Friday, 31 March 2017

Spring Issue of the Door Industry Journal is now Online



With new year celebrations a distant memory, Easter is now on the horizon and with it comes the Spring issue of the Door Industry Journal. So – before you reach for that chocolate egg – let me tell you a bit about what’s inside:

You’ve probably noticed we have a new logo on the cover, which is something we’ve been developing for a while and is designed to reflect what most people know us as – simply the DIJ – with a strapline of our official name. We’re very happy with the bold, high-impact design and this will be followed soon by a new website and blog.

Elsewhere in the magazine there’s plenty to keep you interested over the Easter break. 

On page 6, you’ll find our lead story about the FIT show, which has now moved to the NEC to cope with its expansion. This is a consequence of what was once a windows-only event becoming one for both windows and doors and creating a synergy of both sectors.

On page 21, meanwhile, we present our new column – Salutary Tales – that reports on door and gate-related incidents with unfortunate consequences, some of which led to court cases. The column is written by John Boydell - a door industry consultant and forensic engineer.

Also of interest is Theuns Liebenberg from Sommer on page 54, where he explains the process of complying with CPR and Supply of Machinery Directives when installing garage doors and openers from different manufacturers.

There’s more good advice on page 100, where Tim Almond from Assa Abloy Security Solutions talks about ‘Defining and Meeting PAS 24 Compliance’ and counters the confusion surrounding what PAS 24 compliance actually means.

I’m sure you’ll also be interested in what Stewart Phillips - MD of Alugate UK – has to say on page 84, where he introduces their new Alutrend aluminium gates range. These new gates have a distinct advantage over others, as they are welded together as opposed to being of sectional construction.

I hope you enjoy this issue and have a good Easter. You can unwrap that chocolate egg now…

Kind regards,

Derek Hibbart

Editor




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Thursday, 30 March 2017

The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show enjoys busiest show in 10 years


According to the National Custom and Self Build Association (NaCSBA), 14,000 homes will be built across the UK in the next year. Reinforcing this commitment, The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC, Birmingham last weekend experienced a four per cent increase in serious self-builders and renovators, delivering the busiest event in 10 years, with over 80 per cent of the attendees working on a live project over the next 12 months.


Britain’s largest self-build event, sponsored by Everest, attracted 37,111 engaged, targeted and affluent visitors with average project values of £125,000 for materials alone. Internal data shows that a third of those attending are self-builders and two thirds are renovating a property.

In addition, the show has already attracted very strong re-booking figures, which are ahead of last year’s numbers.


Nick Noble, deputy managing director of Centaur Home Interest, says:
“The exceptional quality of the visitors demonstrates the UK’s continued commitment to self-building and renovating. We’re thrilled the show was so busy and that the visitors were highly engaged and relevant, which has translated into an excellent rebooking rate by exhibitors for the 2018 event already. The self-build market has become an integral part of the government’s housing policy and this will, without doubt, add to continued growth in this sector in the years ahead.”
The audience was totally engaged with the content, as the event showcased a wide range of businesses equipped with the expertise and product portfolio required to tackle queries from buying a plot to building or remodelling a home. Over four intense days, the show featured 500 exhibitors, 16 free daily seminars, 35 masterclasses, and one-on-one advice sessions with experts including Julia Kendell, interior design expert and co-presenter of ITV’s ‘Rebuild Our Home’, and Charlie Luxton, sustainable architectural designer and presenter of More 4’s new ‘Building the Dream’ series.

One of the highlight exhibitors at the event was Everest, a British company with over 50 years’ experience in double glazed windows, conservatories, doors and more.

The Homebuilding & Renovating Shows, part of Centaur’s portfolio, attract exhibitors across a wide range of sectors to cater for all interests. From design; architecture; financial services; kitchens; bathrooms; doors and windows; ventilation; heating; planning permission and much more, companies will offer visitors an overview of the latest products, services and technologies available in the UK market.


Each year, the exhibition takes place in key regions throughout the UK, and the upcoming events include Glasgow, from 20-21 May at the SEC, and Surrey, from 1-2 July 2017, at Sandown Park. For more details on all events, visit www.homebuildingshow.co.uk or call the sales team on 01527 834467.



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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Abloy Locks Up Transport at Multimodal 2017


Security expert Abloy UK is showcasing its range of compliant security solutions for the transport sector at Multimodal 2017, and inviting visitors to stand 1024 to discuss the evolving challenges faced by the industry and how they can be overcome. 

Abloy is an expert in this area, having completed projects at Gatwick and Stansted Airports, and also the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in recent years.

Taking place on 4-6th April 2017 at Birmingham’s NEC, Multimodal is the UK and Ireland’s premier freight transport, logistics and supply chain management event.

Abloy will be presenting CLIQ®, a web-based security management solution that allows for the remote management of diverse or large electronic master-keyed sites at any time, from anywhere in the world.

The CLIQ® system provides comprehensive audit trails on cylinders and padlocks, recording who used each key, where and when with the ability to remove permissions quickly and easily for lost or stolen keys from the system, thereby providing secure key management at all times.

The latest innovation of the system - CLIQ® Connect - utilises a revolutionary highly encrypted online management system that uses advanced Bluetooth 4.0 technology, enabling users to update keys wirelessly from their smartphone.

Abloy is also presenting Traka21, a stand-alone key management system, which combines innovative RFID technology and robust design to provide the advanced management of 21 keys or keysets in an affordable plug and play unit.

Abloy’s range of Super Weather Proof padlocks will also be on display. These are the strongest padlocks in the world and are proven to remain secure and fully operational even in the most extreme climate and harshest environmental conditions.

Steve Wintle, Head of Sales – CNI, at Abloy UK, said:
“Multimodal is the ideal event for us to get face-to-face with those responsible for securing facilities, premises and vehicles in the transport sector, and we’re keen to discuss how we can assist in the current challenging climate.
“Abloy has the capability to offer a complete security solution; from initial surveys and fact finding, to assessments, problem solving and planning through to specification.
“You’ll find all our staff friendly, fully engaged and willing to put in that extra commitment to find the correct solution to suit your needs, so please visit us at stand 1024 to discuss how we can help with your specific requirements.”

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




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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Hörmann reveals its latest range of doors at this year’s Homebuilding & Renovating show


Following the launch of its timber internal doors at the end of last year, Hörmann used this year’s Homebuilding and Renovating Show to inspire self-builders from around the UK with its latest range of domestic doors.

The show, which was held between 23rd and 26th March at the Birmingham NEC, gave visitors the chance to get an exclusive first look at Hörmann’s latest products, as well as the opportunity to speak to Hörmann representatives for advice and guidance.

Commenting on the four-day event, Hörmann’s marketing manager, David O’Mara said:
“Being able to unveil our range of internal timber doors to self-builders and renovators for the first time, along with several other new products, made this year’s show one to remember. It was great to see so many people on stand taking an interest in what we have to offer and asking our advice on a wide array of projects.
“This year’s show was not only a very successful one for us, but a very a memorable one too, as it marked the tenth time we have exhibited at the Homebuilding and Renovating event. It is amazing to think how far we have come in the last ten years, and we are looking forward to seeing what the next decade has in store for us.”
Hörmann’s stand at this year’s show was jam packed with some of the leading door manufacturer’s most popular styles, as well as several new products being displayed for the first time. It was also the stage for an exclusive dealer event on the show’s opening night. This allowed delegates to take part in a series of product walk-arounds and listen to presentations about the company’s latest news, investment plans and product developments from both managing director, David Newcombe, and members of the senior management team.

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



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Monday, 27 March 2017

Are your fire doors safe and legal?


Nick Goddard, Research and Development Manager at Geofire has been in the fire safety industry for over 20 years. Here he talks about the importance of fire doors and the technology available to hold open fire doors safely and legally.


Fire doors are designed to prevent the spread of smoke, flames and toxic gases throughout a building in the event of a fire. However, when a fire door is held open, fire can quickly pass through the building, blocking escape routes and endangering lives.

Legally, a building’s fire doors must therefore be self-closing to ensure the door closes to act as a barrier that stops the fire from spreading.

Due to the level of protection a fire door provides, the placement and weight of the doors is often restrictive for example in a care home setting for residents, or for pupils in a school.

It is recognised that in these cases it is necessary to hold fire doors open for practical reasons. In this instance the fire door must have a device installed to release the door, so that is will close upon activation of the fire alarm system. 


Holding open fire doors legally

Making sure fire doors are closed when the fire alarm sounds is extremely important. The British Standard 7273-4:2015 Code of Practice for the operation of fire protection measures - Part 4: actuation of release mechanisms for doors gives guidance on the installation, commissioning and maintenance of fire door holding systems. The system/hardware used to hold the doors open must also be approved to EN1155 standard.

Fire door retainers, also known as fire door holders, use a magnet to hold open heavy fire doors that will release in the event of a fire. Stand-alone door retainers are suitable for doors that already have a closing device fitted, however fire door closers with a built in hold open function are also available.

Depending on the installation and level of protection required, there are a variety of fire door retainers readily available which react to different triggers, in the event of a fire.

Hard wired fire door retainers


Hard wired fire door retainers are used all over the world and are ideal for new buildings as they have a direct wire connection to the building’s fire detection system. In a normal condition, power (usually 24 V dc) is supplied to the door retainers so that they can hold the doors in an open position. When a fire is detected by the fire panel, power is cut releasing the doors so that they can close. A fault in the wiring or power supply to the door retainers will cause them to fail safe and release the doors. Hard-wired fire door retainers are available in many shapes, sizes and finishes to suit all applications.

Radio controlled fire door retainers

Radio controlled fire door retainers are triggered wirelessly by radio waves from a controller connected to the existing fire panel or interface unit. As minimal wiring is needed, these are often used for fitting into large, existing buildings but still offer high levels of protection. These systems are installed by an approved, trained professional as a site survey has to be carried out prior to installation.

Sound activated fire door retainers

Sound activated fire door retainers react to the noise of the fire alarm and some devices can learn the sound of the building’s specific fire alarm, so they will only release when the alarm sounds. This is a cost effective solution as there is no need for wiring to a fire panel.

Sound activated fire door retainers are battery powered and can be installed quickly and easily. They are wire-free, so installing them won’t affect a building’s infrastructure.

Innovators of fire technology

Geofire has been designing and manufacturing electromagnet fire door holders and closers for 45 years from its factory in County Durham. Established in 1972, the company is still continuing to invest in research and development to be able to offer cost effective and innovative fire technology.

Andy Collinson, CEO at Geofire, said: 
“What makes Geofire stand out from the rest is that we design and manufacture all of our products in the UK, and we are very proud to be able to say that.
“We have a solution available for all installations, whether it is a new build using our hard-wired products, a noisy environment where radio would be more suitable (Salamander) or, where an acoustic solution is required to close the fire doors upon hearing the sound of the fire alarm (Agrippa).”

W: www.geofire.co.uk
E: enquiries@geofire.co.uk
T: 01388 770 360



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Sunday, 26 March 2017

The last Big Healey ever made joins CCA mega sale at the NEC


A 1967 Austin Healey 3000 MK III, the very last series production car that rolled off the line at the Abingdon factory, will be auctioned as part of CCA’s two-day mega sale at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show on Sunday 2nd April.

Chassis Number HBJ843025 was produced on the 21st December 1967 and first registered to the Donald Healey Motor Company in Warwick with the registration number OAC 656. 


It went through two more registered keepers in the Leicester area before the current vendor purchased the car in 1972, cherishing it for the last 45 years.

This BJ8 is an original, right-hand drive manual car that has covered 56,000 miles in 50 years. The car benefitted from a fresh restoration just one year ago and was subject to a bare metal respray in Golden Beige Metallic.

The car is estimated at between £75,000 and £90,000 when it goes under the hammer at the NEC, Birmingham. 


Speaking ahead of the auction, classic car specialist at CCA, Richard Greenhalgh, said:
“This has got to be the most significant, 'road going' Big Healey on the market today and as such represents an amazing opportunity for classic car collectors. The car has great shut-lines, a deep shine and lots of detail.”
“This is the first time the car has been offered for sale in over 40 years and as such an important and iconic British sports car we expect a significant amount of interest,” added Richard.

The car also comes complete with a large history file, documentation and a Heritage Certificate confirming its status as the final ‘’Big Healey’ ever built.

For more information on the car and CCA’s sale at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show please visit www.classiccarauctions.co.uk.

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Twitter – www.twitter.com/classiccarauc 

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Saturday, 25 March 2017

Henderson Products Specified for High-End Hotel in Tianjin, China


The Four Seasons in Tianjin, China is a 45 storey, 259 room hotel in the heart of the city’s Central Business District. Currently the tallest building in the metropolis, the high-end hotel is the first skyscraper in Tianjin to achieve LEED Gold certification for its extensive use of sustainable building products and construction methods.

A range of P C Henderson’s sliding and folding door hardware products were specified by the project’s Architectural Hardware Consultant to meet bespoke design needs. The main requirements were for large, heavy doors that offered a distinctive grandeur, while portraying the luxurious look and feel desired by the end user.

It was also important that the chosen hardware could cover a variety of sizeable apertures for different uses within the large development. This included conference rooms, a signature Italian restaurant, mock up rooms for Four Seasons’ branded residences, a grand ballroom and also in the hotel’s lavish 3,434 sq. ft. Presidential Suite. The Presidential Suite is designed with many large openings to provide guests with expansive city views from the highest floors, as well as to create flexible and abundant spaces for entertaining.

A total of 31 Flexirol Straight Sliding systems from P C Henderson were installed as room dividers in the Presidential Suite and as sliding doors in the hotel’s conference rooms. The company’s Soltaire 120 hardware was employed in the grand ballroom, with 2 sets of Henderson’s popular Securefold 150 folding door systems fitted in the hotel’s Italian restaurant. The project was also the first time P C Henderson’s a flagship product, Securefold 150, had been installed in China.


Phase 1 of the build also included the installation of 32 Husky 100 sliding door hardware systems, complete with soft close mechanisms, in mock-up rooms for the hotel’s branded residences. The 2nd phase of the development will see the fit out of 143 branded residences within the same tower.

Andrew Royle, Sales and Marketing Director at P C Henderson, commented: 
“Our Flexirol Straight Sliding hardware systems were specified as they met the project brief which required hardware that could carry heavy doors weighing up to 300kg, while matching the opulent look and feel of the huge presidential suite and grand ballroom. Doors of this size must adhere to stringent safety requirements which our products conform to due to the rigorous testing we carry out. 

“The unique capabilities and recognised quality of our Husky, Securefold and Soltaire product ranges ensured further specification in other apertures within the development where sliding and folding door hardware was required.



The hotel was completed and opened to the public in January 2017.

W: www.pchenderson.com E: hello@pchenderson.co.uk




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Friday, 24 March 2017

Alutech Trend Series 40mm Insulated Sectional Doors



Alutech Trend series 40mm insulated sectional garage doors are steadily increasing their market share within the UK garage door specialist sector. 

But why should specialists try a new product with so many well-established brands on the market?

Steve Hudson, MD of JD (UK) Ltd, Alutech’s sole UK distributor explains why:

“Alutech doors match or exceed their rivals in terms of thermal insulation, wind load rating and warranty coverage. They are more than a match for the quality of any other manufacturer, but are up to 25% less expensive.

“We have put the product to the test, and so have our dealers; our doors can be fitted as quickly and easily as any rival product.

“With a fantastic range of stock doors delivered in short lead times, and special order doors delivered from Alutech’s huge European factories in 3 to 4 weeks, the question really should be, why haven't you tried this great quality door yet?”

Features and Benefits of the Alutech Trend Series



  1. Roller brackets with ball race bearings. All brackets are adjustable for maximum seal efficiency and easy installation with automation.
  2. 40mm insulated panel providing equivalent insulation to a 550mm brick wall.
  3. 25,000 spring cycles guaranteed, equivalent to 17 years of ordinary use.
  4. All-steel track sections, i.e. no weak plastic angles.
  5. Pre-fitted multi-chamber bottom seal with adjustable end stops for maximum seal efficiency.

Advantages of Alutech Trend Series Doors

  • Superior Insulation  -  Independently verified “U Value” of 1.35. Superior to most doors on the market.
  • Fitter Friendly  -  Easier installation thanks to smart design features, can be fitted as fast as the market leader.
  • Shorter Lead Times  -  1 to 2 weeks for stock doors and just 3 to 4 weeks ex-factory.
  • Comprehensive Warranty  -  Clear detailed terms in the 10 year warranty document, real peace of mind for end users.
  • Fair Pricing  -  Up to 25% less expensive than major rivals and prices which have increased less than competitors. Alutech have not used the weak pound as an excuse for price changes.
  • Better Service  -  JD (UK) Ltd. are committed to being different by making customer service for their dealers a top priority – does your current supplier make you feel as important?

For more information on the Alutech Sectional door please call 01924 472 924 and ask for Robyn or Luke or visit www.jdukltd.co.uk .




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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Why it Makes Sense to Visit Fit Show 2017


It’s an inescapable fact that we’re living in an age of superfast communications, where emails, video conferencing and Facetime are a part of everyday working life. And there’s no doubt that along with things like product videos, such tools – for that is what they are – help many businesses achieve some of their goals.

But while things like Skype and meetings conducted via a superfast broadband network with real-time video links have their uses, there are some things that these elements can’t bring about, namely, the personal impact of standing in front of a product and learning, firsthand, what it can do.

That is the genius of a trade event like FIT Show 2017. It is easy to forget that a little actual face-to-face time – not just Facetime – can work wonders turning potential customers into long-term loyal clients and can give your company a competitive edge.


Attend a trade show, either as an exhibitor or as a visitor, and you are guaranteed to find the people who will match your aspirations. It’s contact ‘heaven’. You’ll either be an exhibitor looking to sell a product or a service to willing buyers, or you’ll be a visitor, looking for that special item or service fulfillment that will make your job more productive – and hopefully more profitable.

FIT Show 2017, being held for the first time at the NEC in Birmingham this May, brings together both exhibiting companies – over 200 – from the glass and glazing industry and thousands of visitors from the sector. Being able to see and in many cases touch the product that you want for your operation, and be able to discuss it in detail with the experts, is an experience you won’t want to pass up.


Another advantage of the trade show formula is that everything is under one roof. As an exhibitor, the world comes to you. Plus you get to see what your competitors from across the UK and beyond are doing. You can see at firsthand how the sector is developing. It’ll give you lots of ideas on how to perfect your own product – or give you the satisfaction that you have the best product on the market!

And as a visitor, being able to go around the exhibition halls and witness – again, at firsthand – an industry-wide array of products and services is an incredibly cost-effect way of spending your time.

And as well as hundreds of exhibiting companies, there’s more – much more – to the FIT Show 2017. As well as product demonstrations, visitors can hear from the best in the business by attending free-to-attend seminars across the three days of the event. These are always a big hit with delegates and cover a range of must-know guidance on regulations, finance and market conditions, plus business know-how, sales tips and installation advice, all presented by the show’s carefully chosen experts.


Finally, event organisers fully appreciate that people’s time is precious, and so creating value at a trade show is an absolute ‘must’. That’s why FIT Show’s BIG Tuesday will take place on Tuesday 23rd May and will see show opening hours extended to 8pm. Offering a relaxed ‘after hours’ atmosphere – a time when some will argue the best deals are done – some exhibitors are already planning to include drinks and music on their stand in order to create a party atmosphere and take advantage of the extra hours.


If you want to find out about the latest product developments in glass and glazing, you can’t afford to miss FIT Show 2017.

If you’re visiting the FIT Show why not take advantage of the free daily seminars? For more information visit: http://www.fitshow.co.uk/seminars and for the aluminium-focused seminars delivered by experts in aluminium, AluK visit: http://www.fitshow.co.uk/aluk-seminar.

Taking place 23-25th May 2017, to book a stand at FIT Show 2017 please contact Freya Humphries on: 07572 623457, or email: freya@fitshow.co.uk.

To register as a visitor for FIT Show 2017 visit: www.livebuzzreg.co.uk/2017/fit17




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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Warrington Certification launches new schemes


Warrington Certification has launched new Certifire schemes for pivots and door handles on fire doorsets.


The UKAS accredited Technical Schedules (TS’s), which have been developed in response to industry demand, include four new TS’s covering top and bottom pivots, electromechanical locks, handles and variable geometry hinges.

For some years, the UK door and hardware industry has raised concerns over the lack of a minimum prescribed level, with respect to performance and quality for lever handles and top and bottom pivots and in the absence of harmonised standards, have sought alternative ways to raise the quality for these elements. In response, Warrington Certification has introduced TS’s for top and bottom pivots (TS80) and lever handles (TS82).

The four new Technical Schedules TS80, TS81, TS82 and TS83 will ensure a minimum level of performance for all new products which are used on fire and smoke resisting doors. Electromechancial locks (TS81) and variable geometry unsprung and concealed hinges (TS83) follow in the same footsteps as other Certifire technical schedules such as mechanical locks (TS23) and single axis hinges (TS24).

Paul Duggan, Certification Manager at Warrington Certification, commented: 
“We are proud to launch these new UKAS accredited Certifire schemes, which are designed to further help raise the bar in fire door and product certification.
“These four new technical schedules which have been developed with the Certifire hardware panel members, expand the scope of our certification offering and they demonstrate Warrington Certification’s commitment to try and make fire doors even safer.”
For more information on the new schemes please contact Warrington Certification on 01925 646669 or wcl@exova.com



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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Urban Front achieves LPS 1175 – Grade 2 Security Testing for Urban Front E80s Range


Urban Front are very pleased to announce that they have completed and achieved LPS1175-Grade 2 security testing  for their E80 S doorset in sizes up to 1200 x 2400mm (size includes frames) in addition to iso9001 Quality Management Certification.

LPCB’s Window and Doors High Security scheme is carried out to Loss Prevention Standard LPS1175 and involves assessing their resistance to intruders. This standard comprises a range of manual intervention tests and can be applied to doors manufactured from most commonly available materials. The E80s withstood rigorous testing in the areas of:  glass, frame and lock security including vision panels, leaf hardware and door  construction.

LPS1175 is a requirement of the current Part Q building regulations.



The difference between LPS 1175 / PAS 24* as quoted by BRE Global

LPS 1175 differs in a number of ways from PAS 24 (used in LPCB’s Residential security scheme ), notably in its approach to intruders that are willing to risk making noise in their attempts to enter a property.

PAS 24 considers resistance to opportunist criminals who wish to gain entry by stealth and without making noise that might attract attention. PAS 24 does not, for example, address breaking glass as an entry method. Products approved to PAS 24  are therefore best suited to domestic properties and others with either 24/7 occupancy or high volumes of personnel passing near the door/window concerned.

LPS 1175 evaluates a product’s resistance to forced entry by a wider range of intruders, including those unconcerned about making noise. Under LPS 1175, breaking glass is – as in the real world – recognised as a mode of entry for prospective thieves and is part of the assessment process.

LPS 1175 approved products are therefore well suited to scenarios where criminals can either work out of sight or where they are not fearful of being spotted. It is therefore a generally more secure standard than PAS 24, and designed for door manufacturers with target market for high end residential and commercial premises.

Urban Front has been making beautiful steel reinforced hardwood doors for the international market, from it’s workshop in Buckinghamshire, since 2005. Urban Front produce a high quality designer door solution with an unsurpassed customer experience with a product that stands the test of time and also reduces maintenance and weathering issues.

With an Urban Front door, you are guaranteed a hardwood door which will provide you with a high level of insulation, security and luxury while remaining in keeping with the contemporary feel of your property. With the added benefit of steel reinforcement, stainless steel fittings, five point locking, concealed hinges and security keys, the Urban Front door sets exude quality, strength and beauty of a handmade product made in England.

Visit their new website to find out more: www.urbanfront.co.uk


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Monday, 20 March 2017

New Mobile Showroom brings dormakaba to your Doorstep


dormakaba has launched its new mobile showroom, providing a unique look at its comprehensive access products portfolio. 

Visiting specifiers across the UK and Ireland – the mobile showroom offers a convenient and valuable opportunity to gain product insight, and demonstrations of all of the high quality components required for smarter, more secure access solutions

With over 150 years’ experience, dormakaba can provide specifiers with a multitude of access products from a single source, as well as the technical knowledge required to ensure they meet the necessary building regulations.



The new mobile showroom features market-leading automatics, door hardware, mechanical key systems, access control, lodging products, electronic access and data, interior glass systems, and safelocks and is permanently touring locations around the UK and Ireland.

Furthermore, complementing the mobile showroom, dormakaba has launched the virtual reality dormakaba 360° City app. Already the recipient of industry accolades including the German Design Gold and Red Dot awards in 2016, the app – which is available via iOS and Android - allows users to take a virtual tour of the company’s portfolio of products with detailed information and in-situ images.



Jenna Higgs, Marketing Manager at dormakaba said:
“We are delighted to unveil our new mobile showroom, which allows our teams an ideal opportunity to visit customers, to demonstrate and explain first hand the full performance capability of our products. This, combined with the success of our virtual dormakaba 360° City, means we now provide unparalleled access to our extensive range of products.” 

To book a visit with the dormakaba mobile showroom, email: showroom.gb@dormakaba.com or call 01462 477600. For more information on the dormakaba 360° City app, visit: https://www.dormakaba.com/360-city-en




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Sunday, 19 March 2017

David Beckham’s Ferrari Leads ‘Football Team’ of 11 Ferraris at Imperial War Museum, Duxford


H&H Classics will offer no fewer than eleven Ferraris in their Duxford sale at the Imperial War Museum, Cambridgeshire on Wednesday March 29th.


The cars include David Beckhams 2001 Ferrari 360 in addition ten further classic examples being put under the hammer.

This stunning 2001 Ferrari 360 Spider previously owned by football legend, David Beckham OBE, is offered for sale with H&H Classics at the Imperial War Museum Duxford on March 29th for an estimate of £85,000 - £95,000

Finished in Nero black with full Sabbia leather interior, ‘Y795 AOO’ is notable for having previously belonged to superstar footballer David Beckham OBE. He was certainly a fan of the model acquiring another 360 Spider in 2003.


Stated to have covered just 7,800 miles from new, the Ferrari has recently undergone a cambelt service at JCT 600 in Leeds. Powered by a 3.6-litre V8 coupled to either a six-speed manual or F1 electrohydraulic manual transmission, the 360's lighter weight improved the 0-60 mph dash to just 4.2 seconds with a nominal top speed of over 180mph. 

Damian Jones, Head of Sales at H&H Classics, says of this car: 
“Any Ferrari 360 is a seriously exciting car to drive but this one with its notably low mileage and former ownership by a global icon is truly special”

It is fitted with such desirable extras as forged lightweight BBS alloys, wide carbon fibre backed racing seats, privacy glass, F1 Gearbox, Challenge rear grille and Tubi sports exhaust system.

It is offered with extensive Ferrari service history and will possess a fresh MOT by the time of sale.

To see details of the other 10 cars at this auction please read our article published last week.

For further information about the sale, please visit the H&H Classics website - www.handh.co.uk


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Saturday, 18 March 2017

2017 gate safety campaign - school partner required


Safety campaigners are once again mounting a high profile drive to reduce the risks posed by unsafe automated gates. And this time school children will be playing a critically important role.

The DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), the trade association which represents the automated gate industry, is looking for a school to be the “face” of this year’s Gate Safety Week campaign. The school will help spearhead the campaign to other schools in the UK.

The aim of Gate Safety Week, which has been run every year since 2014, is to raise awareness of the dangers posed by incorrectly installed and poorly maintained automated gates.

Increasingly, automated gates are becoming a common sight on residential driveways, housing and apartment developments and industrial and commercial locations. Evermore so, automated gates are being installed in schools and educational buildings.

Through its training programme, Technical Specifications, and collaborative working, the DHF has seen an improvement in the quality of installations as well as the knowledge of installers throughout the UK. However, the DHF estimates that there are still up to 70% of automated gate installations which are unsafe, many of which would have been installed pre-2010.

Said Bob Perry, DHF CEO:
 “There is still a lot of work to do to lower that figure even more. Promoting the Gate Safety Week initiative to the education sector is just the beginning. We want to educate the educators, who will then educate the populace. Each year we call upon leading manufacturers, installers, and maintainers of automated gates to support our crusade, which they do willingly.”

"The Gate Safety Week campaign will run throughout 2017"

Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens, DHF Marketing Manager, stated:
“Gate safety is an on-going year-round commitment, so we decided to extend our week to a rolling year! As always, it will culminate in a week of activity during October. We have had tremendous support previously and urge more to join our campaign in raising awareness, but more importantly, in making gates safe.”

The campaign is starting off with an appeal to schools to run a competition amongst pupils to design a poster on the theme: Safe Gates Save Lives. Once the successful school has been chosen, the competition will start at the beginning of the summer term with entries being submitted by the beginning of June.

The winning pupil will receive a prize and the successful school will win a quantity of art supplies. The winning poster will be used in a high-profile publicity campaign in the run up to Gate Safety Week 2017.

The poster will help educate the school, the parents, and the children on safety around automated gates, with the intention of rolling it out to all schools within the UK.

“It’s vital that all automated gates - wherever their location - have been installed in accordance with the latest industry code of practice governing safety,” added Bob Perry.

“Our campaign will strengthen the message that automated gates in schools, public buildings and all other locations must be checked by qualified and trained engineers for safe operation and be maintained regularly.”

To find out how gates can be checked for safety, and to learn more about the 2017 campaign, visit www.gatesafetyweek.org.uk.

Schools wanting to enter the competition should contact Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens, DHF Marketing Manager, on 01827 52337 or email patricia@dhfonline.org.uk for further information.



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