Permanent ramps are structured of concrete, such as the ramp shown below and is ideal wherever regular wheelchair access is required.
With a non-slip surface, side upstands and easy grip handrails, it is equally suitable for ambulant users with reduced mobility.

Pros to a permanent ramp:

  • Are relatively cheap
  • Extremely hardwearing
  • Maintenance free

Cons to a permanent ramp:

  • Extremely expensive to remove
  • Reduced access for a number of days
  • Construction is weather dependent
  • Construction time is quite long (3-10 days)


Semi permanent ramps are constructed from mild steel angle and tube with a raised mesh walkway surface galvanized after manufacture and comes with adjustable legs, levelling points and handrails.

Pros to a semi permanent ramp:

  • Very short construction time (usually 1 day)
  • Extremely hardwearing
  • Maintenance free
  • Easily removed
  • Construction is not weather dependent

Cons to a semi permanent ramp:

  • Quite expensive (although we do offer a rental option)


What length ramp do you need?

For fixed concrete ramps, Building Regulations would generally suggest a gradient of 1 in 12 (e.g.: a 3″ height would require a 36″ ramp).
However, this is a guideline, and not a legal requirement. If space permits, this is the ideal gradient, but often the height that needs to be bridged is too great to allow such a length, particularly on narrow footpaths etc.

Where only occasional use of a portable ramp is required, for powered scooters / electric wheelchairs (or a manual wheelchair with assistance), a gradient of 1 in 6 is adequate. (e.g.: a 6″ step requires a 36″ ramp).