Ability Lifts brings Kirk Sandall into the future
In 1086 the hamlet of Kirk Sandall was recorded in the Doomsday Book, The hamlet consisted of a 'big house', a farm and a cluster of cottages around the church.
In 1919 the Pilkington Glass Company acquired land in Kirk Sandall and built a glass factory. To house its workers the Pilkington family built the garden village of Kirk Sandall and including many amenities such as the bowling and cricket clubs. By the 1960s the old village of Kirk Sandall had virtually disappeared and the church was isolated from the new village. A new church and church hall were built and St Oswald's church was redundant.
In 2011 the latest addition to the history of Kirk Sandall opened, Doncaster Council joined in partnership with Housing 21 to provide an older person’s housing scheme on the former site of Graham House, Kirk Sandall, the old church hall had to be demolished to make way for this and a new “improved” church hall took its place.
Laws have changed since the original church hall was built, to keep up with these and to ensure compliance with both the DDA and the Equality act Ability Lifts was proud to install the latest Optimum 100 platform lift. With space at a premium the Optimum 100 sits discreetly to side of the open staircase at the upper level, at the lower level it was not possible to provide the usual 60mm pit so a small ramp was provided to ensure ease of access, finished in a hardwearing white powder coat the lift is designed to withstand the usual knocks and scrapes associated with a community building. The .55k motor saves 75% of the energy used by screw lifts which usually have a 2.2kw motor size.