London Festival of Architecture use Super lightweight aluminium treadplates, making Duke of York Steps accessible for all.
The project brief was to make the historic site of the Duke of York Steps (running between The Mall and Waterloo Place near Lower Regent Street) accessible for all. Previously, the steps were completely inaccessible to wheel chair users. Gooding Aluminium’s super lightweight aluminium treadplates (GA HGP1601) were the perfect partner for this weight sensitive and innovative project.
Project: Zero-Energy Lift Tower
(partly sponsored by Gooding Aluminium)
Event: London Festival of Architecture 2010
Location: Duke of York Steps, St James’s
Park, London SW1
Product: GA HGP1601 Aluminium Treadplate
Architect/Designer: Matthew Lloyd Architects
Client: The Royal Parks
The core objective was to facilitate the passage of a person in a wheelchair or mobility scooter up and down the steps using dignified and independent means without connecting to mains electricity. This installation has become one of the key highlights of the West End focus for the London Festival of Architecture 2010 and there is future development planned for a more permanent solution for the London Olympics in 2012.
Gooding Aluminium’s workshop fabricated the slip resistant alloy material into folded trays for use as flooring plates on the access ramp and lift floor. Aluminium is perfect for incorporating into weight sensitive applications, such as this one. Aluminium is only 1/3rd the weight of steel.
Aluminium’s surface has a self generating and repairing oxide coating which makes it corrosion resistant and therefore less expensive to maintain than steel and other corrodible metals.