Access Wheelchair Lifts - Retracting Stairs that reveal a Hidden Lift

Access wheelchair lifts


Each of our wheelchair lifts is completely bespoke to location and remains completely hidden when not used. For more of our products, please click here

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 lifts before they leave lower landing level. When our access wheelchair lifts are 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. In some cases Carbon panels can be specified.

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 access wheelchair lifts, when 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 or even just planning consent.

In many cases clients opt for styles of Sesame access wheelchair lifts 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 more obvious access wheelchair lifts. 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 site. Alternatively the client could opt for access wheelchair lifts that permanently has barriers 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.

If you click on the following wheelchair lifts for stairs link you will be directed to a web page on our site that shows access wheelchair lifts that have retracting stairs and three rising barriers on the lift. The stairs extend and retract over the platform which houses the rising barriers sitting flush with the lift table.


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