One, Two and Three Step Wheelchair Access Solutions

One, Two and Three Step Wheelchair Access Solutions

Are you considering a Sesame wheelchair access solution for a building with one, two or three steps? We have designed and installed bespoke disabled access systems for residential, commercial, civil and listed buildings with one, two and three steps. In each case, our patented wheelchair lift system has been sympathetically integrated with the building’s pre-existing function, architecture and its users to create a non-intrusive wheelchair lift in compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act.

Example 1: Three Step Wheelchair Platform Lift

The Client: Scott Polar Research Institute

The Brief: To provide a robust wheelchair access system for the busy main entrance, without compromising or impinging on the building’s heritage and beauty.

The Chosen Wheelchair Access Solution: Part of the University of Cambridge, the Scott Polar Institute conducts research into both Poles. Because of the nature of the building and its architectural history, a traditional wheelchair ramp or visible wheelchair platform lift was not feasible. Sesame’s designers recommended an invisible wheelchair lift, engineered using our unique retracting stairs.

Visiting academics along with the University’s own research team and students are able to use the stairs in the same was as always, many of whom would be unaware that they were also walking on an invisible wheelchair lift. For those who require disabled access to the building, the retracting stairs and three step rise wheelchair platform lift are both easily operable.

Example 2: Discrete Wheelchair Lift

The Client: St Mary Le Bow Church, Cheapside, London

The Brief: To devise a discreet wheelchair lift to be positioned at the front of the chair, giving equality of access to all parishioners.

The Chosen Discrete Wheelchair Lift Solution: As the former headquarters of the Archbishop of Canterbury, St Mary Le Bow Church dates back to approximately 1080. The building is rich in history, having collapsed three times, been burnt down in the great fire of 1666, rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren and consecrated once again in 1964.

The project demanded a clever juxtaposition of a modern disabled access system with deference to the historical significance of the space. The bespoke discrete wheelchair lift installed by Sesame conforms to all British standards and is durable enough to be used frequently during busy periods but retracts to be invisible when not in use. The system uses our retracting stair system coupled with a smooth wheelchair platform lift. Users of all abilities can now enter and exit the church will admiring the untouched architecture.

Example 3: External Three Step Wheelchair Platform Lift In Listed Building

The Client: 8 Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow

The Brief: To devise a wheelchair platform lift that conforms to British Standards, the Disability Act and the Equality Act 2010 in a Category A listed building within Glasgow Central Conservation Area.

The Chosen Wheelchair Platform Lift Solution: The main office entrance at 8 Nelson Mandela Place has three steps which prevented DDA compliant access. It was not feasible to construct an external ramp given the historic character of the property.

The solution achieved provides full wheelchair access to the busy office building. It obtained Listed Building and Planning Consents and like all of our wheelchair ramp alternatives, does not impact on the day to day use of the entrance when the stair lift is not being operated.

Our portfolio is broad so if you’d like to see additional examples of the Sesame System in action or discuss your project, why not give us a call? We can provide an initial estimate within 24 hours in most cases.


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