Case Study: "BRAVO!"— for Stannah’s Star Role in Historic Theatre Revamp

When it comes to working flat out to install a passenger lift to a tight deadline, Stannah played a star role in the £3.3 million refurbishment of  the19th-century Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham.

Stannah removed the old model and wall-mounted the new 20-person traction lift into the existing shaft, working seven days a week to meet the deadline, on time and budget. 

The lift supports the Theatre’s drive to improve access and facilities to stage door, backstage and dressing room areas to make them accessible for performers and staff, regardless of mobility, in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. The lift also plays a vital role in transporting equipment between six floors.

Finished in linen-effect stainless steel, the lift interior features a grab rail and autodialler for added reliability and reassurance.

The traction drive is energy efficient, fast, and smooth, whilst the roomy through-car configuration makes movement much easier for everyone, as Robert Sanderson, Theatre Managing Director at the time of installation comments:

“It was just so good to get to the theatre this afternoon and be transported up in the new lift. Thanks for making my working life bearable again!”

The installation was vital to the Royal Transformation Project—the Theatre’s third remodelling in its 154-year history, and part of a wider revamp that includes the Royal Concert Hall. Completed in two phases, it ensures that both venues remain ‘two of the UK’s most successful touring venues, leading the way for arts and entertainment in the East Midlands region’.

Result? A bumper-size, high-performance passenger lift that supports the backstage access needs of this elegant performance venue with over half a million visitors every year.

As with all Stannah lift products, the passenger lift is covered by Stannah’s comprehensive lift service plan, which includes six service visits in the first year, with continued lift maintenance by the East Midlands branch of Stannah Lift Services, part of a nationwide network providing comprehensive lift servicing and support.