brewery in Southampton is located in the historic Wool House, a 14th Century Grade I listed building. The problem that the owners had was that disabled customers were not able to access the upper level of the microbrewery. Therefore they felt that their customers were missing out on the experience of this historic building. The owners came to Access Lifts wanting a lift that would reflect the industrial nature of the building but would not compromise the Grade I listing.

Our specialists came up with plans for a transparent glass lift shaft that would match the owner’s vision for an industrial look so that the inner workings of the lift could be seen within a black structure. The structure had to fit within a 1450mm x 1450mm space so that none of the building’s original features would have to be altered. Our engineers then fitted the lift within 10 days so that it was ready for Dancing Man’s grand opening. The engineers even fitted the client’s own handrails to the lift structure in order to maximise space on the existing stairway. 

We pride ourselves on our work ethic, with customer satisfaction at the heart of everything we do. 

Wool House 1st Floor Wool House Ground Floor

We offer lift services for a wide range of historic and listed buildings