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
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

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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

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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

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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

In partnership with

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Specialist Step Lift at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

We were approached by the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead to design an access solution that would provide both the necessary access for all visitors but also be in keeping with the BALTIC's contemporary design. The client wanted to make the centre more accessible for disabled visitors and so decided to look for various lifting options. The Baltic Mill has an ever changing exhibition schedule and was the first venue outside of London and Liverpool to host the Turner Prize.

In order to create a simple solution that wouldn't disrupt the interior of the building with a more traditional platform lift we designed a small hidden scissor step lift. The step lift would firstly rise above the height of the 3 steps between the galleries then travel across to the upper floor level and then lower slightly to meet the floor level. The total travel for the lift was 560mm up followed by 700mm across, we used the LP50H which has a maximum load of 450kg so can easily take a wheelchair or mobility scooter. The lift was finished with the same hardwood flooring as the gallery and so disappears into the floor when not in use. The lift was installed in a day and was ready to use by mid afternoon the same day. 

To see more of our platform lifts in historic and commercial buildings have a look at our National Army Museum, Gloriana, York Theatre Royal, Venture House and Chiswell Street projects.

Location: Tyne and Wear

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2012

Baltic Mill, Gateshead
Art gallery step lift

Step Lift at the Baltic Centre with Matching Hardwood Flooring

Step Lift in Art Centre

Baltic Mill Step Lift at Upper Level

Step Lift at Art Gallery

Step Lift at Baltic Mill

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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

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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

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Platform Lift in Exclusive Gentlemen’s Club in the Heart of London

An exclusive gentlemen's club in Devonshire Square in the City of London asked us to come up with plans to fit both an outside step lift and a platform lift within the lobby. The client needed products that would fit in with the club's appearance with a blend of traditional and modern decor.

The indoor platform lift was installed between the reception and main bar so that disabled guests could make use of the club's facilities. The difference in floor level was 1000mm and the architect, SUSD, did not want a cumbersome platform lift so instead chose one of our products. The lift was installed in a mirrored glass shaft to match the building's existing wall. In addition, the lift's platform was finished with the original stone flooring so that the lift simply disappears into the ground. The door into the bar area was made out of hard wood to match the bar's decor for a stunning finish.

In addition to the lift connecting the reception and bar, the client needed an outdoor step lift so that guests could enjoy the winter gardens that are situated outside of club. As the travel for the lift was only small, we installed a Guldmann LP50 platform lift, ideal for the outdoors. The LP50 is extremely versatile as well as being rugged, the original building materials can be used so the lift can become hidden in plain sight. In this example, the same ston flooring was used and the lift was finished with glass doors. The client was extremely pleased with the finished of both lifts and how seamlessly they blended into the building's aesthetics.

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2015

Mirror Glass Platform Lift

Platform Lift in Gentlemen's Club in London - Closed

Step Lift at Gentlemen's Club

Step Lift at the Devonshire Club - Lower Level

Step Lift in Central London

Outdoor Step Lift in the Devonshire Club

Platform Lift in the City of London

Platform Lift in the Devonshire Club Lobby - Open

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Cams Hall Golf Club

Cams Hall Golf Club, based in Fareham, came to us in need of a way for all golf club visitors to be able to access the 1st floor of the clubhouse. The clubhouse itself overlooks 18th green, offering beautiful views of the whole course. The 1st floor of the clubhouse offers unrestricted views of the surrounding course as well as being used as a function room and events space. The upstairs of the clubhouse is hired out to members of the public for weekly events as well as one off functions. The client really wanted to have a golf course clubhouse lift so that the anyone and everyone could access the whole clubhouse and make use of the wonderful facilities it boasts.

In order to see the wonderful vistas of the golf course we opted for a glass lift shaft, this allows allows a lot more light into the building giving it an airy and spacious feel. The shaft is in the middle of an existing square staircase up to the first floor and the 18th green can be seen as you travel up in the lift. The lift we installed was a vector system that only required a 50mm pit as the client did not want to excavate a pit for the lift so didn't have the added expense of builders' work. We simply removed the carpet and underlay then installed a 20mm stainless steel ramp up to the ground floor level of the lift. The lift was linked into the fire alarm system so that in the event of a fire, the lift automatically descends to the ground floor. 

The lift allows members and guests of the club complete and unlimited access to the clubhouse's facilities as well as providing disabled access for functions and private parties held on the first floor. The lift adds to this fantastic clubhouse and wonderful golf club.

Cams Hall Golf Course 18th Green

Glass Lift at Cams Hall Golf Club Overlooking 18th Green

Location: Hampshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2015

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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

Lifts at the York Theatre Royal

The York Theatre Royal

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

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