The Abingdon Blog

The Abingdon Blog is a photo record of events and places in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, started on January 1st 2006.

Friday, 20 November 2009

Plan B Lift

There was another well attended public meeting to look at the plans for the County Hall / Museum development as they will now be presented to the National Lottery.

Planning permission has been granted. A decision will be made by the National Lottery in March 2010 as to whether they will release the remaining money, from the £2m grant, to let the scheme go ahead. If it does go ahead then work is likely to start in September 2010.

Much of the plans to improve the building are essentially unchanged: such as essential maintenance ( something that English Heritage have not funds for because of government cuts to their budget over a long time), and improving the main museums spaces to bring them up to scratch and fit them for the next 50 year .

But the question of The Lift remains a controversial topic.

Dr Andrew Brown from English Heritage and Adrian Kitt the architect from Ridge partners hold here the new plan for the Abingdon museum lift. Unfortunately the plan for a lift to the session hall (first floor) were turned down by The English Heritage Central Committee a couple of months ago. They thought it was too intrusive on the look of such a nationally important building. A lot of people in the hall were unhappy at that decision, including a lady in a wheelchair.

But there is a Plan B Lift.

With this lift there is not much to show above ground - apart from a fence to protect the roof. It is a platform lift to the basement and undercroft.

As part of the modified plan disabled facilities will be provided in other more imaginative ways. The original lift was estimated at about £xy0,000 and the new lift is expected to be much lower - depending on the tender exercise.

But once a lift shaft is sunk, it could be adapted by a future generation.


Blogger The Poet Laura-eate said...

A stairclimbing wheelchair is always an option re access.

21 November 2009 15:26  
Blogger Backstreeter said...

somebody did mention a stair walker, so maybe that is similar. I think they said that staff need to be fairly fit themslves to operate and to be properly trained. Good report you did on Susan Hill, as did Gaskella. Couldn't be in two places at one.

21 November 2009 23:56  

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