Downing Street Whitehall Sesame DDA Lift


Project Information

Feilden & Mawson

Main Contractor
Bouygues E & S FM UK Ltd

The Building

This Grade I Listed Building is over 300 years old and contains approximately 100 rooms. The building includes offices, conference and reception rooms where government ministers, national leaders and foreign dignitaries are met and entertained.

The Sesame Lift

Existing disabled access was via a metal disabled access lift that had been installed on the wall adjacent to the staircase, but it was found to be unreliable and an eyesore.

A more aesthetically pleasing solution was required. Therefore Sesame was asked to install a bespoke 5 step Kensington stairlift, incorporating our innovative low profile scissor lift to accommodate the limited pit space that was available.

Additional special features were added to the lift at the request of the Client.

The upper landing barrier is a rope rather than a gate. British Standards requires a switch barrier in place, however special permission was granted to replace the barrier with a rope. This was allowable because the lift is always operated by a member of staff.

"Wow!" moment for Sesame

We are very proud to have installed our award winning lifts in such an iconic and very British building.