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

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

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

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

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

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Stairs That Become a Lift in a Commercial Building

We were approached by Como part of the Mace Group as they had recently changed the floor level of the reception of a commercial office building on Chiswell Street in Central London. This meant that the offices that were on the ground floor now had a floor level difference of 970mm. In order for their customers to now visit their offices, the client needed to be able to provide disabled access.

The challenge that we faced was that there was no space to install a conventional platform lift or step lift let alone a ramp and so we decided to install a specialist platform lift. The best way to describe the LP22 is a set of steps that then collapse into a platform lift that can then provide disabled access without taking away the original steps or stirs of a building. They are most commonly used and installed where space is at a premium so another lift or ramp cannot be fitted. These collapsing stairs look exactly like the original set that they replaced as they can be fitted with the exact same materials used.

The steps were finished in matching grey tiles that were used on the rest of the flooring, blending in seamlessly. The lift was fitted and installed in 3 days and provides disabled access without changing the existing steps leading to the offices.

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

 

Location: Central London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2016

 

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

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

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

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Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift in Dartford, Kent

We were approached by a private client in Dartford, Kent who was looking to modify the existing disabled access route into his office. He wanted to replace the existing old rickety ramp (see below) which was difficult to manoeuvre on and travel up due to its steep angle with an easier system. With this in mind, we discussed the different options available to the client and we decided the best option moving forward was to install an outdoor inclined platform lift. The lift would have to be able to take the load of his electric-powered wheelchair as well as any wheelchairs used by any visitors to the different offices and businesses in the building. In addition to the lift we would fit a new set of wooden steps so that able-bodied people would still be able to use this route as a point of access.

We designed and installed an outdoor inclined platform lift with a platform measuring 800mm x 1250mm and a load capacity of up to 300kg. The lift travels a total distance of 1500mm. The large platform space allows for both the client's electric-powered wheelchair as well as smaller manual wheelchairs of visitors and workers of the other businesses within the building. Our engineers also fitted a new set of wooden steps so that able-bodied members of staff would also be able to use this access route. The outdoor inclined platform lift was finished in stainless steel so that it's resistant to all weather conditions.

To see more of our projects in commercial buildings have a look at our Venture House, Meriden Hall, Seven Dials, Southwark Council, National Army Museum and Chiswell Street projects.

Location: Kent

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2018

Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift

Stainless Steel Inclined Platform Lift in Dartford, Kent

Folded Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift

Folded Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift

Inclined Platform Lift Replacing An Old Wooden Ramp

Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift Replacing An Old Wooden Ramp

Rickety Steep Ramp

Original Wooden Ramp

New Inclined platform lift and steps

After the inclined platform lift and new steps have been installed

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

Platform Lift for Commercial Offices in Southwark

We were approached by Southwark Council because they needed to provide disabled access to their offices on Southwark Bridge Road, SE1. At the name suggests they are close to the river therefore right in the heart of London. Similar to many other commercial offices in the city, space is at a premium and it can be difficult to fit any type of disabled access in existing properties. After taking measurements of the area where a lift could be fitted, we came up with a drawing and submitted it to the council, who then ordered the lift.

Our engineers installed a LPA - a special lifting platform, designed by our manufacturer in Denmark - with platform dimensions of 1519mm x 1184mm. The lift had to keep to these very specific measurements because the building has a steel shutter that has to completely shut to stop the public from entering the building outside of office opening hours. The platform lift has a total travel distance of 780mm to the ground floor level. The lift was finished in stainless steel so that the lift would be able to withstand the day-to-day footfall of a busy commercial office in London. The side panels as well as the car and landing doors were finished in glass.

To see more examples of our platform lifts in commercial buildings, have a look at our Venture House, Seven Dials, National Army Museum and Chiswell Street projects.

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2015

 

Commercial Platform Lift

Platform Lift at Commercial Offices in Southwark

Council Platform Lift

Disabled Platform Lift for Southwark Council in Central London

Commercial Office Platform Lift

Platform Lift in the Main Entrance of Southwark Council's Offices

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