Brand New Cabine Suite Design

Cabine Suite by Simone Micheli Architect

This brand new lift design by the Architect Micheli uses natural oak wood finishing in the Balance Space design and fabric finishing in the Cozy Time design. The cabins explore the relationship between reflections and lights and look to shake up the experience of everyday life.
 

Balance Space

With mirrors on both sides of the cabin, the Balance Space design provides infinite reflections which help to amplify the space within the cabin. The elegant design would suit luxury commercial environments or even modern homes. The cabin is decorated in a natural oak wood that compliments the light well and creates an open and welcoming feel.
Cabine Micheli Balance Space
Cabine Micheli Balance Space

Cozy Time

Stepping into the Cozy Time Suite Lift you’re guaranteed to feel comfort with the walls, ceiling and floor covered in taupe and gray fabric-effect material. The fabric exudes sophistication and the cabin would feel most at home in modern boutiques, hotel receptions, suites, and home living projects. The cabin feels very Scandinavian with its minimalist and eclectic style.
Cabine Micheli Cozy Time
Cabine Micheli Cozy Time
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Brand New Giotto Line Suite Added To Our Range

Brand New Giotto Line Suite Added To Our Range

Introducing the Giotto Line Suite Lift

This luxury home lift boasts beautiful Italian craftsmanship. Its curved design is perfect for placing inside a spiral staircase and can become a real centrepiece of the home. With sizes starting from 1300mm diameter, a cylindric metallic shaft which has been finished in stainless steel, a duty load of 300kg and a hydraulic drive, this lift is perfect for those looking to add stylish accessibility to their home.
Giotto Line Suite Lift
Giotto Line Suite Lift
Giotto Line Suite Lift
Giotto Line Suite Lift
Giotto Line Suite Lift
Giotto Line Suite Lift
Giotto Line Suite Lift
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Stepless LP7 Platform Lift Installation in Epsom

Stepless LP7 Platform Lift Installation in Epsom

Stepless LP7 Platform Lift Installation

We often help install mobility solutions in large heritage sites and historic buildings, but actually, sometimes it’s nice to install a lift in a location where we know will be seen and used by lots of people daily.

Recently, we helped to install our new Stepless LP7 Platform Lift at a Beefeater Pub in Epsom. The location was not overwhelmed with space and could not justify the installation of a ramp to help disabled customers over the small steps into the main part of the pub; the solution was clear to us, a platform lift installation that took up very little floor space, was out of the way of the steps but also allowed the wheelchair users to use the same entrance, and designed to match the interior design of the pub.

We’re incredibly proud of the results of this versatile installation, and even prouder to now be a regular installer of the LP7 lift. This lift has a self-supporting construction that is unique to other products on the market, and only needs to be dug into a pit 50mm deep. The lift can then be raised up to a height of 1500mm with a lifting capacity of 350kg.

As demonstrated by this installation, the lift is elegant in design and can be integrated seamlessly into various environments; honestly, we think the LP7 is as much suited to the pub in Epsom as it would be a heritage building.

As a safety precaution, the lift has been fitted with barriers around the lifting area which stops people (young children!) from getting onto the lift when it is and isn’t in motion.
Stepless LP7 Install in Beefeater Pub
Stepless LP7 Safety Features in Pub
 
 
 
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This Summer's Top Heritage Sites to Visit... with Disabled Access!

This Summer's Top Heritage Sites to Visit... with Disabled Access!

Summer is often the time for family getaways to exotic destinations or to explore ancient cities all around the world, but for some, staying at home can provide just as much excitement and mystery. The UK is home to many amazing heritage sites and buildings, and in recent years their accessibility has drastically improved. Best of all, you can visit them in one day and be back in your own bed ready for the next days adventure!
 
Here we list some of our favourite heritage sites around the UK based on the sublime accessibility they provide!
 
Stonehenge, Wiltshire
Think heritage sites in the UK and Stonehenge will often be the first thing you think of! This prehistoric monument wasn’t initially built with disabled access in mind, but refurbishments made around the area have made this site so easy for wheelchair users and people using mobility scooters to roam and explore. The entrance has a ramp, and one side of the structure is paved, it also has 22 disabled parking bays and multiple accessible toilets throughout the site and visitor centre.

The Roman Baths, Somerset
Who needs to go to Rome to experience some authentic Roman culture?! The Roman Baths in Somerset boast a 90% accessible heritage site for wheelchair users and people with visual and hearing impairments. Unfortunately the site has a number of steps all throughout the experience, but the staff on hand are happy to help direct you to the nearest and best accessible route. They have three enclosed lifts and one platform lift as well as three wheelchairs available.

St Paul’s Cathedral, London
Currently undergoing an ‘Equal Access Project’, St Paul’s is constantly looking for ways to improve its accessibility. They currently have a temporary ramp placed outside on the north side of the cathedral as a test for a permanent solution being proposed. The project, if permission is granted, will be the biggest external change in the 300 year history but will allow so many more disabled visitors to see inside this great cathedral.

Other notable mentions:
Blenheim Palace – accessible parking, wheelchairs and mobility scoter hire
Fountains Abbey – National Trust site with great advice on the best accessible routes around the grounds
The City of Edinburgh – Divided into two area, Old Town and New Town, but both are recognised as World Heritage Sites.
 
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Bespoke Lift Installation Bristol

Bespoke Lift Installation Bristol

Our solutions supremo, Craig, recently visited Bristol University to help install the Aritco 7000. The lift, which has been designed to handle even the highest traffic environments such as schools, shops, and residential buildings, is a leading product in the mobility industry. Famed for its practicality, versatility, quality, the Aritco can outlive many of the other accessibility lifts on the market.

We love the Aritco lift for is customisability, which is one of our specialities. This lift offers a range of design choices, sizes, and options to tailor the machine to the environment. For us this is important, we see no reason why accessibility should impact architecture, and why architecture should impact accessibility.

Accessibility in Heritage Buildings

 Many older buildings were built without consideration for disabled access, which makes it a challenge to find a way to put mobility solutions into the building, however, lifts like the Aritco can be installed with a recess of 50mm below the floor, or installed directly on the floor with a 50mm ramp leading to the door. 
 

Heritage Lift Install
Bespoke Lift Install
Accessibility Install
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Making Historical Buildings Accessible

Making Historical Buildings Accessible

Historical or heritage buildings remain an important cultural feature of our country, and exist for our enjoyment and appreciation. Many people assume that due to their protection that if accessibility didn’t exist, it never will.

Bespoke Lift Design For Heritage Buildings


Contrary to popular belief, installing accessibility features in historical buildings can actually enhance our understanding of the historic environment and ensure its future sustainability. Historic England fully recognises the challenges providing accessibility for everyone poses, but embraces those challenges with intense debate and rigorous planning. For Historic England, protecting the entire population from discrimination is key to ensuring our historical buildings remain culturally important and significant.

Reasons for Alterations

Historic Buildings were generally not built to accommodate wheelchairs, they have changes of level frequently, and access points can be narrow, high, or twisted. Over time paths can be disrupted, and routes made uneven. These limitations to physical access can be avoided by clever planning of accessibility solutions.

For many historic buildings the problem arises where aesthetic preservation is just as important as future accessibility. Traditional methods of access such as ramps and passenger lifts are not suitable for installation due to the significance of what makes that particular part of the building significant. If a staircase is a significant aesthetic benefit to the building, you cannot for example install a stairlift, as it will affect the significance of the special place. However, at Brothers Lifts we specialise in installing ‘hidden’ accessibility solutions.

Hiding Accessibility in Plain Sight

Special Lifts such as the LP50H (pictured) are able to recess into the floor of any surface and feature the original floor material and pattern on the platform, meaning when not in use, they are able to go undetected by the general public.



Features of the LP50H include an extremely low depth needed for the pit in which the lift sits. This means that limited alterations need to take place.
 
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Marlborough College Memorial Hall Installation

Marlborough College Memorial Hall Installation

Memorial Hall at Marlborough College

The Memorial Hall is a listed building undergoing restoration and architectural upgrades to improve its facilities and accessibility. We are currently installing the LP50H XXL to provide wheelchair access to a section of the building that was completely cut off to disabled people before. The XXL is similar to its namesake but is a much larger and more bespoke product. 

Below is a time lapse video showing our installation process! 

Heritage Building Lift Installation
Looking for more information regarding the LP50/H/H XXL? Get in touch on 01462 621363 or email us at info@brotherslifts.co.uk

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Why Bespoke Design Matters: Disabled Access Solutions

Why Bespoke Design Matters: Disabled Access Solutions

At Brothers Lifts we have found that no two jobs are ever the same, aside from the wide array of locations we have installed in [Marlborough College], and the various different reasons for a lift installation to take place, the finished access solution always looks completely unique.
 

Bespoke Lifting Solutions 


Besides from having a truly unique access solution, here are five other reasons to consider installing a bespoke lift.

Aesthetics

Certainly the most obvious feature of a lift is the visual aspect. Traditionally lifts have been large metal boxes that look ugly and ill placed in their environment, but this does not need to happen anymore.

The accessibility industry has gone through a design revolution, and the options are virtually endless when it comes to creating a lift solution for your building and specific requirements. Our bespoke lifts feature customisable platforms to allow your lift to blend into the original building features. Or if you are after a through floor lift, the walls of the lift can be modified to blend into the interior design of the building.

Vandalism

Stepless lifts such as the LP50H completely recede into the floor allowing it to blend effortlessly into their environment when not in use, and the Special Lifting Platform Model E returns to a set of functional stairs when not needed.

Our bespoke lifts can be customised to incorporate original design features so that when the lift is not in use, it is essentially hidden from view. It also ensures that the lifts mechanisms are well hidden and more importantly, protected.

Vandalism is a particular concern when the lifts are installed outside a building on a public street, especially since they are left unguarded over night. With a bespoke fitted lift you can minimise the chances of your lift being spotted and vandalised.

Discretion

Perhaps you need a bespoke lift for home or personal use? Traditional lifts can be intrusive and a constant visual sign of disability, which is upsetting for some people. With a bespoke designed lift, you can incorporate it into the surroundings and hide it in plain sight.

In many heritage buildings a single entry point is raised above ground level, due to its design features, a bespoke lift can often be hidden from public view and allow the entry point to remain fully functional for foot traffic when not in use. When the lift is in need of use, we can help design the lift to take up as little room as possible yet still remain safe and practical for use.

Low Impact

Heritage buildings are protected, and often staircases and steps are original features, meaning they cannot be altered to include a ramp or some types of platform lift. With a bespoke fitted lift, we can incorporate the lift within the steps or stairs and match the original features, meaning little or no alterations need to be made to the original features.

Lifts such as the LP50 will completely recess into the floor, and with the original floor pattern and materials they will not affect the buildings architectural style or interior design.

User Friendly

Since our lifts are bespoke and can be hidden from view, or be incorporated into original building features, they are completely user friendly.

In today’s society it is important to accept disability and make every effort to provide reasonable access in reasonable locations. No one should have to seek an entrance to a building round the back or through a side entrance simply because they are in a wheelchair, the main entrance should be used by everyone. Our bespoke lifts make that possible. They are perfect for wheelchair access, and perfect for everyday foot traffic.


Browse through our Lifting Platforms and Special Lifting Platforms and don't forget to get in touch if you want to talk through an accessibility project coming up. We are happy to help install lifts in residential properties, commerical buildings, and heritage and listed sites. 
 
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'Unacceptable' incident on British Railway

'Unacceptable' incident on British Railway

Accessibility is often taken for granted by the able-bodied, and is frequently ignored as an issue that for some stops life right in its tracks.

Alex Taylor, a journalist for the BBC, faced this exact situation on Tuesday morning this week. A regular commuter on South Western Railway, Alex was left stranded on his train for 20 minutes after staff failed to assist him onto the platform. He documented the ordeal live saying he was “Tired of being treated like a second-class citizen”.

Whilst large movements are being made towards complete accessibility in public spaces, is it too slow?

 

Accessibility in Public Buildings

People in charge of public spaces with high levels of traffic are obliged to start looking into their accessibility after The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities outlined the following,

“To enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life, States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment...”

The problem society faces is existing buildings and spaces having been designed without proper consideration of the disabled. Fortunately the accessibility industry has moved forward and technology has allowed further development of disabled access solutions. Brothers Lifts offer two platform lifts that are a product of the accessibility revolution.

Older buildings are notably less accessible and can be classed as heritage or listed which makes accessibility problematic. Many older buildings have level changes throughout the same floor which makes wheelchair accessibility virtually impossible unless a suitable solution is found. The problem is that heritage and listed buildings often cannot have alterations made to the stairs or steps, so ramps and platform lifts are out of the question.
 

LP50 Platform Lift

 
The LP50 Platform Lift has been designed to assist wheelchair users when negotiating a vertical level change up to 830mm. The lift will then recess into the floor when not activated so can be walked on as normal as it is hidden from plain sight. Original architecture and design is respected and accommodated since the original flooring can be placed on top of the platform. The LP50 Platform Lift is an ingenious solution to limited accessibility without the intrusive machinery attached to other lifts.
 

LP50H Platform Lift

 
The LP50H Platform Lift has been designed to assist wheelchair users when negotiating a vertical level change of up to 830mm and a horizontal change of up to 900mm.It is perfect for navigating small stairs without making adjustments to the design, symmetry, or architecture of the stairs. The lift will recess into a shallow pit of 150mm deep and sits inside a galvanised metal tray which provides support for the weight of the lift and the wheelchair user. It is elegant and distinguished, yet subtle enough to be completely overlooked by passersby.
These platform lifts can be bespoke made to fit any building, and larger versions are available.

Memorial Hall at Marlborough College

The Memorial Hall is a listed building undergoing restoration and architectural upgrades to improve its facilities and accessibility. We are currently installing the LP50H XXL to provide wheelchair access to a section of the building that was completely cut off to disabled people before. The XXL is similar to its namesake but is a much larger and more bespoke product. 
 
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The Future of Disabled Access in Public Buildings

The Future of Disabled Access in Public Buildings

According to Article 9 of The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities more efforts are to be made...
 
“To enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life, States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment...”
 
Public buildings are therefore now being built with accessibility a major consideration. High traffic buildings will often have multiple entry points with ramps or platform lifts, and the inside of high rise buildings will have passenger lifts inside.
 

Bespoke Lifts for Heritage Buildings


Unfortunately older buildings are notably less accessible and can be classed as heritage or listed which makes accessibility problematic. Many older buildings have level changes throughout the same floor which makes wheelchair accessibility virtually impossible unless a suitable solution is found. The problem is, most older buildings which are considered heritage or listed, cannot have alterations made to the stairs or steps, so ramps and platform lifts are out of the question.

Fortunately the accessibility industry has moved forward and technology has allowed further development of disabled access solutions. We carry two such advancements specifically tailored to provide wheelchair access in heritage and listed buildings.

 

LP50 Platform Lift

The LP50 Platform Lift has been designed to assist wheelchair users when negotiating a vertical level change up to 830mm. The lift will then recess into the floor when not activated so can be walked on as normal. We offer bespoke design on the lifts so that the actual platform can blend into the surroundings. Original architecture and design is almost respected and accommodated with the LP50, since the original flooring can be placed on top of the platform.
 

LP50H Platform Lift

The LP50H Platform Lift has been designed to assist wheelchair users when negotiating a vertical level change of up to 830mm and a horizontal change of up to 900mm.It is perfect for navigating small stairs without making adjustments to the design, symmetry, or architecture of the stairs. The lift will recess into a shallow pit of 150mm deep and sits inside a galvanised metal tray which provides support for the weight of the lift and the wheelchair user.
 

Memorial Hall at Marlborough College

The Memorial Hall is a listed building undergoing restoration and architectural upgrades to improve its accessibility and facilities. We are currently installing the LP50H XXL Platform Lift to provide access to wheelchair users to a section of the building where previously they had none. The XXL is similar to its namesake but is a much larger and more bespoke product.
 


Looking for more information regarding the LP50/H/H XXL? Get in touch on 01462 621363 or email us at info@brotherslifts.co.uk
 
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Affordable Alternatives to Passenger Lifts

Affordable Alternatives to Passenger Lifts

Reliable Solutions to Access Issues

The accessibility industry is deep in a design renaissance, architects and subsequently their critics are no longer satisfied with large, clunky passenger lifts taking up valuable space, and causing compromise on style and aesthetics. That’s why at Brothers Lifts we create bespoke accessibility solutions that are modern, contemporary, and blend seamlessly into the surrounding features.

Spectacle and Practical

Our Vertical Platform Lifts are excellent alternatives to traditional passenger lifts. If you are an architect or a builder, you will be familiar with the problems passenger lifts pose to design and cost. Having to dig down further than anticipated to accommodate the lifts pulley system, can affect the buildings foundations, meaning more work to fix this problem, or having to find expensive alternatives to a lift. Our reduced pit passenger lifts work with hydraulic technology and without the complicated pulley system; quite often the pit that needs to be dug to accommodate the lift is only a fraction of the pit needed for a traditional lift.
Our reduced pit lifts are perfect for heritage buildings, homes, and public buildings.

Uncompromising Style

All of our accessibility solutions are fully bespoke. Many of the exterior features can be customised and designed to match building architecture or colour schemes. While the exteriors are able to be designed to the customer’s needs, our products never compromise on safety or comfort and meet all safety regulations.

Cost effective solution

Accessibility should be considered in every building. If you are designing a forever home, it is more convenient to install a lift to other floors now, then in the future when your need for a lift becomes critical.

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago, the second best time is now.” – an old Chinese Proverb.

Get ahead of the game. Installing a through floor lift is the most cost effective solution to your mobility issues in the future. Installing it now, is smart, convenient, and causes no interruption to your life in the future. What do we mean by cost effective? Well consider the other options in the future, an expensive stair lift, moving house to one with accessibility features built in, or moving to a care home. Suddenly, installing that through floor lift twenty years ago seems like the best option.

Check out our range of through floor lifts, bespoke lifts, and platform lifts. For any other queries, please get in touch.
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Excited To Bring You New Accessibility Solutions

Excited To Bring You New Accessibility Solutions

Bespoke Accessibility Solutions including Platform Lifts, Through Floor Lifts, and Passenger Lift Alternatives


We are very excited to announce the launch of our brand new website.  We've spent time putting together the information on the website to help better inform our customers about us and what we provide. We hope you find it useful and informative.  Have a look through the website and feel free to let us know your thoughts, we hope you like it as much as we do.  If you have any questions about us or what we provide, then please do get in touch.
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