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

Product: Midilevel

In partnership with

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

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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

Product: EP Elfo

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

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Passenger Lift at the National Theatre

We were approached by the National Theatre as they were undergoing a refurbishment to a large part of the theatre. They needed to provide disabled access to throughout the building, unfortunately they couldn't make space for a conventional passenger lift due to the building's Grade II listing. The National Theatre is situated on the Southbank of the Thames and holds a host of productions from Shakespeare to more contemporary plays.

Working with Lendlease, the construction management business, we designed and fitted an EP Elfo with automatic doors on adjacent sides. The lift travelled a distance of 12 metres across four floors, with entry points on two of the four sides of the lift shaft. The client had strict criteria that the lift had to meet due to the building's Grade II listing. The ceiling of lift had to be anodised bronze to match the theatre's ceiling that had originally been installed in 1976. In order to match this requirement we used the same anodising company that had originally constructed the theatre's ceiling. We also replicated the handrail from the landings inside the lift car and used the same materials to create a handrail that is identical to those in the theatre. We completed the lift with the same flooring as the rest of the theatre, with the original carpet from 1971 being used in the lift car.  The rest of the lift was finished in stainless steel to contrast the wooden panelling and one of the interior sides was fitted with a complete floor to ceiling mirror.  Even with the high specification of the lift, it was fitted within 4 weeks.

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

Location: Central London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2016

Product: EP Elfo

In partnership with

National Theatre Lift

Passenger Lift at the National Theatre

National Theatre Lift Interior

Passenger Lift Interior at the National Theatre

Lift at the National Theatre

National Theatre Disabled Access Lift

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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

Product: LPA, Barduva RB150 & Alpine Lift

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

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 home 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

Product: EP Elfo

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 Popstar’s New House 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

Product: EP Elfo

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 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 the Guldmann LP22. 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

Product: LP22

In partnership with

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Specialist Lift in Partnership with Berthon Boat Company

Upon recommendation, Berthon Boat Company in Lymington called us with a very specialist problem. Their client, who was an enthusiastic sailing boat owner, sadly had an accident and had been left paralyzed. To allow him to enjoy his boat to its full extent they needed to install a bespoke lift that would allow their client to get from the deck to the cabin below.

The challenge of the project was to design and fit a lift in such a narrow gap as well as keeping all the remaining features intact so both the client and his family could use the boat without any obstacles. The client had two beautiful wooden doors that he wanted to remain in place and so Berthon Boat Company removed 75mm of the fibreglass deck so we could fit our lifting system. We installed a bespoke scissor jack system with a platform to accommodate the wheelchair - the control system and small hydraulic pump were placed inside a cupboard that was easily accessible. The platform was fitted with the same carpet as the lower deck's flooring so that when the lift was not in use you wouldn't know it was there! A small set of temporary steps were then put into place so the rest of the family could easily access the lower deck.

The lift allowed the client to get back onto his boat and enjoy sailing in the Solent and further afield once again.

 

Boat Platform lift

Boat Lift for Disabled Sailor

Location: Hampshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2011

Product: Specialist lifting system

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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

Product: LP50

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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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

Products: EP Elfo and EasyLift

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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