The Royal Institute of British Architects has selected Stannah as its chosen provider to install an access solution at RIBA North, its new national architecture centre on the Liverpool Waterfront.
A Piccolo lift was specified at the new building which reconnects Liverpool’s city centre to its historic waterfront.
The centre is designed to be an inspirational resource for RIBA members and public alike, with the five-person, low-pit lift uniting two floors of architectural exhibits, talks, tours, conference rooms, refreshment and retail whistle-stops – in keeping with the requirements of the Equality Ace 2010.
“The Stannah Piccolo lift in RIBA North reflects RIBA’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion – making architecture and the broader construction industry accessible to everyone. It has helped overcome site limitations and allowed us to provide access to everyone, including wheelchair-users, on a site without the space for a below-ground lift shaft,” commented Rachel Carr, operations manager at RIBA North.
Conveniently located adjacent to the stairs, the Piccolo complements RIBA’s minimalist design aesthetic of red, black, grey and white.
Finished throughout in satin stainless steel, the lift is accessed by two-panel, side-opening doors. The interior features bespoke graphics, a half-height rear mirror, grab rails, downlit ceiling and emergency call system.
The Piccolo platform lift has the added benefit of four lift maintenance visits in the first year – part of a lift-servicing plan delivered by the North West England and North branch of Stannah Lift Service.