During the past 14 years we have been involved in some prestigious projects. However, all our customers are of equal importance to us and each project receives the highest level of attention whether it is to automate your Grandmother’s front door or to install a number of plate glass doors to a landmark building.
We are continually gathering photographs so you can see the full range of the types of work we undertake. In the meantime we have written a little about some of the diverse installations we have undertaken.
LANDS’ END EUROPE LTD
The Head Office at Lands’ End Europe was subject to a ram raid through their main entrance which destroyed both their inner and outer doors. The inner doors were boarded up and a temporary door installed with a locking system connected to their access control so the site was secure whilst the new doors were manufactured. The new doors were designed to exactly match the existing screen work both in design and colour. We have installed a further two sets of sliding doors on this site.
MEASHAM LEISURE CENTRE
The main entrance to the leisure centre was originally designed with a pair of swing doors. Over time the hinges had worn and when we were asked to look at the site one of the door leaves was not in use as the top hinge had failed completely and the door was unsafe to use. As there was sufficient room we replaced the double doors with a pair of bi parting sliding doors to match the rest of the frontage.
WALTHAM CROSS – DOMESTIC
Our client is wheelchair bound and was unable to open her front door effectively confining her to her house unless assistance was available. She had a new porch constructed and we worked closely with the builder, electrician and composite door supplier to ensure that the new door could be neatly automated once it was fitted. She now opens the door with a hand held fob and can now go out without help knowing that the door is locked securely behind her.
FIRST PORT RETIREMENT – KINGFISHER COURT
We are preferred suppliers to First Port Retirement Services and have automated or replaced many of the main entrances to their retirement homes. Most of the entrances are very similar with one fairly narrow leaf of a pair opening when the access control is used. Kingfisher Court was a typical lay out and we removed the whole entrance replacing it with one wide swing door and a small side screen. The residents now enter and exit the building with greater ease and the low level threshold is safer and easier for their wheelchair bound and semi ambulant residents.
UCAS – LIFT LOBBIES
We were asked to replace the existing swing doors leading to the lifts on three floors at the offices of UCAS in Cheltenham. The old timber framed doors were removed and replaced with plate glass sliding doors. The mechanisms were hidden on the corridor side to give an attractive modern look for people arriving in the lifts.
SELFRIDGES FLAGSHIP STORE BIRMINGHAM
We were asked by Selfridges to remove the existing 2 pairs of plate glass swing doors as they were catching in the wind and smashing the glass. This is the entrance at the end of the tunnel leading from the 8th floor of the car park, crossing the main road, to the store. We removed the existing entrance and replaced it with a pair of plate glass sliding doors. At the same time we replaced all the surrounding polished chrome on the entrance supports. All the work was completed overnight so there was no inconvenience to the store’s customers.
OAKMEADOW SURGERY, LEICESTER
We were approached by the facilities manager at the surgery where I was, at that time, registered as a patient. They had previously invited two other automation companies to take a look at the existing entrance porch which was of timber construction with two swing doors. The doors were in poor repair and the only solution which had been suggested was to remove the entire porch section and replace it with new aluminium screenwork and new doors which were then to be automated. When we surveyed the site we suggested that as the only part of the entrance and lobby that was in poor repair was the door sections that these should be removed and replaced with colour matched aluminium and the doors automated. This proved to be a most cost effective solution and the results were highly satisfactory.
ROLLS ROYCE, BRISTOL
Like a number of companies Rolls Royce employ disabled staff and one of their employees at the Bristol site is confined to a wheelchair. In order to assist him in moving more easily around the building in which he works we were asked to automate a large number of existing doors and to install a new main entrance slider. We interfaced with the existing access control system installed in the building and ensured that he was able to access all the areas required including the car park.
Manufacturing Unit Bardon – Airlock Doors – Plate Glass
This factory manufactures high value precision engineering parts. They wanted to create a final quality control area for finished product to pass through prior to shipping. Our brief was to install two sliding doors in toughened glass where one door would not be able to open unless the other door was closed, thus creating an air lock.
Airlocks can also be achieved with swing doors and are normally used where an increased level of security is needed. We installed this system for Great Ormand Street hospital for their instrument cleaning facility.
SHIRES SHOPPING CENTRE, LEICESTER for Sir Robert McAlpine
At the start of the construction of the recently completed Highcross Centre in Leicester one of the initial phases was to alter the access from the existing car park into the Shires Shopping Centre. We were responsible for automating twelve pairs of swing doors leading from the parking area into the lift areas over three floors. All the doors are fully automatic, opening as they are approached from either side.
This was a large project involving three phases of installation which included some new aluminium door leaves and also some repairs to existing doors prior to automation. We installed automation throughout the college allowing the students to move around the campus more easily.
THE CURVE THEATRE for Bovis
This building is currently nominated for a number of design awards and has recently been visited by Her Majesty the Queen during her visit to Leicestershire. This was a difficult brief due to the stringent requirements of the architect. The whole external building is fabricated from glass as are the three double entrance lobbies which we were required to automate, without any wiring or equipment being visible! This was finally achieved and the result is most impressive.
GPS PROXIMITY SYSTEMS for London & Quadrant Housing Trust
We have been working with London and Quadrant Housing Trust for a number of years mainly installing and maintaining automated front door systems for their less able residents. Initially we were asked to specify an access control system for twelve of their residential homes which could be administered from their Head Office; this has now been rolled out to all the sheltered schemes in the Northern Neighborhood. The system operates with a SIM card at each site so no computer or telephone lines are needed. When a new tag needs to be added or a lost one deleted, the database at Head Office is amended and the SIM at the site is telephoned, this updates the information.
These shop premises were acquired by our client to be transformed into a private dental practice. He wanted to project an ‘up market’ image to his clients. We installed aluminium shop windows and also sliding doors, as the door fronts the pavement we made it open automatically from the reception area for customers leaving the premises and installed a push to open button outside to activate the door. The push button allows the door to open only when customers wish to enter the premises rather than opening every time someone walks past.
MRS WILLIAMSON for Oadby Council
This lady is confined to a wheelchair and was unable to leave her house without assistance as there are steps at the front of her property and she was unable to open the existing patio door due to her condition. We removed the existing patio door and screen and replaced it with a screen and swing door. Now the door has been automated and a new ramp installed, by our builders, Mrs Williamson can now press a button to leave and return to the house without relying on others.
SALFORD CATHEDRAL VISITORS’ CENTRE for main contractor
This is the main entrance to the new centre. The 6.5 metre operator carries the plate glass doors. During the hours that the centre is open to the public the doors open automatically as they are approached from either side. When the centre is closed to the public the activation is turned off and the access control system is engaged, this locks the doors but still allows authorised staff to enter by using the proximity reader. We also installed a door contact switch which activates the air curtain heater above the doors as they open; this helps to help maintain the temperature in the reception area economically as the heater only comes on when the doors open.
PEAKS & PLAINS HOUSING TRUST
These works formed a major part of Peaks & Plains’ refurbishment works to achieve compliance with the Equality Act and to increase their residents’ independence. The works encompassed all of the communal main entrances, 12 in total. Most of the sites were re-fitted with new aluminium and glass doors and new proximity readers which were installed to safeguard the safety of vulnerable residents. In addition, some of the internal communal doors were automated in particular lounge and laundry doors. We currently service and maintain all of these installations.
Concealed Sliding Doors
Concealed sliding doors can be used in a variety of situations and are chosen for different reasons. If the client is looking for a sliding door solution which will have minimum impact on the aesthetics of the room this is a good solution. The automatic operator can be concealed above the ceiling line and the door runs into a false wall so the only part of the entrance which is visible is the door leaf itself when it is closed. We installed a concealed plate glass door to this specification for Rolls Royce in their new sales suite and have also worked for clients in their own homes.
The other reason for using a concealed door is that it effectively increases the clear opening of the entrance. The formation of the pocket can be through an additional glass screen which sits in front of the fixed pane, this would be part of the replacement screen work. This effectively increases the doorway width by 200mm which can resolve problems with smaller apertures.
Hospice in Harlow
We automated 8 existing sliding doors for the hospice. The operator is installed within the cavity and the existing door is used, there is no bottom track. The door can now open and close automatically at the press of a button. Once the internal studwork is replaced the job is complete.