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United Free Church, Bishop's Waltham; LR Platform Lift

Wessex recently installed an LR for the United Free Church in Bishops Waltham, Hampshire. It was an excellent project, being close to home and requiring the use of custom colours! With only a few millimetres to spare, the LR was the perfect choice.

LR Vertical Platform Lift installation, at Bishop's Waltham Church.

This project came about following the church's need for improved access. After investigating the feasibility of various options, the church project manager quickly found that a ramp wouldn't offer a viable solution, due to the limited space available. The ramp would have had to be far too steep, and would break Health and Safety regulations. They instead settled upon a platform lift, and Wessex were happy to help.

The LR is the best selling Platform Lift from Wessex. Designed with functionality and design aesthetic in mind, it is rugged enough for indoor and outdoor use, resulting in it being fitted, as standard, with a 5 year anti-corrosion warranty. Commonly used to access people's front doors all around the country, it is capable enough to be used in public spaces too, accessing heights of up to 1 metre. This made it the perfect choice for the United Free Church of Bishop's Waltham! Read more about the LR Platform Lift.

It is often the case that people want to match the colour of outdoor step lifts to railings or to match other architectural features, but sometimes it is a specific requirement of listed or protected buildings. In such circumstances, it is of great benefit that Wessex will allow lift to be virtually any custom colour, as required or requested. Being a church, this lift was required not to interfere with the current aesthetic of the building, and had to match the black railings outside.

The lift was unveiled in a ceremony which was attended by ministers of both Bishop's Waltham and other local churches, as well as Bishop's Waltham Parish Councillors, and over 50 church members and well-wishers. Speeches were made before a ribbon was cut.

The cost of the installation was met by fundraising and donations from the church, Bishop's Waltham Rotarians, and the Parish Council. The installation of this lift has appeared to bring a community together in providing access to worship, and Wessex couldn't be happier to have been a part of the process.