Sunday, 24 September 2017

Time Warp Bessie brings Doctor Who to Beaulieu



Doctor Who’s much-loved car Bessie, which was a favourite with millions of viewers for its futuristic features in the Seventies, has been put on show in On Screen Cars at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.


The Earth-based transport for Jon Pertwee’s third Doctor was a bright yellow vintage car replica which starred in many episodes of the cult sci-fi show across two decades.

Bessie was fitted with space-age modifications fit for the Doctor’s adventures, including remote control which allowed him to drive her from a distance as well as an anti-theft force-field.


The Siva Edwardian, built on the chassis of a 1954 Ford Popular, first appeared in the Doctor Who and the Silurians episode in 1970 when the Doctor was stranded on planet Earth and exiled by the Time Lords without the use of his TARDIS. With a need to stay mobile in his fight against monsters and villains, the Doctor adopted Bessie as his four-wheeled transport.

Even when a new car, the Whomobile, appeared on set as a dramatic winged creation, Bessie remained essential for tackling such foes as humanoids, giant spiders, intelligent reptiles and the hypnotic Master.

Tom Baker drove Bessie in his first episode in 1974, using the car to help defeat a giant robot. After a hiatus, the car reappeared in 1983 in The Five Doctors, when Peter Davison’s Doctor encountered four other versions of himself. Dusted down for another adventure with Sylvester McCoy’s Doctor in Battlefield in 1989, Bessie’s last hurrah on the small screen came in 1993 with the charity special episode Dimensions in Time.


Bessie may look like a vintage car but in reality is a 1954 Ford Popular 103E, fitted with a fibreglass tourer body made by Siva Engineering of Dorset. The four-seater Siva Edwardian body was available in kit form from 1969 until the mid-1970s, along with a two-seater Roadster model, allowing any keen DIY mechanic to transform their second-hand Ford 7Y 8hp, Anglia or Popular into a replica of a much older machine and re-live the good old days of motoring.

The original chassis, suspension, engine and transmission from the Ford were all retained in the build of the Siva Edwardian. However, the 1172cc side-valve engine was low-powered and, together with the widely-spaced ratios of the three-speed gearbox, meant that Bessie was not a fast machine. Later on in her filming life, Bessie was fitted with a larger engine which required the nose of the car to be lengthened.


Bessie joins the prestigious line-up of motoring stars in On Screen Cars at Beaulieu. In the hall of fame is Rupert Grint’s flying Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Del Boy’s Reliant Regal Supervan from Only Fools and Horses, Mr Bean’s lime green Mini, the Jaguar XKR from James Bond film Die Another Day and Jennifer Saunders’ and Joanna Lumley’s getaway car – the Piaggio Ape from Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie.

Entrance to On Screen Cars is included in a general admission ticket to Beaulieu, which also includes entry to the National Motor Museum with its collection of more than 250 vehicles, the new-look World of Top Gear, the ancestral Montagu home of Palace House, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and the stunning grounds and gardens. 


For advance tickets or more information see www.beaulieu.co.uk or call 01590 612345.





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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Allegion promotes fire door safety week In hopes of addressing worrisome fire statistics


Recent findings show that nearly 13 percent of fires spread further than the “room of origin,” highlighting a great need to raise awareness of fire door safety, according to safety and security solutions provider Allegion UK. 

That’s why Allegion UK will be supporting the British Woodworking Federation’s national Fire Door Safety Week (FDSW), taking place 25th September to 1st October, through a number of activities.

The aim of FDSW is to raise awareness about the importance of fire doors and the role they play in restricting the spread of fire and smoke. Disappointing statistics suggest that fire doors are not being used or maintained correctly, and some alarming points have been uncovered:

  • 12.75 percent of fires in purpose-built high rise flats in 2016/17 spread further than the “room of origin.” (Fire in purpose-built flats, England, April 2009 to March 2017)
  • In a survey of more than 1,000 tenants living in flats, only 35 percent of the lowest income households renting say they have been given information on the emergency fire plan. (Atomik Research, September 2016)
  • 15 percent of all tenants living in blocks of flats who have fire safety concerns never reported those concerns to anyone. (Atomik Research, September 2016)
  • More than 61 percent of fire doors inspected had problems with fire or smoke seals and more than one-third had incorrect signage. (Research by FDIS, 677 Doors inspected at 31 sites)
  • 53 percent of people admitted they would not know how to spot a dodgy fire door. (Research shared by CFOA during at UK Business Safety Week 2016)

Pete Hancox, commercial leader for Allegion UK & Ireland, said, 
“Fire doors save lives because they prevent fires from spreading out of control too quickly. They also stop smoke from escaping and causing blindness or toxic inhalation during the fire.
“Statistics from various reputable sources show that the public must be made more aware of the importance of fire doors in saving lives and protecting property.”

To help the public with fire door safety, Allegion will be giving away via their website free fire door gap testers that can test whether gaps around fire doors are within the legal limit or not.

In addition to the gap testers, the safety and security experts are also collaborating with the West Midlands Fire Service to host a fire door safety talk at Allegion’s offices for employees and local businesses. The Friday, 29th September, event will cover the technical aspects of fire doors, what the law says on fire doors and what to look out for when carrying out inspections.

Allegion UK has also made a £500 charitable donation to the Fire Fighters Charity www.firefighterscharity.org.uk in recognition of the heroic efforts of fire fighters everywhere, including those who risked their lives during the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Allegion has created a dedicated fire door safety website with vital fire safety information and tools to help those who may need it ensure their fire doors are safe and compliant. Allegion’s door hardware experts are also on hand to offer free safety advice to help ensure the right fire door hardware is selected, fitted and correctly and regularly maintained.

For more information on Allegion’s FDSW activities, call 0121 380 2400. Allegion’s fire door safety resources are available at www.allegion.com/uk.




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Friday, 22 September 2017

Last chance to attend free fire door safety event


Property owners, architects and facilities managers have only a few days left to register to attend a free fire door safety event, hosted by West Midlands Fire Service and ASSA ABLOY UK, the global leader in door opening solutions.

Titled ‘It’s Time To Talk About Fire Doors’, the event offers professionals the opportunity to improve their knowledge of fire door safety. Taking place at West Midland Fire Service’s headquarters in Birmingham on Thursday 28 September, the event will discuss common issues faced by professionals responsible for building design, construction and maintenance.

Representatives from West Midlands Fire Service and ASSA ABLOY UK will consider issues such as how fire doors may change in the future and the potential impact this will have on users.

The event is being run as part of Fire Door Safety Week, which takes place from Monday 25 September until Sunday 1 October.

The initiative is organised by the British Woodworking Federation to raise awareness about how third-party certified fire doors can prevent life-changing injuries.

David Hindle, Head of Door Closers at ASSA ABLOY UK, said:
“This is very timely following the sad events earlier in the year, and we are delighted to give our support to Fire Door Safety Week. This is a good time to try and improve knowledge within businesses and the public about the importance of fire doors and how they save lives.”

With registration beginning from 9:30am, the event is set to start at 9:45am and finish at 12:30pm, followed by lunch and a chance to meet with speakers and other attendees.

For more information and to register your attendance at the event, please visit marketing.assaabloy.co.uk/fdsw-event.




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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Shining a Spotlight on Fire Door Safety


Fire safety should be an important consideration when specifying for any construction project, be it a new build development or refurbishment job. However, in light of recent tragic events it’s clear that it’s not always at the top of the priority list when selecting fit-for-purpose products.

Here, Brett Evans, Technical Director for Door Hardware for Yale, discusses the importance of understanding fire safety regulations as well as why Yale has signed up to support Fire Door Safety Week this September.

Yale has pledged its support for the upcoming Fire Door Safety week, an initiative designed to raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors and aims to minimise casualties caused by fire. The campaign is engaging and educating people about importance of fire safety and correct specification. However, fire door safety should be a key industry issue all year round.

Brett Evans, Technical Director
for Door Hardware for Yale
Research has revealed that in 2015, fire accounted for 16% of domestic property damage*. What’s more, a large proportion of these could have been prevented as the Fire Door Inspection Scheme noted that 61% of doors had fire or smoke seals either missing, installed incorrectly or not filling perimeter gaps correctly**.

These shocking statistics highlight the importance of installing compliant products to ensure residents safety and satisfy your duty of care to customers.

Effective fire doors should ensure rooms are compartmented, to help keep fire and smoke in the area in which it starts, to protect residents and escape routes.

According to BS9999:2017, fire doors should be inspected every six months to ensure they are correctly maintained, with the Regulatory Reform Order: 2015 placing this obligation with the person responsible for the building.

Yale has a wide range of door hardware specifically designed to help building owners and contractors ensure they meet or exceed the required fire safety standards. For example, fire safety guidance states that you should not need to be searching for a key to exit a property during a fire, recommending thumbturn cylinders be installed for safer access.

The high security, Yale Platinum 3 Star cylinder is available with a thumbturn variant enhancing safety for users while also providing a trusted level of security that is synonymous with Yale.

The Yale portfolio also includes the Yale AutoSecure – a multi-point locking system that can assist with gaining fire safety accreditation.

The lock can be instrumental in achieving FD60 and when coupled with a thumb turn cylinder, such as the Platinum 3 Star, this makes for an easy action to open external doors from the inside without the need for keys. This gives peace of mind that residents can exit a building safely in the event of a fire.

For privately rented, council, social housing and commercial buildings, the Lockmaster panic door system from Yale offers the advantage of high performance security and compression, together with accredited emergency egress capability. To complete the doorset, the Yale Firemaster letterplate has been FD30 tested and is Certifire approved CF219.

Improved education is needed to raise awareness of the importance of fire door safety and the industry is now making steady inroads to improve specification for the future. That’s why Yale is joining the cause to help bring fire safety to the forefront for specifiers, building contractors and end-users.

Fire Door Safety Week, which runs week commencing 25th September, will draw attention to specific issues within the fire door industry, such as poor installation and maintenance, and will encourage building owners and specifiers to be more proactive when checking the operation and condition of their current fire doors.

To find out more about Yale’s full range of fire safety products, please visit www.yaledws.co.uk or alternatively call 01902 366800. For product information and updates, follow us on Twitter @YaleDWS.

*Fire Door Safety Week
**Fire Door Inspection Scheme




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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Warning from dhf of Potential Legal Consequences following Manslaughter Case



dhf (Door & Hardware Federation) is stressing the possible legal consequences of failing to ensure the safety of gates following the conviction of a gate engineer for causing the death of Jill Lunn in April 2013. 

Last week, Robert Churchyard was found guilty of her manslaughter by gross negligence and warned that he faces jail. Mr Churchyard, 52, who was employed at the time by Automated Garage Doors and Gates Ltd, denied her manslaughter but was convicted by a jury at Norwich Crown Court after one hour and 15 minutes of deliberation.

The court heard that tragedy occurred when 56-year-old Ms Lunn had pulled into the drive, with her grandchild in the car, and tried to close the automated gate using the remote control. When it would not work she tried to shut the gate manually and it had fallen directly on top of her, crushing her to death. 

Described by the court as a ‘wholly preventable tragedy’, the gate, which weighed around a third of a tonne, was installed in March 2013, but without any stopping devices to prevent it falling if it was operated manually. Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, stated that Ms Lunn’s death could have easily been prevented by means of a simple stopping device either to the gate or to the track upon which the gate ran.

Churchyard was bailed until October 30 when he is due to be sentenced along with the company.

The guilty verdict comes just weeks before dhf initiative Gate Safety Week, which aims to educate and create awareness around the installation and maintenance of automated gates, drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance.

“dhf is committed to making tragic accidents like that of Jill Lunn, a thing of the past,” explains Marketing Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens. 
“Since 2013, we have worked tirelessly to educate and inform the industry of the latest requirements demanded of it and will continue to enforce best practice through our robust training and technical standards.
“We urge all companies involved in the installation or maintenance of automated gates, to contact us should they require guidance on their legal responsibilities.” 

Information can also be found on the dhf website: www.dhfonline.org.uk




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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Allgood Gets To Grips With Ultrafabrics


Allgood recently launched an extensive choice of grip options for its Sembla range of lever and pull handles in partnership with Ultrafabrics. 

The high-performance fabric will introduce a wide variety of colours and textures into the ironmongery sector allowing a high level of customisation.

Adding to the inherent flexibility of the Sembla range, which consists of a central node, grip and tip that can be customised to suit individual design requirements, Ultrafabrics will provide almost limitless options with over 300 colours and textures to choose from offering a new level of flexibility. 

Options range from traditional black, brown and beige in synthetic leather to modern textures showcasing colours ranging from vibrant reds to cooler blues and green shades.

Widely used within the automotive and hospitality sectors, Ultrafabrics has been shown to provide ultimate performance in the most demanding of situations.

Franz Lorenschitz, Allgood Marketing Manager, said: 
“As the first ironmongery manufacturer to feature Ultrafabrics, we believe it has great potential, allowing architects and interior designs to mix and match colours and textures for a distinctive end result.”
Precision engineered from grade 316 stainless steel and manufactured in the UK by Allgood at its Birmingham factory, the Sembla range is ideal for the most demanding environments having been certified to BS EN 1906 grade 4 category of use.

For more information on Allgood plc, visit www.allgood.co.uk or follow @Allgood_plc on Twitter.




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Monday, 18 September 2017

Allegion encourages Locksmiths to embrace Keyless Access Control Technology


Allegion UK will showcase its flagship SimonsVoss MobileKey system at Europe’s largest exhibition trade show for locksmithing and security, the MLA Expo, in Telford from 6th-8th October.

Allegion UK’s experts will be at the MLA Expo delivering two training programmes on how to increase sales in electronic access control solutions and demonstrating what the SimonsVoss MobileKey can do at stand H2.45.

According to Research and Markets’s ‘Global Electronic Access Control Market, 2014 to 2024’ report, the global electronic access control market stood at US$ 4,673 million in 2015, and is expected to experience rapid growth expansion from 2016 to 2024. With the expected rapid growth, Allegion UK encourages locksmiths to embrace keyless access control technology and develop the skills necessary to work with it.


The SimonsVoss MobileKey roadshow by Allegion UK has been designed to give locksmiths, installers and contractors the chance to see and learn up close the latest in digital locking with the SimonsVoss MobileKey system developed in Germany.

Speaking about MobileKey, Allegion UK and Ireland Commercial Leader Pete Hancox said:
“The access control market is set to explode, and we’ve been hard at work pioneering affordable, smart and easy solutions for this moment.
“The MobileKey is our entry-level system from our flagship access control brand SimonsVoss, and locksmiths can make this technology a part of their main revenue stream in the coming years.”
Electronic access control and electro-mechanical hardware is redefining the locking industry. SimonsVoss’s MobileKey system can give scheduled access for up to 20 doors and 100 users. Control is also available straight from a facility manager’s fingertips via a cloud-based app.


Conventional keys will never be a thing of the past, but the introduction of ‘smart’ hardware means customers now have the ability to unlock doors with state-of-the-art remote control keys, transponders, PIN-code keypads or straight from their smartphones.

For installers, Allegion will also be demonstrating how to replace mechanical cylinders with digital ones in just a few minutes, with no wires, drilling or dirt.

To register for the training programmes, please visit MLA Expo’s registration site www.locksmiths.co.uk

For more on SimonsVoss MobileKey, contact Allegion directly on 0121 380 2400 or visit www.allegion.com/uk.




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Sunday, 17 September 2017

How France Helped to put Italy on Wheels


Historically significant Peugeot – the first car in Italy – to star on the 2017 London to Brighton Run

The very first car to have been driven on Italian roads is one of the special entries in this year’s Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox.

It was owned by wealthy textile industrialist, Gaetano Rossi. He ordered the car in 1892 and it was delivered to his home in Schio, Vicenza, in the north of the country in January 1893. However, the car was not Italian, but French, an early 2.5 hp twin-cylinder Peugeot Type 3 with chassis number 25.

When Rossi, a friend of Armand Peugeot, purchased a second Peugeot in 1896, he gave the Type 3 to a friend, Guido Lazzari. Lazzari lived in Aiello del Friuli, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire but lost to Italy in the First World War.

When Italian troops entered Aiello del Friuli, parts of the car were taken and the pioneering Peugeot was laid up. The car lay forgotten for some years until, in 1955, the Lazzari family – Guido died in 1953 – offered it to the Turin Automobile Museum in exchange for a then-brand new Fiat 1100.

Partially restored in time for the museum opening in 1963, the Peugeot was initially thought to be a later model but its true provenance was uncovered in 1999 by Fabrizio Taiana of the Club Storico Peugeot Italia. Until his detective work revealed the truth, the honour of being the first car on Italian soil was held by a Panhard et Levassor, which was driven in Florence in 1894.

Since then, the Type 3 has undergone a further full bodywork restoration in 2007 and, this year, its engine and other mechanical parts were reconditioned in preparation for its debut on the world-famous London to Brighton Run.

With the 2017 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox having a French theme, it is appropriate that the ‘Italian’ Peugeot will be taking a starring role: as the oldest car on this year’s Run. It has been given start number 1 and will be the first car away. It is officially entered by the Museo dell’Automobile di Torino but will be driven by Count Alessandro Rossi di Schio – a direct descendant of the car’s very first owner.

Peter Read, Chairman of the Royal Automobile Club’s Motoring Committee, said:
“This is a genuinely fascinating car. One of the earliest Peugeots in existence, it is also one of the most significant and will come to London in November with an intriguing back story. It is absolutely fitting that it will be driven to Brighton by a member of the original owner’s family.” 


The 2017 Veteran Car Run will be held, as ever, on the first Sunday in November – this year, it falls on the 5th – and is organised by the Royal Automobile Club. 

As dawn breaks, a red flag will be ceremoniously ripped up and the 400 entries will start their journey from capital to coast: the Run celebrates the passing into law of the Locomotives on the Highway Act in November 1896, also known as the Red Flag Act, and refers to a time when these new-fangled machines had to follow a man holding a red flag.

More than 400 veterans have entered this year among which are a large contingent of cars constructed in France. While Germany is generally considered to be the birthplace of the motor car, it was the French who accelerated the concept of the horseless carriage and was by far the biggest automobile producing nation as the 19th century turned into the 20th century. This year’s Run has adopted a French theme in honour of the country’s contribution to motoring.


The Run is just one element of the Royal Automobile Club’s London Motor Week. A full week crammed with motoring happenings, popular events include the free Regent Street Motor Show. Held on Saturday 4 November, it turns London’s premier shopping street into a motoring showcase that puts the spotlight on veterans, classics and moderns alike.

Auction house Bonhams will be holding its annual Veteran Car sale on Friday 3 November while other events in London Motor Week include a motoring art exhibition at the Mall Galleries, which is open to the public, as well as invitation-only lunches, receptions and functions at the Royal Automobile Club’s Pall Mall clubhouse.

For more details of the event and access to registration forms visit www.veterancarrun.com.





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Saturday, 16 September 2017

Redrow selects Urmet to provide access control for large-scale London parkland development

Nationwide house-builder, Redrow PLC, is installing Urmet’s IPervoice IP
 door entry system at Colindale Gardens, a large mixed-use parkland
development  of residential units and commercial premises
 covering 46 acres in north-west London. 


Nationwide house-builder, Redrow PLC, has chosen Urmet’s IPervoice IP door entry system for Colindale Gardens, a large mixed-use parkland development of residential units and commercial premises covering 46 acres in north-west London.

Urmet has already supplied its open-platform solution to an initial stage of over 300 apartments in what will ultimately be a community of 2,900 new homes to be completed by 2025. Residents will also benefit from Urmet’s access control system, which is an integral part of the installation.

Urmet’s Elekta steel and Elekta glass IP PoE entry panels were selected by Redrow and were fitted at entrance points in the initial phases. Visitors will use the panels to communicate with residents and the concierge. The panels feature a 3.5-inch colour display and enable the recording of both audio and video messages if no one is at home.

When completed, there will be 24 blocks of apartments and townhouses within the landscaped gardens. The site is set in extensive grounds and the panels provide a valuable feature as the display is able to show the visitor a route map to the selected residence. Urmet’s IPervoice also combines door entry with access control. At Colindale, the Elekta panels feature integrated Wiegand 13.56 MHz RFID proximity readers, which allow entry to residents and staff on presentation of a key fob or card.

Site awareness for optimum decision-making


Redrow has also specified Urmet’s switchboard software, which allows concierges to manage calls, receive and create alarms, and send messages on a global, group or individual basis. The software simplifies these functions by presenting concierges with a simple-to-use screen menu, giving them awareness of the whole site, which contributes to overall resident safety.

As the development progresses, the installers will be able to move the switchboard management software from one building to another, thereby delivering considerable cost-savings for the developer. Using an IP-based system such as Urmet's IPervoice enables multiple apartment blocks to operate from a single software platform on a site-wide network.

Unified solution

Redrow also specified a requirement that the property management software should be able to administer resident services. The respective features of the door entry system and property management software were compared to see how this would be made possible. By using the Max Pro IP touchscreen monitor, Urmet was able to combine both services on one platform. The Max Pro IP touchscreen is powered by Android and allows Urmet to work with other manufacturers installing third-party apps on the device.

Urmet’s MAX IP Android-powered touchscreens have been installed in each apartment. This is a seven-inch tablet-style device that employs the same swipe movements as a smartphone. The MAX IP has a 2-megapixel camera and a 1024x600 pixel 16:9 screen.

Current trends are app-driven says 
Mark Hagger, Urmet’s Sales & Marketing Director:
“Tablets and smartphones with multiple apps are in use every day, which makes the Max Pro Android environment familiar to residents. Redrow understood that app-based technology could help simplify a number of the resident services it wanted to achieve. It’s exciting to work with developers who are leading the demand for resident services such as video entry, alongside parcel and facility management and who are willing to quickly adopt innovative manufacturers such as Urmet, who invest in delivering technology solutions.”
He continued: “Having truly integrated door entry and access control, plus the switchboard units at Colindale Gardens, means we can make efficient use of the network. Administrative staff have a seamless solution with one point of management and one front-end software set. By providing residents with a touchscreen device that works like a tablet, we have achieved the aim of providing a product that is intuitive from day one.”
Due for completion in 2025, the project will eventually encompass 24 blocks of apartments, townhouses, a health centre, school and neighbourhood centre. Architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios have designed buildings that feature mainly brick elevations, with some of the houses built as three-storey terraced structures. Residents will benefit from walkways, cycle paths, indoor and outdoor gyms, fitness trails, cafés, retail spaces and a four-acre central park.

For further information, please visit www.urmet.co.uk or email marketing@urmet.co.uk



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Friday, 15 September 2017

Majority of tradespeople believe customers need to improve home security


A survey conducted among customers of IronmongeryDirect, and in support of National Home Security Month, has revealed that the majority of tradespeople think their customers need to improve security on their properties.

Of the 733 tradespeople surveyed, a significant 86% said they thought customers’ premises could be better secured, and another 86% stated customers only purchased security products after a break-in.

This is a matter for concern considering that research by the National Home Security Month campaign shows a home is five times more likely to be broken into if no security is in place, compared to at least some measures being taken.

Also worrying is that most respondents (67%) said they did not feel that confident when offering customers advice on how to better secure their homes, with only 33% being “very confident”.

Wayne Lysaght-Mason, Managing Director of IronmongeryDirect, said:
“We urge tradespeople to encourage their customers to invest in the safety of their properties. Also, by arming themselves with more knowledge on traditional security methods, which provide an effective and affordable approach to preventing burglaries, tradespeople can give the public an even more valuable service in addition to fitting products.”
When tradespeople are fitting security products for customers, they said that door locks, window locks and security lighting are the top three preferred security options among customers. Also, almost two thirds (64%) of those surveyed believed that door locks are the most effective way of securing a building.

Fitting high security locks and other forms of security is essential, especially in light of ONS research, which states that forcing door locks is one of the most common methods of break-ins.

When it comes to security matters, tradespeople said that customers are concerned about a lack of alarm systems in their homes. Also, with 43% of respondents saying they are either regularly or occasionally asked to fit smart security products, it is clear that modern security products play a key role in keeping properties safe.

The UK's largest supplier of specialist ironmongery products, IronmongeryDirect, offers a range of security products – both traditional and hi-tech – which are suitable for both homes and businesses, and a variety of budgets. The masters of their trade are available by phone or online to provide customers with advice or technical support should they need it.

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Thursday, 14 September 2017

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors Revamp Trade Partnership Programme


ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, a UK division of ASSA ABLOY, have revamped their Trade Partner Programme to deliver a host of benefits and practical support to participating businesses, and facilitate closer working relationships.


Available in bronze, silver or gold partnerships, the programme will result in mutual growth for both ASSA ABLOY Security Doors and its partners.

Benefits of becoming a trade partner include discounts up to 30 per cent, a dedicated account manager and personalised product drawings. All partners can also take advantage of bespoke product training, and have access to the company’s image library, e-catalogue and customised product data sheets. 

Furthermore, partners are eligible for reduced delivery costs on consolidated orders, and specialist technical support for door orders.


Trade partners can also receive free product samples and have the option for co-branded AASD literature as well as further point of sale tools and assistance.

Included within all trade partner packages is Design4Doors, ASSA ABLOY Security Doors’ innovative online application that enables users to design their own door solutions. With a friendly interface, users can select and adjust numerous features to create an overall doorset that meets bespoke project requirements.

For further information, please visit www.assaabloy.co.uk/tradepartner.


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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

National survey shows worryingly low awareness of fire door safety

Fire doors are a critical part of the passive fire protection
 of every commercial, public and multi-occupancy building.

A major survey of 2,000 UK adults in support of Fire Door Safety Week, 25 September – 1 October, has shown an alarming lack of general public awareness of the essential role of fire doors, which are a legal requirement in all commercial, public and multi-occupancy buildings.

The research, carried out by IronmongeryDirect which supplies fire door hardware and accessories, revealed that a quarter (25%) of people are unaware that fire doors must be kept shut at all times and that 49% of those surveyed say they have seen a fire door propped open.

The results also showed that over a third (36%) admit that they would prop a fire door open at certain times, such as when needing to regularly pass through a fire door protected doorway, needing fresh air or when moving heavy objects.

According to the British Woodworking Federation, the organisation behind Fire Door Safety Week, three million fire doors are installed each year and IronmongeryDirect – a supporter of the campaign – supply a wide range of critical fire door components such as intumescent seals, closers and accessories.
“Our survey was carried out just a few weeks after the Grenfell Tower fire in June, so it is disturbing that a significant proportion of the general public seem to lack basic fire door knowledge”, said Wayne Lysaght-Mason, Managing Director of IronmongeryDirect. He added: “We would urge people, especially trade professionals, to use our online fire door checklist to help assess whether fire doors in buildings they occupy or are responsible for are legally compliant.”
Following the Grenfell tragedy, the company reported a sharp rise in the sale of intumescent door seals, door closers, smoke alarms, and other fire related products.

The survey also highlighted that nearly six in ten people (59%) do not know how to identify a fire door and that 13% of people who do would either take no action or be unsure what to do if there was an obvious problem with a fire door.

In previous research among its customers, IronmongeryDirect also discovered that most of the tradespeople surveyed (73%) had noticed fire doors without correctly fitted seals, and 74% had seen a blocked or obstructed fire door.

The safety campaign says that fire doors are often the first line of defence in a fire and their correct specification, maintenance and management can be the difference between life and death for building occupants. However, they remain a significant area of neglect, can often be the first thing to be downgraded on a specification, and are too frequently mismanaged throughout their service life, propped open, damaged and badly maintained.

For a comprehensive guide on fire door compliance, visit www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk/fire-safety.



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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Have Your Say at The CITB NVQ Meeting


A meeting has been called on the 5th October 2017 at the Yew Lodge Hotel, Packington Hill, Kegworth DE74 2DF for all employers to discuss the current NVQ/NOS and its content and to find a way forward.  

The meeting will start at 10:30, and is scheduled to finish at 14:30 a lunch will be provided.  An agenda for this meeting will be distributed during the week commencing Monday 18 September 2017. CITB will pay for your travel expenses.

Who will be there?

On this occasion, the Associations and Federations have been invited to the meeting as well as employers and members of the associations.

Why you need to be there.

As you may already know The ADIA BS EN16005 course and exam, accredited by City & Guilds, has been audited by CITB and CSCS.

It has been deemed by these representative bodies to be the equivalent to the NVQ Level 2, Skilled Workers Card for the Installation/Service and Repair of Automatic Doors. However, there has been opposition regarding our course receiving this partnership with CSCS. This is because it is believed that the ADIA BS EN16005 CSCS card is unnecessary due to there being an NVQ.

The ADIA are of the belief that our CSCS cards are a necessary requirement to show the skills of engineers who work on automatic doors. It was created because it is believed the NVQ Level 2 doesn’t fulfil that potential or demonstrate the required knowledge as set by the BS EN16005. Which is why the ADIA created an alternative and improved the BS EN16005 to include various assessments and skill demonstrations.

The ADIA know there are members who disagree with the NVQ/ NOS. It is understood there are issues regarding outdated content which needs to be improved. The association are asking for your support for the ADIA CSCS card scheme and show that the NVQ is currently not relevant to the industry of today.

If you are unable to attend this meeting then please go to the CITB website and use the following link to have your say – www.citb.co.uk

Please email the ADIA to let them know if you are attending this meeting so they can give numbers to the organiser at CITB.

It is really important that you do have your say in the future of the automatic door industry.

The NVQ Titles are: Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Specialist Installation / Repair Occupations Door and Shutters  QUA800 / QUA800

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Comelit VIP Securing Sheffield Children’s Hospital

A children’s hospital is benefitting from enhanced new levels of security
thanks to the installation of an IP video entry system from Comelit.

A children’s hospital is benefitting from enhanced new levels of security thanks to the installation of an IP video entry system from Comelit. The ViP system at Sheffield Children’s hospital has been integrated with the hospital’s existing unified Cisco infrastructure network.

As part of a £40 million redevelopment, the advanced Comelit video entry and access control system has been installed in a new section of the hospital, which is home to a new outpatients’ department and three wards, featuring more single rooms with en-suite facilities for parents staying with their children. The new building also includes priority car parking, a main reception area, an iconic play tower and an inner courtyard play area.

The entrances to the wards have been equipped with ViP Ikall and ViP vandal-resistant video entry panels, which allow staff to control the access of visitors. The entry panels transmit calls to ten Icona monitors at nurses’ stations, where staff can communicate with visitors and allow or deny access. If the nurses’ station is not staffed, the call is automatically routed to the paging system to alert staff.

The Ikall panels enable audio and video communication with visitors via a built-in colour camera and a two-way speaker. Sporting clean, attractive lines the panels have LED backlighting and screen characters, offering optimum visibility for users and featuring touch-sensitive keypads. The panels can also be set up to include options such as numerical pushbuttons, digital name directory and proximity RF readers as part of a bespoke configuration to suit the needs of the installation.

The Icona monitors have a 4.3-inch colour screen and are equipped with sensitive touch technology, a hands-free function, audio ringtone (which can be selected from a range of polyphonic ringtones) and colour/contrast adjustment. The full duplex audio monitor is fitted with an SD card slot.

Two Comelit help points – which connect to the new building’s reception area – have also been installed on the network to help visitors and others with general queries or calls for assistance. One is situated in the internal staircase, the other at the internal car park.

Nick Stevens, Comelit’s Business Development Manager, Northeast said:
“The most striking aspect of this installation is that it resides on the hospital’s existing unified network, rather than having the inconvenience of installing dedicated cabling. The hospital’s IT department was very positive about having our equipment on its network and the installation shows that our IP equipment is suitable for integration with enterprise level networks.”
Having an IP-based system enhances the performance of video intercoms and is versatile and easy to install. It can be integrated with existing networks or installed using dedicated cabling. The system can accommodate multiple users (in theory, an unlimited number) with simultaneous audio and video conversations. There are no distance limitations and the Comelit ViP system allows for remote connection and diagnostics.

www.comelitgroup.com




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