We were approached by Rio Architects who were looking at adding a platform lift to the main entrance of Haywood House in Cardiff city centre. The 3 storey office building is located just off Dumfries Place. The platform lift would offer step free access to the ground floor and via the passenger lift to the first and second floor. Split levels are common through commercial buildings across the UK and finding a suitable solution that reflects the rest of the design can be difficult. We offer a wide range of customisable solutions for this type of project. Whether its a specific panel deign, bespoke site colour or push button controls we can create the perfect solution thats in keeping with its surroundings.
We worked with Rio during their Stage 3 + 4 design to create a solution that would incorporate the same mesh being used throughout the building and reflect the industrial refurbishment to the office building. The original design incorporated a pit however during excavation works a void was found beneath the stairs so this option could not be used. We proposed an alternative solution which would fix to the wall and requires no pit. The benefit of this option is that the lift comes with a small ramp in lieu of a pit and only requires structural support to one side of the platform. This support can be in the form of a masonry wall however for this particular project two steel supports were fixed behind the plasterboard providing a clean finish.
The platform lift at Haywood House travels a total of 600mm between the two levels and features a 1100mm x 1400mm platform. The same mesh finish is included on the platform as well as the landing gate. All visible surfaces were then powder-coated in matte RAL 9005 to match the surrounding railings and accents of the reception area.
Year Completed: 2022