Twyford HQ Taken to the Next Level with Gartec

May 2019

The Challenge
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 available was very 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:
Minimal disruption and building works
Quick turnaround time
Small, confined space for installation
Finishes to blend and match the surroundings
Equality Act compliant
Our Advice
We suggested installing an Aritco 7000 platform lift with a reduced width platform placed flush with the floor.
The range of finishes meant the design of the offices could be complimented, and weekend installation would reduce disruption in the offices.
The Installation
To prevent building works it was decided to place the lift flush with the floor, and a ramp installed to eradicate trip hazards and allow access for wheelchairs.
Glass exterior panels were chosen to blend with the stairs, 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 for visual impact and safety.
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 Results
The installation took just 6 days even with delays from other 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 looks like it has always been there.”
Vytas from Interserve, who was also closely involved, said:
“very impressed with the way they worked, solidly and quietly plugging away in the background without any problems”.
About Interserve
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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