Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum is a museum located in Holland Park in West London. The building was constructed for Frederic Leighton to serve as a private home combined with an art studio. Frederic Leighton was one of the founding members of the Holland Park Circle, a group of artists that were prominent in the mid-late 19th century. The construction of the site took 30 years with continuous development from the original studio. The building is Grade II* listed and is made out of red Suffolk bricks and its distinguished finishes continue with the internal design taking influence from the East Mediterranean and Near East. The museum has been open to the public since 1929 displaying pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood paintings as part of their permanent collection. 

The site was awarded £1.6m from the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the £7.8m refurbishment. BDP, the appointed architectural practice, looked to rediscover original architectural elements throughout the museum whilst providing new exhibition spaces and making the museum accessible for all. Access Lifts previously worked with BDP on the £24m refurbishment of the National Army Museum. The same project architect got in touch with Access Lifts in 2016/17 to go through first and second stage design aspects in order to create step free access routes throughout the project. 

Access Lifts designed 3 solutions for the museum and were awarded the lifts package by main contractor Quinn London. The lifts package consisted of 1x passenger lift, 1x open platform lift and 1x hidden platform lift. All of the lifts were to feature bespoke bronze finishes to match designs accents throughout the museum. 

The passenger lift features bronze landing doors with a brushed stainless steel lift car with mirrors on 3 sides. The lift also features drape protection to protect the lift car finishes when artwork is moved throughout the museum. The open platform lift is finished with the same bronze colour and features a side acting drive mechanism as to not disturb the existing floor of the Grade II* listed building. The hidden platform lift provides access between two split levels. The lift features wooden flooring which matches the rest of the basement flooring and a frameless glass upper landing gate. The gate is finished with the same bronze colour found through the museum. 

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2022

To see projects similar to Leighton House Museum click on the following links:

National Army Museum | Lincoln Cathedral | St Mary’s Guildhall | Ridley Hall, Cambridge | The Newt in Somerset | York Theatre Royal

Passenger lift with bronze automatic doors at Leighton House Museum in Holland Park
Bronze platform lift at Leighton House Museum
Hidden lift in the basement of Leighton House Museum
Hidden platform lift with frames glass upper landing gate
The open platform lift colour matches steelwork found around the museum
The hidden platform lift is finished with the same wooden flooring as the rest of the basement
The open platform lift is pitiless and has a small automatic ramp instead
Open platform lift at Leighton House Museum
Internal lift car of the passenger lift at Leighton House Museum

St Mary’s Guildhall

St Mary's Guildhall is a medieval building that dates back to 14th Century and is situated in the centre of Coventry. The building is located opposite the old Cathedral and has played a prominent role throughout Coventry's history. The Grade I listed building last had a major refurbishment in the 1930s with smaller scale adaptations made in recent years. Oliver Architecture based in Birmingham led the design with Croft Building Contractors carrying out the major works. Both companies work extensively in the heritage buildings and conservation sector with projects across the West Midlands as well as nationwide. As part of the refurbishment Oliver Architecture were looking at including a discreet hidden platform lift to overcome a short rise as well as an enclosed platform lift to offer step free access to the first floor. 

We offer a wide range of hidden lift options that can be tailored to site requirements. We can also change the location of the platform whether its on the upper landing, part of the steps or on the lower landing. Our bespoke hidden wheelchair lifts can be used for rises up to 1500mm. For St Mary's Guildhall, we designed a standard 1100mm x 1400mm platform with two moving steps for the 420mm change in height. The lift requires a 600mm pit below the finished floor level and can be clad in any material most commonly stone up to 30mm thickness with a total load of 100kg across the platform. In this instance Yorkstone was used to match the surrounding flooring which provides a seamless finish. Due to the flexibility of the finish our hidden lifts are perfect for heritage and listed buildings where traditional platform lifts would look out of sorts.

The lift also features stainless steel roll off protection to the lower landing side.  The lift is finished with an on platform control column and remote control key fobs for use by members of staff when events are taking place at the Guildhall. 

The package also included an enclosed platform lift that offers step free access from the ground floor to the first floor. The lift features its own self-supporting shaft with a half height upper landing gate on the first floor. The lift shaft, platform and all cladding panels when finished in RAL 9005 - Jet Black to match the interior design accents through the building. 

As part of the works, Access Lifts were also awarded the enclosed platform lift providing access from the ground floor level to the Undercroft. 

Location: Coventry

Status: Ongoing

Year Completed: 2022

To see projects similar to St Mary's Guildhall click on the following links:

Il Borro Tuscan Bistro | 200 Grays Inn Road | Lincoln Cathedral | Broadwalk House | Sissinghurst Castle Garden |  24 Chiswell Street

Hidden Step Lift at St Mary's Guildhall in Coventry in the down position
The hidden lift at St Mary's Guildhall in travel
Hidden lift at St Mary's Guildhall in the up position
The hidden platform lift at St Mary's Guildhall, the lift offers step free access for wheelchair users
The hidden lift is finished with York stone to match its surroundings
When not in use the hidden lift is simply a set of steps
The hidden platform lift features a 100mm high stainless steel roll off protection

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

External Platform Lifts at Ridley Hall, Cambridge

We were approached by Cocksedge Building Contractors who were carrying out the refurbishment works at Ridley Hall in Cambridge. The works included excavation and creation of a new library in a sub level as well as layout changes to access routes surrounding the external quadrangle. As part of the works, the project required two external platform lifts, one offering access to an existing part of the  building then the other offering access into the newly excavated basement for access to the library. Ridley Hall is a theological college in the heart of Cambridge which trains men and women who intend on becoming ordained in the Church of England. Founded in 1881 the college teaches evangelical theology and offers training courses to those already ordained. Even though the college is not part of the University of Cambridge it shares close links with the university and offers some qualifications from the university. 

The first lift provides step free access into part of the existing building. The lift has a 1100mm travel across the two floors and features automatic gates on both the platform and upper landing. The lift was finished in black in order to match the steel railings and building accents. The lift also features call and send wireless controls on both landings to make the lift quick and easy to use. 

The second lift provides access to the newly excavated basement with an overall travel of nearly 3 metres. Like the first lift it features automatic gates on both the platform and upper landing. It also features wireless call and send buttons on each landing with all aspects of the lift powder coated in black to match the other steelwork around the college. At the request of the lift consultant we also installed a glass screen due to the tightness of the space to prevent accidental entry underneath the lift. Another request was a combined light and audible alarm to alert those moving around the location of the lift that the lift is descending. The colour of both lifts contrasts the orange brickwork and sandstone capping stones to produce an eye-catching finish. 

To see projects similar to Ridley Hall, Cambridge click on the following links:

Location: Cambridge

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2022

An external platform lift providing step free access at Ridley Hall in Cambridge
The external platform lifts at Ridley Hall are powder-coated in RAL 9005 to match the surrounding railings
One of the lifts has a lifting height of nearly 3 metres
Platform Lift at Cambridge University College
The lifts feature automatic gates to make the lifts easy to use
One of the lifts offers access to the basement library

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

Hidden Wheelchair Lift at Il Borro Tuscan Bistro

We were approached by interior designers Studio 63. They were the principal designers behind the refurbishment of 15 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, transforming it from Nobu to the new Il Borro Tuscan Bistro. The restaurant can trace its roots back to the Il Borro estate in Tuscany, Italy where the Ferragamo family have been producing fresh produce  as well as wine for generations. Il Borro Tuscan Bistro in London is the second international restaurant set up, with the first being opened in Dubai in 2017. As part of the design of the restaurant in London, there was a split level with the bar in the front portion of the building and the main restaurant area towards the back and on the first floor. 

The stairs consist of 3 risers totalling a vertical travel of 420mm and a horizontal travel of 400mm. A Part M compliant ramp would have to be over 5 metres in length for this rise. This would not only detract from the elegance of the restaurant but would also take up valuable space. Our hidden platform lifts require a shallow pit of only 155mm and can have a maximum vertical travel of 830mm and maximum horizontal travel of 900mm. With the plug and play design of these lifts, they can be installed, tested and handed over to the client in a matter of hours. 

The lift features key fob remote controls which are kept with front of house staff and at the bar so that when a customer comes to use the lift they can do so quickly and easily. In addition the lift does not feature any on platform controls which allow both staff and customers to both around the area of the lift without being impeded. Our hidden lifts feature a 22mm tray which can be fitted with any flooring, the same herringbone wooden floor was continued onto the lift allowing a seamless transition. The lift was finished with brass trims to match the brass and bronze accents seen throughout the restaurant. 

To see similar projects click on the following links. 

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2021

The lift is situated in front of the steps leading to the upper part of the restaurant
The hidden lift is in its down position
The invisible wheelchair lift is in its up position, meeting the upper landing
Step Lift at Il Borro London
Hidden platform lift with retractable barriers
The lift features retractable 100mm high protection around the edge of the platform
The bar at Il Borro Tuscan Bistro features bronze and brass accents
The hidden wheelchair lift features brass trims to match the brass accents on the bar
The lift allows access to the upper part fo the restaurant

For more information about lifts like the one above call us on 0800 65 252 65, email us or click here to be taken to our hidden lifts page

Hidden Platform Lift at Broadwalk House, Exeter

We were approached by Cartwright Pickard architects who were designing the refurbishment at Broadwalk House in Exeter. The refurbishment would comprise of a completely new fit out creating break out spaces on the ground floor and redesigning office space on the floors above. With access tight around the reception of the building there was not enough space for a traditional platform lift therefore the only option was for a hidden wheelchair lift. Our hidden lifts have several benefits for both designers and users. For designers, the lifts take up less space than traditional platform lifts and the design is much more sympathetic on the overall building design. For users, the platform can be accessed from any side and with no gates to open the lift can be used easier and more quickly than a traditional platform lift.

This traversing lift provides access from the main reception into the large breakout area and is fitted with our goalpost on platform controls. This allows complete user independence, they simply press and hold the desired direction of travel. In addition, remote control key fobs are kept at reception so that staff members can use and prepare the lifts for any visitors. We worked with WFC contractors, specialists in leisure industry fit out and construction projects, to deliver this project. At the request of the architect we also included detachable stainless steel handrails, these handrails can easily be manoeuvred into position by one person. For this project the vertical travel was 325mm and horizontal travel was 500mm. Our hidden lifts have a maximum vertical travel of 830mm and a maximum horizontal travel of 900mm so can be used on steps and stairwells much larger than this example. The lift was finished with terrazzo tiles and brushed stainless steel floor trims, blending the lift in seamlessly with its surroundings. 

Location: Devon

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2021

To see projects similar to Broadwalk House click on the following links:

200 Grays Inn Road | Lincoln Cathedral | 12-14 Laystall StreetSissinghurst Castle Garden | Devonshire Club |  24 Chiswell Street

Hidden wheelchair lift at Broadwalk House in the down position
Hidden disabled lift at Broadwalk House in Exeter, Devon
This traversing lift allows architects and designers to keep steps exactly they way they want
Hidden platform lift at Broadwalk House, a newly refurbished office block in central Exeter
We also included detachable barriers at the architect's request
The detachable barriers at Broadwalk House are made out of brushed stainless steel

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

Inclined Platform Lift in Kingswear

We were approached by a private client who had recently moved into a house in Kingswear, Devon. The challenge was creating a suitable access route from the street level to the front door level. The pathway consisted of a steep set of over 80 steps with a number of changes in gradient as well as various curves. It came apparent pretty quickly that the only suitable option would be to have an inclined platform lift that would follow the existing pathway. 

Using state of the art augmented reality plotting we are able to take incredibly accurate survey of the steps. This allows us to see every measurement of each individual step. We can even mark the surrounding walls of the pathway to make sure that the chosen platform size will be able to fit at every stage of the journey.  This is so important when undertaking complex inclined platform lifts like this project to make sure that every subtle curve is taken amount of. 

This platform stairlift included 7 changes of gradient as well as 4 curves across its 45 metre travel. The lift is fitted on its own stanchions so there is no need for a supporting wall. These stanchions were then fitted directly into the steps and pathway which means there was no builder's work. Both the lift and the stanchions are made out of stainless steel, realistically this is the only choice for any project by the sea. It also creates a smart finish which will remain the same overtime as well as increasing the longevity of the lift. 

All of our inclined platform lifts have a rated load of 300kg so are perfect for moving heavy items. Many of our clients use them for deliveries of heavy items such as white goods whilst others use them to carry their suitcases down when going on holiday.

Location: Devon

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2021

To see similar projects to this inclined platform lift in Kingswear click on the following links:

Parkstone | Poole | Kingswear | Dartmouth | Brixham | Branksome Park | Billericay

Inclined platform lift in Kingswear, Devon with a view of Dartmouth
The platform stairlift features a steep curved start to its run
The inclined platform lift comes with a foldable seat to allow a user to sit down
The platform stairlift folds up when not in use to leave the pathway clear
An augmented reality survey was used to make sure the chosen platform size would fit perfectly
All of our inclined platform lifts have a 300kg load
External platform stairlift in Kingswear, Devon
The lift measures 45 metres in length across over 80 steps with 7 changes of gradient and 4 curves
The lift is finished in stainless steel which is the only suitable material for a project this close to the sea

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

Laystall Street – Hidden Cantilever Lift

We were approached by Peldon Rose, a main contractor based in London, who were carrying out a refurbishment on Laystall Street in Farringdon. They were redeveloping the 5 storey commercial office and required a hidden lift in the ground floor reception area. The hidden cantilever lift would allow wheelchair users to reach the passenger lift and access all floors of the building. The hidden lift raises 280mm and traverses 200mm to meet the top step. It features 100mm roll-off protection on all sides which disappears into the pit when the lift is not in use and the front side lowers when the lift reaches the top step to allow the user to exit the platform. These lifts also feature a 22mm top tray which can be infilled with any material to match the surrounding floor. For this project at 12-16 Laystall Street, the top tray was filled with a concrete resin finish and stainless steel trims were used on the roll-off protection to match the contemporary appearance of the new office space. The lift is fitted with handheld remote controls which are kept with the reception desk.

This project, like many, had a floor below where the lift was installed. In order to support the lift, the main contractor fitted suspended steel beams. Our engineers then fixed the lift's pit tray down into this structural steelwork. All of our hidden lifts come with their own galvanised steel pit trays which are then fixed to the existing structure of the building. The pit trays can be fitted by the contractor prior to the lift installation. This allows the contractor to get the floor levels set and finished even before the lift is installed. The pit required for these lifts is only 155mm so means that they can be installed pretty much anywhere. In addition the pit tray can be fixed along its sides rather than down into steel or concrete therefore reducing the size of any void between the floor level and the below ceiling. 

This lift was installed within 5 hours.

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2020

 

To see projects similar to 12-16 Laystall Street click on the following links:

200 Grays Inn Road | Lincoln CathedralSissinghurst Castle Garden | Devonshire Club | Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art | 24 Chiswell Street

 

 

Hidden Cantilever Lift at 12-16 Laystall Street
The traversing lift features 100mm roll-off protection on all sides
The hidden lift is finished with the same concrete resin as the surrounding floor
The lift is finished with stainless steel trims to match the contemporary aesthetic of the building
Traversing lift for wheelchairs in a commercial office in London
Hidden step lift at 12-16 Laystall Street
The hidden lift at Laystall Street disappears completely into the ground
Hidden traversing lift in the reception of 12-16 Laystall Street

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

Purley – Outdoor Platform Lift

We were approached by a private client in Purley upon the recommendation from a couple from a previous project (South Croydon). The project was similar to the one in South Croydon as the client did not have an access route for a wheelchair or electric buggy from the pavement level to the front door level. The client decided that a lift would provide the most suitable access as a ramp would be too steep. We worked with a local builder to remove the existing hedge which lied between the driveway and existing path. This would create the space for the new lift without taking up drive way space.

The lift travels just over 1.5 metres and features a 1100mm x 1400mm platform. This platform size coupled with the lift's 400kg rated load means that it can convey even the heaviest of electric buggies as well as be used for moving heavy items such as appliances, suitcases and bins in and out of the property. The lift also features 900mm wide frameless glass gates on both the top landing and platform. We also included a handheld remote control for the client, this allows the client to be able to call the lift up or down before they have to go outside. The lift is made for external applications with all surfaces either in stainless steel or anodised aluminium. This means that the lift will not rust and will provide continued use over the years. 

Location: Surrey

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2020

To see similar projects to this one in Purley click on the following links:

Minehead | One Queen Anne's Gate | The Swan at Streatley | Cheltenham Racecourse | Lincoln Cathedral | National Army Museum

External platform lift at a private property in Purley, Surrey
The outdoor wheelchair lift in Purley features stainless steel and anodised aluminium finishes
The platform lift features frameless glass side panels and gates
The external wheelchair lift in Purley
The lift features anti-slip checker plate so that the lift is easy to use during the Winter months
The builder created a flat raised terrace which leads to the front door

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

Brixham – Outdoor Home Lift

We were approached by a private client in Brixham. Brixham is a seaside town in the Torbay area of South Devon; famous for its fishing, it is also popular with tourists during the summer months. As with many properties in the coastal areas of the South West, this property in Brixham was located on a steep hill with the road level several metres above the main entrance into the property. The client was extensively redeveloping the property and during the works was trying to find an alternative access route to the steep steps that lead to the front door.  We worked with an architect to design a lift that would provide access from the parking at street level to the two floors below. The middle stop would provide access to the holiday let attached to the property, whilst the bottom floor would lead directly into the client's home. 

This outdoor home lift comes in its own self-supporting glass and steel structure. For this project in Brixham the steelwork was colour matched (RAL 7044) with the stone slabs on the top floor as well as some of the stone in the cliffside. The transparent glass panels of the lift shaft allow as much light as possible to enter down into the shaft and into the property below. In addition the lift features a panoramic glass side so the client can still enjoy the view of Brixham whilst travelling in the lift. The COP side of the lift is finished in polished stainless steel which makes the lift feel as spacious as possible and reflects the lift throughout the cabin. The lift was fitted with a security keypad in the cabin. This means that only guests with the correct passcode can travel to the middle floor to access the holiday let and there is a different passcode to travel to the client's floor. 

Location: Devon

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2020

To see similar projects to this one in Brixham click on the following links:

Outdoor glass home lift in Brixham on the top floor
This outdoor home lift in Brixham features a glass and steel self-supporting structure
The outdoor home lift in Brixham on the middle floor
The transparent glass panels allow light to floor into the lift shaft and the property
The lift shaft in Brixham is powder-coated in RAL 7044 to match the stone slabs on the top floor and some of the stones in the cliffside
This external home lift travels over 7 metres across 3 floors
The internal glass lift shaft
This outside home lift features a polished stainless steel panel to make the lift seem more spacious

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

Fulmer Rise – Glass Home Lift

We were approached by a building contractor who were redeveloping a prestigious property on the Fulmer Rise estate in Berkshire. The estate's proximity to both London Heathrow and Central London make the properties at Fulmer Rise particularly attractive. It features a variety of property styles from modern buildings to Victorian era houses. The property in question features a low soffit design above the first floor window line which created a reduced headroom of 2200mm within the lift shaft. Reduced headroom measurements can pose obstacles to several lift manufacturers however working with the architect we were able to design a shaft that would not impact the external soffit design.

In terms of the look and feel of the lift, the architect wanted the lift to reflect the contemporary appearance of the house. The lift features a panoramic glass side to the rear of the lift which allows light to flood in through the windows in the lift shaft. Both the COP side and opposite side feature polished stainless steel panels and skirting. The mirrored steel finish allows the light from the windows to reflect into the lift cabin and also through the lift shaft to the landing. Chrome finishes such as these are becoming more prevalent in home lifts as clients look to continue the rest of the property's high end finishes into the lift cabin. As well as standard polished stainless steel, we offer a wide range of bespoke patterned and coloured stainless steel finishes. This glass home lift was finished with panoramic fully automatic glass doors on each landing which allow the maximum amount of light from the shaft. These glass doors were finished with white powder-coated frame to match the surrounding architraves. 

Location: Berkshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2020

To see projects similar to our Fulmer Rise project click on the following links:

Billericay | South Croydon | Bexhill-on-Sea | Mayfair | Highcliffe | Whitecliff | Westbourne | Weymouth | Branksome Park | St John’s Wood | Bosham | Torquay

Glass Home Lift in Berkshire
Glass home lift with polished stainless steel cabin
This home lift features fully automatic solid glass doors on each landing
The home lift features clear glass doors on both landings
The polished stainless steel panel reflects light from the lift shaft's windows
The lift has a panoramic glass side and two mirrored stainless steel sides
The glass doors allow light to flood into the landing

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