Another example is Butts Dental Practice, which is located in The Butts conservation area and is renowned for its grand 18th century Grade II listed buildings and historical value. Disabled access has also been created, so the basement is now accessible, use Passenger Lifts a screw and nut system. To keep the lift looking part of the existing architecture of the building, the platform lift was finished in black to complement the black balustrades on the wall. Its open design, which uses large glass safety panels and solid stainless steel details, provided a stylish and elegant look which complimented the distinct gothic appearance of this Victorian property.
These examples show that the line between platform lifts and passenger lifts is getting closer as the gap is closing with innovative design and practical, yet aesthetically pleasing solutions. Whereas passenger lifts have traditionally been accepted and have become architecturally significant through their design and functionality, platform lifts are following suit.
Passenger lifts are not a new invention by any means but had they not been developed into what they are today our whole domestic and commercial landscape would have been different. Passenger lifts have been around since the Egyptian times and the Romans also utilised them, it is believed that there was some form of lift system in the Coliseum, however, the first recorded passenger lift was in the Palace of Versailles. The ancient lifts were powered by man or water and usually used a hoist based system.
One of the main problems with the very early lifts was the safety aspect. The main safety problem associated with passenger carrying lifts was that if the cable broke the cab would fall straight down the lift shaft. In 1852 the problem was solved by Elisha Graves Otis who developed a safety brake which prevented the fall if the cable broke. Otis demonstrated his invention at the Crystal Palace Exposition in New York in 1854. The introduction of the safety brake meant the lift industry could develop into what it is today.