Friday, 19 January 2018

TLT acts on Novoferm expansion in the UK


TLT has helped German-headquartered Novoferm Europe Limited expand its operations with the acquisition of UK-based Bolton Gate Services Limited, as TLT research reveals an increase in the percentage and value of deals involving international investment into the UK. 

Novoferm – the European subsidiary of Tokyo-listed Sanwa Shutter Corporation and one of Europe's largest suppliers of entrance solutions – has acquired 100% of Bolton Gate Services – a leading provider of 24/7 door and shutter maintenance and repair services across the UK.

The team was led by corporate partner Alice Gardner and involved technology partner Dan Read, tax legal director Mark Braude, corporate solicitors Luke Thorngate-Davies and Vanessa Aziz and real estate associate Edward Pitt.

According to The Insight Partners, the global automated industrial doors market was valued at US$ 1,525 million in 2016 and is estimated to reach US$ 2,266 million by 2025.

TLT's M&A Legal Trends Report 2017 revealed an increase in the percentage of UK deals involving an international element, from 35% in 2014 to 41% in 2016. Deal values ranged from £1 million to £32.2 million, with an average of around £13 million. The majority (87%) involved an international investment into the UK.

Jeremy Baker, CEO of Novoferm UK Limited said:
"This is an extremely important acquisition as we look to expand our offering across Europe. Bolton Gate Services has a strong reputation and a national client base, with services that will offer customers UK-wide maintenance and repair services. TLT provided us with clear and practical legal advice throughout and ensured that the transaction completed to our timetable."

Alice Gardner, partner at TLT, comments:
"We continue to see strong foreign investment into the UK, enabling UK companies to take their growth plans to the next level. The international element of these deals makes it all the more important to make sure you know the dynamics of each market and conduct thorough due diligence before you move forward, and to make sure that both parties are aligned in agreeing the terms of the deal.
"Novoferm operates in a growing market and we are delighted to have been involved in giving strategic advice on the transaction." 





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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Is your Fire Safety Training up to date?


Karen Trigg, South East business development manager of Allegion UK, urges businesses to invest time and money into training for staff involved with fire safety. This is to avoid costly, or even deadly, situations.

Keeping your training up-to-date regarding fire safety and fire door hardware comes with a whole host of benefits for your business.

Doing so will mean you will reduce the risk of facing unnecessary fines and a potentially damaged reputation.

Yet, new research from law firm Hugh James revealed that almost one in five Brits (16 percent) work for a company where not a single fire drill has been carried out in the last twelve months.

Even more worrying is that the poll of 2,000 full and part-time employees found that almost half  haven’t received workplace training on what to do in the event of a fire.

Clearly, some employers are not taking training as seriously as they should. Of course, employers will have their age-old reasonings – training employees is time consuming and costly.

However, if you neglect fire safety training for employees, history will reveal that you may be treading a dangerous path.

Karen Trigg
Prevention is better than cure

Following the motto of ‘prevention is better than cure’ is an adage that often rings true.

This is typified by comparethemarket.com’s survey of 2000 people in 2016, showing that 54 percent of people living in the UK don’t know what they need to do in the event of a fire.

That’s over half of the population who would be none the wiser if a fire broke out.

Take Oxford Street’s New Look store in London. The retail premises caught fire back in 2009 and criticism arose in light of its lack of staff training.

One of the customers, Joanne Weaver, spoke of her experience: “Staff within the shop did not seem to have a plan to evacuate people. They went from no cause for alarm, to panic.” Joanne noted that the staff hadn’t indicated there was a problem and no real direction was given in terms of advice or assistance.

The retailer subsequently faced fines amounting to £400,000, a fractured reputation, and a building in ruins.

Of course, it’s only speculation, but had the staff received the appropriate fire safety training, New Look may not have been charged with such a large fine. What’s more, the fire itself could have been tackled earlier resulting in less damage to both the building and the store’s reputation.

Starting with your fire doors

Another key fire safety issue is ensuring that fire safety hardware is in good working order.

Understanding what to check when inspecting fire doors is useful knowledge to retain, helping to prevent a worst case scenario.

What’s more, just as threatening to fire safety is the improper use of fire doors.

Wedging a fire door open, a particularly common offence made by many, may render your fire door obsolete. Fire doors need to remain closed to effectively prevent the spread of fire and smoke. Keeping a fire door open could put your business at risk legally, should it be judged that a person’s life be at risk as a result.

Additionally, keeping your emergency escape routes clear is crucial. Fire doors with a blocked passage are dangerous and uneccessary.

It’s essential practice to make sure staff members understand correct use of all fire doors within your establishment to maintain maximum safety in the event of a fire.


Correctly installed hardware amidst a changing landscape

Training on fire safety hardware doesn’t end in-house. Checking that installers have been correctly trained is key.

Locksmiths installing your hardware also need an acute knowledge on fire safety hardware. Electro-mechanical hardware, intended to be an aid for doors and often installed by locksmiths, can be susceptible to damage and accidents if installed incorrectly.

The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) seeks to establish a licensing scheme to approve locksmiths. MLA ensures regular checks with approved companies, such as vetting, maintenance inspections and locksmith qualifications.

As a result companies which have been “MLA approved” appear more reliable, trustworthy, qualified and professional.

By being accurately trained on the product and its application, and by following appropriate risk assessments, potential hazards can be avoided and controlled.


Time to take action 

After The Grenfell Tower incident in June 2017, the Care Quality Commission issued a letter identifying some of the main fire issues as:

  • Fire exits and fire doors wedged open
  • Escape routes used as storage areas
  • Low awareness among residents of what to do in emergency situations
  • No evidence of fire drills having been undertaken recently 

From this, we can take that training within fire safety and fire door hardware should be a requirement. It’s as simple as that.

Your business should implement basic fire safety training to decrease the likelihood of accidents both in the event of a fire and in the general work environment.

Furthermore, fire doors need to be regularly serviced and maintained in order for your business to stay in compliance with regulations.

Ensure that your hardware is not only installed correctly, but that your staff understand what to check for when inspecting your fire door hardware.

For more, visit www.allegion.co.uk



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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

North Valley Metal Acquire APT Security Systems


North Valley Metal (NVM) are excited to announce the acquisition of APT Security Systems from the Swarco Group of Companies.

APT Security Systems, established in 1962, is one of the leading providers of vehicle access control and traffic management systems in the UK. With a rich history of designing and delivering practical and cost effective solutions to thousands of worldwide organisations, APT Security Systems is the natural first choice for secure products.

APT Security Systems is a specialist in security installations and supply everything including manual parking barriers, automatic car park barriers, automatic rising bollards, automatic terrain blockers and rising kerbs for automated security access control systems.

All installations can be fully tailored to meet requirements and are rigorously tested for safety and reliability. Their highly skilled engineers provide nationwide service and maintenance support.

John Seymour, Managing Director of the NVM Group said: 
"We are delighted to welcome APT Security Systems to the NVM family.”
“Renowned for the quality of our products, our acquisition of APT Security Systems from the Swarco Group both enhances our product offering and allows our customers to purchase more of their requirements from a single source and receive on-site support from experienced group personnel.” 

NVM are one of the country’s leading suppliers of Industrial Door Components, Sectional Overhead Door Components, Tube Motors and Electronic Accessories, Wicket Gates, Steel Personnel and Fire Exit Doors and bespoke manufactured Steel Doors rated to 6 hrs, and LPS rated Steel Doors to LPS Level 6.

Since it’s inception in 1966, the company has diversified into the fabrication market and boasts a manufacturing plant dedicated to the production of gates, railings and architectural street furniture, complemented by a fully equipped in house paint shop.

For more information about the NVM Group or APT Security Systems please visit:

www.nvmgroup.co.uk or  www.apt-security-systems.co.uk




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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

P C Henderson Release New Product Range Brochure


Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, is pleased to announce the release of new all-inclusive product range brochure.


Designed to replace its existing literature collection, the 136 page brochure is a valuable resource for distributors, architects and specifiers. The document features the company’s entire product range including new products and a wider range of accessories as well as technical and component drawings.

Andrew Royle, Sales & Marketing Director at P C Henderson comments:

‘P C Henderson was established in 1921 and had a small product portfolio. Fast forward to 2018 and we offer one of the largest ranges of sliding and folding door hardware in the industry.
‘We currently have over 60 products and an impressive range of accessories; we have the ability to make almost anything slide. This new brochure has been designed to categorise these systems to make it easier for our customers to identify and specify the most suitable system for their project.’
To request your printed copy or download a digital version of P C Henderson’s new product range brochure visit www.pchenderson.com/support/brochures




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Monday, 15 January 2018

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors secures major project at Canary Wharf’s New District


ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, has been awarded the contract to supply and install fire-rated steel doorsets to the New District, a major new development on the Canary Wharf estate in London.

Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd has selected ASSA ABLOY Security Doors to supply and install over 600 steel doorsets, including personnel and fire doors. The doors supplied will be installed in the basement areas of the mixed-use development and prepared for future access control requirements.


Peter Mather, Project Manager at Canary Wharf Contractors, said:
“ASSA ABLOY Security Doors was selected as it provided an integrated manufacture, delivery and installation of doorsets and ironmogery that suited the technical and architectural needs of the project.
“This integration gives us comfort of compatibility and certification, while also allowing the future proofing of the doorsets for later requirements.”

The order features high-end ironmongery from the ASSA ABLOY Skyline range, combining sleek aesthetics with functionality and ergonomics. This makes it suitable for applicatons in modern buildings, particularly those for commercial use.

Located east on the Canary Wharf estate, the New District is built around a 211-metre, 57 storey cylindrical residential skyscraper designed by Herzog & de Meuron. Alongside residential properties, the development incorporates commercial office space, as well as retail and amenity spaces.

The production of the steel doorsets from ASSA ABLOY Security Doors is underway, with installation expected to take place throughout 2018. 


Chris Cole, Area Sales Manager at ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, said: 
“We were one of four companies initially nominated by the Adamson Associates Architects. We understand how crucial it is for a project of this scale to ensure the products supplied are fully tested, certified and compliant with the stringent fire and security requirements.
“We are honoured to collaborate with Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd again by taking part in such an ambitious development. This contributes to our recent successes with 22 Churchill Place and Jubilee Place projects, as well as the Crossrail project’s new Canary Wharf station.”

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors have been involved in an extensive range of projects. To find out more, please visit our case studies archive at www.assaabloy.co.uk/Security-Doors.





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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Ferrari at Autosport International


Ferrari is pleased to be the main feature at the annual Autosport International racing car show at the NEC in Birmingham, which runs until Sunday 14th January. 

This is the first time that Ferrari’s Competizione GT and Corse Clienti departments have had a motor show stand dedicated to the company’s racing activities.


On display are a Ferrari 488 Challenge, with which clients compete in the Ferrari Challenge European series, the world-championship 488 GTE driven by James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi, a FXX K EVO, the new entry among the XX Programmes cars, the F2004 F1 car, a single-seater that takes part in the F1 Clienti activities, and the SF17H F1 car driven by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen during the 2017 season.


As part of the company’s involvement in the show, Ferrari drivers and World Champions James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi were protagonists on the Autosport main stage, entertaining the live audiences with a recap of their experiences in Ferrari GT racing and what it feels like to be a world champion. 

Ferrari drivers Miguel Molina and Marc Gene also joined the Autosport International show on Friday and Saturday.


The Autosport International show was the perfect location for Ferrari to announce the company’s intention to evaluate to launch a dedicated Ferrari Challenge series in the UK in 2019. 

A dedicated UK series of the Ferrari Challenge would be run to the same regulations as the Ferrari Challenge European Series, and would be open to any UK clients who own a Ferrari 488 Challenge race car.

Further details regarding the potential race calendar and other technical details will be announced at the Ferrari Challenge Europe race weekend which takes places at Silverstone from 27-29 April 2018 and at the FIA WEC’s 6 Hours of Silverstone from 17-19 August 2018.

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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Allegion Appoints New Business Development Manager For UK, South East


Safety and security solutions provider Allegion UK has appointed Karen Trigg as business development manager to develop and strengthen new and existing business opportunities in the South East.


Trigg joins Allegion UK following 23 years of experience working with architects, contractors and end users. She has worked for industry-leading companies like Capital Architectural Ironmongery, Beaver Architectural Ironmongery and VL Architectural Ironmongery.

In her role as business development manager, Trigg will primarily be involved with extending Allegion’s customer base by liaising with architectural ironmongers. Furthermore, Trigg will be engaging in project-lead work across all sectors.

Marc Lengahan, commercial director of Allegion UK and Ireland, said, 
“Karen will be working closely with our customers to provide them with specification support for door hardware in their buildings, and will be focusing on accelerating growth in new accounts, whilst also developing relationships with existing accounts. We’re thrilled to welcome her to the team!”.
Karen commented, 
“It’s a pleasure to have been accepted as part of the team at Allegion. The brands under Allegion’s umbrella – Briton, LCN, CISA, Legge, to name a few – are all leading industry brands in fire safety and security. My passion is to see that not only are the architects and contractors confident with the products Allegion can supply, but that the end users have products that stand up to their expections.”
Allegion develops and manufactures a full range of door hardware and furniture, from door closers, locks, door furniture and exit devices through to fully integrated electronic access control solutions.

For more information on Allegion UK’s door solutions portfolio, please go to www.allegion.co.uk.



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Friday, 12 January 2018

dormakaba Unveils New Website


dormakaba has launched its new website. Due to the merger in 2015, www.dormakaba.co.uk now provides a single source of information about the company’s comprehensive range of smart access and security solutions as well as its industry leading service and support options. 

The new website allows for quick and easy access to company information as well as a detailed overview of its products and services. Helping users to navigate, the site has been categorised into: door hardware; entrance systems; electronic access and data; mechanical key systems; lodging systems; safe locks and interior glass systems.


The site benefits from improved functionality, a clear and simple design and enhanced user experience.
“We are delighted to unveil our new website and the extensive information it provides our customers,” said Jenna Higgs, Marketing Manager at dormakaba. “The new website is the next logical step in the merger process as we function as one combined brand.”
To find out more about the dormakaba range and to download relevant brochures and datasheets visit: www.dormakaba.co.uk





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Thursday, 11 January 2018

What’s in store for tradespeople in 2018


This year a range of regulatory updates and government-led initiatives are expected to have an impact on the construction industry, potentially affecting thousands of tradespeople across the UK.

2018 could be instrumental in terms of making – or preparing to make – significant changes for trade professionals and the services they deliver. To help IronmongeryDirect has produced an overview bringing together these key changes.

Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety 

Following the tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, the government launched an independent review into building regulations and fire safety. Led by Dame Judith Hackitt the review is examining the regulatory system around the design, construction and ongoing management of buildings in relation to fire safety and related compliance, as well as enforcement issues and international regulation and experience in this area.

An interim report[i] was published in December 2017 which stated that the current regulatory system for ensuring fire safety in high-rise and complex buildings has been deemed “not fit for purpose”.

Speaking about the report, Dame Judith said: “There is plenty of good practice, but it is not difficult to see how those who are inclined to take shortcuts can do so. Change control and quality assurance are poor throughout the process. What is initially designed is not what is being built, and quality assurance of materials and people is seriously lacking.”

Tradespeople are advised to familiarise themselves with the findings when the full report is published in spring 2018, since it could bring about changes to working practices.

Additional Funding for New Homes

The autumn budget provided positive news for the construction sector which should start to filter though during 2018.

£15.3 billion of additional funds have been made available to facilitate the construction of 300,000 new homes a year over the next five years. In addition, the skills shortage in the construction sector has been addressed with the Chancellor setting aside £204 million to train younger trade professionals.

The government will also be introducing the new technical vocational qualifications – or ‘T Levels’ – and increasing the hours of training for technical students aged 16-19 by more than 50%.

Wiring Regs

Mainly affecting electrical professionals, but still very important for construction projects are the changes to the Wiring Regulations, due to be announced in July 2018.

Co-published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the British Standards Institution (BSI), the 18th Edition updates are likely to be wide-ranging and will affect the whole electro-technical industry. From 1st January 2019, it will be a requirement that all electrical installations designed after this date comply to the updated regulations.

It is important for tradespeople working in this field to at least be aware of these changes.

Consultation on Cash Retention

With a shift in focus to small business management, the current consultation[ii] launched by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is addressing the practice of cash retention under construction contracts.

According to a recent survey, one in three businesses (32%) said that between 3 and 10% of their turnover was being held in retentions.

The results of the consultation will not be released until later in 2018 but it is hoped that they will lead to changes that will result in prompt and fair payment for firms working in the construction sector, particularly small and start-up businesses.

IronmongeryDirect has over 16,000 products available and in stock. Orders can be placed as late as 8pm for next day delivery, and by 4pm on weekends. Free, no quibble returns are available on all products.

For more information, visit IronmongeryDirect.com or call their team of specialist advisors on 0800 168 28 28.


[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/668831/Independent_Review_of_Building_Regulations_and_Fire_Safety_web_accessible.pdf 
[1] https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/654258/2017.10.23_Retentions_Payments_Consultation_FINAL.pdf






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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Swift Doors Speed Opening of New Campuses at NCHSR

The Brumster Arrives
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National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) is now open to students following the installation Jewers’ Swift-SEW high speed, automatic bi-folding doors to complete the external structure of the workshops at both Birmingham and Doncaster campuses.

NCHSR brings all skills development for the rail industry into one College based over two sites to address the national shortage of British students with world class skills that will be required when the High Speed Rail project commences construction. The College will provide a real work environment that is geared towards informing and preparing students new to the industry and existing workforce with the highly technical engineering skills required to build, operate and maintain HS2 and future rail projects.

Designed by Bond Bryan Architects, both campuses include large-scale workshop areas that will incorporate machinery and scale model areas as well as the capacity for full size power cars and carriages. Access for rolling stock is by rail tracks, which extend from the external to the internal workshop areas, and the openings are secured by the Swift-SEW-(FG) doors. There are two 5m wide by 5m high doors at Doncaster and a single 4m wide by 6m high door at Birmingham. 

National College for High Speed Rail - Birmingham
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The Swift-SEW door is the latest generation folding door from Jewers and is specifically designed for the rail industry. Each door comprises four leaves, with two leaves folding to each side on the inside of the building and gliding smoothly across the rail tracks. 

Leaves are operated by a powerful centrally mounted SEW drive unit and the control system incorporates inverter control for smooth start and stop and takes less than 10 seconds to open the door fully. Safety is ensured with full height pressure sensitive safety edges, a pair of photocell beams to create a safe zone around the door and internal traffic lights.

Jon Rigby, Associate at Bond Bryan Architects commented: 
“With regards to the doors specifically, we required large bi-folding doors between the internal and external training workshops. They needed to be large enough for a commercial power car to fit through and also needed to deal with the rail tracks, hence the Swift-SEW door was the ideal solution.”

Both campus buildings, including the workshops are fully glazed to provide high levels of natural light and allow maximum visibility both inside and out so external passers-by can engage with the building and the activities within. The workshop doors at both sites are also fully glazed to maintain this concept and ensure conformity with the overall style of the building.

National College for High Speed Rail -  Doncaster

Rigby added, 
“We have used Jewers Doors on several projects recently which require bespoke solutions, namely the Design Prototype & Testing Centre (DPTC), where a similar glazed product was installed.
“Current projects requiring Jewers’ Kingfisher sliding doors are under construction for the Laboratory for Verification and Validation (LVV) and the Integrated Civil and Infrastructure Research Centre (ICAIR), all of which are for University of Sheffield.
“We are therefore familiar with the expertise Jewers Doors could bring to the table and were confident that their products would be suitable for the job.”

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Smart Door Handle that Sanitises Hands launched to help fight against Superbugs


PullClean, an innovative door handle that sanitises your hands, triples the rate of hand sanitisation rates and provides feedback on usage through a monitoring system, has today launched in the UK. 

Invented by Altitude Medical UK co-founders, Dr Alex Oshmyanksy and Dr Jake McKnight, when they were students at the University of Oxford, PullClean encourages people to clean their hands every time they enter and exit a room, making hand hygiene simple and trackable.  It was developed to reduce the spread of viruses and infections in any high-footfall setting such as hospitals, care homes, schools and universities, as well as leisure and hospitality venues such as hotels, restaurants, shopping centres and airports.

To mark its UK launch, PullClean can be seen at the Science Museum as part of a new exhibition, ‘Superbugs: the fight for our lives’, which explores how society is responding to the enormous challenge of antibiotic resistance and bacteria evolving into superbugs.  The exhibition is on until Spring 2019.

While clean hands can dramatically reduce the spread of germs and infections, one of the biggest obstacles is getting people to use sanitiser regularly, because even with multiple wall-mounted dispensers, they simply forget.  A pilot trial of a prototype of PullClean in the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in the USA, saw the rate of hand sanitation rise from 24 percent to 77 percent after it was installed.

PullClean encourages people to clean their hands, simply by placing the sanitiser in a more direct position and replacing two separate actions (sanitising and then opening a door) into one seamless movement.   By increasing hand sanitisation rates, it will help organisations protect patients, customers and staff through reduced incidence of infections.  This will not only potentially save lives, but will also reduce the likelihood of customer and patient complaints or lawsuits and damaged reputation, as well as reducing the incidence of staff sickness


According to Dr Jake McKnight, co-inventor of the breakthrough device and General Manager at Altitude Medical UK: 
“Our device offers a completely new way to clean hands.  We wanted to make it so easy for people to sanitise their hands, that it is almost subconscious.  It’s a small step to press a button when you’re already holding the handle anyway.  The irony is that handles are usually a big transmitter of bugs but PullClean can help stop them in their tracks and drive down unnecessary, expensive and harmful infections.” 

The design is simple:

A tube-shaped cartridge is placed in the centre of a hollow door handle, which releases a small amount of sanitiser when a blue paddle button is pressed. But these door handles aren’t just savvy, they’re also smart.

Each handle includes a monitoring system that records a variety of data, from how much sanitiser is left in the handle and when the cartridge should next be changed, to hourly usage stats compared to how frequently doors are opened.  For healthcare settings this can include hand sanitisation rates across wards, shifts and even entire hospitals.

Infection prevention and control is a top priority for all hospitals and care homes and they are constantly looking at new ways to try and bring infection rates down even lower.  PullClean helps meet Care Quality Commission Infection Prevention and Control requirements and provides a quantifiable insight into infection control performance.

Since November 2016, PullClean has already been used in the USA by organisations including Hilton and Marriott hotels, as well as a number of hospitals, care homes, doctor surgeries, restaurants and universities. 

For further information, please contact:
 
Dr Jacob McKnight, General Manager, Altitude Medical UK

T: 07872 539470
E: jake@altitudemedical.com
W: www.altitudemedical.com or www.pullclean.com




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Monday, 8 January 2018

Door closers create safer homes



Tragic events last year have, understandably, brought the fire safety spotlight on to the social housing sector. Social landlords are having to reassess their approach to fire safety and re-evaluate the fire safety measures in properties they own and manage.

The result appears to be a greater emphasis on the performance, quality and reliability of products used and less emphasis on cost. For reputable manufacturers of quality doors and hardware, this can only be good news, as it should place their products in a more favourable position when it comes to the social housing sector.

Providing safe, secure and comfortable accommodation in the social housing sector imposes enormous responsibilities on social landlords and those delegated to design, build and maintain the housing stock.

So, how can a door closer be expected to contribute towards all of these requirements; fire performance, accessibility, safety, reliability, damage limitation, comfort, aesthetics and so on?

Fire and accessibility

Where performance is concerned, the key areas of consideration when selecting door closers are fire safety and accessibility. The industry will be well-aware of the legislation and performance standards governing these, including CE marking, Building Regulations, the Regulatory Reform Order and the Equality Act.

Most door closers will satisfy these requirements, but the product’s ability to perform reliably time after time, and for many years is critical. This is particularly applicable with the opening forces stipulated by accessibility requirements and the door closer’s ability to deliver the required levels of efficiency when in use. Cycle testing of a selected sample under laboratory test conditions will provide some indication of this, but the design, engineering and quality of the door closer should also be paramount in the selection process, as should the reputation of the manufacturer.


Additional benefits

In addition to the many regulations and performance standards that relate directly to fire safety and accessibility, consideration also needs to be given to the needs of tenants and the situation in which the door closers are being used. Here, again, the performance, functionality and features of particular door closers can provide added benefits that make them more suitable for many social housing applications.

Jamb-mounted, concealed door closers, such as Powermatic, are becoming increasingly popular in the social housing sector. Available in standard and free swing models, they deliver a variety of benefits that ensue from the fact that the door closers are totally concealed when the door is closed.

Where surface mounted door closers have mechanical arms and control boxes on show, the jamb-mounted door closer is completely invisible when the door is closed, and very unobtrusive when the door is open.

Not just a pretty face


Powermatic concealed door closers have long been used by designers and architects to assure the aesthetics of interiors in a wide variety of buildings, notably hotels and high-end apartments. The principle of improved aesthetics is now becoming more widely valued in social housing developments, and it is not only for the sole purpose of a better looking interior; the lack of functional, mechanical devices creates a more homely, less institutionalised atmosphere which contributes towards the comfort and well-being of residents.

A more practical and financially astute reason for selecting a concealed door closer is the fact that they are far less likely to be damaged, whether by a deliberate act, lack of care, misuse or tampering.

This can mean reduced maintenance costs, less inconvenience for residents and more reliable fire safety.

Another benefit of concealment, which is particularly vital in dwellings occupied by tenants with psychological or mental health challenges, is the fact that when the door is closed, concealed door closers do not offer a point from which a ligature can be suspended. Powermatic door closers further reduce this risk as they can be mounted at a low height in the door.


Free swing convenience

Where fire doors need to be free to open in normal operation, or where there might be a risk of a fire door being wedged open, Powermatic Free Swing concealed door closers can provide a useful solution. Connected to the low voltage fire alarm system, the door closer can be set to allow the door to operate normally until the alarm is activated or there is a power shortage, at which point the door closer becomes active and closes the door automatically at a controlled rate. The closer is particularly favoured for care and residential homes, but is equally suited to many similar situations.

Choose wisely

When selecting door closers, specifiers and door manufacturers should be particularly careful to choose products which will stand up to the rigours of day-to-day use in social housing situations and which will perform reliably. Powermatic door closers include a unique twin-power mechanism and undergo exacting cycle testing. They also come with a 10-year warranty and, of course, there is also the comfort of knowing that they are manufactured in the UK by Samuel Heath, which, with more than 50 years’ experience, is probably the foremost authority when it comes to concealed door closers.



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Monday, 25 December 2017

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Everyone at the Door Industry Journal


The Door Industry Journal offices will be closed from 12 noon on 22nd December 2017 and will reopen at 10:00 a.m. on Monday 8th January 2018.

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Finally, we would once again like to wish all of our readers, advertisers and contributors a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year and look forward to your continued engagement and support during 2018.



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