Here at Penny Engineering, we understand that one of the crucial challenges faced by architects is creating functional and efficient spaces to encompass all of their clients’ needs.

In various projects, the need for the vertical transport of goods in architectural plans can’t be ignored. This is where specifying the right goods lift becomes essential. Whether it’s a warehouse, commercial building, entertainment and leisure facility, hospitality, or retail space, choosing the appropriate lift for your architectural designs can greatly enhance the overall functionality and productivity of your structure.

Penny Engineering Guide to Goods Lifts in Architectural Plans – Penny Engineering

Understanding the Project Requirements

The first step in specifying the right goods lift for your client’s needs is to thoroughly understand the project’s unique requirements. Consider the nature of the goods being transported, the frequency of use, the available space, and the vertical distance between levels. For instance, a warehouse might need a heavy-duty lift such as our MezzHD 1000kg Goods Lifts capable of moving large loads, while in the hospitality sector, they might require a more compact lift like our Lightwell Lifts to transport items such as bins, laundry trolleys, or food and drinks deliveries.

Penny Engineering Guide to Goods Lifts in Architectural Plans – Penny Engineering

Capacity and Size Considerations

The capacity and size of your goods lift are critical factors to consider in your architectural designs. Architects need to ensure that the lift’s loading capacity matches the intended use. Moreover, the dimensions of the lift should align with the available space; oversized lifts can be wasteful, while undersized ones can hinder functionality. Penny Engineering designs and manufactures a variety of Goods Lifts, each one custom-built to order, to suit a range of lifting capacities.

Safety Features and Compliance

Safety should be a paramount concern when specifying a goods lift. Penny Engineering’ Goods Lifts are designed and manufactured in accordance with the Machinery Directive and are CE and UKCA marked to ensure exceptional quality. Installations are commissioned and issued with a Report of Thorough Examination, ensuring customers meet their statutory obligations under LOLER.

Environmental Considerations

In today’s eco-conscious world, architects should also consider the environmental impact of the goods lift in their architectural plans. Penny Engineering factory uses 100% green electricity puts zero waste in landfills, maximises the use of low embedded carbon materials and will recycle the complete lift at the end of life if requested.

Penny Engineering Guide to Goods Lifts in Architectural Plans – Penny Engineering

Operational Efficiency

Your choice of lift can significantly impact operational efficiency. For example, a well-designed goods lift should allow for easy loading and unloading, minimising downtime. Penny Engineering’ Goods Lifts feature user-friendly controls and mechanisms that require minimal training to ensure the efficient and effective transportation of goods between levels.

Penny Engineering Guide to Goods Lifts in Architectural Plans – Penny Engineering

Integration with Design Aesthetics

While functionality is key, the goods lift’s design should also seamlessly integrate with the overall aesthetics of the building. The lift’s appearance, materials, and finishes should align with your plans. At Penny Engineering, we offer custom painting for our Goods Lifts in an array of colours to meet your architectural designs and requirements.

Collaboration with Lift Manufacturers

To ensure the best-fit solution, architects should collaborate closely with reputable lift manufacturers. Designing and manufacturing our goods lift in-house, Penny Engineering can provide valuable insights, technical expertise, and customisable solutions that align with your project’s specific needs; offering guidance and support from start to finish. In-house design capabilities allow us to offer bespoke designs presented in DWG or PDF format to suit the customer’s needs, as well as BIM models.

Identifying The Type of Goods Lifts Required

Different architectural plans may call for different types of lifts. Architects should be aware of the various options available in the market. Penny Engineering designs and manufactures a range of Goods Lifts, including:

Mezzanine Floor Goods Lifts

Penny Engineering Mezzanine Floor Goods Lifts can lift up to 1000kg and are ideal for efficiently moving goods between multiple floors in spaces like warehouses, stores, workshops, and factories.

Features of a Penny Engineering Mezzanine Floor Goods Lift:

  • Maximum working load of 250kg to 1000kg
  • Up to 3 stops (including ground level)
  • Self-supporting mesh-clad shaft
  • CE and UKCA marked
  • Made to order in 4 – 6 weeks 
  • No hidden fees
  • Made In Britain
  • Floor mounted, no pit required
  • No motor room required

Penny Engineering MezzLifts Include:

Mezzanine Floor Goods Lifts – Penny Engineering
Sloping Cellar Lift – Penny Engineering Ltd

Cellar Lifts

Our Cellar Lifts are designed for confined spaces and are perfect for transporting goods such as gas bottles and kegs in basements or cellars.

Features of a Penny Engineering Cellar Lift

  • CE and UKCA marked
  • No pit required
  • No hidden fees
  • Made In Britain
  • Can operate outdoors
  • Maximum working load up to 210kg
  • Single, double, sloping, and vertical configurations

Penny Engineering Cellar Lifts Include:

Loading Bay Lifts

These lifts provide an alternative to ramps and scissor lifts, making short-distance transportation smoother.

Features of a Penny Engineering Loading Bay Lift

  • CE and UKCA marked
  • No hidden fees
  • Made In Britain
  • Folds away after use
  • Constant pressure control
  • Floor mounted so no pit is required
  • Up to 1500mm travel height
  • Maximum working load of 500kg or 1000kg
Loading Bay Lifts – Penny Engineering
Lightwell Lifts – Penny Engineering

Lightwell Lifts

Designed to fit existing apertures, our Lightwell Lifts are used for transporting goods from pavement to basement levels.

Features of a Penny Engineering Lightwell Lift

  • CE and UKCA marked
  • No hidden fees
  • Made In Britain
  • Can be used outdoors
  • 2 or 3 stops (ground included)
  • Self-supporting mesh-clad shaft
  • Floor mounted with no pit required
  • Maximum working load up to 1000kg

Improve Your Architectural Designs With a Penny Engineering Goods Lift

Get in touch with us today to see how we can optimise your architectural designs with a Penny Engineering Goods Lift. Proudly sporting the Made In Britain accreditation, our lifting solutions can be customised to meet even the most stringent of specifications, and we are always on hand to provide assistance and guidance – both during your installation and long after.