Access lift supplier Invalifts has completed the installation of a platform lift at a key London branch of Pizza Express.
The restaurant in High Holborn, just minutes away from Covent Garden, is set over several floors. It approached Invalifts to look at the possibility of providing disabled access via a stair platform lift to a room that was then being served by a straight staircase of 15 steps.
Invalifts made an initial site survey and recommended its Inva Stair Riser platform lift to enable access.
This lift has a 1000mm x 800mm sized fold down platform which is suitable for wheelchairs. The unit was specified with a capacity of 300kg in order to accommodate heavier wheelchairs.
As there was an existing structural wall, it was decided to mount the stainless steel rails directly to the wall rather than using stanchions that would have encroached into the stair width. The client decided to have the unit in the standard colour of RAL 9006 (grey) as this matched the surrounding colours.
The company offers a three year warranty on the Inva Stair Riser, which it insists highlights its quality and reliability.
Invalifts was formed in 2000 to meet the needs of many different user groups. The Disability Discrimination Act (later revised by the Equality Act) had come into force, which created a requirement for building owners to provide suitable disability access in public buildings.
The main product that dealt with this obligation was the platform lifts. Platform lifts are designed with the less able in mind, with controls at wheelchair level and a slow speed not exceeding 0.15m/s.