About Premier Platform Lifts Ltd

Premier Platform Lifts provide total lift solutions for both domestic and commercial projects, with our extensive range of Passenger & Platform lifts complying with the Equality Act, the DDA (Disability Discrimination Act), Part M of the Building Regulations, EN81-1/2 the new EN81-41 and also the 2006/42/EC Machinery Directive.

Our product portfolio includes the all new ECO700 Machine Roomless, belt driven pitless Passenger Lift and the innovative Passenger42 by Gruppo Millepiani, both certified to the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC. With our comprehensive range of disabled Platform Lifts we carry out installations in both public and private buildings, we also provide Home Lift solutions with our VPL400 & ECO600H and ECO700H products. Our lifts are uniquely designed to enhance and blend in with their surroundings using innovative design and styling.

We have installed many lifts across the UK, which means we are able to draw on our considerable experience to provide a solution to any public access problem or residential lift. All our Platform Lifts are specifically designed for easy use, and with low pit and low headroom, they fit into existing buildings with minimum disruption. Our new ECO700 and Passenger42 both have sliding conventional lift doors with one touch operation offering the perfect Platform Lift solution.

Premier Platform Lifts have all the expertise and finesse that make our Platform Lifts stand out from the rest. The entire range is built in accordance with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, BS EN 81-41 and BS6440. All of our lifts have been type tested by notified body and are CE marked.

We work in partnership with our suppliers bringing a unique range of lifting solutions. Our new Luxury Lifts and ECO700 ranges enhance the long list of options available.

All Premier Platform Lifts products can be installed in our own glass structures giving a scenic lift of distinction, or in a pre-built shaft with a standard or luxury lift cabin designed to your own specific requirements. All our elevators comply with the DDA regulations and the current safety standards, either Hydraulic drive or Belt drive systems both with no machine room.

Premier Platform Lifts also offer a wide range of Goods Lifts, Service Lifts and Car Lifts, bringing our knowledge in the lift industry to this market. Load capacities available from 50kg to 10,000kg with minimal or no pit, we can also provide the structure and cladding, to ensure a hassle free installation.

At Premier Platform Lifts we pride ourselves on being the providers of customer-focused products and quality services. Installing a platform lift on your own or your clients premises will ensure that you are welcoming everyone and adhering to all access laws and regulations. We appreciate that questions can be many and the best solutions not always immediately obvious, and with this in mind we invite you to contact us whatever your project requirements are. You can be sure that the lift solutions that Premier provides are precisely fit for purpose.

All our platform lifts, wheelchair lifts and goods and service lifts are CE marked in compliance with European regulations and meet the safety requirements detailed in BS6440 & ISO 9386 and legislation outlined in the section of the website.

All our products come with a one year warranty and service agreement as part of the purchase. After this period has elapsed we can arrange for the lift to be serviced according to the model and amount of usage.

Regular protective maintenance, a platform lift maintenance service and an emergency service can be arranged at any time as part of an individual service agreement.

Please use this section to guide you. If you have any questions or need clarification at any stage please contact us on 0203 355 0523 or email info@premierplatformlifts.co.uk.

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995 provided protection from disability-related discrimination and has now been replaced with the Equality Act. This new Act is aims to re-establishing a balance between enabling a disabled person to make out a case of experiencing a problem that arises because of his or her disability, and providing an opportunity for an employer or other person to defend the treatment.

The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) prompted service providers to provide access to the less able, in particular wheelchair users. The Equality Act takes the requirements of the DDA and extends them.

The Equality Act replaced the Disability Discrimination Act (1995), or DDA, on the 1st October 2010 and is a critical piece of legislation to consider when specifying products for buildings.

Introduction to the Equality Act

From 1 October 2010, the Equality Act replaced most of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). The Act aims to end prejudice against less able people. It has been significantly extended over the last ten years and now gives less able people rights in the following areas: Education, employment, renting or buying land or property, access to goods, facilities and services, activities, clubs, sports and associations. Where this restriction is involves the vertical circulation within a building the provision of a lifting platform may provide a solution.

Obligations under the Equality Act

Obligations under the Equality Act require service providers and workplaces to make reasonable provisions and/or adjustments to overcome physical features, which obstruct the less able to access facilities. To overcome a physical feature means to either remove it, alter it so that it no longer has an effect, provide an alternative access route, or make services available to the less able in another way.

Building Design

It is the building designer’s obligation to ensure that access is provided for the less able to ensure compliance with the Equality Act. Regarding vertical circulation this can be implemented by the use of say ramps, lifts or lifting platforms. It is a general misconception that the Equality Act specifies equipment.

Access statement

Building designers can then put forward the type of lifting device within the access statement that they feel most suitable depending on the environment and usage among other factors. If personnel lifting devices are incorporated compliant with statutory regulations this will allow the building designer to fulfill his obligations under the Equality Act. The Requirements of Platform Lifts are contained in Part M of the Building Regulations, BS:8300 (called up within the regulation), BS:6440 and EN81-41.

All platform lifts supplied by Premier come under the jurisdiction of the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

An overview of Part M / Section 4.2 of the Technical Handbook (Scotland) – vertical circulation within a building.

Addressing the needs of all people, including those with disabilities, in accessing and moving around buildings. These regulations set out the standards for buildings to be accessible and hazard-free wherever possible.

Part M and Section 4.2 of the Technical Handbook (Scotland) of the Building Regulations was introduced in 1985 in an attempt to ensure that all commercial buildings were suitably equipped for the needs of disabled people. Public buildings at design and building stages must be fitted with adequate access for all potential users of the service.

These requirements were then extended to the building of new homes. Failure to adhere to Part M and Section 4.2 of the Technical Handbook (Scotland) will often result in planning permission not being granted.

Design considerations

  • When a lifting device is installed clear signage should be provided from the entrance of a building and on each landing indicating the location of the lift and which floor you are on. Signs should contrast well with their immediate surroundings.
  • For all buildings, a passenger lift is the most suitable form of access for people moving from one storey to another.
  • For existing buildings, for new build in exceptional circumstances (e.g. alterations to listed buildings) or where a passenger lift just cannot be accommodated a vertical platform lift may be considered to provide access for persons with impaired mobility. The case for using a platform lift should be argued in the Access Statement.
  • In exceptional circumstances in an existing building, a wheelchair platform stairlift may be considered. This must not conflict with the requirement for means of escape.
  • When selecting the appropriate platform lift solution take care that the chosen product is ‘fit for purpose’.
  • Lighting should take care to minimise glare, reflection or confusing shadows.
  • All users should be able to reach the platform lift controls, pedestrian or seated.

The installation of lifting devices will satisfy Requirement M1 or M2 if:

  • There is an unobstructed maneuvering space of 1500mm x 1500mm, or a wide straight access route 900mm wide in front of each lifting device.
  • The landing call buttons are at the prescribed height, are tactile and contrast visually with their immediate area.
  • The floor should not be too dark and should have frictional qualities.
  • A handrail is provided on at least one wall.
  • A suitable emergency communication system is fitted.

Platform Lifts – Design considerations

  • A platform lift should only be provided for use by disabled people, wheelchair users and their companions.
  • All users should be able to reach the platform lift controls.
  • Audible and visual information on the position of the platform lift should be supplied.
  • Lifting platforms are operated by constant pressure buttons but other means of operation if a regular user is unable to use standard buttons.
  • Consideration should be given to available support to a platform lift user. If no attendance is possible a passenger lift should be installed.
  • Ideally, when planning allows, specify opposing doors to allow wheelchair users to enter and exit the lift forwards. If a second door at 90 degrees is used then the platform should be larger to allow for turning.
  • Minimise visually and acoustically reflective surfaces that may cause discomfort to people with visual or hearing impairment.

Platform lifts will satisfy the requirements of M1 or M2 if:

  • They conform to the requirements of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992 1992/3073.
  • The vertical travel is no more than 2m when there is no liftway enclosure and the lift does not go 1through-the-floor1.
  • Travel of more than 2m is in a liftway enclosure (shaft).
  • The rated speed does not exceed 0.15m/s.
  • Controls are located between 800mm and 1100mm from the floor of the platform lift and at least 400mm from any return wall.
  • Continuous pressure controls are provided.
  • Landing call buttons are located between 900mm and 1100mm from the floor of the landing and at least 500mm from any return wall.
  • The minimum clear dimensions of the platform are:
  • 800mm wide x 1250mm deep (no cabin and for wheelchair users)
  • 900mm x 1400mm (cabin, independent wheelchair users)
  • 1100mm x 1400mm (cabin with adjacent doors).
  • Doors have an effective clear width of at least 900mm for an 1100 x 1400 platform and at least 800mm for other sizes.
  • Platform lifts are fitted with clear operating instructions.
  • The platform lift entrances are accessible from the remainder of the storey.
  • Doors are distinguishable from their surrounding area.
  • Audible and visual aids announce platform arrival.
  • Areas of glass are identifiable by people with impaired vision.

Wheelchair platform stairlifts – Design considerations

  • Wheelchair platforms stairlifts are only intended for the transportation of wheelchair users and should only be considered for conversions, alterations or where it is not practical or possible to install a passenger lift or vertical platform lift. These stairlifts travel up the string of a stair, where their installation should not impede the stairway for pedestrians.
  • A wheelchair platform lift allows the user to travel independently over a stairway whilst remaining seated.
  • The wheelchair platform stairlift travels very slowly and may not be easy for all users.
  • The wheelchair platform stairlift is usually controlled by a joystick that requires constant pressure so is not suitable for people with restricted manual dexterity.
  • These wheelchair platform stairlifts are only suitable where users can be instructed and where management supervision can be ensured.

Wheelchair platform stairlifts will satisfy the requirements of M1 or M2 if:

  • They conform to the requirements of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992, SI 1992/3073.
  • In a building with a single stairway, the stairway must be clear when the lift is in the parked position.
  • Continuous pressure controls are provided.
  • Minimum platform size is 800mm wide x 1250mm deep.
  • The lift is fitted with clear instructions for use. A clear width of 800mm is provided for access.
  • Controls are designed to prevent unauthorised use.

There is a new European standard EN 81-41 for vertical platform lifts and for which our products again comply. It was drafted by the working group CEN/TC10/WG8 and is for products intended for use by persons with impaired mobility. This standard was as accepted by the CEN Member States by Formal Vote on 06 January 2009. The new European standard EN 81-41 gives presumption of conformity to both the present and to the new Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC.

The new EN standard 81-41 makes it easier for the relevant authorities, architects and planners to understand and for European Notified bodies to assess the safety requirements for vertical platform lifts.

The new standard EN 81-41 improves and raises the safety requirements for European platform lifts, for the benefit of the users.

All Premier Platform Lifts’ products are in full compliance with the safety requirements of the new European standard EN 81-41.

A full site survey complete with site and product specific drawings for your lift installation, carried out by one of our experienced in-house surveyors, is the first step to ensuring that your lift installation is completed first time, on time and on budget.

Our highly experienced team of surveyors are experts on both our product portfolio and also the challenges presented by different locations, sites, building types and working environments. Having completed the site survey and risk assessment, they will brief one of our draftsmen to create a set of site specific drawings detailing the building works required for the lift installation.

Our focused, ISO 9001 driven approach ensures that our lifts go in first time every time. Delays and remedial work are avoided, building control approval is expedited, you and your team can have total peace of mind that this element of the project is assured.

Correct installation of your lift is not simply about having a working lift. Our meticulous approach is designed to eliminate mistakes and delays, ensuring there are no costly knock on consequences for the project.

Our trained and experienced lift installation teams meet our transport on site to ensure that the lift installation is completed first time, on time with the absolute minimum disruption to other activities that are happening.

The installation will be completed to our site specific drawings and method statements. Prior to leaving site our staff will obtain sign-off from your site team for the installation.

All our products come with a comprehensive 12 month warranty, inclusive of two on-site services, more service visits can be recommended dependent on the lift location and usage. To ensure peace of mind in the years to come we have a range of extensively featured aftercare packages available to purchase; ensuring continuity of service and our team of expert engineers on hand when you need them.

Packages offer benefits such as:

  • Additional service visits per year
  • Visits inclusive of all parts, labour and call out charges
  • Response service with 24/7 year round call out.

Please contact us to be forwarded examples of our range of maintenance packages.