Access Wheelchair Lift - Retracting Stairs that reveal a Hidden Lift

Access wheelchair lift

Grays Inn Montage

Our lift at Gray's Inn looks beautiful and works just as well. See where else we've installed a lift here

This unit is specified in the British Standards BS:6440:2011 Powered vertical lifting platforms for non-enclosed or partially enclosed lifeway’s intended for use by persons with impaired mobility. In this standard it states that only seated users can travel on this lift with a WheelStop. This is because the 100mm of solid stainless steel will stop the wheelchairs wheels from rolling off the lift table. The standard then moves on to state that an access wheelchair lift that is to be used by standing pedestrians must be fully enclosed by barriers around the lifting table to a height of 1100mm. This causes clients and architects many issues when applying for listed building alterations or even just planning consent.

In many cases clients opt for a style of Sesame access wheelchair lift knowing that users with impaired mobility may need to use it. These clients simply have a wheelchair on site and ask the user to sit in the chair to safely travel from one level to the next. The reasons for this is that to fully enclose the lifting table on all four sides to a height of 1100mm will result in either a more expensive style of lift or a more obvious access wheelchair lift. Sesame offer an access solution where three barriers automatically rise up from the lifting table to a height of 1100mm when called for, but lower below ground when not in use to be completely out of sight. Alternatively the client could opt for an access wheelchair lift with barriers permanently on show. In many cases, planning would not give consent for such a lift.

Sesame offers a vast range of lifting equipment for all users. However some of the lifts that we are asked to design are solely for wheelchair users. These lifts therefore are classed as access wheelchair lifts. A lift that transfers a wheelchair user between levels must be designed with that in mind. Size, shape, manoeuvrability for access on and off the lift and safety for the users are important design issues that must be considered.

While all of our products are designed to lift wheelchair users, some of the Sesame systems are not designed to lift standing pedestrians. As you can see in the photos, a solid stainless steel toe guard or as we here at Sesame like to call it, the “WheelStop”, rises 100mm around our access wheelchair lift before they leave the lower landing level. When our access wheelchair lift is at rest this WheelStop sits flush with lower landing level. All that is seen is the top 3mm of the brushed finish stainless steel. The WheelStop and all visible metal work can be specified as any other material from bronze to anodized aluminium.

If you click on the following domestic lifts link you will be directed to a web page on our site that shows an access wheelchair lift that can be used by wheelchair users and standing pedestrians in a domestic environment. In many cases the owner of the property and the lift will have specific requirements designed around their disability. For example one paraplegic client required voice activated controls. Watching the user be able to control their lift by voice controls was a great achievement for Sesame Access Systems.


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