Lifts for flats are usually designed with potential issues planned for. If the lift is in a publicly accessible location, then vandalism could be a concern. Additional features such as key locking systems to restrict access, anti-vandalism paint and finishes (such as metal), and minimising use of glass will be important. Lifts are usually required for accessibility so if it is vital to residents, a second lift should also be installed where possible in case one breaks down or requires maintenance. Externally installed platform lifts should have features such as heating, ventilation, weatherproof finishes and canopies considered, such as our 7000XT.
Lift size should be considered – they must be large enough for a wheelchair and attendant at least, with large 8 person passenger lifts being the standard recommendation. Other types of lift are also common – fire fighting lifts may be required, and a goods lift/trolley lift can be used for transport of bins to a bin store.