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Disabled Access Into Listed Buildings

Sesame Access lifts are perfect for Listed Buildings and iconic properties. Our Clients require beautifully finished, high quality, reliable but invisible wheelchair lifts; which protect the architectural integrity of the building. We love working with Architects - they give us all our best ideas! You decide what you need, and Sesame will work with you to make it a reality.

Lifts suitable for listed buildings

Sesame Access offer 5 lift types which are all suitable for listed buildings.

These listed building lifts include:

  • Platform List with rise less than 1000mm
  • Platform Lift with rise greater than 1000mm
  • Short Rise Retracting Stairlift
  • Horizontally Retracting Stairlift rise greater than 1000mm
  • Vertically Retracting Wheelchair Lift

The type of lift used or chosen will depend on the type of building, the space available and budget.

Platform List with rise less than 1000mm

British Standards have different rules for lifts with rises less than 1m and lifts with rises greater than 1m. Rise is defined as the change in level from lower landing to upper landing level. Platform lifts with rises less than 1m either require no wheel-stop or a wheel-stop of 100mm.

Our Wembley Platform Lift is our product which meets these requirements and can be used for disabled access into a listed building.

This short rise platform lift is a hidden wheelchair lift that blends seamlessly into the reception area of this office block.

Platform Lift with rise greater than 1000mm

Short Rise Retracting Stairlift

Sesame Access Systems Ltd has a patented range of retracting hidden lifts which can be successfully used in Listed Buildings. Sesame lifts have been approved by Historic England and Historic Environment Scotland, in many Listed Buildings across the UK.

The Sesame lift can be clad in whatever material the Client and Architect requires, e.g. stone, marble, wood, carpet. Each Sesame lift is built bespoke so can incorporate features to compliment the building e.g. LED lights, designed to work around historic pillars in the building etc.

Sesame Access have designed the Kensington Stairlift to meet these requirements.

Horizontally Retracting Stairlift rise greater than 1000mm

Sesame also manufactures retracting stairlifts for rise greater than 1000mm. These are fully enclosed to comply with British Standards.

The Sesame Access Westminster Equality Act Stairlift in the video below is at Knock Basilica, Co Mayo Ireland. The specification was to install a discreet wheelchair lift into the circular alter, clad in marble, but the steps had to be flush and plumb when retracted (to avoid finger traps).

Vertically Retracting Wheelchair Lift

Where space under lower landing level is restricted, Sesame Access has designed wheelchair access solutions which fit into limited spaces.

This vertically retracting wheelchair lift only requires 200mm space behind top step riser.

This Sesame lift was installed in a private residence in Edinburgh and was featured in a BBC2 Architect's documentary called Building Dream Homes.

This lift had to be designed to integrate with the sloped pavement to the property. The Client wanted the upper landing step to be big enough for her heavy electric bicycle to be transported. The Sesame lift was linked to the Client's front door, so the front door opened automatically when the lift is safely at upper landing level.

The Edinburgh Access Lift was initially designed to meet these requirements.

Contact Us

For any further questions on Disabled Access into Listed Buildings, please review our Product Selector.

Additionally, please call us on 01784 440088 or email [email protected]