Homemead Care Home, Teddington and a new external scenic bed lift ― Phase 1
Project Reference: Lift Installation
Located in one of the prime residential areas, Homemead is care home specifically set up to support residents with dementia. The Edwardian House, set in its own grounds is located close to Teddington Town Centre, Bushy Park and the River Thames.
Although equipped with a passenger lift, the home has had no provision for easily moving residents from the upper floors if they are confined to a bed or stretcher. As a result, the Central and Cecil Housing Trust (C&C) decided that a bed lift was needed for the Care Home.
The Temple approach and solution
With this decision made, the Trust’s Property Management Team together with Temple Lifts commenced discussions on what solutions were available and all importantly at what cost. The first issue to address was the lift’s location; there was no internal space suitable for the larger profile lift, so consideration was given to an external lift. After structural surveys commissioned by C&C were completed, the decision was made to remove the existing fire escape and build a steel self-supporting structure in its place that would accommodate the new bed lift. The structure and lift car would be fully glazed, providing an architectural feature for the building without restricting light to the surrounding windows.
Scope of work
In view of the amount of building works, Temple Lifts have been appointed as principal contractor, managing and commissioning site contractors for the whole process. The first part of the work entailed removal of the fire escape; with this done the groundworks commenced, and very soon after it became evident that there was unrecorded services buried in the area where the structure’s foundations were planned to be.
Additionally, due to the age and substrate condition, C&C decided that it would be a good idea to underpin the wall of the building that the lift structure was attached to, safeguarding possible future ground settlement under the building. As part of our project and to help C&C, Temple Lifts are also managing some non-lift related work inside the home.
Phase 2 will cover the remaining building work and structure erection of the lift shaft.
Phase 3 will cover installation and testing of the new bed lift.
Phase 4 will see the lift put into full service and handed over to the home.
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