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Award-Winning Service Station Maximise Space with Gartec

Award winning Abbeyside Service Station use Gartec lift for stock and cafe access

An ideal Lift to Maximise Space

Winner of 2017’s “Best Forecourt Innovation Award”, Abbeyside Service Station in Selby is leading the way, with recent renovations for better space utilisation, dining areas, and larger fuel capacity to compete with others in the area.

“We knew we would need the lift to let everyone get to the top floor and to move stock safely, but maximising the shop space was vital – even the stock is upstairs!”

The Challenge

Winner of 2017’s “Best Forecourt Innovation Award”, Abbeyside Service Station in Selby is leading the way, with recent renovations for better space utilisation, dining areas, and larger fuel capacity to compete with others in the area.

A new second storey for café, seating and shop storage meant an access and manual handling issue, so a lift was planned from day one. Nick Baker, managing director at the site, commented:

“We knew we would need the lift to let everyone get to the top floor and to move stock safely, but maximising the shop space was vital – even the stock is upstairs!”

The lift had to be:

  • Small size to maximise shop
  • Able to carry passengers & trolleys

The Lift

Initial quotes for conventional lifts were well over £30,000 – but Nick was recommended platform lifts by another service station. He said:

“A platform lift meant much less space was used, but prams and wheelchairs can still get upstairs to the new café easily – and we saved a lot of money”

The key features for Nick were:

  • Small footprint and no outer shaft – minimal space used
  • Simple commissioning and kerb for goods use
  • No head fixing required – ceiling not installed yet

The standard white finish compliments the corridor, and the kerb prevents damage to the shaft when using trolleys.

“I thought it would be more industrial looking – it actually looks very nice!”

The Installation

Following some building delays, Gartec sent over Project Engineer, Andy Jones, to make sure everything was in place for the lift installation.

The area left in the stairwell was slightly too small as the first step came out further than expected, so the stairs were moved to accommodate the lift.

“Floor space was vital so moving the stairs a few centimetres to get the lift in was the simplest answer”

The installation team got the lift in in a few days, and worked around the other builders to get the job done quickly.

The Results

Now fully renovated, the station has facilities which are leading the way in forecourt trading and improving customer experience.

From self-service tills and a jet wash, to a laundrette and temperature display, the site exemplifies the best in forecourt practices – winning two awards at the prestigious Forecourt Trading Awards 2017.

“The lift is used daily for stock and does exactly what we need it to do – very reliable and works very well”

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Pop down to Abbeyside Service Station (Selby, YO8 8NA) for great deals at the new Cheeky Café, Subway and shop!

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