The upgrade of the flats on the Fore Street Estate has included the installation of new gas boilers, double glazed windows, and a new insulated roof and walls. Enfield Homes also took the opportunity to re-decorate the block internally and externally, including fitting Secured by Design Accredited flat entrance doors from PDS featuring the Astra 3000 Series concealed closers.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the FSO) came into force in October 2006 and brought the common parts of blocks of flats within the scope of mainstream fire safety legislation for the first time. Since flat entrance doors are critical to the safety of the common parts in the event of a fire within a flat, the FSO requires them to be fire-resisting and self-closing.
The 3000 series of concealed door closers from Astra is manufactured in the UK, in four different power sizes with adjustable closing speed and latching action for different size and weights of doors. In the case of the Fore Street Estate, 3001 (Size 1) and 3002 (size 2) Astra closers were specified to give the perfect combination of ease of use by residents with reliable closing and latching on narrow entrance doors where a Size 3 closer would have made the door too “heavy” and unusable by tenants.
“First of all they need to close the door efficiently but in a controlled manner which the Astra closers do reliably, every time. Astra concealed closers are much more discrete than overhead closers which can look rather institutional. As an extra bonus, these Series 3000 closers can’t be tampered with so they remain safe in use.”
“This saves time and hassle for the contractor and means that the closers are fitted right first time every time.”
“It is often the case with entrance doors to flats, that they cannot open much beyond 90 degrees, making it impractical to fit an overhead closer to the inside. Because Astra’s closers are tucked on the hinge edge, they take up no additional space,” Paul concluded.
The quality design and build of the Astra 3000 Series closers makes them perfect for applications like this Enfield House project. Unlike other concealed closers on the market, the Astra 3000 series is fully controlled and adjustable, making it a really viable alternative to overhead products at a sensible price. This adjustability helps specifiers to achieve doors which comply with the Equality Act 2010, Building Regs and PAS 24 for entrance doors and the RRO for fire doors.
Astra is well known for its door closer range including the popular Gibraltar range. The Lancashire-based company can demonstrate many years experience in the sector and carries out all of its own R&D in-house. It exports its British door closers all across the globe via a network of distributors and partner companies.
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