Passenger Lifts Sizes

At Tower Lifts we design, manufacture and install bespoke passenger lifts for domestic, commercial and industrial clients in the UK and internationally. This means creating lifts that are appropriate to the function and context in which they’re to be used. Design decisions will always include consideration of the volume of passengers expected to use the lift, its positioning, and – of course – the passenger lifts sizes that best suit the specific requirements of our clients.


Get in touch with the Tower Lifts today on 01525 601099 to find out more about our lift services.


Working With Part M Regulations to Determine Passenger Lifts Sizes

Part M is a component of the UK building regulations which deals specifically with accessibility in relation to the use of buildings. Part M Volume 1 deals with domestic buildings, and Part M Volume 2 covers all other building types. The regulations have as their goal the efficient, and comfortable, movement of people around the building, but they place special emphasis on lifts that are designed to accommodate wheelchair users, or visually impaired passengers.

Lift design involves asking questions like: ‘What is the maximum number of people who are likely to want to use the lift at any given time?’. In a public building this might range from 6 to 33, or anything in-between. The Part M offers clear guidelines for passenger lifts sizes, dependent on the number of passengers. It will also add a supplementary question, though: ‘Will any of your passengers be wheelchair users?


Passenger Lifts Designed for a Range of Users

Should your passenger lift be required to carry wheelchair users as part of its daily volume, there will be adjustments to be made to the size and positioning:

  • Part M recommends larger sizes for lifts carrying wheelchair users. The cabin dimensions are required to allow the passenger to rotate their wheelchair by 180º even if the lift is to capacity. In such cases, an 8 person lift may need to be designed as a 17 person lift.
  • There should be adequate space left in front of the lift doors to allow wheelchair users to navigate out of the cabin.
  • If the cabin is single entry, mirrors need to be provided to allow wheelchair users to be able turn around efficiently, so that they are facing the exit doors. At no time should a wheelchair user be expected to reverse out of a lift.
  • The control panel for the lift should be easily accessible to wheelchair users. It’s recommended that buttons be between 900-1100mm from the floor of the landing.

Tower Lifts Provide Professional, Compliant Lift Design

We’ve been designing lifts for nearly two decades now, and we remain passionate about the provision of high quality, high performance passenger lifts. Our bespoke designs mean that, whatever the challenges, we’ll create the lift you need to move people around your building. We’ll also ensure that wheelchair users, or visually impaired passengers are offered exactly the same access rights as any other passenger using the lift.


Wondering what passenger lifts sizes would best serve your building? Call Tower Lifts today and talk to one of our design experts to give you a guide – 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 Lifts