Thursday, 2 March 2017

Clever door operators keep young students safe

Accessibility and security are among the top priorities for facilities managers in public buildings. It is important that everyone can move around such buildings easily and be safe while doing so, while not compromising security at any time. 

The Calthorpe Academy in Birmingham wanted to install new doors to make them as easy as possible for its students to use. The Academy serves the special educational needs of more than 400 students aged 2 to 19 with physical, behavioural or autistic conditions.

HOPPE UK specified their new FD20 swing door drive unit to improve the buildings accessibility. High level push pads are used to operate the doors, but it can also be programmed to respond to contactless detection sensors, and foot or elbow operated switches. Key-operated pulse switches and pass scanners are also compatible, enhancing security without affecting accessibility.

The unit allows the connection of items such as safety sensors and the obstacle-detection system. This is triggered when someone is standing on the other side of the door and it will not allow the door to open until they are out of range.

Calthorpe Academy has its automatic doors linked to its computer system which is constantly monitored, allowing the school to shut down and lock doors instantly, further enhancing the security.

Mike Dempsey of MWPD Supplies, said: 
“I work with a lot of schools, but am usually focused on specifying master key systems and similar security requirements, so on this occasion I spoke to Nigel Gray at HOPPE to get advice on automatic door operators and he told me about their new range. It sounded exactly what I needed for Calthorpe Academy and when he came to site with the installation experts, I was really impressed, as was the school, so we went ahead.
“I’ve worked with HOPPE on a range of projects and it’s always the same - once you’ve got HOPPE on the job, they come in and make sure everything is exactly right. They completed the site survey, risk assessment and installation. They sent in their technical people – and these sorts of things really are very technical – and everything was sorted quickly and efficiently.  I would absolutely specify the range again.”
Nigel Gray, HOPPE said:
“We pride ourselves on being open and transparent when offering advice to customers regarding door automation. We gain as much information from the user as possible prior to any site visits being agreed. This gives us an insight into what the customer wants to use and we can then offer advice to ensure that they fully understand how these systems work. We can also advise what changes may need to be made on site to ensure the doors are safe for the intended use. 
“Our partner installers are fully qualified Automation and Access Control installers which helps us to overcome any on site issues. The FD20 offers a wide range applications to suit most swing door requests and the on board intelligent controller helps to overcome common problems like wind tunnel or wind sail effect.”

For more information contact Nigel Gray, or visit

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