Platform Lift at Brunel House, Cardiff

Brunel House is situated in Cardiff city centre, 5 minutes away from the main shopping thoroughfares and opposite Cardiff Queen Street Station. The building is one of the largest office blocks in central Cardiff and lends itself to large floor plates across 15 floors with views of the city. Brunel House has tenants such as Legal & General, Admiral, HMRC and Regus. Gpad London headed up the design of the new refurbishment of the entrance and lobby. The largest addition to the building is the fully glazed extension of the entrance allowing light to flood the main entrance. This offers an inviting space to visitors and workers alike. The new lobby features a vibrant café with open plan work and meeting areas. The interior of the building was designed to reflect its industrial nature with bronze and patinated finishes present throughout. 

The new design of the entrance and main reception led to a split level lobby. The entrance was made level with the street allowing access for wheelchair users. However this floor level difference created an access problem for wheelchair users between the street entrance and the main reception area. We designed a platform lift with the architect to travel the 1210mm between floors with a platform measuring 1100mm x 1400mm. The platform size offers ample space and the rated load of 400kg allows for even the largest electric mobility buggies. The light and spacious feel of the lobby was reflected in the lift with glass panels and gates giving a modern finish. The lift was installed in time for the main entrance's reopening in December 2017.

To see similar projects to Brunel House click on the following links: 200 Grays Inn RoadNational Army Museum, Chiswell StreetVenture House in Reading and Seven Dials Warehouse, London.

Location: Cardiff

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

DDA Lift at Brunel House, Cardiff
Wheelchair Platform LIft at Brunel House
Platform Lift at Brunel House
Platform Lift at central Cardiff office building
Brunel House is one of the largest office blocks in Cardiff
Platform Lift in Cardiff

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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

Disabled Wheelchair Lift in the National Army Museum
Disabled Access Lift in the National Army Museum
Outside Disabled Access Lift for Museum
Outdoor Wheelchair Lift at the National Army Museum
External Platform Lift for Museums
Wheelchair Platform Lift in the National Army Museum
Disabled Platform Lift in Museums

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Inclined Platform Lift in Grade II Listed Waterworks

We were approached by Blackbottle Ltd, a building contractor, as they were looking to install a number of lifts at a site in Hampton. Blackbottle is responsible for the renovation and refurbishment of a Grade II listed Victorian waterworks located on the banks of the River Thames in Hampton. They are in the process of building several scientific research laboratories as well as premium office space for small, scientific-based businesses within the waterworks. The first lift that Blackbottle were looking to install was an inclined platform lift in the "Boilerhouse." We are specialists in the installation of inclined platform lifts in listed buildings and have fitted a number around the country therefore we know that getting the right product and style is paramount.

We designed and installed an inclined platform lift with a platform measuring 800m x 1200mm and a load capacity of 300kg with the lift travelling 1500mm up 5 steps. The large platform space allows for both electric-powered wheelchairs as well as smaller manual wheelchairs for visitors and workers of the businesses within the building. 

To see more of our inclined platform lifts in listed buildings and other lifts in listed buildings then click on the following links: British LibraryNational Army Museum York Theatre Royal, National Theatre and Dancing Man Brewery.

To see more of our projects in commercial buildings then click on the following links: DartfordVenture House, Meriden Hall, Seven Dials, Southwark Council, and Chiswell Street

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2018

Inclined Platform Lift in the Boilerhouse at Morelands Riverdale
Wheelchair Platform Lift for Blackbottle Ltd
Inclined Platform Lift in Grade II Listed Waterworks
Inclined Platform Lift in Grade II Listed Office Building
Inclined Platform Lifts in Commercial Buildings

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Glass Lift for Offices at Meriden Hall

We were approached by Hasker Architects who were designing a new glass office building attached to the Grade II listed Meriden Hall. E Manton were the principal contractors running the construction of the new build - they are one of the leading building contractors within the Midlands and take on projects in both the private and public sectors. Hasker Architects are an architectural practice based in Solihull with projects nationwide, their projects vary from one-off houses to multimillion pound industrial projects. For this particular project, the architect wanted a lift for offices which were spread across the two floors in the newly constructed building. The lift was to be finished in pinned glass as to match the building's external facade.

We installed an enclosed platform lift within its own structure in the stairwell leading up to 1st floor. The lift's cabin measured 1400mm x 1100mm with the total travel distance between the floors measuring 4 metres. The safe working load for this lift is 400kg which equals 5 people. The lift's structure was finished in RAL colour 7015 with pinned glass on all four sides and two points of entry from the same side. The lift was fitted with double automatic glass doors on both floors. Tiles were fitted on both the lift platform and in the lift shaft under the lift, these aligned with the existing tiled flooring on both floors. We were also asked to design and install a custom made steel handrail to match the existing handrail on the other side of the stairs. Working with a local metal fabricator we created a steel handrail which was fitted through the panes of glass onto the lift's steel structure to complete an impressive look.

To see more examples of our glass lifts and our lifts in offices click on the following projects British Library, Powys, Venture House, Chiswell Street and Branksome Park

Location: West Midlands

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

Glass Lift at Pertemps Headquarters, Meriden Hall
Glass Office Lift at Meriden Hall, Warwickshire
Glass Lift with Custom Made Handrail at Meriden Hall
Glass Lift in Newly Built Office for Pertemps
Glass Lift at Meriden Hall Finished with Pinned Glass

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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

 

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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

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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Passenger Lift at the British Library

We were approached by the architect, De Matos Ryan, to measure for a disabled access lift in the British Library in Central London. The British Library is located next to St Pancras Station on Euston Road and contains copies of every book published in the UK as well as being the largest library in the world. The building it is situated in is less than 50 years old however it is a Grade I listed building which can make the construction of a lift very difficult. The client needed disabled access across 3 floors for library visitors as well as private functions that take place on the 2nd floor. The lift’s overall travel would be 5.8m.

The disabled access lift needed to cover 3 floors and have adjacent doors on both 1st and 2nd floors as well as being perfectly aligned between the 2 steel beams supporting the roof. One of the initial challenges we faced was that for a lift of this size, a conventional lift would require a 1500mm pit below the lower floor level, however due to the small distance between the floor level and the ceiling of the floor below the maximum pit we were able to have was 130mm. In addition, a conventional lift would need 3500mm metres above the upper floor level however we had a maximum height of 2350mm as the ceiling could not be taking off or adjusted for the lift.

The lift structure also needed to be able to support two landing balconies weighing 500kg each. The disabled access lift that we installed was a Vertico inDOMO with platform dimensions of 1200mm x 1200mm. We had 2 sets of automatic power car doors adjacent to ground floor entry onto the balconies of 1st and 2nd floors. The architect wanted a white finished with pinned glass on the outside of the structure. This proved challenging as there were limited options to be able to position the glass panes as there were no points that could become a hoist. This resulted in the glass, weighing up to 120kg per piece, being carried up the staircase and then carefully placed and pinned in place.

The lift now supplies disabled access for all library users and is an aesthetically pleasing addition to the Grade I listed building.

To see more examples of our disabled passenger lifts in commercial buildings and listed buildings, have a look at our National Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Wool House projects.

Location: Central London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

Glass Lift at the British Library - First Floor
Glass Lift at the British Library - Ground Floor
3 Floor Glass Lift in the British Library

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Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift in Dartford, Kent

We were approached by a private client in Dartford, Kent who was looking to modify the existing disabled access route into his office. He wanted to replace the existing old rickety ramp (see below) which was difficult to manoeuvre on and travel up due to its steep angle with an easier system. With this in mind, we discussed the different options available to the client and we decided the best option moving forward was to install an outdoor inclined platform lift. The lift would have to be able to take the load of his electric-powered wheelchair as well as any wheelchairs used by any visitors to the different offices and businesses in the building. In addition to the lift we would fit a new set of wooden steps so that able-bodied people would still be able to use this route as a point of access.

We designed and installed an outdoor inclined platform lift with a platform measuring 800mm x 1250mm and a load capacity of up to 300kg. The lift travels a total distance of 1500mm. The large platform space allows for both the client's electric-powered wheelchair as well as smaller manual wheelchairs of visitors and workers of the other businesses within the building. Our engineers also fitted a new set of wooden steps so that able-bodied members of staff would also be able to use this access route. The outdoor inclined platform lift was finished in stainless steel so that it's resistant to all weather conditions.

To see more of our projects in commercial buildings have a look at our Venture House, Meriden Hall, Seven Dials, Southwark Council, National Army Museum and Chiswell Street projects.

Location: Kent

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2018

Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift

Stainless Steel Inclined Platform Lift in Dartford, Kent

Folded Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift

Folded Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift

Inclined Platform Lift Replacing An Old Wooden Ramp

Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift Replacing An Old Wooden Ramp

Rickety Steep Ramp

Original Wooden Ramp

New Inclined platform lift and steps

After the inclined platform lift and new steps have been installed

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Platform Lift for Commercial Offices in Southwark

We were approached by Southwark Council because they needed to provide disabled access to their offices on Southwark Bridge Road, SE1. At the name suggests they are close to the river therefore right in the heart of London. Similar to many other commercial offices in the city, space is at a premium and it can be difficult to fit any type of disabled access in existing properties. After taking measurements of the area where a lift could be fitted, we came up with a drawing and submitted it to the council, who then ordered the lift.

Our engineers installed a LPA - a special lifting platform, designed by our manufacturer in Denmark - with platform dimensions of 1519mm x 1184mm. The lift had to keep to these very specific measurements because the building has a steel shutter that has to completely shut to stop the public from entering the building outside of office opening hours. The platform lift has a total travel distance of 780mm to the ground floor level. The lift was finished in stainless steel so that the lift would be able to withstand the day-to-day footfall of a busy commercial office in London. The side panels as well as the car and landing doors were finished in glass.

To see more examples of our platform lifts in commercial buildings, have a look at our Venture House, Seven Dials, National Army Museum and Chiswell Street projects.

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2015

 

Commercial Platform Lift

Platform Lift at Commercial Offices in Southwark

Council Platform Lift

Disabled Platform Lift for Southwark Council in Central London

Commercial Office Platform Lift

Platform Lift in the Main Entrance of Southwark Council's Offices

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Wheelchair Platform Lift in Telefónica Digital’s Head Office, Piccadilly

We were approached by Overbury because they needed to install a wheelchair platform lift during the fit out and refurbishment of Telefónica Digital's new HQ in Piccadilly. Overbury were responsible for redesigning and redeveloping the office space totalling 50,000 sq ft offering new and improved workspaces as well as meeting rooms and an inverted cone "brand pod."

During the fit out, Overbury needed to fit a lift to allow access form 9th floor elevators to the staff meeting areas as well as the project workspace. The client wanted a lift that would match the office's new design and blend into the surrounding aesthetics with the fit out being very light with large open spaces. The designer decided to choose a white wheelchair platform lift with glass panels on the lift car itself so that the lift's style and finish matched that of the rest of the office. The platform of the lift measures 1400mm x 1100mm and has a total travel distance of 1370mm across 6 stairs. The wheelchair platform lift is capable of taking a load of up to 410kg, which means it can be used by both electric-powered buggy users and regular wheelchair users. The lift provides access from the elevators on 9th floor to the staff meeting areas as well as the project space and provides vital access for any disabled visitors.

To see more of our wheelchair platform lifts in commercial buildings and offices click on the following projects: Grade II listed Waterworks, Venture House in Reading, Office Fit Out in Seven Dials and Southwark Council.

To see more of our lifts in commercial and public buildings click on the following projects: Meriden Hall, British Library, New Forest Ice Cream and Paternoster Square.

 

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2011

Disabled Platform Lift in Offices

Platform Lift in Telefonica Digital's Office

Wheelchair Lift in Office

Wheelchair Lift on 9th Floor of Telefonica Digital's HQ

Disabled Access Lift in Office

Disabled Access Lift in Telefonica's Head Office

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