The installation of a DDA-compliant lift solution in a listed building in London’s Lincoln’s Inn fields presented a unique set of challenges for lifting specialist SLG Group UK

Access was required to an existing Grade II* listed building, remodelled to form barrister’s chambers, which had steps up to the front door. For various reasons, installing a lift to operate between street level and the front door was not an option. The solution was to go from street level down into the basement – a travel of around 2 metres. This allowed access into the building and also a route to the passenger lifts to access the building’s other floors.

Following initial consultation with the architect, SLG was nominated as the chosen supplier to the main contractor. A full general arrangement (GA) drawing was supplied for approval prior to manufacture.

Due to aesthetic considerations, the handrail had to be preserved as far as possible, while maintaining an operational gate which met relevant safety standards. This entailed removing a section of handrail, bringing it back to the workshop, modifying it and fitting it to the lift gate assembly. To minimise trapping points, a flush glass panel was also incorporated behind the railing section. The whole gate assembly was painted black, as were the sections on the lift itself.

As the lift was external, a powder coating was applied over a hot zinc spray finish for enhanced corrosion protection.

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