We manufactured and installed our Kensington Stairlift into a building in London. This stairlift is invisible when not in use and therefore perfect for this building due to it being a grade 1 listed building.

A building is listed when it is of special architectural or historic interest considered to be of national importance and therefore worth protecting. As the term implies, a listed building is actually added to a list: the National Heritage List for England.

Due to buildings being listed it can mean any significant material changes to the property, require consent to do so. Some of our lifts meet the requirements that mean they're accepted under listed building conditions. We have installed many other lifts in various listed buildings, and we always work with the regulations we are against and adapt to meet all legal requirements.

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.

Kensington Stairlift

Alison Lyons