CIBES Lift Group once again showed its versatility with the successful installation of an elevator into a lift shaft more than 100 years old. The Swedish company, which strengthened its grip on the UK market with the acquisition of Platform Lift Solutions earlier this year to add to its previous acquisition of Axess4All, was asked to get involved with part of the refurbishment of Bath’s conservation area. Cibes was tasked with installing a new lift into a city centre listed building, with the A5000 platform model being placed into a shaft which housed a goods lift in the early 1900s. The lift was required by renowned piano makers Duck Son & Pinker to travel 10.4m over four floors, between the basement/car park and third level, to provide access for employees and visitors to the office accommodation/showrooms. The specification for the job included a security system on the basement as well as floors two and three to prevent unauthorised people from gaining access to the office area.
A Cibes Lift UK spokesman said: “The existing goods shaft lift which was already in place meant that the Special Size A5000 platform lift was the perfect choice as it offered flexibility. “As is the case with most of the lifts in the Cibes portfolio, the A5000 can be modified during installation to suit customer requirements and in this case the model was powder coated in graphite black, which meant the stark contrast between the historic external architecture and contemporary design of the interior complimented each other. “All of our installations are different, but it always nice to be given a task where you have to be sympathetic to your surroundings in a listed building such as this one. “The installation was completed with the minimum of disruption, is complimentary to its surroundings and provides a vital facility for the newly refurbished building.”
Cibes is a Swedish firm set up in 1947, and is recognised as one of the leaders in the lift sector with an annual turnover in excess of £42m and employing almost 300 staff across Europe and the Far East. As well as the A5000, specialist models installed by Cibes include the A6000S Cabin Classic which can be installed as a free-standing unit and the A9000 Cabin Deluxe. To see the full range of products, or for more information about Cibes Lift UK, visit www.cibes.co.uk or call 0800 0850269.