A beginner’s guide to lifts for different industries

Most businesses that operate from buildings of more than two stories will benefit from having a lift installed. Not only do lifts increase accessibility, they can improve the functionality and efficiency of the workplace.

Though many business owners have an idea of what type of lift best suits their enterprise, several important factors are often overlooked. To ensure you’re aware of the important considerations when choosing an elevator for your business, here’s our beginner’s guide to lifts in a variety of industries.

Lifts to suit your business

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Healthcare: Care homes

With an ageing population, caring for those who cannot move around so easily is increasingly important work. Walking up and down stairs can be detrimental to the health of the elderly and disabled, therefore it is absolutely essential that care homes have safe lifts installed.

These lifts should also be able to handle the daily running of a residential home. Whether your business is a nursing home, providing full care, or a residential care home, the access to your residents is paramount, as new standards require these businesses to have easy access to both communal and private space.

A heavy duty platform lift is ideal for this purpose as it is specifically designed for the transportation of beds and trolleys. Installation requires no major building work and can be completed within five days. The lift can be designed to complement the style of your building and includes an on-board telephone and infrared barriers on three sides walls ensuring a safe ride for carers and residents.

Catering: Restaurant

In catering businesses, particularly those spread across multiple floors, the transportation of food and drink can be slowed if orders need to be carried up and down stairs. Many building layouts have kitchen and service areas on different floor levels, making it challenging for staff to safely serve food and drink to customers.

Service lifts are perfect for transporting food and drink orders across all levels and are quick to install, thus causing little disruption to your business hours. These elevators are small and compact, taking little space whilst providing a sleek and speedy alternative to transporting orders via stairwells.

If your restaurant is based over two levels, you will also need to provide disabled access to the upper levels of your premises. A traction passenger lift, like the installation in London restaurant Cabana, provides a great solution which can be customised to suit your premises. Our team are dedicated to ensuring lift installation is seamless and causes little disruption to floor space.

Retail: High street shops

For lift access in high-street shops, any type of passenger lift provides a viable option. A hydraulic lift is a better option if you require an inconspicuous solution that does not take up valuable floor space. The machinery of these lifts can be placed anywhere, fitting around your premises without imposing on your retail displays. Moreover, the low maintenance and high efficiency of the hydraulic drive means it won’t cost much to upkeep.

Alternatively, if you have large premises and a keen eye for design, luxury circular lifts can be a stunning addition to a retail business. Impressive shop presentation helps to boost sales and a luxury lift could be the feature that gives you the edge over competitors. The exquisite glass panelling of these lifts can add a touch of quality to even the most uninspiring of spaces and look particularly impressive with spiralled staircases. These lifts work on multiple levels and have been used by a number of luxury designer brands such as Louis Vuitton in Selfridges.

Industrial: Warehouse

If you’re looking for a platform lift to transport warehouse materials across multiple levels, the Hercules lift is the best solution. Designed to move large, heavy items, such as building materials, this lift is strong, reliable and made to meet the capabilities you require. It can also be coated with special materials and resins to withstand the conditions of industrial environments, such as chemical or food related warehouses.

For smaller items, a goods passenger lift is a suitable alternative, particularly for retailer and e-commerce businesses. These lifts have a capacity of 1,000kg meaning that despite their smaller size they are still capable of transporting passengers with heavily-loaded trolleys.