Case Study: ​Stannah Xtralifts at Hammersmith Academy

Opened in September 2011, Hammersmith Academy is a brand new, non-denominational, all-ability, co-educational school and 6th form specialising in Creative and Digital Media and IT. Located in West London, it caters for around 780 students, staff and visitors, with full access for all required to facilities ranged over four floors.

Stannah – first choice for the specifier

Stannah passenger lifts have been first choice for the lift specifier, London architect, BHM Architects, for many of their new-build projects in the educational sector. Prior to Hammersmith Academy, hydraulic drive passenger lifts from Stannah’s Maxilift range had fulfilled all people-moving requirements.

Traction drive on demand

For this project, BHM Architects required traction drive passenger lifts and Stannah offered the ideal solution with their Xtralift passenger lifts. Moving swiftly between the four storeys, they combine a range of features and finishes to complement project demand, including décor. Importantly, the Xtralifts delivered the required design flexibility and performance within budget.

Better by design

Operating over a distance of 13.2m each, the lifts feature plasticised, light grey walls, ‘Domino’ suspended, downlighter-effect ceilings, and stainless steel consoles, skirtings and car doors.

“As with all such projects, Hammersmith Academy demonstrates our response to the physical and emotional demands of the environment. In both product and performance, Stannah has supported this ethos and made a significant contribution to the efficiency and good health of the school. Having used Stannah on numerous projects we knew they would perform well from initial consultation to installation, commissioning and aftercare.”
Nathan Beevers, Associate, BHM Architects, London

Tailored to suit

Both Xtralifts benefited from the Stannah bespoke design service in which the basic model is tailored to fit individual requirements:

  • Key card access: ensures the lifts can only be accessed by card-carrying users.
  • Door-size graphics: G-1-2-3 – printed on the external lift doors make the lifts easily located at each floor.
  • Building: Stannah helped in remedying several builder’s workmanship issues throughout construction such as redesigning architrave fixings to accommodate the computer suite flooring.

Superior specification

Available in models up to 33 persons, with many features, finishes and options, Stannah Xtralifts are designed for busy surroundings to carry more people a little faster and a little higher. A super-efficient, oil- and vibrationfree, gearless traction drive ensures a smooth ride with low noise, energy use and running costs. Compact controls located at the top of the shaft save space; and fast, efficient installation is ensured by a modular structure and unique rail system giving precision, durability and reliability.


As with all Stannah lift products, the Xtralifts were installed with a Stannah 1-year, full maintenance package as part of the contract. They are serviced by the London and South East branch of Stannah Lift Services, 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.

The Stannah promise

Stannah is committed to delivering:

  • The best quality products
  • Superior service
  • Good value for money
  • And, last but not least, reliability

All backed by a 150-year lift manufacturing pedigree.