One Queen Anne’s Gate

One Queen Anne's Gate is a development of 27 luxury apartments in the heart of London. The development runs adjacent to St James's Park and is a stone's throw away from Westminster. The building comprises of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments as well as a penthouse with wraparound terraces offering views of central London. In addition to the apartments, One Queen Anne's Gate features amenities similar to a private members club and an underground car park. The main entrance at the front of the One Queen Anne's Gate has 4 steps from the pavement into the ground floor, unfortunately due to the nature of the steps a hidden platform lift could not be installed. Therefore an alternative access route had to be found with the garage entrance being chosen as the most viable. The garage features an underground car lift which allows residents to park their cars on subterranean levels. We were approached by Blue Sky Building, the principal contractor, who were looking for a platform lift which would provide access from street level into the main reception and concierge area.

The lift travels 1020mm between the two levels with a platform measuring 1100mm wide by 1400mm deep which allows even the largest motorised wheelchairs to be conveyed. In addition the lift has a rated load of 400kg and was finished in RAL 7015 (Slate Grey) at the architect's request. This platform lift doesn't require a pit so means that building work is kept to a minimum, all it requires is a supporting wall which the lift's "legs" fix into. 

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2019

To see projects similar to One Queen Anne's Gate click on the following links:

Wagamama Wigmore Street | Lincoln Cathedral | National Army Museum | The Swan at Streatley | Devonshire Club | Cheltenham Racecourse | Brunel House

The corner of Carteret Street in St James's
The main entrance to One Queen Anne's Gate
The platform lift in the garage of 1 Queen Anne's Gate
The lift at 1 Queen Anne's Gate in the raised position
The lift offer street level access into the building
The platform lift is finished in a RAL colour to suit the surroundings

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Lincoln Cathedral

We were approached by Simpson & Brown who were appointed principal designers for the refurbishment and construction of brand new facilities at Lincoln Cathedral. Lincoln Cathedral, consecrated in 1092, is located in the very heart of Lincoln and was once the tallest building in the world till its central spire collapsed in 1548. The Cathedral had recently won £16m in Heritage Lottery Fund to create the Lincoln Cathedral Connected project. This project would include a complete modernisation and refurbishment of parts of the cathedral with the introduction of a brand new education centre, café, shop and community spaces. Due to the nature of the building, level access was not possible across all of these additions therefore a variety of lifts were needed to make the site fully accessible. William Birch Construction were appointed Principal Contractor and we worked with them to deliver this lift package. 

The first lift is a hidden traversing lift in the main reception area, the lift raises 350mm and traverses 480mm to meet the top step. This hidden lift features 100mm high roll off protection so that the user remains on the platform and finishes flush with the floor. It can be finished in any flooring up to a depth of 22mm which makes the platform run seamlessly into the rest of the floor. The lift is finished with remote controls so that a member of staff can raise the lift when a visitor needs to use it. The pit requirement for this lift is only 155mm.

The second lift is a cabin lift with fully automatic sliding doors, the same as a traditional passenger lift. The major difference between this lift and a passenger lift is that the pit and headroom requirement is considerably reduced. A passenger lift would require over a metre pit and 3400mm headroom whilst this lift requires only 130mm pit and 2150mm headroom. Due to the historic and archaeological nature of the site all 4 lift options were chosen with the shallowest pit depth possible. This lift provides access across two floors of the newly constructed education centre. 

The third lift is an outdoor platform lift that allows access to the courtyard area with a travel of 700mm and is finished with the same wooden decking as the upper level and adjacent stairwell. The lift is made out of hot-dipped galvanised steel which is then powder-coated to provide a finish that will last over time. This means that the less maintenance costs are greatly reduced and the courtyard is accessible for longer. 

The fourth lift provides access to the exhibition area of the centre and only needs a pit of 65mm. The lift has a modern look with reduced steel framework and large glass panels which match the contemporary aesthetic within the exhibition centre. We colour matched the adjacent stairwell so that the lift was finished in the same shade of black. 

Location: Lincolnshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2020

To see projects similar to Lincoln Cathedral click on the following links:

British Library | York Theatre Royal | Dancing Man Brewery | National Army Museum | Meriden Hall | Sissinghurst Castle Garden | 200 Grays Inn Road

Traversing lift at Lincoln Cathedral
Hidden lift raising at Lincoln Cathedral
The traversing lift at Lincoln Cathedral has fully extended to meet the top step
A side on view of the hidden step lift at Lincoln Cathedral
The lift features automatic sliding doors like a traditional passenger lift but only requires 150mm pit and 2150mm headroom
The upper landing of the passenger lift in Lincoln Cathedral
The cabin interior of the passenger lift in Lincoln Cathedral
On the ground lift the lift's lentrance is finished with an elaborate architrave
The lift features LED spotlights as well as a half height mirror and handrail to the rear of the cabin
The outdoor platform lift provides access to the courtyard area of Lincoln Cathedral
The outdoor lift features the same decking as the upper level and adjacent stairwell

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New Bond Street Boutique

We were approached by 3Interiors who were carrying out the refurbishment of a brand new New Bond Street boutique. They were looking for a discreet form of disabled access that would blend in with the modern aesthetic of the store. 3Interiors is an interior design contractor that specialises in commercial retail, bars and restaurants as well as having undertaken private residential projects. Bond Street is the London home for the world's major fashion houses and brands. The difficulty that the New Bond Street boutique store faced was that they had a split level with a narrow stairwell leading front the main shop floor to other retail space. The difference between the floor levels was 750mm, a Part M compliant ramp would have to total over 15 metres in length for this rise. A ramp of this length would not have even fit in the shop and so was never a considered option. The narrow width of the stairs would make a traditional platform lift difficult to install and would involve altering the preexisting layout of the store. 

The two options available in order to keep the existing stairwell would be to have a collapsable stairwell similar to our project at Chiswell Street or a hidden platform lift. Both would provide the necessary access and leave the stairwell free when not in use. However the collapsable stairwell would require a greater pit depth which would then require more structural work above the basement. The hidden platform lift at the New Bond Street boutique offers disabled access, connecting the main shop floor with the rest of the retail space. The lift rises 750mm and travels 1200mm across to meet the top step. The lift features detachable stainless steel handrails which are fitted when the lift is used. The top tray was given to the tiling company in advance of the installation in which they fitted the same handmade Italian terrazzo tiles to match the surrounding floor. 

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2019

To see projects similar to New Bond Street boutique click on the following links:

200 Grays Inn Road | Sissinghurst Castle Garden | Devonshire Club | Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art | National Army Museum24 Chiswell Street

 

Hidden lift with detachable handrails
Hidden platform lift in a fashion house's New Bond Street boutique
The lift links two parts of the boutique together, making it accessible for every visitor
The hidden lift has detachable handrails to prevent users from fall off of the platform
Without the handrails the hidden lift recesses into the ground and allows other visitors to use the steps as normal
The lift at the New Bond Street boutique has handmade terrazzo tiles to match the surrounding flooring
The lift's finish contrasts the upper level with darker tiles seen on the ground floor

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South Croydon

We were approached by a private client in South Croydon who were struggling to access the front door. The only route is via a steep garden path that snaked from the pavement level to the front door. In winter ice makes the path impassible and the risk of falls is extremely high. The client needed a way of getting from the pavement level to their house level safely and the only space available was in the single garage. We came up with an idea of having a lift in a fully enclosed glass and steel structure which would allow users to travel from inside the garage and then straight out onto the front door level. 

The lift travels a total of 3.8 metres and has a small ramp instead of a pit. The cabin measures 1100mm wide by 1400mm deep and is finished with polished stainless steel. This allows light to reflect down the lift shaft and into the garage below. We even designed and fabricated the walkway to allow a safe way of getting from the lift into their home. The size of the cabin allows the clients to drive their mobility scooters straight into the lift in the garage and then directly through their back door via the walkway. The walkway even has a roof so that the client is completely protected from the weather from garage to house. This ease of use allows shopping to be delivered and taken directly into their kitchen. We worked with the other trades on site to make sure that the lift and works were installed quickly so that the client could use the lift during the bad weather at the start of 2020. The lift was finished with foliage-like screening as the client was looking to grow several bushes and trailers around the structure. 

Location: Surrey

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2020

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External lift going from the garage to the level of the front door with a custom-made walkway in South Croydon
Covered walkway linking the house with the lift
Walkway leading to the lift in South Croydon with polished stainless steel cabin
The lift has foliage-like screening to match the surrounding bushes in South Croydon
The lift structure was covered in foliage-like screening to match the surroundings bushes and climbers
The lift from inside the garage on the ground floor, the lift cam with automatic doors to make it easier to use
The lift offers access for mobility scooters to be driven directly into the home in South Corydon

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Highcliffe

We were approached by a client in Highcliffe-on-Sea on the Dorset/Hampshire border who was looking to make their home accessible again. Highcliffe is a small village located on the south coast close to Bournemouth and Poole in the West and about 5 minute drive into the New Forest to the East. Highcliffe is a popular tourist destination with award-winning beaches, nature reserves and a clifftop castle. Dorset is home to an ageing population with a third of the population in some areas of East Dorset over the age of 65. This coupled with the fact that many of these low-rise residential blocks of flats were built without lifts are now gradually becoming inaccessible for some of their residents. 

Inaccessibility can make even simple tasks difficult and in the worst scenarios can lead to isolation. This particular project was to provide access for a client whose flat was situated in a 12 flat, 3-storey block close to the heart of Highcliffe village. Due to the galleried staircase there wasn't a supporting wall to fix into. This meant that we went for a lift in its own glass and steel structure which sits in the stairwell and goes all the way through to the ceiling on the third floor. The good thing about our lifts is that we can alter the lift's size in 50mm increments for both the width and the depth. This means that we can design a lift to fit the space that you have rather than trying to fit a specific set product into the available space. In this instance the structure measured 980mm wide by 1565mm deep which gave a lift cabin measuring 890mm wide by 1200mm deep. 

The lift was handed over in the week before Christmas which meant that the client had full use of the lift over the festive period.

Location: Dorset

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2019

To see similar projects to Highcliffe click on the following links:

Bexhill-on-Sea | Mayfair | Ringwood | Whitecliff | Westbourne | Weymouth | Branksome Park | St John’s Wood | Bosham | Torquay

Lift in residential low rise block of flats in Highcliffe, Dorset
Lift in a stairwell in Highcliffe
Top door of the lift in Highcliffe
Internal cabin of the lift at Highcliffe
Aluminium door and frame on the top floor at site in Highcliffe
Glass and steel lift structure on the ground floor
Lift structure on 1st floor in block of flats in Highcliffe
Top of the lift structure in Highcliffe

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Sovereign House

We were approached by Dovetail Architects who were designing a new commercial office in Basildon, Essex. Sovereign House is located in the industrial area of Basildon, close to the M25, with Central London less than an hour away. The project entailed creating a 28,350 sq ft of office space spread over two floors with 42,500 sq ft of warehousing located to the rear of the building. In the main reception area, Dovetail had included a glass lift to link the ground and first floors. The lift would be a statement to visitors as they walked into the building as well as being a focal point of the reception. The client wanted an ultra-modern design with glass the prominent feature with minimal visible steelwork.  The glass would allow all the workings of the lift to be exposed as well as allow light through the reception area. 

We worked with Dovetail and Emerson Willis, the main contractor, to come up with a frameless glass structure that would encapsulate the lift. The client opted for glass swing landing doors as they have the maximum amount of glass compared to automatic sliding doors. The door frames were made out of polished stainless steel to reflect the premium finish of the rest of the site. The lift car itself had polished stainless steel framework and a polished stainless steel control panel and rear wall. The materials used in this lift give a modern clean finish that adds to the overall aesthetic of this premium office space. The project was finished in January 2020 in time for Emerson Willis' handover to the client.  

To see more similar projects to Sovereign House please click on the following links:

Meriden Hall | British Library | HighcliffeThe Base, Greenham | Branksome Park | Powys | Whitecliff | Bosham

 

Location: Essex

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2020

Glass lift on the first floor of Sovereign House in Basildon, Essex
Glass platform lift in new commercial offices in Essex
Opened glass door on glass lift at commercial offices in Essex
Glass lift at Sovereign House, Basildon
Glass lift shaft in the main reception at Sovereign House
Lift on the first floor of Sovereign House
Glass lift shaft on the ground floor of new offices at Sovereign House
Glass platform lift from the first floor of Sovereign House office building

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Bexhill-on-Sea

We were approached by a private client in Bexhill-on-Sea who wanted to have a lift in their home. They had some very specific requirements about how they wanted the lift to look. The first was that they needed the lift to be circular. The client thought that the “box” design of a traditional lift wouldn’t fit with the style of their house. In addition it was very difficult to find any space within the home where the lift could be situated without breaking up a room or space. The most suitable option for this particular project was a pneumatic home lift. Firstly, our pneumatic lifts do not require a pit, that meant the client didn’t have to dig up any of their stone floor. The only thing our pneumatic lifts require is a strong level base. Secondly, these type of lifts are completely self supporting. This means that although they can be tied into balconies or plinths that it doesn’t make any difference to the structural integrity of the lift. Thirdly, pneumatic lifts run on air so there is no need for any drive system or mechanics to the side on above or below the lift. This reduces the overall impact and size of the lift which in this case opens up the entrance hallway more. 

The client opted for the smallest size, the PVE30 which has an exterior diameter of 750mm, making it one of if not the smallest home lift in the world. The lift travels a total of 5.6 metres across 3 floors. The PVE30 features a 540mm curved door and has a rated load of 159kg. The client chose the taupe colour, a dark bronze, for this lift in order to match the metalwork around their house. The extruded aluminium frame coupled with the perspex panels make these pneumatic home lifts strong yet incredibly light. This makes installation quicker and easier and these lifts can be installed in as little as 1-2 days.

To see more examples of our projects for the home click on the following links:

Mayfair | Ringwood | Whitecliff | Westbourne | Weymouth | Branksome Park | St John’s Wood | Bosham  | Torquay

Location: East Sussex

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2019

Pneumatic home lift on the ground floor of a private home in Bexhill-on-Sea
Pneumatic elevator in a client's home in Bexhill-on-Sea
Pneumatic home elevator on the ground floor of a client's home in Bexhill-on-Sea
Pneumatic lift in a client's house in Bexhill-on-Sea

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The Swan at Streatley

The Swan at Streatley is a 17th century hotel on the banks of the River Thames, around 11 miles from Reading. The Hotel recently underwent a £12 million refurbishment including a new restaurant, redesigned rooms and a Coppa Club. The Coppa Club is a take on a private members club with a 380 cover restaurant, a large bar, fireplaces, events rooms and a private dinning room overlooking the river. Other Coppa Clubs are situated on the Thames at Henley, Sonning, Maidenhead and the most well known on the north bank by Tower Bridge in London. 

During the renovation we were asked by Quadrant Design, having worked with them on projects at Venture House in Reading and Wagamama Wigmore Street, to install two platform lifts. The first, outside of the restaurant, travels a total of 800mm linking the restaurant with the covered terrace on the banks fo the river. The second, outside of the riverside function room, also travels 800mm which allows guests to access the small island off of the main hotel's ground to enjoy all the river has to offer. The lifts were finished in the same dark grey colour as the windows and door frames. They feature non skid platforms so that even in the rain the lifts can be used quickly and safely. Both platforms measure 1100mm x 1400mm and have rated loads of 300kg so even the largest electric wheelchairs can be accommodated.  Both lifts are designed to withstand even the harshest of conditions and as you can see in the photos they can easily cope with the British summer. 

The lifts were installed in time for the hotels grand reopening in July 2019.

Location: Berkshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2019

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Disabled platform lift outside the function room at The Swan at Streatley
Outside platform lift linking the function room with the lower terrace
Wheelchair lift allowing access to the island to enjoy the river at The Swan at Streatley
Platform lift outside the restaurant at The Swan at Streatley
Wheelchair lift overlooking the covered terrace at The Swan at Streatley
Platform lift overlooking the River Thames

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Chelsea Flower Show 2019

The Chelsea Flower Show is the key event in the horticultural calendar and one of, if not, the most famous flower and garden show in the world. It attracts over 150,000 visitors  including members of the Royal Family as well as celebrities. This year the Duchess of Cambridge has designed a back-to-nature garden whilst the charity that the Duchess of Sussex supports, Camfed, won a gold medal. The Show takes places on the 11 acre land of the Chelsea Royal Hospital, on the Chelsea Embankment. In just 25 days the site transforms from lawn and gravel pathways to an amass of colour with gardens surrounding the main pavilion.

We were approached by representatives of the Greenfingers Charity and Kate Gould Gardens who were creating an accessible garden for the Chelsea Flower Show 2019. Greenfingers is a charity that creates outdoor spaces for a number of children hospices. Since their inception they've created 55 gardens across the country. Their gardens include space where children can play as well as sensory gardens where they can relax and have therapeutic rest. The Charity needed a garden that would be accessible and would include interactive features for children.

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2019

Access lift at The Greenfingers Charity Garden by Kate Gould
The Greenfingers Charity Garden designed by Kate Gould Gardens

Kate was tasked with designing and bringing the concept to life. Kate is a Chelsea gold medal-winning garden designer, however this was her first show garden on the main avenue. The garden would feature an accessible ramp to the lower floor with interactive items throughout the lower level. From the original concept Kate wanted an upper level where visitors could find a new perspective on the garden therefore she needed a way of visitors reaching the upper deck. The original concept of the garden included a water lift. A water lift uses a pump to transfer water into two weights which would then cause the lift to ascend. The concept behind a water lift is incredible however it brings its own unique set of challenges. These are whether it can meet modern health and safety regulation and whether it will stand up to the constant use that the Show demands. After several consultations between Kate Gould Gardens, Access Lifts and independent lift consultants the result was that it would be too challenging to include the water lift design in the garden.

The lift in the Greenfingers Charity Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2019
The first garden at RHS Chelsea to feature a disabled access lift

The Greenfingers Charity Garden would be the first garden in the Show's history to feature a lift. The lift is an open platform that travels 2.8 metres to the upper deck, enclosed by a fully glazed shaft. The lift didn't require a pit so there is a small ramp on the platform. At Kate's request the lift was sprayed Emerald Green (RAL 6001). When we first saw the lift after it had been sprayed we thought that it could be too much. However once installed the lift blended perfectly into the lush garden. The whole garden was completed within the 25 day limit. Once the Chelsea Flower Show 2019 officially opened, the garden (and lift) was in constant use. The Monday of the Show, reserved for the press and VIPs, saw many celebrities inspecting the garden and using the lift to get to the upper deck. Much of the BBC's coverage took place on the upper level of the garden due to its viewpoint over a large proportion of main avenue. On Tuesday Kate was awarded a silver-gilt medal for her effort. An incredible achievement for the first garden at RHS Chelsea with a lift.

The Greenfingers Charity Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show 2019

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The Base at Greenham

We were approached by Calco Construction, a Newbury based construction company, who we had previously worked with during the construction of a home in Enbourne, Berkshire. Calco builds several luxury homes in the Newbury area as well as the wider South. In addition Calco has undertaken several commercial projects including the construction of The Base during wider renovation works of Greenham Common. Greenham used to be the location of RAF Greenham Common and later US Air Force base during the Cold War. After many years the infamous base was then turned back into public land in the 2000s. Redevelopment works have kickstarted over the last few years with new commercial buildings being built. Calco was responsible for the construction of the new £1.7M building that would house a number of arts and craft installations. 

Calco needed a lift at The Base, Greenham that would connect the ground floor where the café and main gallery is located with artist's individual small galleries on 1st floor. The building has an industrial appearance throughout its structure with individual caged artist studios, exposed concrete blocks and no suspended ceilings. The lift cabin features white panelled walls with a half height mirror opposite the lift doors. These features attract light into the lift cabin making the space feel larger than it is. The lift has sliding doors on each floor and is finished with plastic coated steelwork. The advantage of plastic coated steel on an installation like this is that it is less likely to smudge compared with brushed or polished stainless steel. In commercial buildings such as The Base, Greenham with many daily visitors, fingerprints can cause greasy marks and can quickly make the lift look unclean.

The lift installation was finished in time for The Base's grand opening in February 2019.

Location: Berkshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2019

To see similar projects to The Base, Greenham click on the following links:

Meriden Hall | British Library | New Forest Ice Cream | Paternoster SquareBranksome Park | Powys | Whitecliff | Bosham

Outside The Base Arts Centre in Greenham near Newbury
Lift on 1t Floor at The Base, Greenham
White Lift Interior at The Base, Greenham
Ground Floor Lift at The Base, Greenham Common
Lift with open sliding doors on 1st Floor at The Base, Greenham Business Park

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