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Providing Disability Access Is A Lot Easier Than You Think

October 30, 2014

Businesses, schools and others in the commercial sector may find themselves faced with the need to upgrade their facilities or incorporate better access for all into a new build. This may be required in order to accommodate staff members, students or customers, or due to a requirement from the local council.

Even if not legally required, there is great commercial advantage in being able to offer a wider range of access. While the process of providing an accessible route may feel overwhelming and expensive, we’re here to assure you that the process can actually be much easier and cheaper than you might imagine.

Why install and what to consider

The ability to advertise that your services are “available to all” or that “all are welcome here” is a powerful marketing and PR tool. The disabled or elderly will not be the only ones to use a lift. Anyone who has reduced mobility, those using crutches or walkers, and even mums with pushchairs will all greatly appreciate a thoughtfully placed platform lift that allows them access to a service or business that may otherwise be out of reach.

Placement of the lift

Lifts can be installed in school halls & classrooms, hotels, restaurants, libraries, shopping malls, car parks, viewing platforms and various other locations providing access to thresholds, split levels and mezzanine floors. Platform lifts work well indoors and out, and can be retrofitted into an existing building or incorporated into a new build or design.

Size

To be able to accommodate a wide range of people – from those with walkers or crutches to those with pushchairs or wheelchairs – a platform size of 1100mm x 1400mm is the minimum size allowed in relation to the regulatory requirements. 

Changes to existing structure

When deciding what type of lift to install, take into consideration any additional construction work that may be required. Some models may require a load-bearing wall or pit, which will add to your overall costs and lengthen the install time. We recommend considering a lift that is free standing and does not require a pit to be formed. Pandect platform lifts are an example of this type of lift.

Compliancy with building codes

To provide a safe access solution, the product you choose should meet the requirements of NZS 4334:2012, along with the installation being compliant with the NZ Building Code. It must then be independently reviewed  by a suitably qualified and authorised lift inspector who will issue a Safety Inspection Certificate.

It’s important to research all available options for the solution you need. A specialist company will provide an in-depth and informative quote and information about the installation process; especially if some changes (if any) need to be made before the lift is installed. They will also be able to give you an accurate idea of how long the entire process will take, help you understand the compliancy requirements & building codes, and offer post-sale maintenance services.

Total project costs

Without proper research and the right lift partner, a business could choose a supplier that has to import products and make a number of changes to the building, even before installation begins. All these extra costs, along with the loss of revenue from having to be temporarily or partially closed, can add up quickly.

For an easier, more cost effective solution, choose a Pandect lift. For minimal disruption, trained technicians can install a lift in just one day and are always on hand for later upkeep and servicing. A one day installation time and low build and maintenance costs ensure minimal interference with the day-to-day operation of a business.  

Pandect makes it easy

Choose Pandect to install your access solution and be assured that everything will be taken care of in a professional, timely manner. We know how important it is for businesses to have as little downtime as possible, so we partner with you to ensure minimal disruption. As a fully New Zealand owned and operated company, we are able to keep up to date with regulations to help you ensure that your building is fully compliant in regard access solutions.

For those in the process of designing or building, take advantage of our complimentary planning and consultancy service. We can provide CAD drawings for architects and builders, and then take care of the whole project of delivery, installation, customisation, compliance, instruction, warranty and servicing.

Let us help

We hope this article has helped you understand that installing a commercial platform lift does not need to be an overly expensive, difficult or disruptive process. With a specialist company like Pandect, every aspect of the project is taken care of by our team of professional and experienced technicians.

If you’re ready to get started, please phone us on 0800 358 383 or use our contact form to get in touch today. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have.

 

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