This Kensington Stairlift was installed in the front entrance of a health centre building in London. It was essential that disabled access was available for any visitors that used a wheelchair or other similar disability aids. Providing disabled access meant no visitors would be at a disadvantage when accessing the building.

In London due to overcrowding and terraced buildings, it is often impossible to install a ramp or other similar disabled access features onto front entrances of buildings. This is because a ramp needs to have a certain incline and there simply isn’t enough space on the public pathways in London to install these. Our Kensington Lift does not impact pathways outside buildings and are installed within the steps of the building. This invisible solution can also be used in listed buildings due to them not impacting the aesthetics of these buildings.

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. No one in society should be at a disadvantage from accessing buildings or places of interest. Our lifts ensure everyone who needs access to a building, is able to do so. This is also done with little impact to the building, due to the invisible focus of our products.


The Sesame Kensington Stairlift is a set of horizontally retracting stairs that reveal a platform lift for wheelchair access.

Minimum horizontal pit length

1 200 mm

Minimum platform size

1 400 mm x 900 mm

Maximum rise

499 mm

Minimum pit depth below lower landing

441 mm + revêtement


The Lift

The Kensington Stairlift uses our Wheelstop mechanism. A solid stainless steel toe guard that rises around the platform to prevent wheelchair wheels from rolling off the stairlift. Please see On Lift Barriers for more information.

The lift table can be made to accept any cladding material, the thicker the cladding the deeper the pit depth.

Nominal Platform dimensions for this lift can vary due to site requirements. However they are more than or equal to:

1408mm (l) x 1010mm (w) 0 – 499mm (h)

Please see The Lifting Actuator link for more information on the mechanism used to raise and lower the stairlift.

The Stairs

The Kensington Stairlift can accommodate up to 3 stairs or a total rise of 499mm.

Please see the retracting stair technical page for more information.

The Upper Landing Barrier

As the rise is below 500mm we do not need a barrier at the upper landing. It is advisable that the controls are positioned at the upper landing so that a staff member can better protect against the void that is created when the stairs retract.

Please see Upper Landing Barriers for more information.

User Type

The Kensington Stairlift is for wheelchair users only.Non wheelchair users are often presented with a wheelchair to travel whilst seated on this wheelchair platform stair lift.

Please see on lift barriers for more information.

System requirements

For details on the power supply please click on the following lift power supply link

For general details on the pit depth please click on the following lift pit link

The Kensington Stairlift can come with either bellows to reduce the pit depth or a solid stainless steel skirt below the lift. Please click on the following link for more information on the Concealing the underside of the lift

If the surrounding area presents a crush zone the lift table can be fitted with safety edges to detect an obstruction. Please click on the Crush hazards surrounding the moving lift link for more information

Please click on the The Sesame Stair Lift Controls for more information on the controls for this style of lift

Variations to the Kensington Stairlift

If the staircase takes on heavy traffic then an upper landing barrier may be recommended as seen on the Sesame Whitehall DDA Lift regardless of the rise

The on lift permanently fixed button post can be upgraded to a rising button post that rises through the lift table when the stairs retract. The post then retracts completely out of site when not in use. This system with an upper landing rising barrier rather than the gate is know as the Sesame Knightsbridge Stair Lift.

The on lift permanent button post can be replaced with a removable hand held post as seen in the following Kensington Stairlift in London 1052 movie

If the pit depth is an issue the Sesame Thames Stair Lift sits within a pit depth of 160mm + cladding thickness.

If the horizontal pit depth is an issue then the Sesame Victoria Stair Lift with vertically retracting stairs may be a solution.

Alison Lyons