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:

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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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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:

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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

Platform Lift at Venture House
Specialist Mesh Panelled Lift at Venture House
Glass Upper Door at Venture House

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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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Seven Dials Warehouse

In conjunction with our previous project at Venture House in Reading, the architectural firm, GPAD asked us to design and install a similar lift during the refurbishment of Cat A offices at the Seven Dials Warehouse. Seven Dials is a commercial area a stone's throw away from the West End's Shaftesbury Avenue and the shopping district of Neal's Yard. It sits between Covent Garden and Soho and is named after the 7 roads that join together at its centre.

Having previously worked with GPAD on their Venture House project, we knew that they wanted a similar style and finish for this lift. Our engineers fitted the lift in the main entrance during GPAD's renovation of the building into commercial offices. The lift has platform dimensions of 900mm x 1400mm and travels a total distance of 1250mm. This specialist platform lift works using a scissor system therefore needs a pit below the floor level. In this particular project we had a pit of 250mm. We set the platform height at 15mm below the floor level so that the client could fit their tiles to the platform to match the lobby's existing stone flooring. Specially made Cadisch mesh panels were fitted to the sides and gates of the lift to match the building's style as well as the architect's vision. We finished the platform lift in jet black (RAL colour 9005) to give a modern but industrial look. Our engineers installed the lift within 4 days so it was ready for the building's official opening.

Location: London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2017

To see projects similar to Seven Dials Warehouse click on the following links:

Brunel House | National Army Museum | 200 Gray's Inn RoadVenture House | Southwark Council | 24 Chiswell Street | Elm Yard

Platform lift in the main reception of Seven Dials Warehouse
Disabled access lift at 1st floor at Seven Dials Warehouse
Platform Lift at Seven Dials Warehouse, Earlham Street

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New Forest Ice Cream

We were approached by New Forest Ice Cream, one of the largest independent ice cream producers in the UK. They were looking to install disabled access to the 1st floor at their head office in Lymington, Hampshire. New Forest Ice Cream is a family run business that was established over 30 years ago and has supplied the nation with the highest quality products. As the business has grown so has the office size and location. In 2013 New Forest Ice Cream moved back to where they started in Lymington to larger premises. With the larger production facility and office they needed disabled access to the first floor. This is when they got in contact with Access Lifts.

After attending site and having a meeting with the client it was clear they wanted a practical lift that would have lots of space. This was so that 1st floor of the office was accessible for disabled members of staff as well as any visitors who used wheelchairs. We installed a disabled platform lift measuring 1100mm x 1400mm - enough space for a wheelchair as well as a carer if necessary in it's own aluminium structure. The total distance the lift travelled was 4.5 metres across the 2 floors. The lift was finished with glass swing landing doors which were painted blue with the rest of the shaft painted white to match the building's interior. The lift was installed within 3 days.

Location: Hampshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2013

To see projects similar to New Forest Ice Cream click on the following links:

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Platform Lift at New Forest Ice Cream

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Paternoster Square

We were approached by the building and real estate group CBRE for a project in one of their buildings in Paternoster Square, Central London. Paternoster Square is in the heart of the financial district in the City of London, playing host to the London Stock Exchange as well as several investment banks. The client wanted a lift that would connect the kitchen on the lower floor to the staff restaurant above. The lift would act as disabled access as well as performing as a goods lift ferrying food to and from the two floors.

The specific requirements that the client wanted were; the lift could take over 300 kg in weight, as they would be transporting several heavy trolleys to and from the kitchen. The second requirement was that the lift had 2 points of access on the lower floor so that trolleys could be loaded into the lift form both sides of the kitchen and the client wanted an affordable product that wouldn’t break the bank.

In order to match these criteria we decided to install a 1100mm x 1460mm screw drive platform lift with a travel of 3.6m between floors. The lift supports a load of up to 410kg so staff could easily transport large trolleys carrying food up in the lift. As requested two doors were fitted on the lower floor to allow goods to be loaded form both sides of the kitchen and then one adjacent door was fitted within the restaurant. The structure and lift car were finished in white with blue floors apart from the restaurant door was finished in black as to match the colours of the restaurant. The installation was completed within 3 days.

Location: Central London

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2015

To see projects similar to Paternoster Square click on the following links:

Meriden Hall | The Wool HouseBritish Library | New Forest Ice Cream | Branksome Park | Powys | Whitecliff | Bosham

Goods Lift for CBRE @ Paternoster Square
Goods Lift at Paternoster Square

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