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.