Sesame Access on shortlist for 2012 British Engineering Excellence Awards

Date
09/17/2012

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New rising barrier system saved 45 build hours per project

Click image to enlarge: Wheelchair-access platforms

Sesame Access, custom wheelchair-access consultants, have been shortlisted in the 2012 BEEAs (British Engineering Excellence Awards). The London-based team of designers and manufacturers are one of five firms nominated in the Small Company of the Year category, following intense scrutiny by an accomplished panel of judges charged with championing innovative engineering in the UK. The British Engineering Excellence Awards demonstrate the technical prowess and diversity of engineering design on offer across the country while recognising the achievements of those organisations succeeding on the global stage.Now in their fourth year, the awards emphasise innovation and ingenuity, allowing smaller companies to compete on an equal footing with their larger counterparts. They are an incentive to the design-engineering industry, fostering world-class business practises, and act as a benchmark of excellence for the wider engineering community. Steven Lyons, MD said, "We are absolutely delighted to be nominated for this award. We are continuously improving our design for each lift we design and install, as each site is unique, and are proud to have our efforts recognised this way." Founded in 1996, the Sesame Access Systems product range is defined by its design, build, and installation. With a focus on user experience, all Sesame wheelchair lifts, lift platforms, and stair lifts are ergonomically designed and tailored to the client's exact requirements. Each bespoke wheelchair platform lift combines form and function, coupling modern design aesthetics and a unique retractable stairs system with a robust lift, state-of-the-art technology, and award-winning engineering expertise. Offering compliant, durable, and discrete disabled access, Sesame wheelchair lifts are intended to blend seamlessly with existing surroundings and can be professionally clad in a choice of finish. This attention to detail is carried across residential, commercial, and public commissions with platform lifts and retractable stair access suitable for both internal and external installations. A completely new rising barrier system designed for a project at The Institute of Civil Engineers building formed an integral part of the Sesame Access awards nod, showing the brand's ability to transform its design process to better suit client needs. As part of its wheelchair platform lift installation process, Sesame engineers were able to replace a hand made bracket with a standardised laser cut alternative, stress tested to minimum possible thickness. The resultant product significantly reduced engineering requirements—lowering costs and saving 45 build hours per project. Charles Lyons added, "Typically, large scale commercial and public buildings and projects will go to larger companies due to their greater market penetration and larger marketing budgets. We have been able to counteract this by prioritising our customer service and innovation and are particularly pleased this achievement has been recognised by the British Engineering Excellence Awards. All of the approaches we offer are 100% bespoke, allowing us to adapt our service and product to the client's own exacting specifications whether they are working to listed building restrictions or have unusual spaces to accommodate. We have no off the shelf products and build every unit to order. The proof of the success of this approach is marked by the many prestigious addresses, landmark buildings, and architecturally interesting spaces we have been commissioned to work with." Sesame Access Institute of Civil Engineers project description Video demonstration of the Institute of Civil Engineers building installation

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