Environments don’t come much busier than a brand-new, state-of-the-art secondary school in West London – which is why Hammersmith Academy features two 13-person Stannah Xtralift passenger lifts to help bring access between four floors for school personnel and mobility compromised users, including students.
With circa 780 students, staff and visitors to cater for on a daily basis, democratic movement between all facilities is vital for this non-denominational, all-ability, co-educational school and 6th form specialising in Creative and Digital Media and IT.
Operating over a distance of 13.2m each, the lifts feature plasticised, light-grey walls, ‘Domino’ suspended, downlighter-effect ceilings, and stainless-steel consoles, skirtings and car doors. Door-size graphics – G-1-2-3 – printed on the external lift doors make the lifts easily located at each floor; and swipe-card access ensures that they can only be accessed by card-carrying users.
The Xtralifts were specified by Nathan Beevers, Associate of BHM Associates, a London architect practice with a pedigree in designing Academies: “As with all such projects, Hammersmith Academy demonstrates our response to the physical and emotional demands of the environment. In both product and performance, Stannah has supported this ethos and made a significant contribution to the efficiency and good health of the school. Having used Stannah on numerous projects we knew they would perform well from initial consultation to installation, commissioning and after-care.”
Stannah’s Xtralift range is designed for busy surroundings to carry more people a little faster and a little higher. A super-efficient, oil- and vibration-free, gearless traction drive ensures a smooth ride with low noise, energy use and running costs. Compact controls located at the top of the shaft save space; and fast, efficient installation is ensured by a modular structure and unique rail system giving precision, durability and reliability.
Available in models up to 33 persons, with many features, finishes and options, Xtralifts comply with EN 81-1, CE marked and in full compliance with The Lift Directive 95/16/EC; and ensurethat Hammersmith Academy’s owners meetthe requirements of the Equality Act 2010.
The Xtralifts are serviced by the London and South East branch of Stannah Lifts Services (StannahLifts.co.uk), a nationwide network providing 24 hour, 365 days a year support. This covers service, repair, modernisation and refurbishment of all types of lifts, stairlifts, escalators and moving walkways – not only those from the Stannah product range, but also other lift manufacturers’ equipment. Stannah also offers a bespoke lifts service, custom-building lifts to meet customers’ specific requirements.