Interserve’s Twyford HQ Taken to Next Level with Gartec
A look at the Interserve HQ Project and Lift Installation
The head office of international support services and construction group, Interserve, in Berkshire – a sensitive, high traffic location – required speedy, clean and efficient installation of a 3 stop lift without causing disruption or disturbance whilst working around other contractors.
As an older building, space was limited, so the stairwell was chosen for the project. The design needed to work with the style of the office whilst being a practical and cost effective solution.
Sheena, the Interserve office manager, was closely involved with the project. She commented:
“Built in the 70’s our office challenged Gartec’s team to design a lift that could fit into an awkward existing space and compliment the contemporary style of our corporate HQ reception”.
So the challenge for Gartec was creating an installation schedule and product to fit:
A platform lift was ideal to reduce install time, cost and building works. We suggested installing an Aritco 7000 platform lift with a reduced width platform of 900mm x 1480mm, placed flush with the floor.
The large range of finishes for the lift meant the interior design of the offices could be complimented.
Weekend installation days would also reduce disruption in the offices.
Following a detailed site survey by Gartec engineers, it was clear that the requirements and space meant our Aritco 7000 platform lift was ideal for function, size and design. To prevent building works it was decided to place the lift flush with the floor rather than creating a 50mm pit. A small ramp was installed at the ground floor instead to eradicate any trip hazards and allow access for wheelchairs and wheeled equipment.
Glass exterior panels were chosen to blend with the stairs and surroundings, and brushed steel finishing on the platform controls and shaft.
The platform floor was finished with a dark carpet to match the upper floors. Lighting was added to the shaft for visual impact and safety, with a 3 hour emergency backup system.
3 stop points were included, with an automatic door at each stop.
Safety features included a two-way intercom, an external alarm, and our standard safety bars around the edges of the platform. We also provided pre-installation surveys, LOLER certificates and 2 future service visits.
Our specialist installers were briefed on the more difficult location requirements – the head engineer, Dave, commented:
“The installation of the lift was a bit trickier than normal as it was all glass… however it all worked out in the end.”
The installation of the lift took just 6 days in total even with delays from other contractor works, with the team’s knowledge a key part of the success. After installing, we contacted Sheena to see what they thought. She said:
“The install team worked quickly and efficiently alongside other contractors to bring the project in on time and, now completed, looks like it has always been there.”
Vytas from Interserve, who was also closely involved, said he was:
“Very impressed with the way they worked, solidly and quietly plugging away in the background without any problems”.
Overall the project was quick, efficient and clean, with all the requirements met. Gartec are still on hand to help with any problems or questions that Interserve may have, and we have an ongoing service contract in place to ensure that Interserve can really get the most from their lift.
Interserve is one of the world’s foremost support services and construction companies. Our vision is to redefine the future for people and places. Everything we do is shaped by our core values. We are a successful, growing, international business: a leader in innovative and sustainable outcomes for our clients and a great place to work for our people. We offer advice, design, construction, equipment, facilities management and frontline public services. Headquartered in the UK and FTSE listed, we have gross revenues of £3.6 billion and a workforce of circa 80,000 people worldwide.
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