Standby Power Lifts Chailey Heritage School

“UPS Systems has given us peace of mind. We were delighted with their expert service and ability to provide a bespoke system to meet our specific requirements.” Duncan Elliot, Maintenance Manager, Chailey Heritage Foundation.

Chailey Heritage School

The Chailey Heritage Foundation operates a special school in Sussex for children and young adults with disabilities and complex health needs.

Grade II listed Grace Kimmins House, a former Parish Poor House, has been converted into a life skills centre as part of the Chailey Heritage School to provide each student with an opportunity to achieve their personal goals.

The Challenge

Grace Kimmins House was in a derelict state prior to the refurbishment work and had no pre-existing uninterruptible power supply (UPS) in place. The Foundation needed to install a UPS in order to ensure the building was fit for purpose. Without a UPS, Chailey Heritage School would not have been able to provide guaranteed access to the first floor for the students.

The solution for Chailey heritage school

Working alongside Freeman Beesley and Sunninghill Construction, UPS Systems plc installed two separate UPS units, one for each lift. With it being a listed building, there were construction constraints due to the irregular spaces available inside. In order to house the standby power, two purpose-built UPS units and battery cabinets, designed to fit the available space, were constructed and installed.

In an emergency situation or when the mains electricity fails, the UPS can be controlled from an externally installed switch, using a remote control key. Once activated, the emergency power switch controls the lift hoisting system via the UPS batteries independent of the main power supply. The emergency power button at the control point illuminates to signal that power is being provided to the lift traction system via the UPS.

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