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Striking Wheelchair Lift for Historic Library

Durham University recently spent £2.9m refurbishing its Palace Green Library, which stands in the historic town’s heart among the cathedral and the castle. movemanSKG installed a Prestige A401 wheelchair lift that makes it possible for significantly less capable visitors to access new exhibition space on the upper floor.

Established in 1833, Palace Green Library holds early printed books, archives and other specific collections. These include over 100 medieval manuscripts, artefacts, more than 70,000 books printed ahead of 1850, maps, prints, and more than 100,000 photographs.

The refurbishment is the first phase of an outreach program to make the university far more accessible to the public. Future plans contain a new conservation space and additional reading rooms.

To comply with Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) specifications Durham University made the new exhibition space wheelchair accessible. The library is Grade II listed and changes should not compromise its historical integrity.

movemanSKG’s Prestige A401 platform lift is various because it runs on a belt-drive technique as opposed to screw drive. This makes it possible for buyers to specify glazing in all 4 sides of the shaft, which offers the unit a subtle, nonintrusive appearance. Prestige A401 is available in a range of colours and materials.

Durham University opted for full glazing along with a stainless steel finish and external lighting. The result is a superb-hunting lift, which blends seamlessly with its surroundings.

Michael Forster, Project Manager at Durham University, is delighted “We wanted parts of Palace Green Library to have a modern, modern look. Prestige A401 is a handsome unit that does not obscure the original constructing attributes. It truly is a testament to movemanSKG’s outstanding reputation in the lift market. Our first exhibition is known as ‘Treasures of the University’. It opens to the public quickly, but we can rest secure in the expertise that it will be accessible to men and women with mobility issues.”

Palace Green Library’s Prestige A401 lifts 400kg and travels about 4m amongst two landings. It resides in a shallow pit to sit flush with the floor, simplifying entry for wheelchair customers.

Due to the fact Prestige A401 is belt-driven, it does not demand oil adjustments like hydraulic units. This signifies no waste oil to dispose of or messy leaks, producing the lift environmentally-friendly and simple to preserve. It runs quietly also, minimising disruption to work regions.

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movemanSKG is the UK market place leader for specialist lifts. It was one particular of the first organizations to recognise the particular access needs of the wheelchair user and has subsequently installed over 1 thousand units. As portion of Otis it has unrivalled financial and technical resources. We supply technical experience and tips to customers and specifiers of these types of items. For more info go to http://www.movemanskg.co.uk

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