Stannahs new Midilift SLplus cabin platform lift delivered the ideal access solution in Harborough District Councils recently transformed, Grade II listed offices in Market Harborough, Leicestershire.
Although the self-supporting structure made the lift easy to install, Stannah also ensured secure fixing in a difficult location, next to the stairs against an existing short-angled wall. By installing special supporting brackets, Stannah enabled the fixing points to tie-back to the wall, allowing the fully glazed structure and lift car to deliver access over two floors, whilst also complementing the light, airy design aesthetic.
The Midilift SLplus provided the best access solution, states Terry Waterworth, Senior Architect at Archial NORR. All the decision-makers agreed that the position and type of lift in the large entrance atrium was critical. Positioned next to the stairs, the lift car is housed within a self-supporting structure comprising 21 glass panels. The upper facing panels are customised typographically to illustrate the facilities available, also making it an attractive, easily identified fixture from any angle. The remaining clear glass panels maximise the sense of space, allowing areas of the atrium around and beyond the lift to remain visible.
The hydraulic-drive Midilift SLplus cabin platform lift carries a rated load of 400kg at a speed of 0.15m/s over a distance of 3695mm, bringing access to all facilities including theLocal Authority offices, Library and Museum.
The glazed lift car interior comprises grey vinyl skin plate with a stainless steel dado rail, mirrored stainless steel car operating panel trim, grid-style backlit ceiling, a black stud vinyl floor, and intercom. The platform size is a roomy 1100mm x 1400mm. The lift was handed over ready for the opening of the building in December 2013.