Building Contractors McGoff & Byrne Ltd selected Gartec to
install a platform lift into Loreto Grammar School's latest
building project. Extending the building from two stories to
three, allowed the Cheshire-based school to significantly increase
its usable teaching space and the addition of a new platform lift
ensured access for all pupils and staff.
The Prime 7000XT lift was specified with a particular user group
in mind - school children. Thus Gartec recommended features
to suit the environment, a School Locking Facility to lock the lift
to non-keyholders, and anti-tamper buttons designed for robust
usage. From a project design principle, it was also essential
the lift fitted in with the elegant design of the school extension;
to this end Gartec's highly recommended glazed shaft system was
The school wished to utilise as much of the internal building
space as possible, so working with the contractors, architects and
the school, Gartec recommended locating the lift externally,
anchoring it to the new glazed atrium of the school. This threw up
several challenges for the Gartec team to overcome. Firstly,
new fixing points had to be designed to anchor the lift to the
atrium's steel beams. Secondly, to minimise heat loss from
the building, composite insulation panels were installed replacing
some glazed sections covering the lift machinery.
The installation of the platform lift has allowed the school to
maximise its limited space to the full and ensured access for all
potential users, as required by the Equalities Act.
Additionally, the lift's modern Scandinavian design means it
blends seamlessly with the design of the glazed atrium.
The project handover took place in February 2012.
Stuart Moore from building contractor McGoff & Byrne Ltd
"Having successfully worked with Gartec on a number of previous
projects, we knew exactly what to expect. The installation of the
Prime 7000XT at Loreto Grammar School highlighted how good team
work, technical expertise and a well-designed product can all come
together to produce a positive end result and a satisfied
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