New build school gets a lift
Located to the South West of Sheffield, Ecclesall School serves the communities of Greystons and Bents Green. The school has recently moved to a completely new building which required a lift to offer disabled access next to a flight of stairs.
Balfour Beatty was the main contractor for the £4.9 million project, which has seen the site grow to a 600 place school, and they contacted local lift experts, Ability Lifts, also based in Sheffield, to provide expert advice and installation services for a suitable lift.
The new building had a floor area adjacent to the flight of stairs, with a lift travel requirement of just over three metres. Ability Lifts recommended their Optimum 100 Platform lift as the perfect solution. With a shaft footprint of just 1250mm x 1560mm, and a platform size of 1120mm x 1480mm, this lift offers full compliance with Part M of the Building Regulations whilst still taking up little floor space. As the shaft is fully self supporting, the only building requirements were a 60mm recess in the concrete slab, along with a single phase electrical supply and cabling within the building for the intercom unit.
The lift was installed with an open through configuration utilising glazing to three sides of the shaft to maximise light into the area. Lift installation was completed in just two days.
The school staff and children are thrilled with the new lift and new building. With a lift warranty of 12 months parts and labour, 5 years on motor and gearbox and 10 years on drive chains, they can look forward to many more years of trouble-free lift service.
To find out more about the Optimum 100 Platform Lift and other products in the range, please visit www.abilitylifts.co.uk or call our dedicated sales line on 0151 808 1581.