Home Lift in External Glass Lift Shaft in Branksome Park

We were approached by a private client in the Branksome Park area of Poole who wanted to install a home lift with an external structure attached to the side of his house. The lift would help both him and his wife travelling floor to floor but would also future proof his home. He wanted a modern style to match the newly built house with glass being a prominent feature of his overall idea.

We measured and designed a lift and external structure that would be adjacent to the house with 3 points of entry all on the same side of the lift shaft. We fitted an EP Elfo with cabin dimensions of 1100mm x 830mm which travelled a distance of over 6 metres across 3 floors in its own lift shaft. The steel structure was painted dark grey and was then finished with smoked glass on the 3 external sides. The presence of a majority glass lift structure matched the modern aesthetics of the building and the addition of the smoked effect lends itself to privacy when using the lift. The lift was fitted with 3 triple glazed swing landing doors so that both the house and the lift shaft remained warm with no draughts or loss of heat. To ensure that the lift was warm and comfortable to use even in the winter months or at night we fitted a small heater so that the lift shaft would be a pleasant temperature.

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

Location: Dorset

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2015

External Home Lift

External Home Lift in Poole

Glass Home Lift

Home Lift with Frosted Glass Doors

External Home Lift

External Glass Lift Shaft

Glass Home Lift

Glass Home Lift in Poole - 1st Floor

Glass Lift Structure

Smoked Glass External Lift Structure

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

Platform Lift at New Forest Ice Cream

We were approached by New Forest Ice Cream, one of the largest independent ice cream producers in the UK. They were looking to install disabled access to the 1st floor at their head office in Lymington, Hampshire. New Forest Ice Cream is a family run business that was established over 30 years ago and has supplied the nation with the highest quality products. 

After attending site and having a meeting with the client it was clear they wanted a practical lift that would have lots of space. This was so that 1st floor of the office was accessible for disabled members of staff as well as any visitors who used wheelchairs. We installed a disabled platform lift measuring 1100mm x 1400mm - enough space for a wheelchair as well as a carer if necessary in it's own aluminium structure. The total distance the lift travelled was 4.5 metres across the 2 floors. The lift was finished with glass swing landing doors which were painted blue with the rest of the shaft painted white to match the building's interior. The lift was installed within 3 days.

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

Location: Hampshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2011

Platform Lift at New Forest Ice Cream

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

In partnership with

National Army Museum Lift

Platform Lift Linking the Main Reception with the Education Centre at the National Army Museum

Museum Lift

Platform Lift at the National Army Museum

Museum Platform Lift

National Army Museum Platform Lift Leading to the Education Centre

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

Home Lift in Torquay

We were approached by a client who wanted a home lift installed in their timber framed house in Torquay. The client wanted a lift that would sit in the middle of their wooden staircase and would future-proof his house. The client had designed their house in an Art Deco style and so wanted a lift that wouldn't look out of place with this distinctive appearance and would actually add to its design. 

We installed an EP Elfo within its own fully glazed structure, the lift total travel was 5.8 metres across 3 floors with a platform size of 1235mm x 1235mm. The client chose a gloss black finish for the structure and automatic swing glass doors to match the house's aesthetics. The flooring of the lift was laid with the same stone tiles as the rest of the house's ground floor so there was seamless transition from landing to lift.

The lift was fitted and installed within a fortnight.

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

Location: Devon

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2016

Home Lift in Torquay

Home Lift in Fully Glazed Structure in Art Deco Property

Glass Home Lift

Home Lift in Torquay - Ground Floor

Home Lift

Home Lift Sitting In Stairwell

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

Home Lift for Renovated Property in Bournemouth

We were approached by a private client as they needed a home lift in their newly built house in Westbourne. The client needed a small home lift that would fit in the middle of their tight staircase and provide the main access route to the whole of the house. The lift would need to the suit the modern look of their house and specifically the kitchen as this is where the lift would be accessed on the ground floor.

We designed and fitted an EP Elfo with platform dimensions of 980mm x 1200mm that would fit within the ready made lift shaft in the stairwell. The lift travel distance was over 5.7 metres across 3 floor levels. The lift was finished with automatic swing doors - the door on the ground floor was finished in panoramic glass, this means that the whole face of the door is glass with the exception of the door handle, the doors on 1st and 2nd floors were a mixture of steel and glass with the steel being painted black to match the modern style of the home.

The home lift installation was completed within 7 days and ready in time for the completion of the client's kitchen.

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

Location: Dorset

Status: Completed

Year Completed: 2015

Modern Glass Home Lift

Glass Home Lift in Westbourne with Panoramic Glass Doors

Glass Home Lift

Glass Home Lift with Panoramic Door - Westbourne

Mosaic Home Lift

Glass Home Lift with Mosaic Ornate Floor

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

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

In partnership with

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

York Theatre Royal

We were approached by the architect, De Matos Ryan, to design 2 lifts with very different applications during the refurbishment of York Theatre Royal. The first lift was to transport customers over 4 floors of the theatre whilst the second lift was to provide access to differing floor levels on the ground floor.

The challenge of the larger of the two lifts was that it had to sit within a stone stairwell as to not to compromise the theatre's Grade II listing. This meant that we had limited space to work with as well as trying to match the aesthetics of the theatre. The lift had to travel over 4m with 4 sets of automatic doors on 3 different sides  because the upper levels  of the theatre had split floor levels. The lift allows all visitors to access every part of the theatre and see the many performances put on. We fitted and installed an EP Elfo with platform dimensions of 1100mm x 1400mm in its own steel and glass structure with the lift car finished in framed glass on 3 sides with the remaining side mirrored.

The theatre needed to provide access for all visitors to the restaurant as the ground floor had a split floor level - the difference was only 980mm so the theatre wouldn't need another passenger lift. We fitted an EasyLift by Liftup, a platform lift that is easy to operate and is really user friendly. The lift was finished in glass with a black steel structure so it would  blend in with the style of the newly refurbished theatre.

To see more examples of our platform lifts and disabled passenger lifts in commercial buildings and theatres, have a look at our National Theatre, British Library, National Army Museum, Venture House and Baltic Mill projects.

Location: Yorkshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2016

In partnership with

Theatre Royal York step lift from above

Step Lift at the York Theatre Royal - Upper Floor

York Theatre Royal Passenger

Passenger Lift at the York Theatre Royal

Theatre Lift

Passenger Lift at the York Theatre Royal with Open Automatic Doors

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

Platform Lift at Bitterne Park School

We were approached by Bitterne Park School in Southampton as they wanted to install disabled access across their main school building and were having difficulty in positioning the school lift. Schools can often find it difficulty to find the space for disabled access in or around existing buildings especially if the building is 20 years or older. Bitterne Park School had this same problem so got in touch about where a lift could be positioned to maximise the existing space of the school and make it easier for pupils with wheelchairs to get to and from lessons.

We installed a Vimec EO6 platform lift across 3 floors with a travel distance of 10 metres. The school lift was fitted in its own external glazed shaft with black weatherproof steel and then was directly fitted to the existing school building. The lift was installed with fully automatic swing landing doors on each landing.  We also installed the lift with a "school timer" that means after it has been used the lift automatically travels away from the floor level so the system is completely locked and no one can gain access to the lift shaft. The pupils or members of staff with the access key for the lift can then use it as and when they need to. The pump was installed within a secure steel cabinet opposite the ground floor door. We not only carried out the lift installation inclusive of the glazed shaft but also project managed the building work for the local LEA.

Location: Hampshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2012

School Lift for Bitterne Park - Open Ground Floor

School Lift at Bitterne Park - Open Ground Floor

School Lift

School Lift at Bitterne Park in Southampton

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

Platform Lift on a Speedboat

We were asked by Wahoo Ribs based in Gosport to design and create a platform lift on a speedboat for one of their clients this was so that the client or other wheelchair users could easily embark his boat from the marina and then get from his speedboat onto his yacht. The speedboat was especially designed to fit around the lift as it was originally converted from an amphibious vehicle.

The main challenges facing us on this project were that all the materials would have to be resistant to the marine environment, getting a suitable power supply to operate the lift, how could the lift be used safely on the water and making the boat “invisible” so guests wouldn’t be able to see it before and after use.

To combat the salt water and its life at sea, the lift was made out of 316 marine grade stainless steel, unlike conventional stainless steel which can rust when it comes into contact with salt water, 316 stainless steel doesn’t corrode so can handle the sea environment. In order to operate the lift we were able to match the boat’s current power supply of 24V DC so that no external batteries would have to be used and charged. This saves on overall weight of the lift and of course makes the system less bulky and easier to disguise within the boat itself.

As you can imagine, to use a lift whilst at sea can be difficult with the constant swell changing the position of the boat and the lift compared with the marina or quayside. We installed retractable 316 marine grade stainless steel handrails that are clicked into place when the lift is operated. This allows crew, user and guests to safely embark and disembark the boat, without these there is a risk of falling into the marina. In addition all the lift controls were operated by radio transmission, this allowed the crew and client to use the lift remotely, as well as being able to float in the sea so they wouldn’t get lost if they were dropped in the sea.

To tackle the issue of blending the lift into the boat, we decided the lift should be designed to sit under the decking when not in use. The completed system collapses into the surrounding decking and is finished with the same teak used on the rest of the boat and so it is completely disguised. If you were a guest on the boat you wouldn’t even know the lift was there!

Working in partnership with the boat builders we completed the installation in 10 days. The lift has made it easier for the crew, client and guests to moor straight onto the marina and quayside rather than tackling the tricky pontoons.

Location: Hampshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

Speedboat Lift Lowered

Speedboat Lift in Lowered Position at Marina

Platform Lift on a Speedboat Raised

Step Lift on Speedboat - Raised

Platform Lift on a Speedboat - Traversed

Speedboat Lift Traversed Across to Marina

Boat Lift Under Decking

Speedboat Lift Under Decking

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

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