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Case Studies - wheel chair platform lifts and wheelchair access lifts

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Case study 1

Our task was to replace an old and non compliance lift with an up-to date solution. Chase designed a new lift in conjunction with the client that would maximise the platform size and accessibility of the lift whilst working within the space constraints given.

The lift sits to one side of the main entrance, this giving problems with the ramp intruding into a walkway. In this case it was not possible to get a fully-compliant product a compliant ramp gradient would result in possible tripping hazard for able-bodied people and dispensation was sought by all parties in order to agree a solution. It should be noted that in a lot of situations it is not possible to meet every small point of standards and building and planning officers usually take a pragmatic and reasonable stance on variances, whilst ensuring safety is not compromised.

The listed entrance hall meant that special care needed to be taken on installation.

Case study 2

A disabled access lift within the turret of a rebuild castle. Here the brief was to allow access to the upper floor within the confines of an 'empty' turret. We liaised with architects and builders to ensure that the optimum platform size and shape could be accommodated within the irregular walls of the turret and also the constraints of the civils of the foundations. The resulting shaft created protects the fabric of the building and provides a simple and reliable access solution.

Case study 3

A 9m lift suitable for disabled access and also occasion's goods (primarily office furniture) within the fabric of an old mill brought many challenges. Within 3 levels, security access restrictions between floors and both 500kg and 1000kg capacities (DDA/goods) combined with the structural issues of an old building meant this lift was a stretch! We designed, manufactured and installed all items of this lift including the PLC control and the security access system.

The type of lift used was a mast lift, where guide rails are bottled to the shaft wall with chain over rollers lifting the cab.

Switching between DDA and goods is carried out via weight monitoring. We designed and manufactured the full PLC control system with integrated card swipe controlled access.

Case study 4

A typical London terrace with a lightwell between the pavement and the building and the 3 steps from the pavement to the house front door. Here the solution was to fit a lift on a module that's spans the lightwell.

Fitted with black iron balustrading, to match these existing on the pavement the lift blends into its surroundings. Gate locks and self-closing hinges that ensure the lift complies with standards. Gates that stay open can render a lift inoperable. With a robust, proven 'hidden workings' the reliability of the lift is ensured.

Case study 5

Lifts used in public areas get a hard life. That doesn't mean they can't integrate into surroundings. Working with a major PLC, we designed and installed 2 similar, but different lifts in a major city centre plaza. Glass and stainless steel ensured that structures complimented them.