Stannah wheelchair lift supports access in Castle Howard

  • 12 Feb 2020

Only a Stannah Stairiser CR (Curved Rail) wheelchair platform lift could help support the mobility requirements of Castle Howard in North Yorkshire.

Castle Howard is the Grade I-listed ancestral home of the Howard family. Construction began in 1699 and took over 100 years to complete. Part of the Treasure Houses of England, this Baroque/Palladian masterpiece is both the family’s private residence and an iconic tourist attraction with over 250,000 visitors per year.

To cater for visitors of all mobility levels, Castle Howard has a comprehensive accessibility policy. This comprises many elements including car parking, a hearing loop, on-site manual wheelchairs and the Stannah Stairiser CR wheelchair platform lift.

Centre stage when it comes to its role—but appropriately discreet in its presence—this the Stannah Stairiser CR disabled lift takes visitors up the Grand Staircase to the main floor of the House and to most of the rooms.

One of the slimmest wheelchair platform lifts on the market, it provides discreet, efficient movement for mobility compromised people, either one person in a wheelchair or a person seated on the lift seat provided.

The curved rail allows this access lift to navigate the staircase that rises in two stages, with a linking level that lends a natural grace to the incline and where visitors can stop to admire the family portraits lining the walls. Yet, when not in use, the folding platform and barrier arm ensure that the lift compacts away neatly and leaves the stairway free for pedestrian use.

Built-in safety features mean it’s impossible to operate the lift until the barrier arms and ramps are folded in place and easy-to-use constant-pressure controls allow the lift-users to operate it independently. The lift stops automatically at the upper and lower landings and the intuitive controls allow the user to stop the lift at any time.

The Stannah Stairiser CR is ideal for retrofitting in existing buildings as its installation has minimal impact on the existing infrastructure. It is also suitable for indoor and outdoor use, and the lift can be wall-mounted or stanchion floor-mounted to existing bolt holes, or a combination of both. A choice of fixing methods, parking options and drive layouts make it ideal for restrictive landing spaces and building limitations.

As with all Stannah lift products, the Stairiser CR complies with the Equality Act 2010, EN81-40 Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts and with the latest Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. All Stannah lift products are designed and manufactured to be energy efficient and cost-effective to run.

Plus, all Stannah installations and refurbishments are covered by a maintenance contract. In this case, the Stairiser CR benefits from four service visits a year. The Stannah Stairiser CR wheelchair platform lift is covered by four service visits a year by the North and North East branch of Stannah Lift Services.

Stannah offers 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.

Watt Close,
East Portway,
SP10 3SD,
United Kingdom

Phone: 01264 343777
Fax: 01264 337942

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