Leicester-based Movement Management, a subsidiary of Otis UK, is literally helping to raise the spirits at a Blackburn bar. It has recently installed a Titan heavy duty goods lift at Luminar Leisure's Jumpin Jak's, a recently opened American style theme bar. The new lift is used to transport beer barrels and crates of bottled drinks from a street level receiving area to the ground floor cellar. Similar in design to Movement Managements popular Prestige disabled access platform lift, the Titan has the ability to fit where and whenever a traditional goods lift will not.
With 283 venues in 164 towns across the UK, Luminar is the largest operator of licensed late-night venues in the UK. Since its establishment in 1988, the company has developed its portfolio of themed bars, nightclubs and restaurants both by development and acquisition. Luminar runs 176 nightclubs and discotheques, including the internationally famous London Hippodrome. It also operates the Chicago Rock caf's and Jumpin' Jak's, a chain of late night live entertainment bars.
The Blackburn site was originally the towns Mecca ballroom and subsequently a bingo hall. Whilst a major refurbishment was required, many of the original features, including the impressive balcony have been retained. As well as the cellar, the goods lift also serves the first floor, where the bar is located. As the lift is accessed directly from the street, it is located behind a lockable weatherproof security door. The Titan is capable of transporting payloads of up to 1500kg and in this instance has a total lift height of 4830mm. Available with a wide choice of platform sizes and door options - single entry, open through or adjacent entry, the Titan is configurable to suit a variety of goods only applications and building designs.
Bill Wood from Garnett and Hilton, the main contractors for the refurbishment programme was happy to specify Movement Management to supply both the goods lift and a disabled access platform lift. "We have worked with Movement Management on numerous projects and have always had a good relationship with them." He says. "Whilst the installation schedule was very tight, they were able to deliver and install both lifts in time for the club's opening in early June.
Part of the reason why this was possible is that the Titan is supplied as a totally self-contained unit, no separate area is required for the drive and motor assemblies and it has its own integral shaft. Unlike traditional goods lifts, the Titan only requires a shallow pit of 200mm depth, which means that building works are kept to a minimum. Installation is, therefore, very straightforward and can be performed in a matter of days.
As part of the same refurbishment a Movement Management Companion Prestige platform lift was also installed. This provides access for the less able to the balcony area and ensures compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act.
Both the Titan and Prestige are CE marked which means that they conform to all relevant European safety standards and codes of practice.