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Platform Lift for University Refurbishment

Founded over a century ago, the University of Leeds is acclaimed world wide for the quality of its teaching and research. One of the largest universities in the UK, Leeds is also one of the most popular among students applying for undergraduate courses.

During the current academic year over 32,240 students are attached to 700 different first-degree programmes and 474 post graduate programmes while a further 32,060 men and women are enrolled on short courses with the university.

A recent refurbishment programme called for a Victorian mid-terrace four storey house on the campus to be completely gutted and refurbished in order to provide high quality office, teaching and ancillary accommodation. To this end the specifiers called in leading powered access suppliers Invalifts because it knew that the company’s MC2000 platform lift would meet both tight space requirements and the economic restrictions of the project.

The specifiers required an access lift that was economical to purchase and install yet safe and totally reliable in use. Most important of all was the need for the model to fit in a very tight space and the MC2000 fulfilled this requirement as the footprint width is up to 250mm less than comparable lift types and therefore ideal for space saving solutions.

The MC2000 actually installed in the building by Invalifts own installation team is a high quality guided chain driven platform lift which complies with all UK and EC electrical and machinery directives. It does not need a machine room and only requires a pit of just 60mm. Its rated load is 400kg with a maximum capacity of five persons. 

It travels 5.5 metres and serves four different levels including basement, ground and first floor with all less able students obtaining access via the rear of the building. The model installed at the campus is powder coat finished in white with manual self closing doors at all levels.

Invalifts has become one of the UK’s leading suppliers of powered access equipment and has installed hundreds of platform lifts in schools, libraries, churches, night clubs, leisure centres and commercial buildings. It has also just launched the M6000, a small footprint traditional lift designed for stairwells up to 24 metres high and up to eight levels which is provided complete with its own shaft.

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