Grade 2 listed building gets new external platform lift
The Bicester Courtyard Centre, located a few miles North of Oxford, is a Grade 2 listed building which required a new platform lift to allow access to the upper level.
Their existing platform lift had been in place for over 20 years, but hadn’t been working for a number of years. Ability Lifts first removed, and disposed of this lift before replacing it with their Optimum 400 external platform lift.
The existing lift pit was filled to provide a solid concrete base, allowing Ability Lifts to fit an external ramp. This also ensured that the new lift wasn’t sitting in a pit which could fill up with water and debris.
Unlike external lifts offered by other companies, the Optimum 400 lift offers a full IP65 rating enabling it to be used externally in all weathers. The rating ensures the lift is protected against ingress of dust, as well as water jets from all directions. The shaft is constructed from hard wearing stainless steel, with a durable powder coated finish in a choice of four colours. Glazing is available on 3 sides of the enclosure to allow increased light into the shaft.
The platform has a floor area of a spacious 1100 x 1400mm and a lifting capacity of 400kgs - suitable for the heaviest of motorised wheelchairs. In addition, each stop has voice announcement, and digital indicators at each landing entrance.
A flexible installation schedule was offered due to the disruption from Covid 19. The removal and disposal of the lift was completed in one day, whilst installation of the new lift was completed within just one and half days and handed over to a very happy client.