Lincoln Cathedral

We were approached by Simpson & Brown who were appointed principal designers for the refurbishment and construction of brand new facilities at Lincoln Cathedral. Lincoln Cathedral, consecrated in 1092, is located in the very heart of Lincoln and was once the tallest building in the world till its central spire collapsed in 1548. The Cathedral had recently won £16m in Heritage Lottery Fund to create the Lincoln Cathedral Connected project. This project would include a complete modernisation and refurbishment of parts of the cathedral with the introduction of a brand new education centre, café, shop and community spaces. Due to the nature of the building, level access was not possible across all of these additions therefore a variety of lifts were needed to make the site fully accessible. William Birch Construction were appointed Principal Contractor and we worked with them to deliver this lift package. 

The first lift is a hidden traversing lift in the main reception area, the lift raises 350mm and traverses 480mm to meet the top step. This hidden lift features 100mm high roll off protection so that the user remains on the platform and finishes flush with the floor. It can be finished in any flooring up to a depth of 22mm which makes the platform run seamlessly into the rest of the floor. The lift is finished with remote controls so that a member of staff can raise the lift when a visitor needs to use it. The pit requirement for this lift is only 155mm.

The second lift is a cabin lift with fully automatic sliding doors, the same as a traditional passenger lift. The major difference between this lift and a passenger lift is that the pit and headroom requirement is considerably reduced. A passenger lift would require over a metre pit and 3400mm headroom whilst this lift requires only 130mm pit and 2150mm headroom. Due to the historic and archaeological nature of the site all 4 lift options were chosen with the shallowest pit depth possible. This lift provides access across two floors of the newly constructed education centre. 

The third lift is an outdoor platform lift that allows access to the courtyard area with a travel of 700mm and is finished with the same wooden decking as the upper level and adjacent stairwell. The lift is made out of hot-dipped galvanised steel which is then powder-coated to provide a finish that will last over time. This means that the less maintenance costs are greatly reduced and the courtyard is accessible for longer. 

The fourth lift provides access to the exhibition area of the centre and only needs a pit of 65mm. The lift has a modern look with reduced steel framework and large glass panels which match the contemporary aesthetic within the exhibition centre. We colour matched the adjacent stairwell so that the lift was finished in the same shade of black. 

Location: Lincolnshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2020

To see projects similar to Lincoln Cathedral click on the following links:

British Library | York Theatre Royal | Dancing Man Brewery | National Army Museum | Meriden Hall | Sissinghurst Castle Garden | 200 Grays Inn Road

Traversing lift at Lincoln Cathedral
Hidden lift raising at Lincoln Cathedral
The traversing lift at Lincoln Cathedral has fully extended to meet the top step
A side on view of the hidden step lift at Lincoln Cathedral
The lift features automatic sliding doors like a traditional passenger lift but only requires 150mm pit and 2150mm headroom
The upper landing of the passenger lift in Lincoln Cathedral
The cabin lift at Lincoln Cathedral
On the ground lift the lift's lentrance is finished with an elaborate architrave
The lift features LED spotlights as well as a half height mirror and handrail to the rear of the cabin
The outdoor platform lift provides access to the courtyard area of Lincoln Cathedral
Internal platform lift at Lincoln Cathedral
External platform lift at Lincoln Cathedral

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

The Base at Greenham

We were approached by Calco Construction, a Newbury based construction company, who we had previously worked with during the construction of a home in Enbourne, Berkshire. Calco builds several luxury homes in the Newbury area as well as the wider South. In addition Calco has undertaken several commercial projects including the construction of The Base during wider renovation works of Greenham Common. Greenham used to be the location of RAF Greenham Common and later US Air Force base during the Cold War. After many years the infamous base was then turned back into public land in the 2000s. Redevelopment works have kickstarted over the last few years with new commercial buildings being built. Calco was responsible for the construction of the new £1.7M building that would house a number of arts and craft installations. 

Calco needed a lift at The Base, Greenham that would connect the ground floor where the café and main gallery is located with artist's individual small galleries on 1st floor. The building has an industrial appearance throughout its structure with individual caged artist studios, exposed concrete blocks and no suspended ceilings. The lift cabin features white panelled walls with a half height mirror opposite the lift doors. These features attract light into the lift cabin making the space feel larger than it is. The lift has sliding doors on each floor and is finished with plastic coated steelwork. The advantage of plastic coated steel on an installation like this is that it is less likely to smudge compared with brushed or polished stainless steel. In commercial buildings such as The Base, Greenham with many daily visitors, fingerprints can cause greasy marks and can quickly make the lift look unclean.

The lift installation was finished in time for The Base's grand opening in February 2019.

Location: Berkshire

Status: Complete

Year Completed: 2019

To see similar projects to The Base, Greenham click on the following links:

Meriden Hall | British Library | New Forest Ice Cream | Paternoster SquareBranksome Park | Powys | Whitecliff | Bosham

Outside The Base Arts Centre in Greenham near Newbury
Lift on 1t Floor at The Base, Greenham
White Lift Interior at The Base, Greenham
Ground Floor Lift at The Base, Greenham Common
Lift with open sliding doors on 1st Floor at The Base, Greenham Business Park

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