What Type of Lift Do You Need?
Working on a commercial project and you’ve decided that it is in need of a passenger lift, or an additional lift. But which type do you need? To help you in the process, eLifts has put together some questions that you should consider before choosing a lift.
Analysis of traffic is essential. Followed by considering the practical building requirements and the profile of the lift user. To help you find out which vertical passenger lift you require, continue reading and work through the list of questions.
Traffic analysis and users of the lift
Traffic analysis always needs to be undertaken when you consider a lift as the requirements of it can vary largely.
For example, in an office, there may be traffic at the start of the day, at lunchtimes and at the end of the day compared to a retail store with men’s wear located upstairs.
As part of traffic analysis you will also need to consider the following:
Number of people
The decisions on the number of lifts, the locations required, all the way down to the size and type of lifts, will be determined by the traffic analysis. Different products can carry varying numbers of passengers.
For example, platform lifts can hold from 1 to 5 people, whereas a passenger lift can vary from low to high travel. Small lifts for 4 to 6 people, or up to larger lifts built to transport people, shopping trolleys etc.
Based on your traffic flow and the size of the building, you may want to consider if there is a requirement for an escalator or moving walkway.
Who will be using the lift?
The types of people who use the building and therefore use the lift will be the determining factor in the choice of product and the features it has, to meet your requirements and specification. Therefore, it is important to ascertain the audience using the lift and how it will be used.
For example, if you are installing a platform lift in a nursing home or for someone who will use the lift independently, then automatic buttons will make the lift much easier to use for them.
- What types of people are going to be using it?
- Can they use it independently?
- Will they be carrying luggage or goods?
Practical building requirements and limitations
Before you choose a lift product, you need to know what the practical requirements and limitations are for your building. Without this, you will not be able to progress in the chain to install a lift.
New or existing building?
The first thing to do when considering a lift is the age and design of the building. Newer builds can accommodate a lift shaft. Whereas, older buildings sometimes have a limited capacity for major changes like a lift shaft installation, due to the required loadings or space available.
What type of building are you placing the lift into?
Consider the life cycle of the building you are hoping to install a lift into. A lifespan of a lift is, in most cases at least 10 years or more, therefore, you will need to be aware if the building use will change within that time or not.
How much space is there in the building?
Analysing how much space is available is important as this will assess the situation and see if it is possible to fit a lift of a certain size or capacity in this space.
The number of floors or steps?
Making sure you know how many steps or floors will be required to travel between is very essential. The majority of platform lifts go up to 12m, whereas passenger lifts can travel up to 40m or higher.
How much headroom and pit depth is available?
If the headroom and pit depth is very tight, then it may be best to consider a platform lift. For platform lifts where a pit is not available, a ramp can be fitted, although an allowance for extra space on the lowest floor will need to be considered.
Do you have an existing lift shaft? Can one be built?
If there is an existing lift shaft, or have the ability to build one, it is best to ensure that it is able to fit the headroom and pit depth of the preferred product. A site survey is required for existing shafts or replacement lifts, to recommend the most suitable option.
The requirements of the lifts
Whilst it is necessary to consider the size, speed and lift capacity, also consider the safety features and regulations they need to conform to and what it’s to look like. All of these factors will affect the cost of the overall purchase.
When the time comes and it is down to the finishing touches, the lift car ceiling, walls and flooring are all customisable for both passenger and platform lifts. This all depends on the look and feel that you are wanting to create and achieve. Whether it’s blending in with the buildings aesthetic or if it is dependent on the amount spent.
Does the lift need to comply with particular regulations, standards and building requirements?
There is a whole array of standards and regulations that surround lifts, including vandal resistance, fire-fighting and emergency fire evacuation plus more. If there is a particular standard that is required for the lift installation it is worth mentioning from the get-go, otherwise, it may lead to other problems further down the line.
We hope these points can help you in finding the right lift for you. eLifts covers all lift testing, lift installation and lift maintenance.
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