Case Study: Stannah Future-proofs New Homes in the Garden of England

Stannah Lifts has supplied and installed (and will maintain) 38 lift products in Imperial Green, a high-specification development of 75, two-, three- and four-bedroom townhouses and apartments in Hythe, a peaceful, coastal market town on the fringe of Romney Marsh.

Street scene at Imperial Green.

Setting the scene

More than a collection of townhouses and apartments, the development offers a whole new way of life, including access to a nine-hole golf course, spa, gym and fitness centre, and views across the English Channel.

Prices range from £425K for a three-bed apartment to £1,250,000K for a three-bed penthouse.

Project overview

To facilitate luxurious living, and, where applicable, to enable homeowners to stay in their homes for as long as possible, a total of 38 Stannah lift products were supplied and installed: a traction passenger lift,11 hydraulic platform passenger lifts (home lifts) and 26 dumbwaiters (service lifts). This future-proofing capability helped to secure the contract for Stannah.

Geoff Crouch, Surveying Director of Jenner Construction, comments:

“We have used Stannah lift products on many occasions and had no qualms in using them again for Imperial Green. They had the product range required and their tender was highly competitive, especially with regards to the dumbwaiters.”


Platform lifts in 11 detached houses

Installed in their own structures, these versatile home lifts did not require a pit or a dedicated load-bearing lift shaft, making for swift, straightforward fixing in just a matter of days.

The lifts enjoy an operation and design specification sympathetic to their contemporary surroundings:

  • Safe, easy access to three floors (580mm)
  • Smooth, reassuring ride at .150m/s
  • Roomy platform size (950mm x 1250mm): easy access for people of all mobilities, including wheelchair-users
  • Manually operated: large, simply marked, illuminated pushbuttons are easy to use for all ages
  • Angled operation panel and grab rail
  • Ceiling light and timer in the lift structure: well-lit travel with lighting that automatically cuts out after use
  • In-car telephone: a reassuring feature should the occupant need assistance
  • Grey safety flooring with contrasting white structure
  • Light-oak door with clear glass viewing panel: mirrors the interior doors and allows natural light to enter the lift car

Dumbwaiters in 26 semi-detached properties

A fleet of Stannah 50kg service lifts delivers imperial household management, whizzing smaller household goods and shopping between floors, silently and effortlessly. They do exactly as they are told – and don’t answer back!

Finished in satin stainless steel with easy-clean, grey baked-enamel interiors, these not-so-dumbwaiters mind their own business behind light oak doors until needed.

These small but dynamic helpers are supplied in their own structure-supported enclosure, so they take just one to two days to install. Not a luxury but more of a modern-living necessity, Stannah service lifts are not known as Europe’s best-selling range for nothing.

Passenger lift in Wisley House apartments

A Stannah 630kg MRL (motor room-less) passenger lift delivers access for up to eight people per journey in Wisley House, one of two five-floor complexes comprising seven properties each of one- and two-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom duplexes.

Ideal for this impressive building, this workhorse conceals its muscle behind a chic façade:

  • Traction drive: gearless and energy efficient for low-cost use
  • Travel: 11538mm
  • Speed: 1.0m/s
  • Motor room-less (MRL): lift workings are housed in a space-saving cabinet located remotely from the lift
  • Mirror: silver, half-height to rear wall
  • Interior walls: silver-grey vinyl skin plate
  • Hand rail: satin stainless steel
  • Ceiling: illuminated, satin stainless steel, bubble cut-out effect
  • PVC floor: light-wood effect


As with all Stannah installations, the Imperial Green lifts are covered by a full maintenance package as part of the contract, with more frequent monitoring in their debut year:

Passenger lift: six visits

Platform lifts: four visits

Service lifts: three visits

The lifts are serviced by the relevant branch of Stannah Lift Services (London and the South East – Dartford for passenger and platform lifts; Orpington for service lifts), part of a nationwide network providing 24-hour, 365-days-a-year support. This covers service, repair, modernisation and refurbishment of all types of lifts, stairlifts, escalators and moving walkways – not only those from the Stannah product range, but also other lift manufacturers’ equipment. Stannah also offers a bespoke lifts service, custom building lifts to meet customers’ specific requirements.

Backed by over 150 years’ experience and expertise

Stannah is a UK market leader in the design, supply, installation, refurbishment and maintenance of a comprehensive range of passenger, service and platform lifts, escalators and moving walkways.

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