Saturday, 30 April 2016

Tiverton locksmith secures top industry accreditation


The owner of Tiverton-based Five Star Security Services is celebrating being awarded the prestigious Master Locksmith accreditation.

Graham Watts has passed the exam-based British Locksmiths Institute qualification with the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA), the main trade association for locksmiths, which aims to govern the standards of the industry.

A long-term director of the firm, Graham recently took over the security business, which has been providing security systems for West Country businesses, educational institutions, care homes and homeowners for over 25 years.

He said: “This qualification gives our customers added peace of mind that we work to the highest standards. I am keen to build on the existing excellent customer experience, continuing to offer a quality and even better value service for both domestic and business users.”


In response to the award, Dr Steffan George, Development Director at the MLA, commented:

“It is great to see locksmiths coming forward and taking the challenge of the British Locksmiths Institute exam to prove their competence in this increasingly technical industry, and since Five Star Security Services also have MLA Approved Company status they can demonstrate they uphold the highest of industry standards that our organisation represents. We wish Graham well in the future”.


Paul Spencer, Head of Marketing UK & Ireland for leading lock manufacturer Kaba Ltd, which is also based in Tiverton, believes the Master Locksmith qualification is a great credit to the Five Star business. 

"Graham is a customer of ours and it gives us great confidence in his company's capabilities when we know he has the Master Locksmith qualification.

“We have grown an international reputation for our mechanical and electronic security products, and it is the knowledge and skill of installers like Graham who help us maintain it."

Graham Watts added: “We have seen an increase in the demand for master key control systems within businesses and homes with multiple occupancy that require one key to access a front door as well as other rooms. This qualification means we can respond to the market demands, and offer yet another specialist service that will keep our clients’ property safe and secure.”

As well as traditional locksmithing, Five Star Security offers a variety of sophisticated access systems that can be managed via PC, smartphone and cloud-base apps.




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Friday, 29 April 2016

RTR Services Launches New Automatic Drive Package for Installers


Installers of automatic swing doors could save hundreds of pounds with a new package from RTR Services.


A trusted partner to the market-leading manufacturers for more than twenty years, RTR Services is one of the UK’s leading industry experts in automatic and manual door products. Offering independent advice, RTR Services will help customers choose a tailor-made package that meets the exact requirements of their automatic swing door installation, as well as saving them hundreds of pounds. The new package includes a market-leading drive unit, sensors and switches, all wrapped up with manufacturers’ warranties, as well as free training.

Marketing and sales director Paul Watson said:
“This new package ensures our customers can make more profit on every installation. We’re buying in bulk so they don’t have to. By holding the stock and passing on the savings, our customers can get all the cost saving benefits, without tying up essential capital. It also means that every package is always in stock and ready for same day dispatch.
“Our technical experts understand the strengths of every drive on the market so they can help customers make the right choice for each installation. We also ensure every member of our technical and sales team has passed the demanding BS EN 16005 examination so they understand the challenges our customers are facing every day. We even offer specific training on each branded drive unit – and we can come to your premises - so your valuable technicians spend as little time away from the day job as possible.”


Installers can find out what package RTR Services has for them by calling 01787 221666 or emailing sales@rtrservices.co.uk for more information.

www.rtrservices.co.uk 



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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Bob Jennings made ‘Honorary Life Member’ of the European Fencing Industry Association

Bob Jennings

Founder of the ‘European Fencing Industry Association’ (EFIA), Bob Jennings, has been made an honorary life member by the trade association.  Turning 90 years old this May and with a career spanning more than 60 years in the Fencing Industry, Bob Jennings has been at the forefront of industry standards and progression. 

The founder of both the European Fencing Industry Association and ‘Fencing and Landscaping News’ magazine, Bob has enjoyed an illustrious career, having worked in the industry for more than two thirds of his life.

He attended Loughborough Technical College from 1944-1945 and went on to set up his own company, PAWEC, based in Birmingham.  After PAWEC was bought out by Peerless Fencing, Bob stayed on at the organisation as the Managing Director.  Following a number of years at Peerless Fencing, he once again founded his own company, Security Fencing, which expanded to open several branches across the UK.

It was whilst attending a fencing trade show in the USA in the 1980s however, that Bob came up with the novel idea for a new trade magazine across the pond:

“He saw a magazine in the United States that was purely for the fencing industry.” explains his son-in-law, Paul Carter.  “Bob returned to the UK and decided to set up his own publication for the trade.  That’s when the magazine, ‘Fencing News’ (later to be renamed ‘Fencing and Landscaping News’), became a reality.”

Initially, the magazine distributed quarterly issues, but interest from the trade was encouraging, resulting in monthly issues.  It was the only magazine available for the fencing industry at that time, later to be joined by additional trade publication ‘Perimeter Systems’.

In addition to founding the very first publication for the trade, Bob can also be credited with founding the industry’s first inclusive trade association.  When setting up Security Fencing, the only trade association available to the industry at that time was the ‘Fencing Contractors Association’ (FCA), but their criteria of a certain level of turnover to join, rendered many smaller businesses unable to become members.

“There was a gap in the market for a trade association for smaller fencing businesses and more inclusive in nature.” continues Paul.  “Bob’s principal ethos was to offer his members good value for money, and to encourage and support smaller businesses to grow.  His vast industry and business knowledge, covering all aspects including health and safety, employment and company law became indispensable to members.”

Bob set up ‘Fencing Industry Association’ (FIA) in the late 1980s, which in the early 1990s became the ‘European Fencing Industry Association’ (EFIA).  It enabled smaller companies to be represented alongside major manufacturers and suppliers of fencing systems and equipment.  Today, EFIA continues to provide manufacturers, suppliers, contractors, installers and all organisations with a professional interest in the fencing industry, access to the contractors/installers and has therefore, been a direct link to the evolution of the fencing industry.  Although a UK organisation, EFIA has served European, Icelandic, Malaysian and Chinese members.

EFIA Chairman, Bernard Kilbride
“EFIA continues to operate as a hands-on organisation for a hands-on industry, offering real and practical benefits for sensible money” says current EFIA Chairman, Bernard Kilbride, who took over the running of the organisation from Bob in 2010.

Through the EFIA, Bob was also extremely pro-active within the BSI, providing significant input for the development of BS1722 fencing standards, in addition to playing an active role in other industry trade associations and industry bodies for the development and implementation of quality standards, training and regulation for the fencing industry.  He was also instrumental in the founding of the EFA (Electric Fence Association) as a separate section within the EFIA, to provide a trade association and voice for manufacturers and suppliers of electric fence systems in developing National and International Electric Fence standards.

“It’s certainly fair to say that the industry would not be at the stage it is today without Bob.” adds Bernard.  “He’s made it inclusive as opposed to exclusive and progressed standards, training and regulation across the entire industry.  Despite holding traditional values, Bob was also an innovator and something of an IT pioneer; he had one of the very first internet web servers in the UK, and consequently, EFIA was one of the first associations to be able to offer affordable email and website hosting to its members, at a time when this was largely the domain of universities, scientific communities and large businesses.  Today, EFIA continues Bob’s legacy in leading the industry in the use of IT, social media, website services, and cyber security.”

At almost 90 years old, he is still involved.  He served as a director at EFIA until 2015 and is now an honorary member for life.  A consummate professional, leader and Chairman, Bob brought together some of the most respected names in the fencing industry over the years.

“We are so grateful for the invaluable contribution he has made and I am personally honoured to continue the all-important work that he started,” concludes Bernard.



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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Assa Abloy Security Doors Supplies Custom House Crossrail Station



ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, has supplied specialist doorsets to Custom House Crossrail station. The new station is located in East London, one stop from Canary Wharf and is the only Central Section surface station.

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors supplied over fifty steel doorsets to the concourse, platforms and entrance of the station. The doorsets include acoustic, fire, personnel and high security doors from the Powershield range, which all met London Underground’s stringent standards.

Chris Cole, Area Sales Manager at ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, said: 
“Custom House Crossrail station is just one of many London Underground projects we are currently delighted to be associated with.
“It is essential to balance fire safety with security in public locations. We supplied internal and external steel fire doors to provide a high level of fire protection, helping to prevent the spread of fire and maximise evacuation time.”

Paul Bryant at Paneltec Services Ltd, the contractor responsible for the Custom House Crossrail Station, said: 
“When Custom House Crossrail station becomes fully operational, it will see 12 trains an hour at peak time, therefore it is essential that the design of the building is suitable for a high volume of people.
“ASSA ABLOY Security Doors were able to deliver the doorsets on time and on budget to help with the building’s flow. The doorsets demonstrate superior strength and durability, combined with relatively low maintenance requirements, making them an ideal choice for what will be high traffic station.”

Powershield Fire Doors are Certifire approved providing up to four hours of fire protection, while the Acoustic Doors resist sound up to 45dB.

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


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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Show-stopping success for Hörmann at the NEC


Hörmann enjoyed another highly successful year at the National Homebuilding and Renovating Show at Birmingham’s NEC earlier this month.

Over 35,000 homeowners and self-builders visited the leading garage and entrance door manufacturer’s stand during the four-day event. Following on from a record-breaking year, Hörmann enjoyed its most successful show to date, generating over 600 sales leads.

David O’Mara, marketing manager at Hörmann, commented:
“It was great to see such a strong interest in our range of doors and operating systems, and also offer our advice for a wide array of self-build and renovation projects. Exhibitions and shows like this are really important to us and we’re already receiving positive feedback and orders from our dealer network.”
Hörmann’s stand at this year’s show was particularly exciting with a number of new products on display for the first time. The striking fully-glazed ALR Vitraplan made its debut appearance at a UK exhibition, offering an eye-catching, ultra contemporary alternative to the traditional garage door. Hörmann’s impressive HST side-sliding sectional garage door was another inspiring addition to the stand, alongside a number of highly insulated and secure entrance doors.


This year the show also coincided with an exclusive dealer event to reveal the new RollMatic TDL before its official launch in July. Managing director of Hörmann, David Newcombe, gave a presentation to delegates about the company’s latest news, investment plans and product developments before a live installation demonstration was given.

Hörmann’s RollMatic range is one of the most popular available. The recently updated RollMatic 2 was well received by visitors at the show, following a number of design changes to improve its functionality and efficiency. Benefitting from the latest technology, the RollMatic remains a safe, reliable and space-saving option for homeowners.

The 2016 Homebuilding and Renovating Show was the ninth time Hörmann had exhibited at the event.

For more information about Hörmann’s full product range, visit www.hormann.co.uk.



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Monday, 25 April 2016

How to control noise in healthcare facilities


Noise in healthcare facilities and hospitals needs to be kept to a minimum, as it can have a negative impact on all people using these buildings, whether it be staff, patients or visitors.

Recent research into noise in hospitals has shown that irritating noise pollution can actually delay the healing time of patients, and staff can be easily distracted by noise, so those responsible for safety in these sorts of buildings need to ensure that they are doing all they can to keep noise levels down.

Anything from a TV too loud to a steel bowl being dropped can cause uncomfortable noise for building users. A major problem is that these sorts of buildings tend to have reflective surfaces with long reverberation times, instead of surfaces that are capable of absorbing the sound.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has guidelines on the level of noise in hospitals that should be adhered to, ensuring the most comfortable environment for all who use the building. You can read these guidelines here.

Paul Barrows

Paul Barrows, Demand Creation Leader at Allegion explains below what to consider and makes a number of suggestions as to how to control noise in healthcare facilities.

Door hardware and noise

A contributor to noise in facilities can be loud door hardware products. Push pads or electric latches can produce a lot of disruptive noise, especially throughout the night when patients are trying to sleep.

When considering reducing the level of noise in a healthcare facility or hospital, think about door hardware, and whether there are any replacements that could be made.

Push pads and latches

Doors that use push pads or latches for access can be noisy. A Briton exit device with pullman latches is designed specifically for doors with high levels of traffic such as fire exit doors that are also used as access doors and interconnecting doors. These latches provide a smooth and quiet alternative to a traditional panic bolt.

Lockcases

Cheap or poor quality lockcases can cause noise when doors close as the latch bangs against the strike plate. To alleviate this problem, it’s important to invest in a good quality lock that’s latch has a silent smooth action, and doesn’t need a large closing force from the door closer to overcome the latch action, and therefore slamming the door to ensure it closes for fire safety.

Door closers

Hospital and care home staff need to move around facilities quickly and easily. Door closers that enable easy, fast movement around a building, but also ensure doors are firmly shut in the event of fire or a fire alarm actuation, are a necessity.

Hold open door closers can be noisy when a door is required to be closed for privacy or during sleeping hours. Free swinging door closers tend to be a better solution as the door can be shut quietly or left held open at any angle as the situation dictates. However, closing the door completely doesn’t mean releasing it from the sometimes noisy electro-magnetic mechanism.

These type of door closers are suitable for rooms in hospitals and care facilities as they negate the need for any force to open the door. In fact, the door appears to have no closer on it at all as closing the door is a silent process.

Flushbolt

Acoustic door seals

Having gaps around a door is important so the door can open and close effectively. Unfortunately, these gaps allow noise to travel through. Acoustic door seals can be used in these gaps to absorb all this noise, but are well designed so they still allow the door to be used properly.

A wide range of surface and morticed seals are available to suit almost any requirement and can also include bottom seals that automatically seal the threshold of the door when it’s in the closed position, but lift up automatically when the door is opened.

It’s really important to remember, that with any door closers you have the correct specification to ensure that both internal and external doors are not slamming and that they have variable power settings to adjust to the building’s users.

At Allegion, we have a wide range of products that are suitable for noise reduction in these facilities. Whether it’s a full door specification and solution, or just a fit of a replacement door closer.

Our Try Me Product Programme gives end users, particularly Facilities Managers, the chance to try a door closer for free, before committing to fitting them throughout the building.

If you have doors that are hard to open, noisy or slam shut, don’t close properly or are difficult to open, and you think you could benefit from the Try Me programme, contact our specification team on 01922 651301 or email on contactuk@allegion.com.




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Sunday, 24 April 2016

Talbot Alpine ends Bentley’s Winning Streak in Toughest Flying Scotsman Rally to Date


The Talbot 105 Alpine of Gareth Burnett and Martyn Turner put an end to Bentley’s winning streak as it crossed the finish line in what was the toughest Flying Scotsman rally in the event’s eight-year history. 

The 110 crews faced rain, hail, sleet and snow as they journeyed from the starting line at Leicestershire’s Belvoir Castle, driving around 700 miles through Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Northumberland, and into Scotland for the Gleneagles finale.

After back-to-back wins by Bentley specialist William Medcalf for the past two years, Gareth reclaimed the trophy having previously won the event in the same 1931 vintage car back in 2013.

Gareth said: “As much as we are delighted to win and grateful to the Endurance Rally Association for organising such a fantastic event, I’d also like to thank all the other competitors for bringing out these amazing vintage cars out and doing with them what they were designed for. It’s a pleasure to be on the road with them.”

The winning crew finished with an overall total of 0:28:06 with second place going to John Abel and Leigh Powley in the 1937 Lagonda LG45 on 0:28:45, and the 1938 Bentley Derby 4 of Stuart Anderson and Andy Pullen on 0:29:38, finishing in third.

There was also a win for the oldest Pioneer car in the rally, the 1911 Knox Type R, bravely crewed by Michel Laarson and Maryon Grief who tackled every speed test, regularity, and challenging mountain climb alongside cars 30 years junior.


Fred Gallagher, Rally Director of the Endurance Rally Association (ERA), said: “Our competitors faced every type of weather condition imaginable over three days of intense driving in some very exposed terrain and remained in great spirits throughout. Our thanks go to every crew and marshal who once again made it a fantastic event for the vintage motorist.”

There were two special awards presented at the prize giving dinner at the luxurious Gleneagles Hotel and the Concours D’elegance went to Shane Houlihan and Richard Pain in the 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C.

The Spirit of the Rally award went to Matthew Abrey and Jasper Hulscher in the 1931 Ford Model A, who found themselves taking the engine out of the car on Saturday night after the clutch failed. A new clutch was driven from Norfolk to Scotland arriving in the early hours. It was ‘all hands on deck’ to get the clutch fitted and car reassembled but the crew managed it, even checking out of the first time control on time.

Class wins went to stunning mix of marques, with Paul Crosby and Ali Proctor in the 1939 MG TB Supercharged winning Class 2 for cars up to 1500cc, and Martin Hunt and Robert Mannix in the 1937 Frazer Nash BMW 328 winning Class 3 for cars 1501 to 2000cc.

Last year’s runners up Bill Cleyndert and Dan Harrison in the 1928 Ford Model A won Class 4 (Vintage cars 1920-1930 over 2000cc), while Shane Houlihan and Richard Pain in the 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C won Class 5 (Vintageant cars 1931-1948 2001 to 3000cc). Class 6 (Vintageant cars 1931-1948 over 3000cc) was won by Dirk and Nick Van Praag in the 1936 Delahaye 135M.

The ninth Flying Scotsman Rally will take place from Friday 31st March to Sunday 2nd April 2017, starting from Slaley Hall, in Hexham, Northumberland, in order for the crews to experience more of the Scottish terrain. Entries are now open.

For more details including all the results and the latest updates on the forthcoming Peking to Paris Rally, visit www.endurorally.com


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Saturday, 23 April 2016

Big screen ‘steels’ the show


A new HQ for Javelin Block, a design and build company, The Compound is a 15,000 sq. ft refurbished and re-imagined former industrial building in the Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham. 

Central to the success of the design are steel windows and doors forming screens spanning over 15.5m x 5.5m, manufactured, supplied and installed by Steel Window Association member, Monk Metal Windows.

Javelin Block is interested in buildings ‘as found’. The steel frame of the former textile factory was retained while the brickwork was left exposed and the industrial fixtures and fittings were left in place. With the majority of the building an open volume, the steel screens subdivide the inside and ‘outside’ spaces while maintaining the sense of the overall space and the building’s industrial narrative.

Wherever possible, Javelin Block tries to use local craftspeople. So, on behalf of the client; BPN Architects contacted the Steel Window Association for details of suppliers and, as a result, selected Monk Metal Windows for the contract. The company is located around six miles from the The Compound and helped to design the windows and then worked alongside the contractors on site.

Manufactured from W20 sections, the feature screen includes five double door sets. It was glazed with high-performance 16mm krypton gas-filled units to demonstrate compliance with current Part L regulations and achieves a centre pane U-value of 1.2W/m2k. The units were hot dip galvanised and polyester powder-coated in RAL 8022 black brown.

In addition, seven W40 section steel windows, each measuring over 1.2m x 1.6m, were supplied for use in various locations on the second floor of the building. These were glazed with high-performance 24mm double glazed units; comprising a multi laminate for added security. They also included a non-standard full chamfered bead to replicate old putty glazing.

Phill Shepherd, associate BPN Architects, comments:
“The steel windows provide authenticity and the slim profiles allow for more glass and the very transparent separation we wanted. Monk was incredibly open to ideas and they understood what we were seeking to achieve and bought into the project and the design ethos behind it straight away. That relationship has continued onto other projects with the same client. Being an old building, the structure they were fitting the windows into wasn't plumb so they did fantastically well to set it all out so successfully.”

For further information on the Steel Window Association, please visit www.steel-window-association.co.uk or call 020 8543 2841.



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Friday, 22 April 2016

Top Notch Timber Windows and Doors at Homebuilding and Renovating Show from Black Millwork


Black Millwork will be exhibiting its premium quality timber fenestration and doors on stand 759, at the Homebuilding and Renovating Show, Sandown Park, Esher from 25th to 26th June.

Made from the best knot-free engineered timber, Black Millwork's extensive range of windows and doors will be on display at the company’s stand throughout the two-day show.

Black Millwork’s latest range of aluminium-clad windows will also be making an appearance. Available in a variety of RAL colours and bespoke shapes and sizes, the range delivers U-values as low as 0.7W/m2K – lower than the Passivhaus standard of 0.8W/m2K.

In addition to these products will be highlights from the company’s Andersen portfolio. As the sole UK distributor of Andersen windows, Black Millwork’s stand will be the only place to see these premium American products such as the popular A Series Sliding Sash windows.

These windows are a highly sustainable choice with the incorporation of Fibrex® - a new generation wood, which is manufactured with up to 50% recycled pine waste, and provides the strength and durability of wood but with lower maintenance requirements.


Gary Hutton, General Manager at Black Millwork, commented:
“The Homebuilding and Renovating Show is always a highlight in our calendar as we get to talk with so many new customers. We very much welcome feedback on our products and we find that shows like this one provide the perfect opportunity to have that face-to-face dialogue.
“It’s also much easier to talk about projects in person, so if anyone has an upcoming or live project and would like some advice or a quote, please do come and see us on stand 759. We will also be at four more Homebuilding and Renovating shows later in the year.”

Also on display at Black Millwork’s stand will be its high performance Urban Sliding Sash windows, its range of high specification 68mm engineered timber entrance doors and an appealing range of fenestration choices, including its oak casement, flush casement and tilt and turn windows.


In addition, Black Millwork will be showcasing its products at the other upcoming Homebuilding and Renovating Shows too.

  • London (23 – 25 September)
  • Edinburgh (15 – 16 October)
  • Harrogate (4 – 6 November)
  • Somerset (19 – 20 November) 

For more information about Black Millwork and the services and products it offers, please visit www.blackmillwork.co.uk




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Thursday, 21 April 2016

Gliderol Garage Doors announce the strengthening of its Service, Warranty & Installation Support

Pictured from left to right - Lee Cotton (Engineer), Neil Holmes (Engineer),
Roy (MD) & Adam Hodgson (Manager).

Gliderol, a leading manufacturer in the UK and Ireland garage door market has today announced the strengthening of its service, warranty & installation support with a dedicated and highly experienced team.

Roy Sinclair, Managing Director of Gliderol commented:
“We have invested in new vehicles, equipment and training for our service, warranty and installation team so that we can better support customers old and new, we see customer support at the heart of what we do  as we look to continue to grow over the coming weeks, months and years.”

2016 is an exciting year for Gliderol, as along with investments in products, marketing, sales, support and transport the company is looking to celebrate its 30th anniversary by moving to a new modern manufacturing facility to accelerate its growth plans and install a training and development showroom to enhance relationships with distributors and suppliers.

Established in the UK in 1986, Gliderol is a leading manufacturer / distributor of garage and industrial doors and ancillaries into the UK and Ireland garage and industrial door industry, supplying, distributors, dealers, merchants, sme housebuilders and national house builders. The company operates from its facility in Peterlee and supplies product across the UK and Ireland.

For more information please visit www.gliderol.co.uk  .




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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Assa Abloy’s Journey from Mechanical to Digital Security at IFSEC 2016


ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, will be exhibiting its journey from mechanical to digital security at IFSEC 2016. 

ASSA ABLOY’s leading brands will showcase their product breadth that comes from years of expertise in the industry and has formed the solid grounding for introducing its innovative digital solutions. The group’s journey from mechanical to digital security will be on display at stand E1100 in Hall S7 of Excel, London, from 21-23 June.

ASSA ABLOY will demonstrate how its future-proof solutions, help to mitigate risk across a wide range of end user markets, including the commercial, education, health, transport, retail and residential sectors.

Visitors can expect ASSA ABLOY’s stand at IFSEC 2016 to be the most impressive to date, as the groups leading brands Yale, ASSA ABLOY, Abloy and Traka, will showcase their strength in digital technologies.

ASSA ABLOY will feature its new key-based eCLIQ electronic locking system, which is more durable, secure and efficient than conventional locking systems, offering programmable keys and compact cylinders that minimise the risks associated with lost keys. The electronic locking system is suitable for all project types and brings particular end user benefits when applied to frequently used doors and places with high staff turnover or multiple access requirements.

Aperio® wireless access control technology, which expands new and existing systems, will also be on display. The new features of the established, leading Aperio® product line will be revealed, including the Aperio® V3 platform that improves the reaction time of its wireless locks and has powerful electronics that enable remote unlocking commands to pass from access control systems to doors and locks almost instantly.

ASSA ABLOY will demonstrate how data centres can ensure that their sensitive data is protected against unauthorised access with the award winning Aperio® KS100 Server Cabinet Lock. For small to medium sized businesses SMARTair™ wireless online access control system will also be showcased, demonstrating how cost effective door management can be achieved without the associated complexity of wiring.

Abloy will showcase its new One CLIQ solution for commercial environments, as well as the innovative CLIQ® Connect technology that enables keys to be activated through a smartphone.

Traka will demonstrate that it is the leading provider of intelligent management solutions for keys and equipment, showcasing intelligent gun lockers, Traka Web software and its Touch Technology solutions.

Research commissioned by Yale, revealed that smart security is one of the most popular drivers for the smart home; Yale will demonstrate how they are at the forefront of developments within Smart Living technology.

Yale will showcase its innovative Smart Living products range for the residential market that includes standalone security products, such as smart locks.

Chris Bone, Vice President of Digital Access Solutions EMEA at ASSA ABLOY, said:
“We are currently in the midst of a digital revolution; ASSA ABLOY’s stand at IFSEC 2016 will showcase our journey from mechanical to digital security and how we are a leading solution provider with a continued focus on innovation.
“It is an exciting time of change in the security industry, where new technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) are transforming our market landscape. The number of connected devices is increasing exponentially, with 50 billion connected devices expected to be in existence by 2020*. 
“Growth of the connected home is driving the demand for connected locks and it won’t be long before security will be at the heart of the Smart Home. We believe that a smart home starts with a smart door and ASSA ABLOY is at the forefront of this journey, offering the best protection for smart home customers.
“At IFSEC 2016, we will demonstrate through our product innovation how we have successfully navigated the journey from mechanical to digital security to create a connected future.”

For more information, please visit stand E1100 in Hall S7 at IFSEC 2016, taking place 21 – 23rd June at Excel, London or visit www.assaabloy.co.uk


*According to a report by Cisco and DHL



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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

No Trip-Ups for Jewers Doors at Portsmouth’s Boathouse 4


Jewers Doors have installed two ‘thresholdless’ versions of their Kingfisher sliding door system in Boathouse 4 at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. The doors were purpose designed to ensure trip-free access between workshops and formed part of a £3.5 million restoration programme recently completed by Interserve.

Boathouse 4 was originally built during WWII and was one of only two locations where specialist assault and infantry landing craft were manufactured in preparation for the D-Day landings. The restored building is now home to the International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) and a fully functional Boatbuilding Skills Training Centre, where traditional boatbuilding and related skills required to conserve wooden boats are taught.

Kirsten Holland of Walters and Cohen Architects commented:
“Boathouse 4 is an important historic building and we felt the aesthetics of straight sliding doors between the workshops would be more sympathetic to the design and help maintain the classic industrial feel to the structure.  As this will be a very active centre building and restoring large boats, it was important that once the doors were slid back, there would be no obstruction to the movement of large, heavy boats or materials.  We approached Jewers Doors who were very helpful and were prepared to put in the time to design a customised door that fully met the demanding specification of this unusual building.”

Each Kingfisher straight-sliding doors is in a single, top-hung leaf, hanging from Jewers own pendant hanger and top track system, but instead of incorporating bottom tracks within the floor, surface mounted torpedo guides are used to stabilise the doors. These are situated behind the adjoining walls to ensure unrestricted access between the workshops.  An integral wicket door allows staff and students access between the workshops when the main sliding door is closed, and this has also been designed without a bottom threshold to eliminate any trip hazard.

No bottom threshold to eliminate any trip hazard

Mark Jewers, Director of Jewers Doors added:
“Thresholdless doors are not a new development, however, the integration of a thresholdless wicket door is a recent innovation for our Kingfisher and Osprey doors, and we are confident that they will prove popular in any environment requiring large industrial doors and unobstructed pedestrian access without having to open the main door.  Wicket doors can be fitted with simple lever furniture or panic bars for emergency escape situations.” 

The Kingfisher door is one of a trio of insulated sliding and folding door products available from the Phoenix range of doors from Jewers Doors.  All doors can be customised to suit a clients individual needs with options such as solid insulated panels, partial or full-glazing, wicket doors, full height pass doors, electric or manual operation and a multitude of finish options.

For more information visit www.jewersdoors.co.uk .



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Monday, 18 April 2016

Formica Group launches a Refreshed Range of Designs with its Formica® Door Collection


Opening new doors for architects and designers looking to specify a practical solution for interior doors, Formica Group launches a refreshed range of designs with its Formica® Door Collection.

The Formica Door Collection brings an extensive selection of new eye-catching patterns, tactile textures, and an array of colours to meet the design demands of modern environments. The introduction of 27 new decors, 30 colours in Linewood™ surface finish and 3 magnetic surfaces, in addition to the already existing 120 colours, 45 woods designs and 18 patterns, brings the total Collection to 186 decors.

Classic Wenge
Sheet sizes
The variety of sheet sizes available provides architects and designers with the freedom and flexibility to incorporate a mix of standard and bespoke door sizes specific to the needs of the project. The Formica Door Collection is just as suitable for specification in hospital or educational environments, where often wider and taller doors are required, as the Collection is to hospitality, office and retail settings.

Available in 4 sheet sizes as standard, doors are available in the following dimensions: 2150x950mm, 2350x0950mm, 2350x1300mm, and 3050x1300mm

Millennium Oak
Behind closed doors
The inherent properties of Formica® High Pressure Laminate means the Formica Door Collection is highly resistant to stains, impact, scratches and moisture, is easy to maintain, hygienic and FSC® Certified across the complete range. The result is a Collection offering a strength and durability that ensures the beauty of the door remains intact over time, providing an alternative solution to wood, glass, composite, and PVC.

Knock on wood
As a response to today’s digital age, authenticity and a return to essential and simple materials is currently on-trend in interior design. The result is a greater demand for aesthetic that incorporates nature and biophilic design as designers look to bring the great outdoors to interiors.

Just Gold
Colour and patterns
Hand in hand with a return to nature, eco-themed designs are equally in vogue.

Calming woods are being juxtaposed with earthy tones and patterns to create organic and nature-inspired environments.

Opening the door to your imagination
Formica Group has also introduced Younique® by Formica Group to the new Door range, opening up unlimited potential to create customised visuals for personalised interiors or to incorporate signage and brand identity within the fabric of the door itself.

Vintage Zinc
Smart doors with magnetism
When is a door not just a door? When it is also a smart surface. The introduction of three magnetic laminates, including Diamond Black, to the Formica Door Collection adds a fun yet practical touch to the latest generation of decorative laminate.

Formica Group’s magnetic laminate transforms surfacing so that it not only has a magnetic effect but can also be used as a communication tool since it can be written on with chalk or special board markers.

Light my fire
The Formica Door Collection meets UK and European Fire Doors and Building Regulations. The design, manufacture, quality and consistency of production, audit and traceability of the Formica Door Collection has been properly tested and validated making it BWF-Certifire certified.

Formica Group globally leads the industry in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative surfacing products for commercial and residential applications.

Formica® laminate is the ‘original’, with over 100 years of design and product innovation and manufacturing experience. Durable, easy to clean and resistant to impact, heat and scratches, Formica laminate requires minimal maintenance. Resistant to humidity, it can be also steam cleaned or disinfected with no adverse effects. Typical applications include wall panelling, doors, cubicles, furniture, counter tops and more.

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Sunday, 17 April 2016

‘Le Tank’ returns for the first time to the historic Grand Prix de Tours

Michel Loreille the organizer of the Grand Prix de Tours.

‘Le Tank’, a Bugatti Type 32 that first raced at the 1923 Grand Prix de Tours, is to return for the first time to the historic event held on June 25-26 in Chinon, France.

The car will join more than 150 cars coming from Great Britain, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland and France for the 16th edition of the event, which is sponsored by Total one of the world’s largest integrated oil and gas companies.

The 1923 race offered a superb duel between the Bugatti 32 and Voisin Laboratoire cars, but the final victory went to the Sunbeam with British driver Henry Segrave at the wheel. Almost a hundred years later, the Bugatti will be joined by the Voisin Laboratoire cars for a high-octane re-enactment of that duel.

The Grand Prix de Tours attracts nearly 20,000 visitors every year and its 16th edition will take place in Chinon, a medieval town steeped in history in the heart of the Val-de-Loire, a World Heritage UNESCO cultural landscape. This region is not only renowned for its cultural legacy, but is also a mecca for French traditional gastronomy and wines as well as historic motor racing.

Michel Loreille, the organizer of the event said:
“The Grand Prix de Tours is a fantastic event. It has become an unmissable event for lovers and enthusiasts of beautiful motor cars. Each year it gives thousands of visitors the opportunity to see and admire exceptional vehicles from another era surrounded by World Heritage cultural landscapes."
Michel added: “The 1923 Grand Prix was a race between extraordinary men and the kind of personalities that the automotive world has seen only a handful: Ettore Bugatti and Gabriel Voisin. Their creations met in the race track and added a human element to the technical aspects of this sport, creating an event that marked a turning point in the history of racing cars. We look forward to welcoming guests from the UK.”

On Saturday 25th June, more than 150 cars will depart at 9:00hrs from the Place Jeanne D'Arc, in Chinon, on a 200km journey around Touraine. Driving on beautiful country roads, participants of this more relaxed tour will taste the best that the region has to offer in terms of history, architectural heritage and gastronomic fame, visiting chateaux, prestigious vineyards and the bucolic banks of the Loire and Vienne rivers.

Sunday 26th will be dedicated to motor racing with a parade of classic and vintage motorcycles around the Place Jeanne D'arc.

The event is open to classic vehicles that are more than 30 years old and will be organised in different categories, including pre-war, 1950, 1960, 1970.

Visitors from the UK can enjoy the event for just five hundred euros per car (two people), which includes entry to the rally, lunch and dinner and entry into the “in town GP” on the Sunday.

The event is one of the most important in the French classic car calendar and has been run in various forms for the past 100 years.

Find out more at www.grandprixdetours.com

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