A touch of class: Stannah helps modernise historic entertainment venue

Stannah at the Winter Gardens

Stannah was chosen to replace the passenger lift in the historic Blackpool Winter Gardens

Lifts can be a regular challenge in heritage buildings, and Blackpool Winter Gardens is no ordinary building. First opened in 1878, this Grade II Listed 3,000-seater entertainment complex has entertained countless millions throughout the history of the popular Lancashire seaside resort town. Like any other building with more than one level, the requirement to safely and reliably transport people from one floor to another, especially those with limited mobility, is an essential one.

One of the lifts at the Blackpool Winter Gardens had been in desperate need of repair for a long time. The existing OTIS passenger lift dated back to somewhere around the 1950s was only safely able to carry 4 persons or a maximum load of 380 kg, and looked very dated with its plain oak panelling.

“Stannah was the ideal choice for the replacement of our Opera House passenger lift, which had been out of service for over 12 months. Working with Stannah has been so easy, and constant communication was kept from start to finish.” Says Philip Jackson, Head of Maintenance, Winter Gardens Blackpool

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