Tower Lifts Installs Accessibility Lifts
The requirement to provide disabled access in buildings has been written into law since the publication of the Equality Act 2010. The 3 main sources for guidance, when seeking to make a building accessible, are:
- Equality Act
- Part M
- British Standards BS 8300
In this blog, Tower Lifts will look at the guidance provided in this documentation, and detail the range of accessibility lifts available for installation.
The Equality Act
The Equality Act requires that reasonable adjustments are made to a building in order to ensure that it can be accessed by a disabled person. If reasonable access is not provided, this amounts to discrimination. Owners of buildings providing lifts for the general public will need to be sure that these compliant with DDA requirements.
Part M states that the use of a passenger lift is the preferred option for disabled access. If this is not possible, due to architectural or spatial constraints, a platform lift is the next best option. A stairlift is considered to be the least best option and can only be approved in consultation with the fire service.
British Standards BS 8300
The BS 8300 standard is now separated into two parts. Part 1 considers the design of external environments in such a way to make them accessible. Part 2 looks at building entrances, facilities, reception areas and flow, horizontally, and vertically. In the latter part, guidance is given for designing buildings to be inclusive to all.
Accessibility Lifts From Tower Lifts
Tower Lifts designers and installers have been providing a range of ‘accessible lifts’ for the past decade. These include:
- DDA Compliant Passenger Lifts. To be DDA compliant, a passenger lift must be suitable for independent use by wheelchair users, as well as passengers with hearing or sight impairment. The guidance for DDA compliant lifts includes the height and positioning of the control panel, fully automatic doors, and intercom or phone communication with landing stages.
- Vertical Platform Lift. Where a passenger lift cannot be installed, due to spatial constraints, we provide a vertical platform lift alternative. This modular structure doesn’t require a lift shaft, and is easier to install, therefore. The vertical platform lift looks like a traditional platform lift and is designed to carry a wheelchair user through up to 5 floors.
- Inclined Platform Lift. Should the staircase be the only possible access route for wheelchair users, the inclined platform lift offers a potential solution. It is designed to follow the shape of the staircase, either straight or curved. When activated, the platform can carry a wheelchair user. When not in use, it folds flat against the wall, therefore creating no impediment in case of emergency evacuation.
Working With Tower Lifts
Access has always been key to our vertical transport provision. The Tower Lifts team now has 10 years’ experience of finding creative solutions, even in the most unpromising environments. In addition to the range of accessibility lifts documented in this blog, we also offer bespoke wheelchair lifts for environments such as heritage properties, museums and opera theatres.
If you would like to find out more about installing an accessibility lift, call our team of specialists today on 01525 601099
Tower Lifts carry out design and installation on a varied range of lifts throughout the UK including:
Domestic Lifts • Food Lifts • Bespoke Platform Lifts • Service Lifts • Platform Lifts • Goods Lifts • Scenic Lifts • Heavy Duty / Car Lifts • Passenger Lifts • Dumbwaiter Lifts • MRL Lifts • Fire lifts • Residential Lifts • low-Headroom Lift