Monday, 26 June 2017

Laidlaw nears completion of £2m bespoke ironmongery project for Battersea Power Station


Laidlaw has played a key role in the delivery of the landmark Battersea Power Station development in London, designing and manufacturing £2 million of specially made architectural ironmongery.

Laidlaw’s Major Projects, a specialist division that has a proven track record of successfully completing work on landmark projects, significantly enlarged its dedicated project management team over the three years it was involved in the first phase of the £9 billion scheme.

The phase 1 development comprises 12 high-rise residential blocks to the west of the 39-acre site and Laidlaw’s team worked closely with main contractor, Carillion PLC, Simpson Haugh Architects, DRMM & three leading joinery contractors to deliver this highly complex project.


Laidlaw designed and manufactured a number of bespoke products, including entrance handle and plate sets, internal apartment lever handle sets, thumb turns, flush pull handle sets and hinges for the prestigious development. More than 80% of the products were manufactured in the UK, using specially produced dies and castings and all products were hand-finished in a bronze that was developed specifically for the Battersea Power Station project.

Managing Director Peter O'Brien said that Laidlaw paid particular attention to combining complete security and durability with high-end design, which was a priority for the Battersea Power Station Development Company.

This meant working alongside the project design team for many months to design, refine and test products to meet the stringent requirements of Secured By Design / PAS24 while retaining the required original design aesthetic.

“We are no stranger to large-scale, prestigious projects and we are proud of our record of delivering successfully on every occasion,” said Peter. “The Battersea Power Station development is a particularly large and exciting scheme to work on and we pulled out all of the stops to ensure we delivered ironmongery of the highest quality and in line with design and construction deadlines.

“Our commitment to ensuring the success of phase 1 has led us to increasing the number of dedicated project managers and they have all done an incredible job in delivering ironmongery of exceptionally high-quality. We look forward to continually developing our proposition for future phases of the scheme in association with the client.”

The Battersea project is the latest in a string of prestigious schemes that Laidlaw’s Major Projects has completed.

As Battersea phase 1 approaches handover, the Laidlaw team is now involved in the initial stages of supply to the BBC Television Centre Development at Wood Lane. This iconic structure demands high quality bespoke design, finish and durability and the experienced Major Projects team is working hard to deliver the required products.

To find out more about Laidlaw’s services or to book an initial consultation, telephone 01902 600406.



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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Brian May Jowett Javelin joins thoroughbreds at Sandown Park for Barons Classic Car Sale


Barons is amassing an impressive selection of high-end classic and collectable cars for its Connoisseurs Classic Car Collection sale at Sandown Park on July 18. 

One unusual lot amongst all the splendour is a gold 1952 Jowett Javelin – but one with a fascinating story. It was bought in 1982 by legendary guitarist Brian May of Queen fame, as a gift for his father Harold.  Since Harold May passed away the car has sat in dry storage and Brian May has now asked that the car be auctioned for charity.

Complete with personalized registration number ‘HWM 57’, it is offered at £3,000-£6,000, providing an opportunity to acquire a very special British car with a substantial history with British rock ‘royalty’ and to support a good cause at the same time.

One eye-catching entry is the gloriously streamlined 1964 Jensen CV8 (£43,000-£45,000).  Originally owned by the philanthropist Robert Hitchens and his family for almost 40 years, this car was judged to be the best CV8 at the 2017 Jensen Club international meeting.


Also for auction is a 1961 Austin-Healey BN7, a well-preserved example of one of the rarest of all the Big Healeys produced; just 355 examples were manufactured.  The specification of this particular model is even rarer in that it has a triple carburettor engine, which was only used for a year of the production run.  Estimate: £65,000-£85,000.


E-type Jaguars have an enormous following, and Barons has two fine Series 2 FHC versions of this most desirable of all ‘Big Cats’ in the Sandown Park line-up for July 18.  The 1969 car was shipped new to the USA, where it was recently restored at a cost of over $164,000. It drives and handles as it would when new, and comes complete with a comprehensive history file dating back to 1969 (£65,000-£85,000).  The 1970 FHC has recently been the subject of a significant amount of work, including a bare metal re-spray, new wiring and full engine re-build. Estimate: £30,000-£45,000.




Another stunning Jaguar comes in the form of the 1959 XK150S, which has been in the same ownership for 50 years.  Less than 200 of this 3.4S FHC XK150S were produced, making it even more appealing to collectors.  Estimate: £50,000-£65,000.


The Ford Capri is a hugely popular car and examples in excellent condition – particularly those representing special; editions – are even more popular. You can’t get much more special than a 1975 black and gold genuine JPS Capri, and the example in Barons’ sale has been restored to concours condition with fantastic attention to detail.  Estimate: £15,000-£20,000.


The rare and handsome 1938 Lagonda LG6 has a memorable chassis number - 12345.  It featured in Autocar magazine’s Used Car Test Report in December 1952 and spent 30 years in the United States from 1966-96.  In recent years it has been the subject of much work and is a beautiful example of a magnificent British motor car.  Estimate:  £80,000-£95,000.


Toyota’s Land Cruiser is another model which has legions of fans. Barons is offering a Capri blue, 1969 FJ40 Land Cruiser which has recently undergone a complete frame-off restoration and is now ready and waiting to be put to work and shown off by its new owner.  Estimate: £18,000-£22,000.



For further information or to consign a car to the sale, visit www.barons-auctions.com.




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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Britain’s Best Bacon Butty Locations Revealed


Britain’s best bacon butties have been revealed, following a month-long hunt.

As part of the nation-wide competition, tradespeople were asked to nominate the butty establishment they feel makes the country’s best bacon sandwich - whether that’s a café, restaurant, hotel or roadside van.

JoJo’s Breakfast Bar in Gloucester, Burger Dan’s in Norwich, Sparks Will Fry in Widnes, Giltbrook Cob Shop in Nottingham, Straw Kitchen in Warwickshire, The Kitchen Table in West Hampstead, Ockham Bites in Surrey, the Lunch Box in Kent, Hackney City Farm in London and Castle Café in Northwich have been crowned the winners of IronmongeryDirect’s Britain’s Best Bacon Butty competition.

After receiving hundreds of entries for the competition, IronmongeryDirect revealed the top 10 establishments across the country, as voted for by tradespeople.

All 10 winners have been placed on to a dedicated Bacon Butty map, which highlights where in the UK tradespeople can get their hands on the best bacon sandwiches. So, wherever they are on a job, hard working tradespeople can make sure they start their day off in the right way with a hearty breakfast.

The competition was launched following recent research by IronmongeryDirect, which found that the classic bacon sandwich is the breakfast of choice for our nation’s tradespeople. A survey of 2,014 workers found that 72% of tradespeople agree the hearty sandwich is their workplace snack of choice.

Every tradesperson who entered a nomination was placed into a prize draw to win one of five £100 Amazon vouchers.

Chris Wardle from Stalybridge, Paul Rainbow from Norfolk, Hally Jones from Northampton, Nigel Chambers from Gloucester and David Cable from Oxford have been named as the lucky winners of the Amazon vouchers.

Wayne Lysaght-Mason, managing director at IronmongeryDirect, said:
“Bacon sandwiches are a classic breakfast choice for those on the go, which explains why they have been named as the snack of choice by the UK’s tradepeople.
“We know that a tradesperson’s job can be physically demanding, so it’s important to kick-start the day with a hearty breakfast. That’s why we launched our competition to find those breakfast heroes who provide the perfect sandwich to keep our nation of workers powering on throughout the day.
“Now tradespeople across the country can visit our dedicated Butty map so they can get their hands on a good breakfast wherever their work takes them.”

To view the official Bacon Butty map, please visit www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk




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Friday, 23 June 2017

ACT Vanderbilt Enables Unified Access Control


BDI Security Solutions Ltd has installed access control equipment from ACT Vanderbilt at sites in Burnaston, Derbyshire, and Deeside, North Wales, for car manufacturer Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. 

The project saw ACT Vanderbilt developers create a tailored solution after their closest competitor proved unable to operate from a virtual environment and respond promptly to client requests.

Toyota’s Burnaston production process begins with the pressing of panels from flat steel on presses ranging up to 3,000 tons and proceeds to welding, painting, addition of plastic moulding components and assembly. 

The company uses the ‘kaizen’ continuous improvement method to optimise quality and efficiency through constant incremental changes. At Deeside, Toyota operates a 115-acre engine plant. Together, the two sites represent investment of £2.5bn and employ 3,000 people.

The ACT Vanderbilt installation has replaced a legacy system that was no longer future-proof and did not allow access control listings to be integrated with Toyota’s general corporate database. The client now has a unified solution with badge-printing as an integral and cost-effective element when it had previously been a separate process.


The equipment includes ACTpro Mifare1030 mullion proximity readers at both indoor and outdoor locations. These slim-line readers support third-party smart cards and fobs, feature a robust polycarbonate housing and have an ingress rating of IP67. 

They are particularly suited to this type of project where the smart card is used for multiple applications across access control and HR. In order to maximise use of budget and observe the client’s stringent environmental policy, a number of fit-for-purpose legacy Mifare readers were included in the new system.

Toyota is also using ACT Vanderbilt’s ACTpro eLock MIFARE Classic. This is a wireless door lock that includes an access control reader and opening mechanism, all powered by batteries. eLocks operate with an ACTpro eLock hub and up to 32 locks can communicate over a wireless network with each hub. 

Battery life is exceptional at over 200,000 operations or an estimated three years on a busy door. There are visible and audible alerts for problems with tampering, signal strength and door status. Wireless connectivity is up to 150 metres (line of sight) which is a class-leading range for this type of product. The lock is available with an optional Euro-profile cylinder to provide key override.

Richard Huison of ACT Vanderbilt said: 
“Toyota was able to exploit our import tool which is an additional module in the ACTenterprise management suite. The tool allowed automated integration of human resources software with the access control user database and ACT Vanderbilt proved able to cope with multiple data sources and formats.”
He continued:
 “There was a requirement that our product should be able to work in a virtualised environment since all of Toyota’s servers are virtualised and hosted at a European datacentre. ACT Vanderbilt was able to tick this box as soon as we received the brief. Across both sites, ACT Vanderbilt products have been used on over 200 doors.”
Operating from a base in Cambridgeshire, BDI Security Solutions Ltd. specialises in bespoke design and integration of this kind on high-profile projects. The company offers access control, CCTV (IP and analogue), perimeter intrusion, turnstiles and barriers. 

It is active in manufacturing, education (both schools and universities), retail and public sector. BDI Security Solutions Ltd. excels in maintenance and has 24-hour emergency call out technicians. Remote diagnostics and support is available on many installations.





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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Abloy UK Launches Telecom Security White Paper


Security expert Abloy UK has launched a new White Paper aimed at the telecom industry.

The White Paper - Securing Telecom Networks of the Future - describes the threats and challenges faced by the industry specifically related to tower and site security, and introduces new locking solutions to minimise these risks.

With leading professional services companies ranking quality and reliability as a top priority for the telecom sector in the coming years , the growing demand for higher service levels and security is
also affecting regulation and legislation, which is further driving the fast-paced evolution of the telecom industry.

With a generation of customers who have grown up in a world where mobile networks are taken for granted, consumers expect service providers to deliver the impossible, putting increased security pressures on telecom companies.

Tackling key challenges within the industry, the White Paper presents the benefits of Electromechanical locking solutions such as Abloy’s PROTEC2 CLIQ and CLIQ Connect which offer increased security, flexible and auditable access control, as well as operational efficiencies with the combination of mechanical and electronic features.

The full document can be downloaded here.

For further information on any of the products and services available from Abloy UK, please call 01902 364 500 or email marketing@abloy.co.uk


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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Green Gate Access Systems Celebrate Double Success at Maidstone Business Awards


Green Gate Access Systems had an extremely successful night at the Maidstone Business Awards last Wednesday (14th June). The Kent-based company picked up two awards, winning in both the Innovation and Entrepreneur categories.

In winning the Innovation category, Green Gate clearly demonstrated how to successfully bring a new idea to life – namely the SOSEC solar-powered gate and barrier system. The judging panel said that, of all the entries, Green Gate had most effectively changed its business model and adapted to changes, in order to deliver better products and services.

Neil Sampson, Managing Director of Green Gate Access Systems, was awarded winner of the Entrepreneur category, demonstrating his entrepreneurial flair for achieving commercial success. The award also celebrated Neil’s clear plans and strategies for the growth of his business, and the strong track record of innovation.

Green Gate’s success is particularly notable, given that the awards came exactly a year after a destructive fire destroyed its previous premises and all its possessions.

The awards were judged by Jane Ollis (Chair of IoD Kent), Dawn Beckham (Senior Account Manager at Heart FM Kent), Jacqui Offen (Director of JJ Systems) and Laurie Philp (Producer Director at Smugshot Videos).

Neil Sampson said: “It’s a huge honour to win these two awards, especially as there were so many other deserving entrants within the categories. To win is recognition of the hard work and innovation that Green Gate is putting in to make sustainable security and traffic control solutions.
“I started the business with my wife back in 2006 – initially operating out of a bedroom in the family home. Eleven years later - it’s a fantastic feeling to be recognised for the work that we do and winning these business accolades to prove it. In the twelve months that have passed since the fire, we have worked hard to reverse the damage and grow our business; that makes this a worthy celebration.”

Jacqui Offen, Director at J & J Systems, said: “After 20 years in business, this is a wonderful event to be involved with. The quality of all the candidates was high, but the Green Gate application stood out as an exceptional business – continually developing, working hard on all commercial aspects, business structure, entrepreneurialism, team building and community work. All of this headed by an exceptional leader in Neil: a worthy winner for both categories.”

Green Gate Access Systems developed its SOSEC range of products to answer a growing need to provide public safety and work site security, where power provision is not practical, but security and safety demands are high.

Its mobility, durability and flexibility in a single easy-to-deliver platform made it one of the most talked about products at Traffex 2017, the UK’s leading highways industry event held this month (4 to 6 April) at the NEC, Birmingham. Green Gate has recently secured sales in Australia, thereby expanding into the global market within just 18 months.

To find out more, visit www.greengateaccess.co.uk or www.sosec.co.uk




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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Generosity of Gala Dinner Guests Raises More than £15k For Macmillan

Following an emotional appeal by fundraising veteran Gary Morton,
Gala Dinner guests donated more than £15,000 to Macmillan Nurse

Guests at this year’s FIT Show Gala Dinner have reached into their pockets to raise a massive £15,233.57 following a heart-wrenching appeal for donations to Macmillan Nurses made during the event by Gary Morton, well known for his own charity work through GM Fundraising.

With a call for donations traditionally being made to raise funds for a cause close to the hearts of people connected with the window and door industry, this year Macmillan Nurses was chosen by Leon Day, former owner and managing director of Universal Arches, who sadly lost his partner Jo to cancer earlier this year.

Acknowledging the generosity of guests Leon said:
“It’s difficult to put into words the magnitude of this incredible gesture and with other donations, we’re now over £19,000 raised for Macmillan who did so much to help Jo, particularly in the latter days. On behalf of Jo’s family and myself, I’d like to thank everyone, yet again this industry has shown how generous it can be.” 
The JustGiving page for Jo will remain open for a while yet should anyone else like to contribute to this emotive cause.

www.fitshow.co.uk




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Monday, 19 June 2017

dormakaba Provides New Concept Guest Access Solution for Oxford Hotel


When a 16th Century building located in the heart of Oxford was refurbished to create a luxurious and modern hotel, the building required a keyless access system, the hotel’s team specified dormakaba’s Oracode solution.

In doing so, it became the first hotel of its kind in the UK to benefit from a system that could integrate with an online reservation system, making checking in and out easy for guests while at the same time providing the highest levels of security.

Located on St Aldates road, just 50 metres from Carfax Tower in the centre of Oxford, the Museum Hotel Oxford is a luxury hotel dating from 1594. A historic building, the hotel provides ten rooms that have been designed in a contemporary manner, yet highlighting the hotel’s period features.

The team from the Museum Hotel Oxford tasked dormakaba with providing keyless access control that could meet the challenge of integration with its own systems, and the need to provide smart and secure access to the hotel rooms as well as common access doors.


The Oracode web-based keyless access system proved an ideal solution. A secure web based platform, it integrated easily with the hotel’s online reservation system. When guests make a booking they receive a time sensitive pin, with automatic start and expiry dates related to the duration of the guests’ stay, which they can then use to access their rooms. This also allows greater flexibility for hotel staff, allowing for 24/7 unmanned check-in as the remote access means staff can generate codes and email or text them to guests.

The installation of the web-based system also involves little to no intervention with the customer’s existing I.T environments and can be interfaced with Property Management Software (PMS), requiring no investment in on premise software. Additionally, due to the web fee subscription model, the customer has access to technical support if required.


Peter Webber, General Manager of the Museum Hotel Oxford commented:
“We’re delighted with the solution provided by dormakaba. The hotel is focused on providing a contemporary twist to a period building, and we wanted this to be reflected in not just the aesthetics of the hotel, but how guests and staff use the building as well.
We are the first hotel to offer an almost wholly automated check in service and while our staff very much pride themselves on providing a warm welcome, guests benefit from having the option of being completely independent - allowing greater control and freedom for when they can come and go from the hotel. By integrating this system we have improved the efficiency and security for all guests and staff within the hotel.”

For more information on dormakaba solutions, visit www.dormakaba.com




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Sunday, 18 June 2017

BMW at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed


The UK premiere of the BMW Concept 8 Series will be at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Unveiled at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the concept serves as a taster for the new BMW 8 Series Coupé which launches in 2018. 
 
Also seen in the UK for the first time will be new BMW M4 CS, which will take to the hill for the supercar hillclimb, whilst the Gordon Murray-designed Brabham-BMW BT52 and the Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR will steer their way up Goodwood’s famous 1.16-mile course.

The BMW Concept 8 Series will be shown alongside the 19th vehicle of BMW’s Art Car Collection - the BMW M6 GTLM race car - as designed by the American master of conceptual art, John Baldessari. 


Visitors to the festival will be able to see both cars in the Stable Yard, a unique area at Goodwood (once again dedicated to BMW), which will also showcase the new and exclusive BMW i8 MemphisStyle and range-topping M760Li xDrive V12.

Seen in action for the first time in the UK will be a very special model from BMW M - the new high-performance BMW M4 CS. The BMW M4 CS continues a decades-long tradition of successful M special editions which began in 1988 with the E30 BMW M3 Evolution. 

With a host of innovative M technologies and efficient, lightweight carbon fibre components, the new BMW M4 CS can complete the legendary “Nordschleife” in just 7:38 minutes. At the wheel will be the double British Touring Car champion driver Colin Turkington, along with BMW WSR teammates Rob Collard and Andrew Jordan, and one of the UK’s best known television presenters and ex-racing driver, Tiff Needell.


The theme for the 2017 Festival of Speed will be 'Peaks of Performance - Motorsport's Game-Changers'. Leading the charge for BMW will be the Brabham BT52 - the first car to win the Formula 1 title with a turbocharged engine. Designed by legendary BMW engineer Paul Rosche, the BT52’s turbocharged 1.5 litre inline four-cylinder BMW powerplant was capable of producing 1,500bhp in Gordon Murray’s stunning car. At the helm will be legendary F1 driver, Ricardo Patrese. 

Alongside the BT52 will be the BMW V12 LMR, with a 580hp 12-cylinder engine, that celebrated overall victory in the 1999 Le Mans 24 Hours – one of the world’s toughest and most exhausting car races, while touring car hero Roberto Ravaglia will drive up Goodwood’s famous hill in a BMW M3 Group A DTM race car.


Motorbike enthusiasts will be treated too, with one of the most exciting bikes ever from BMW Mottorad – the HP4 RACE. The 750 limited-edition handmade racing machine will make its first ever appearance at Goodwood and is the first motorcycle in the world to offer a fully carbon frame and fully carbon wheels. But it’s not just a star bike that can be seen and heard: star riders will be present too, including former World Superbike Champion Troy Corser who will be riding the BMW S1000 RR Seniro TT 2104 up the hill.

Troy, along with drivers and guest stars, will make appearances on the BMW Pavilion throughout the festival, with live interviews broadcast to assembled visitors. On Saturday, legendary Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker will be on stand and will be joined by numerous friends of the brand, including Jodie Kidd - when she’s not driving a BMW i8 up Goodwood’s hill.


Visitors to the BMW Pavilion, the home of the marque during the festival, will also be able to see an unparalleled array of BMW Motorsport GmbH product, including the new BMW M3 and M4 Competition Package models, along with the latest BMW iPerformance models such as the BMW i8, and a rather special BMW i3. They will also be able win prizes and BMW experiences and view an amazing display of 100 scale models. Once again this year, BMW owners will be able to access the exclusive Owners’ Lounge on the top floor terrace of the Pavilion to enjoy refreshments and view of the festival’s famous Hillclimb.


The Goodwood Festival of Speed is being held from 29 June – 2 July 2017, beginning with Press Preview Day and the Moving Motor Show on Thursday 29 June.



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Saturday, 17 June 2017

64% of People do not know the correct name for Bi-Fold Doors

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Almost two-thirds of people searching for what is known in the trade as a ‘bi-fold’ door are unaware of its true name, leading to over 34,000 fruitless searches for the product every month.

Research from Origin, the leading UK manufacturer of premium quality aluminium doors, windows and blinds, asked 500 members of the public to look at the attached infographic and name the doors illustrated within. The results showed that just 36% of people described the doors in question as bi-folds.

Other terms used by the public to describe the doors included: concertina, sliding, folding track, accordion and zig zag. There are over 34,000 monthly searches in Google for the other terms for bi-fold doors, meaning that companies may be failing to attract people to their site who are searching for this door but using different names to describe it.

Neil Ginger, CEO and founder of Origin, said:
“Looking at the amount of monthly Google searches for terms other than bi-fold and seeing that just 36% of the people surveyed refer to the doors by this term, it’s clear that there is a lot of scope for companies selling the doors direct to the public to include these other words in their online marketing collateral.” 
Understanding that the general public may use different terms to describe the same product can mean that companies can attract more people to their website by using these terms on the site.

Jon Colegate, Director of Search at Ignition Search, an internet marketing company and Google Partner, said:
“This is really a matter of choosing the correct keywords to describe your product. The keywords and phrases that are present on your site allow people using a search engine like Google to find your company’s website and products. 
Despite Google’s recent progress in ‘semantic’ searches — it is still crucial for companies to ‘speak the same language’ as those trawling the internet so potential customers can find you as quickly and easily as possible.”

Source: The research was conducted via Google Surveys on behalf of Origin surveying 500 UK adults.

Read more about the research here.

www.origin-global.com



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Friday, 16 June 2017

LiftMaster® Celebrates 50th Anniversary


LiftMaster®, the number one brand of professionally installed garage door openers, is celebrating its 50th anniversary of revolutionising access by providing dealers the industry’s most innovative, trusted and dependable products.

Established in 1967, the LiftMaster brand, has helped transform the garage door opener into a fundamental access solution that people rely on every day.

Bob Markwart, Chief Operating Officer said: 

“We’re excited to celebrate 50 years of LiftMaster,”

“We’re proud of our innovations and the leadership we’ve provided to the industry, and we are indebted to our dealers for the unwavering support they’ve provided us for a half century.”


Key Innovations
As the leader in residential and commercial access solutions, LiftMaster boasts more than 30 key industry breakthroughs in the past 50 years, all designed to deliver the safest, most reliable access systems for door and gate applications.

Leading the way in offering dealers unique and differentiated products to help them stand out in the marketplace, LiftMaster was the first manufacturer to develop rolling code technology to virtually eliminate code grabbing, enabling users to feel secure that their property and loved ones are protected from intruders.

Furthering the commitment to provide peace-of-mind, LiftMaster was also the first manufacturer to offer Battery Backup, allowing homeowners to access their homes during a power outage.


Connectivity  Advancements
Giving users the power of access and knowledge while acknowledging growing consumer desire for a connected home, LiftMaster developed MyQ® technology which revolutionised access control, enabling users to connect an opener to a smartphone or other internet-connected device.

The ability to monitor and control a garage door opener or gate operator from anywhere with the free MyQ® app has enabled partnerships with the likes of Apple, Nest and other technology providers to seamlessly integrate access control into their platforms.


About  Chamberlain Group
Chamberlain Group (CGI) is a global leader in access solutions and products. As the corporate parent company to LiftMaster, Chamberlain, Merlin and Grifco, we design and engineer residential garage door openers, commercial door operators and gate entry systems.

Our products are connected through our innovative MyQ technology which empowers users to control or monitor their entry points through smartphone access. We give the power of access and knowledge.

For more information visit ChamberlainGroup.com.





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Thursday, 15 June 2017

A Lidl Success for Hörmann


The UK’s leading door manufacturer, Hörmann, has won a new contract with Lidl. The supermarket giant is creating a new regional distribution centre in Avonmouth and Hörmann has been chosen as the preferred door supplier for its 120 loading bays.

The new 600,000 square foot warehouse will be double the size of the existing warehouse in Weston-super-Mare and it is the fourth new Lidl warehouse to be announced in the last year. Hörmann will begin work at the site in August and the project is due to be completed in Spring 2018.

TSL Projects, the main contractor, awarded the loading bay contract to Hörmann following previous successful work together. A TSL spokesperson said: 
“Hörmann did an amazing job at Lidl Wednesbury. They 100% backed up everything that was promised at the tender stage and were ranked in the top two sub-contractors on site. We truly consider them as a subcontract partner.”
Renowned for quality and innovation, Hörmann will provide the Avonmouth site with the very latest award-winning loading bay technology, including internal and external high speed doors, dock levellers, DSL & DSS Flap dock shelters, cushion dock seals, nylon dock bumpers and wheel guides. Speed and insulation have been key considerations throughout the project, so Hörmann’s  SPU F42 sectional doors are the ideal option.

The doors provide a good level of insulation and are fitted with a photocell safety guide as standard, which automatically stops the door from closing if an obstruction is sensed.  High speed doors, including the HS7030 PU 42, V5030 SEL & V6030 SEL, will also be fitted to optimise the flow of traffic, improve room conditions and save energy.

Ideal for large warehouses, the speed at which these doors operate minimises temperature fluctuations and maximises thermal efficiency. To ensure safety, Hörmann will also install dock levellers, DSL & DSS Flap dock shelters, cushion dock seals, nylon dock bumpers and wheel guides.

Commenting on the project, Hörmann’s UK projects director, Tom Langley, said:
“As loading bay specialists, we fully understand the requirements of large warehouses and distribution centres. Our products are ideal for this type of project because they’re not only renowned for their quality and reliability but they also provide unrivalled safety and efficiency.”
Hörmann’s presence in the industrial door market has gone from strength to strength in recent years, and the new Lidl contract follows a string of successful projects with some of the UK’s biggest businesses and distributors, including Asda, Amazon and DP World.

Its range of internal and external doors has been expanded to include a wider selection of designs, combining style with smart technology, such as new contactless control systems, to complement the 21st workspace. Hörmann’s loading bay technology, in particular, has become more flexible to allow companies to adapt to changes brought about by e-commerce. The company has also received international recognition, including several ‘Design4Safety’ awards for the way in which its products have improved warehouse safety.

In addition to the Lidl Avonmouth project, Hörmann also has a number of other large-scale projects on the horizon including the Covent Garden Flower Market and BAE, Salmesbury Aerospace.

www.hormann.co.uk




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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

P C Henderson slides into the shortlist for the North East Exporters’ Awards


Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, is celebrating success after being shortlisted in the SME Exporter of the Year award category at this year’s North East Exporter’s Awards.

The awards aim to recognise the efforts of companies that are making a huge contribution both to the regional and UK economies through exporting achievements. It also looks to acknowledge and celebrate the strength and diversity of North East exporting as a whole.

P C Henderson will battle it out against two other companies to be crowned SME Exporter of the Year, which will be presented at a prestigious awards dinner, held at Ramside Hall Hotel on Thursday 15th June.

Commenting on the good news, Trevor Cossins, Managing Director at P C Henderson said:
“I am delighted to see the hard work of everybody at P C Henderson being recognised in this way. We’ve worked hard over the years to listen to our international customers and deliver solutions that are unique to their specific market needs. We’re looking forward to celebrating the exporting success of our region at the awards ceremony.”

P C Henderson has been driving its expansion into new geographic markets with recent focus on USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and UAE. The North East England based manufacturer currently exports to over 70 countries worldwide through a network of specialist distributors working in its key market sectors. This includes building supply, trade, DIY and door companies as well as architectural specifiers, joiners, fabricators, contractors, builders and occasionally end users.

P C Henderson’s outstanding export strategy has seen its sliding and folding door hardware specified across the globe in hotels, restaurants, offices, casinos, shops, theme parks, homes, warehouses, as well as agricultural, industrial and educational buildings.

To find out more about P C Henderson’s wide variety of sliding and folding door systems, visit www.pchenderson.com or email hello@pchenderson.co.uk





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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Spare a Thought for your Doors, they do much more than you’d think


Simon Osborne, commercial leader of Allegion UK, urges facilities and site managers of school estates to routinely check doors for compliance and maintenance.

Schools are never too far away from the headlines in the UK. Whether it is not having enough teachers for pupils, inner city school problems, a failing national system or otherwise, you can expect to see a headline almost every week in the papers regarding our education institutions.

When it comes to the facilities management side of education, there is often very little mention. Yet, it is one of the most important aspects, especially in a building filled with vulnerable children.


Fire safety is a particular area that needs addressed. According to the Great Britain Fire Statistics, from 2003/04 to 2013/14, there were more than 4,000 fires in schools, resulting in 129 casualties. 

In 2016, a major incident included the Selsey Academy of West Sussex, which was almost completely destroyed; while Gower College of Swansea also suffered a blaze, but was eventually praised by the fire department for having working fire doors that stopped a classroom fire from spreading further.

It is inevitable that children will leave fire doors open or unlatched, so the best advice is to pre-empt this situation. Use latchbolt monitors or electromagnet door closers linked to the fire alarm systems and you give yourself greater control. 

The former allows you to see any fire doors that have been left ajar, while the latter holds open heavy fire doors legally. Both are greatly beneficial for any high-traffic areas.

Never underestimate using a routine checklist, either. Advancing technology and hardware means more checks are required, while daily use will no doubt cause wear and tear. 

Check for fluid viscosity, test air pressure scenarios, gaps and latching issues, and it can all be the difference between having a compliant fire door and one that is illegal and dangerous.

Access control should be given due consideration too. Recent high-profile cases highlight significant breaches, some of which have ended in tragedy. 

This means it is more important than ever that facilities managers and site managers install door hardware that can control and monitor entrances for any irregular activity.

While we’re still far away from invoking the control that many U.S. schools have, we should follow their lead in pre-empting and avoiding situations as best as possible.


www.allegion.co.uk



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