Home Platform Lift in Ringwood, Hampshire

We were approached by a couple who had recently built their new home in Ringwood, Hampshire and were looking for a lift at the front of their property. Ringwood is a market town located on the Dorset-Hampshire border adjacent to the New Forest. The couple had built a lift shaft to the front of the property and were looking for the right home platform lift. This is when they got in touch with us to discuss the possible options available to them. They were looking for a lift that would match the modern aesthetics of their home and be able to stand up to day-to-day usage. After meeting with the couple and discussing their vision for the lift, our team created technical drawings of what the lift would look like and how it would fit in the shaft. After reviewing the plans, the client liked the design of the lift and gave us the go ahead to order the lift.

We designed and installed a home platform lift in the purpose built lift shaft. The lift travels nearly 3 metres from the hallway by the front door on the ground floor to the living-dining area on the first floor. The home platform lift has cabin dimensions of 770mm x 1060mm and a rated load of 300kg.  The lift was fitted with 750mm wide swing landing doors with glass windows to allow lots of light into the shaft and to give the lift a spacious feel.

To see more examples of our home lifts click onto following links: Glass Lift in a Stairwell in Torquay, Small Domestic Lift in Mayfair, Glass Residential Lift in St John's Wood, Small Residential lift in Witchampton and Residential Glass Lift in Bosham

Location: Hampshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2013

Home Platform Lift in Ringwood
Home Platform Lift in House in Hampshire
Home Platform Lift in Purpose Built Lift Shaft
2 Floor Home Platform Lift

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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.

Location: West Midlands

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

To see projects similar to Meriden Hall click on the following links:

The Base at Greenham | British Library | New Forest Ice Cream | Paternoster SquareBranksome Park | Powys | Whitecliff | Bosham

Glass lift at Pertemps' head office at Meriden Hall
The lift features a freestanding structure with pinned glass
The lift features low pit and headroom making it perfect for new and existing developments
The glass cabin lift features automatic sliding doors
Glass Lift with Custom Made Handrail at Meriden Hall
The lift features a custom made handrail which is fixed through the glass onto the lift's steel frame
Glass Lift at Meriden Hall Finished with Pinned Glass
The external facade of the new office block at Meriden Hall

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24 Chiswell Street

We were approached by Como part of the Mace Group as they were undertaking major refurbishment of Cat A offices at 24 Chiswell Street in Central London. The whole ground floor was being lowered by 970mm to the street level outside the building. This would make the building accessible from the street however it would in turn create accessibility issues further into the building. The specific challenge of this project was that there was very little space to create an accessible route to these offices. There was no room for a conventional disabled platform lift let alone a ramp. The only space available for a lift would fit was the existing stairwell which leads to one of ground floor offices.

We installed a specialist platform lift that takes the appearance of a set of steps. As you can see in the below photos the whole stairwell descends flat with the lower floor level. The user then gets onto the lift and ascends to the upper level. The metal barrier then lowers into the system and the user can travel off of the lift. The specialist platform lift is equipped with key fob radio controls so that the lift can be operated by a member of staff at the front desk or the user themselves. When not in use the lift is a symmetrical copy of the stairwell opposite complete with the same tiles as the rest of the building’s entrance.

This specialist platform lift is a great alternative when space is at a premium and for existing stairwells where designers and contractors are finding it difficult to make space. The lift’s steps can be finished with existing materials such as the tiles used in this project. The lift at 24 Chiswell Street  blends into its surroundings seamlessly and without previous knowledge it is difficult to realise the lift is there.

Location: Central London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2016

To see projects similar to 24 Chiswell Street click on the following links:

National Army Museum | 200 Gray's Inn RoadSeven Dials Warehouse | Venture House | Southwark Council | Elm Yard | Morelands RiversideBrunel House

The entrance of 24 Chiswell Street
Main reception area of 24 Chiswell Street
Stairwell at 24 Chiswell Street
Steps descending at 24 Chiswell Street
Lift fully descended at 24 Chiswell Street

 

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Venture House, Reading

GPAD, the London based architecture firm, approached Access Lifts because 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 located in the heart of Reading opposite the train station. As with many former industrial buildings, Venture House was being renovated into office space. The end result would be 6 floors of Cat A offices with an industrial aesthetic throughout to compliment the building's history.

GPAD wanted a platform lift that would suit the modern interior of this iconic building. We designed and installed a platform lift with DDA compliant platform dimensions of 1100mm x 1400mm. This allows both a wheelchair user and a carer to use the lift together. The lift travels a distance of 1.2 metres between the floor levels 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 and side panels designed for the lift car and a glass door chosen for the upper level.

The lift was installed within 3 days and a tray with depth of 22mm was left on the 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.

Location: Berkshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

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

Brunel House | National Army Museum | 200 Gray's Inn RoadSeven Dials WarehouseSouthwark Council | 24 Chiswell Street | Elm Yard

Open platform lift at Venture House in Reading
Platform lift with specialist black mesh
Specialist platform lift in the lobby area of Venture House

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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. 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 the to maximise the light that enters the space so chose a white structure with pinned glass on the outside of the structure. The finish makes the most of the light pouring into the building and makes the whole experience of using the lift feel less claustrophobic. The placement and attachment of the glass proved challenging because there were no points that a hoist could fix to therefore the glass was moved and positioned by hand. Even though this took longer than expected the finish of the lift looks great.

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

Location: Central London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

To see similar projects to The British Library click on the following links:

The Wool House | National Theatre | York Theatre Royal | The Base at Greenham | Meriden Hall |  Branksome Park | Powys | Whitecliff | Bosham

Glass Lift at the British Library - First Floor
Glass Lift at the British Library - Ground Floor
3 Floor Glass Lift in the British Library
Glass lift shaft and lift at the British Library
3 floor glass lift at the British Library
The lift at the British Library linking to the top floor restaurant and private function rooms

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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.

Location: Kent

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2018

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

Morelands Riverdale | Poole | Parkstone | Dartmouth | Kingswear | Southwark Council | 24 Chiswell Street | Elm Yard

Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift
Folded Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift
Inclined Platform Lift Replacing An Old Wooden Ramp
Old Wooden Ramp
New Inclined platform lift and wooden steps

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Whitecliff

We were approached by a private client who had already built a lift shaft next to his staircase and was now looking to have a lift installed. We went to the site in Whitecliff, Poole to measure the internal structure and discuss his vision and exactly what he was looking for. Whitecliff is a sought after area and overlooks both Whitecliff Park as well as Poole Harbour. The majority of the houses around the park are very modern with glass being a prominent feature across the whole Whitecliff-Lilliput-Sandbanks area. He wanted a lift that would match the aesthetics of his home and so wanted a style that was light, airy as well as being modern.

We fitted a lift within the prebuilt lift shaft with the home lift travelling a total distance of 5970mm across 3 floors with a maximum load of 300kg. The internal cabin measures 850mm x 1100mm with 800mm glass swing doors on each floor. The door structure was painted white to match the colour of the lift shaft with the glass within the doors specially made to include a wave-like pattern to mirror the surroundings vistas. On the upper floor there was glass on 3 sides of the lift to allow as much natural light as possible into the lift shaft. This allows the lift to act as a light well throughout the property. The lift was fitted with adjacent entry on 2 sides. This home lift was fitted within 2 weeks.

Location: Dorset

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2014

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

Bexhill-on-Sea | Mayfair | RingwoodWestbourne | Weymouth | Branksome Park | St John’s Wood | Bosham | Torquay | Highcliffe

Glass Home Lift in Poole
Patterned Glass Home Lift in Poole
Home Lift in Poole, Dorset with glass lift shaft
Home Lift in Poole with Glass Doors
Lift shaft with glass panels

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Outdoor Garden Lift in Parkstone

We were approached by a private client in Parkstone, Dorset who had recently moved into a renovated home that was situated on the side of a hill with views overlooking Poole and Poole Harbour.  They were looking to install some sort of outdoor garden lift as they needed a way of carrying heavy items and groceries from their garage at payment level up to the level of their front door. The distance in total was around 12 metres. They also wanted something that would act as a way of future-proofing their home  and add value to their property.

After meeting with the clients we decided that the best option would be to install an inclined platform lift going from the garage to the level of the front door. External lifts in glass and steel structures would either require excavation of the land or additional steelwork in the form of a walkway. In addition a structure would require planning permission. Therefore a traditional lift would not be suitable for this lift. The inclined garden lift has a mid level landing point so that suitcase and heavy objects can be moved between all three levels. 

To see more examples of our outdoor lifts and garden lifts click on the following projects:

Poole | Dartmouth | Kingswear | Minehead | Branksome Park | Bosham | Powys

Location: Dorset

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2018

Outdoor Inclined Platform Lift in Parkstone
Outside Garden Lift in Parkstone, Dorset
Outdoor Platform Lift for the Garden

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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 Lifeways office on Southwark Bridge Road, SE1. As 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 lift 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 it would be able to withstand the day-to-day footfall of a busy commercial office in London as well as dirt and rainwater coming form the street. The side panels as well as the car and landing doors were finished in glass.

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2015

 

To see projects similar to Lifeways for Southwark Council click on the following links:

Brunel House | National Army Museum | 200 Gray's Inn RoadSeven Dials Warehouse | Venture House | 24 Chiswell Street | Elm Yard

Platform Lift at Commercial Offices in Southwark
Disabled Platform Lift for Southwark Council in Central London
Platform Lift in the Main Entrance of Southwark Council's Lifeways Office

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Outdoor Stairlift in Kingswear, Devon

In January 2017 we were approached by a private client in Kingswear, Devon who was looking to future-proof their home and provide disabled access not only to themselves but to friends as well. Similar to many properties across the Devon coastline, this home was situated on the side of a hill with car parking several metres below the entrance to the house. After discussion with the client we decided that the best option would be to install an outdoor stairlift. Other options such as a platform lift would require too much builders work and wouldn't be an affordable option while there was too little space to fit an inclined platform lift without expanding the width of the steps.

The total travel of the outdoor stairlift is over 23 metres spread across 43 steps from the road below to the front door. Even though the route the lift travels is a complicated one with many twists and turns, the outdoor stairlift was installed in one day. Due to the lift's location and proximity to the sea, all metal components were made out of marine-grade stainless steel to prevent any rust or corrosion forming in the future. The client was very happy with the installation and has a beautiful view of the River Dart when they use the outdoor stairlift.

To see more examples of our outdoor lifts and garden lifts click on the following projects: Outdoor Home Lift in Powys, Inclined Platform Lift in Dartmouth, Inclined Platform Lift in Parkstone.

Location: Devon

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

Outdoor Stairlift in Kingswear, Devon
Outdoor Disabled Chair Lift Overlooking the River Dart
Outdoor Chairlift in Devon
Outside Stairlift That Travels Over 23 Metres in Devon

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