Tower Lifts Install Outdoor Platform Lift

Have you come across the term ‘inclusive design’? It’s used by urban architects and designers to describe a public space which “enables everyone to participate equally, confidently and independently in everyday activities”. This is very much the future of urban planning, and it requires us to rethink the way we interact with buildings, and work creatively to overcome problems of access.

At Tower Lifts we’ve been working on enhancing access in the built environment for nearly two decades now. Every day wheelchair users, and people with impaired mobility have to find their way around stone steps into buildings, weave between obstacles, and squeeze through narrow gaps. We take pride in the part we play in making those daily challenges easier to overcome.


Types of Outdoor Platform Lifts

An outdoor platform lift design facilitates travel between one level and another. They are used by people in wheelchairs, or on mobility scooters. Their operation is elegant and simple. The passenger moves onto a platform, pushes a button, and is elevated to the upper level. This kind of lift is designed for outdoor installation, which means that it can withstand a range of weather conditions.

Step Lift. The step lift, also known as a wheelchair lift, or a low rise platform lift, can be installed outdoors or indoors. It’s available in sizes between 50mm and 3,000mm and runs at a speed of 0.15MPH.

Integrated Step Lift. This is used for public buildings, or heritage environments, where the step lift is required to merge seamlessly with the operating environment. The idea is to create a ‘hidden lift’ which appears only when required.

Case Study – Installing an Integrated Step Lift at Trinity College, Dublin

The Tower Lifts installation team was asked to design a bespoke step lift for a cobbled courtyard in the historic Trinity College, Dublin. It was need for inclusive access up some stone steps to an entrance door. We installed the TLP1000 lift and camouflaged it to match the surrounding cobbled paving. Once activated the lift mechanism springs into action, providing a smooth journey between the lower and upper location.

Bespoke Step Lift Design

Tower Lifts has installed integrated step lifts in a range of external locations, from private gardens and patios to sculpture parks, public buildings and schools. Where we’re asked to design an integrated lift we’ll always spend time getting to know the environment. Our aim is always to create a seamless transition between the environment around the lift, and the lift camouflage – even if that’s grass, or decking!

Tower Lifts is Passionate About Access

We have been installing platform lifts across the UK for a number of years now. Our installers and designers enjoy working with the flexibility that this state-of-the-art technology affords. As it becomes easier and more cost-effective to install lifts, we’re working with a greater range of clients. We regularly install platform lifts for the retail sector, the leisure sector and in domestic environments.


Tower Lifts is the leading installer of outdoor platform lifts in the UK. Call our friendly design and installation team on 01525 601099 to find out more about what we do.


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 Lifts