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.
Year Completed: 2021