Wednesday, 15 August 2018

The Ashes Wedding Venue choose Smartlock InDoor Security


When the owners of The Ashes Wedding Venue in Endon, Staffordshire were looking for an efficient and easy to use locking system, which wouldn’t compromise the traditional décor of their barn wedding venue, they turned to Securefast to provide the perfect user friendly, discrete yet effective locking solution.


The Ashes is considered by many as one of the most beautiful barn wedding venues in the country. The fifty acre estate rests at the foothills of the Peak District National Park, within the borders of Staffordshire and offers the perfect setting for a special occasion.

The company’s recent installation at the Ashes consisted of the Securefast ASL951B1-R Wireless Smartlock InDoor units, which is a system that enables the client to select their own preferred style of lever furniture in order to compliment the building and its surroundings. In this instance the owner’s preference was for traditional lever handles in a black antique finish, with both the locks and door furniture blending in seamlessly with the traditional aspects of the venue. 


The Smartlock InDoor lock is used in a virtual network setup utilising Smartlock software with the ASL960 USB card encoder. This allows staff to allocate wedding guests wishing to stay in the newly renovated accommodation with Mifare cards for access. These cards allow access for the duration of their stay and automatically deactivate the following morning.

Using the Smartlock InDoor system means that the card reader is monitored in the door above the 72mm centre lockcase with the battery housing, leaving no need for a separate hardware reader actually on the door.

In addition to the InDoor system, Securefast offers an OnDoor version which consists of a set of “Return to Door” levers in stainless steel on a stainless steel backplate with the reader. The OnDoor system is a wire free stand alone, intelligent lock that uses Mifare proximity contactless technology. It provides an easy to use, secure access solution right on the door. The flexible system enables OnDoor systems to be created to suit any installation from a simple one or two door set up to a fully networked control system providing real time control of access permissions and monitoring.

For further information about the above locking solutions or to receive details on the comprehensive range of access control options available from Securefast, please contact the Securefast sales team on 01704 502 801 or visit the Securefast web site at www.securefast.co.uk.






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Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Internal Steel Screens reinforce Contemporary Aesthetic


Traditional steel window and door screens are being ‘reinvented’ by members of the Steel Window Association to meet the huge demand for bespoke internal glazed partitions. They are screening everything from boardrooms and wine cellars to kitchens and showers in high-end commercial and residential projects.  

Bridging the contemporary and traditional aesthetic in a way that is otherwise unachievable, steel screens allow excellent visibility and the passage of maximum light between different areas. Steel provides solidity without being visually overpowering; a look no other material can replicate due to the slenderness and robustness of the steel sections.

Unlike the chunkier proportions required with timber or aluminium, a steel T-bar or glazing bar, a mere 25mm wide, is enough to ensure maximum strength while providing the greatest possible area for glass.

Screens used internally allow even greater design flexibility than those used externally and designers have the opportunity to incorporate sliding and pocket doors and, indeed, entire sliding screen sections. Door thresholds are unnecessary so the finished floor is uninterrupted.

Internal screens are generally formed using traditional W20 steel sections. These may be configured to create three quarter height and full height panels with 90 degree returns or curves, and to take large or small glass panes.

Screens are highly versatile and can include windows or doors up to a height of 2.4m with fixed glazing above where extra height is required. Bespoke designs can fit specific spaces making them ideal where, for example, the screen needs to follow the profile of a vaulted ceiling.

When used in wet rooms and as shower screens, weather seals can be employed to ensure a fully waterproof enclosure. In situations such as wine cellars, the aesthetics of steel screens contrast well with those of the fabric of older buildings. The screens and doors have the added benefit that they may be used to provide security and aid temperature control by dividing areas.

Most screens are single glazed but, when needed for acoustic reasons (when creating corporate boardrooms, for example), double glazing with acoustic glass may be employed.

To provide for the highest durability and to achieve the aesthetics required, screens may be hot-dip galvanised and factory-finished with a high quality polyester powder coat applied in any RAL colour.

Alternatively, an industrial raw steel finish can be provided that shows up the details of the manufacturing process, including the welded joints. This is achieved either through a clear powder coating or with the application of a high quality, factory-applied lacquer.

An almost unlimited choice of handles and fittings exists for use with internal steel screens with virtually any commercially available product suitable. This reinforces further the exciting potential offered by internal steel screens and their strong place in design led projects.

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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Monday, 13 August 2018

Facelift for LiftMaster Garage Door Openers



Automatic garage door openers from LiftMaster impress professionals with their intelligent force setting, smooth and quiet running, low power consumption and security. The proven product portfolio has now been optimised and more clearly profiled.


LiftMaster, the world leader in professionally installed garage door openers, is updating its product portfolio in the European market. “We want to significantly enhance the LiftMaster brand of garage door openers for our end users. This is why we have given the Evolution garage door openers a facelift. “With an extended accessory range – particularly with a modification of the transmitters supplied with the products – LiftMaster is being more clearly defined as a premium brand.” explains Product Manager Grigory Trusov.

All five garage door openers available in the Evolution Series will in the future be delivered with two new 4-Channel Evolution Code transmitters with a car-key design. They have very high safety standards that far exceed the standard of commercially available models. In addition, the TX4UNIF – a universal transmitter on 433MHz that can also be used with the Evolution series – can be ordered as a high-quality accessory with the same design.

Using the elegant style and design the garage door openers still have the striking black-and-red appearance that customers appreciate. “Market analyses have shown that our openers not only meet high expectations in terms of quality, but also in terms of appearance, which is why we saw no need to change.” says Grigory Trusov.


Smart connection thanks to MyQ technology

In addition to the classic access via hand-held remote controls, the LM60EVF, LM80EVF, LM100EVF and LM130EVF garage door openers can also be controlled using MyQ technology. The free MyQ app allows you to monitor the garage from anywhere, because it indicates whether the door is open or closed. You can also set up a notification that will be sent as soon as the door moves. As the app provides monitoring and control in one, the garage door can also be operated remotely at any time.

Partnerships with Apple, Nest and other leading technology suppliers also aim to seamlessly connect automation to their platforms. In Europe, the combination with Nest indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras and Nest thermostats is already a reality. This provides another bonus in convenience and security around your home, with no compatibility issues. Also, users can already control each garage door opener via Apple Watch.

Evolution Facelift garage door openers became available from July 9, 2018. All other opener ranges will continue unchanged and with the existing accessories.


About LiftMaster

The Chamberlain Group is the global market leader in the professional segment for garage door openers with its LiftMaster brand and one of the largest manufacturers of industrial door and gate openers for private and industrial applications. Founded in 1967, over the last 50 years the company has created more than 30 significant developments of secure, reliable technologies for controlling garage doors and gates, demonstrating the company's innovative strength.

They include Evolution (Security 2.0) wireless technology, which is our most advanced radio system with encrypted wireless codes. MyQ technology also enables the openers to be integrated into a smart home. This means that users can control the opener using an app on their smartphone, tablet or PC regardless of their location.

Further information is available from Chamberlain GmbH, Alfred-Nobel-Str. 4, 66793 Saarwellingen, Tel. 0049 (0) 6838 9070, email info@chamberlain.com and at www.liftmaster.eu.





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Sunday, 12 August 2018

Ford Celebrates Production of 10 Millionth Mustang


Ford is celebrating the production of its 10 millionth Mustang – America’s best-selling sports car of the last 50 years and the world’s best-selling sports car three years straight.  

The 10 millionth Ford Mustang is a high-tech, 460 horsepower 2019 Wimbledon White GT V8 six-speed manual convertible equipped with the latest driver assist technology and built at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan. The first serialised Mustang (VIN 001) produced in 1964 was the same colour and model with a three-speed manual transmission and 164 horsepower V8.

“Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favourite around the world,” said Jim Farley, president of global markets, Ford Motor Company. “I get the same thrill seeing a Mustang roll down a street in Detroit, London or Beijing that I felt when I bought my first car – a 1966 Mustang coupe that I drove across the country as a teenager. Mustang is a smile-maker in any language.”


Ford is celebrating the milestone with employee celebrations at its Dearborn headquarters and its Flat Rock Assembly Plant, U.S., including flyovers from three WWII-era P-51 Mustang fighter planes and Mustangs produced for more than five decades parading from Dearborn to Flat Rock, where the Mustang currently is manufactured.

Best-selling sports car

Mustang is America’s best-selling sports car over the last 50 years, based on Ford analysis of 1966-2018 total U.S. new vehicle cumulative registrations for all sports car segments supplied by IHS Markit.

Ford has sold over 7,000 in the UK since it first went on sale in 2016, and more than 38,000 Mustangs across Europe in the same period.

Last year, Mustang outsold the Porsche 911 in 13 European markets, including the U.K. and Spain.  The leading five European markets for Mustang sales in 2017 were Germany, the U.K., France, Belgium, and Sweden. In 2017, Mustang GT was the best-selling V8 sports car in the UK, with over 1,500 sold.


Announced earlier this year, the special edition Ford Mustang Bullitt celebrates the 50th anniversary of the legendary Warner Bros. film. Powered by an enhanced 5.0-litre V8 engine, Bullitt has now sold out its special edition production run for the year in the UK, with vehicles due to arrive later this year.

In addition, the one-of-a-kind Eagle Squadron Mustang GT, driven on the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb by Vaughn Gittin Jr., raised $420,000 at the recent charity auction for the Experimental Aircraft Association’s youth aviation education programs.


Better Than Ever

The latest Ford Mustang offers more technology, exhilarating performance and more personalisation than ever.

The new Ford Mustang features a more athletic exterior, and an upscale interior with soft-touch materials and 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Enhanced powertrains include Ford's 450 PS 5.0-litre V8 and 10-speed automatic transmission for 0-62mph acceleration in 4.3seconds. A six-speed manual transmission option is equipped with Ford’s new rev-matching technology for smoother, faster downshifts accompanied by a “blip” of the powerful engine.

Advanced driving technologies include MagneRide® adjustable suspension, selectable Drive Modes and a new Active Valve Performance Exhaust that delivers an innovative Good Neighbour Mode for early-morning or late-night driving. New driver assistance technologies include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Keeping Aid.

The Ford Mustang is now in its sixth generation. In addition to its sales leadership, the Mustang page has more likes on Facebook than any other vehicle nameplate.


BULLITT and all related characters and elements© & TM Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s18)

MagneRide is a trademark of BWI Group




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Saturday, 11 August 2018

Nearly 90 per cent of London Van Drivers to be Charged to Drive in the Capital


According to insurance comparison website The Van Insurer, almost 90 per cent of van drivers in London and the South East could be charged more than £5,000 to drive in the capital from 2021.


London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, revealed plans last month to expand London’s ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) to include the North Circular and South Circular roads from 2021.

Drivers within the expanded zone using vans that don’t meet the new emission standards will pay a daily ULEZ charge of £12.50, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This is in addition to the daily congestion charge, which starts from £10.00 per day.

‘Non-compliant’ vehicles include diesel vans that do not meet Euro 6 standards; those that are approximately six years or older in 2021, and petrol vans that do not meet Euro 4 standards, roughly the equivalent to being fifteen years or older in 2021.


Last year, The Van Insurer processed quotes for 24,093 van drivers in London and the South East; 89 per cent (21,415) of the policies quoted for were for non-compliant petrol and diesel models.

Diesel vans that will be deemed non-compliant under the new rules, made up 87 per cent (20,932) of the policies quoted, with non compliant petrol vans accounting for the remaining 2 per cent (483).

Compliant vans; comprising hybrid, electric and compliant petrol and diesel models, made up the remaining 11 per cent of quotes processed.

The increased charges, amounting to £22.50 per day, will have a strong impact on tradesmen in London and South East that work in the capital. For example, the average non-compliant van driver, with 21 days holiday per year and working 239 days in London, can expect to pay £5,377.50 per year to drive in the capital.

According to the Federation of Master Builders, the average bricklayer’s salary in the UK is £42,034. The new legislation would therefore reduce their income by around 13 per cent.


Jade Isabelle, Commercial Director at The Van Insurer, said:
“It’s easy to see how, a seemingly small increase can have a huge impact on a van driver’s annual outgoings.
“For our tradesmen customers, their van is an essential tool for their business and the majority clearly fall outside the new compliance standards. However, while many of our quotes are for older vehicles, we’re processing more quotes for compliant vehicles; between 2016 and 2018 we noticed an increase of 8 per cent, in the London and South East, so drivers are getting the message and looking to reduce costs.”

The figures for national data follow the same pattern, with 90 per cent (105,813) of quotes processed in 2017 relating to non-compliant vehicles. Similarly, quotes for compliant vehicles increased by 7 per cent between 2016 and 2018.

The Van Insurer is a dedicated van insurance price comparison website that is committed to making van insurance easy, fast and affordable.

Obtaining a quote from The Van Insurer is quick, simple and straightforward.

For more information, visit www.thevaninsurer.co.uk





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Friday, 10 August 2018

P C Henderson’s Barn Door Hardware Specified for Period Property Renovation


Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, has witnessed an ever increasing trend for its Rustic 80 barn door hardware over the past few years. 

The hardware has recently been specified for a home renovation project by first time buyers Reece Hall and Zoe Wood due to its unique features and space saving properties.

Located in the Kent countryside, Reece and Zoe purchased the property in June 2017. Built in the early 1900s, the 2 bedroom, semi-detached cottage was full of character but required a much needed renovation to help restore the property to its former glory.


The 11 month renovation included a complete rewire, full house re-plaster, a full damp-proof course, new heating and plumbing system and a new kitchen and bathroom. The couple also required some sliding door hardware for the properties bedroom and bathroom doors.

“When planning to renovate the property, we agreed that we’d like to maintain some of the cottages original character and charm. Having refurbished the cottages original pine plank doors, we were keen to make a feature of them. Due to the size of the doors, they weren’t suitable to be used in a traditional swing system as they consumed quite a lot of valuable space. We decided a sliding door system would be the best solution but we needed something which would suit the traditional décor”, commented Reece.

P C Henderson’s Rustic sliding barn door hardware was identified as the best solution for the project. With its beautifully crated barn style hangers, Rustic 80 complemented the original pine plank doors perfectly.

“After seeing an image of sliding barn door hardware on social media, we knew this was the perfect product to incorporate into our renovation. We carried out some online research and came across the Rustic 80 by P C Henderson, after reading through some positive reviews we were confident it was the right product for us and we weren’t disappointed”.


By installing a sliding door system over a traditional swing door system, Reece and Zoe were able to save valuable space in both the bedroom and bathroom as well as adding a unique feature to the property.
“We’re more than happy with our Rustic kits and we would definitely consider P C Henderson’s hardware on future projects or a possible extension to the cottage”, continued Reece.
Ideal for barn conversions and period properties, Rustic 80 is a great way to add a unique feature to the home. Available in a matt black or stainless steel finish, the system caters for doors weighing up to 80kg and will soon have a Soft Stop available to further add to the refinement of the product.

For more information visit - www.pchenderson.com





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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Easily manage Security Permissions of a Mobile Workforce with the new CLIQ® Connect App



ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, has launched its new CLIQ® Connect app, a simple and cost-effective way for facility managers to control the security permissions of a mobile workforce from their smartphone.

Facility managers can update, amend, revoke or renew access rights remotely from the CLIQ® Web Manager software and the latest Bluetooth® technology paired with a mobile phone. Mobile workers then simply need to open the CLIQ® Connect App for the updated access permissions to be instantly transferred to their programmable CLIQ® key via Bluetooth®.

This technology provides flexible access control and a secure key management solution for facility managers. Access rights can be tailored to meet individual requirements, so permissions are only granted for the specific time and date needed. Furthermore, a lost key is no longer a threat, as facility managers can simply remove the key’s access rights from the CLIQ® Web Manager software, at anytime and from anywhere.

Operations are streamlined too, with a keyholder no longer having to update access rights physically in person, carry additional updating devices, or even return to base to retrieve the key needed. For additional peace of mind, audit trails can also be generated on demand, and data transfer between the system and app is encrypted.

CLIQ® Connect is currently available on the eCLIQ platform from ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, which features a pioneering and 128-bit AES encryption. Developed to offer high security and resistance to electronic attacks, eCLIQ’s proven technology and advanced microelectronics ensure quick and secure communication between lock and key.

CLIQ® Connect will be rolled out to the organisation’s acclaimed ASSA CLIQ® Remote system later this year.

With no extra hardware required, to get started all mobile workers need is a smartphone and to download the CLIQ® Connect App.

Simon Wilson, National Sales Manager for ASSA CLIQ® Remote at ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, explains:
“Facility managers and their mobile workforce are short on time, and want solutions that are easy to implement and help simplify workflows. CLIQ® Connect has been designed to meet these needs. It has never been so easy for access rights to be issued to remote workers, nor update these so quickly.
“Site security is improved too, with lost keys no longer posing a threat. The technology cuts the time that might be typically wasted on administrating access rights, plus saves money that would have otherwise been spent on programming devices and key management systems.
“Ultimately, the new CLIQ® Connect App uses the latest technology to ensure facility managers are in control of their security at all times.”

For more information on CLIQ® Connect, please visit www.assaabloy.co.uk/cliqconnect, or contact Simon Wilson over LinkedIn, Twitter, or via email at simon.wilson@assaabloy.com.




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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Tradespeople say heat is forcing them to down tools, and call for on-site water stations


Apart from the recent thunder storms, Britain’s summer has so far proven to be a very un-British scorcher. 

With temperatures hitting sweltering highs, spare a thought for the bricklayers, carpenters and other tradespeople that have to work outside, and who have already had to endure the bitter Beasts from the East earlier this year.

To find out how people on the country’s construction sites are handling the heat, the UK’s largest online supplier of ironmongery, IronmongeryDirect, has carried out a poll among its customers – mainly sole traders and small businesses.

The research reveals that almost 40% of respondents have been prevented from completing a job because of the hot weather. As many are self-employed, they are likely to be feeling the impact of any heat-induced pauses in work through loss of income. Their professional reputation can also take a battering despite making decisions to leave the site for safety reasons.

A Met Office spokesperson added:
“We would urge high-risk groups including tradespeople to follow the Public Health England advice to take care in the sun, especially when temperatures are potentially reaching 30 degrees or more throughout this week - either stay out of the sun or be sensible and don't go out in the strongest sunshine hours which are 11am to 3pm."
In addition, half of the survey respondents felt that water stations should be introduced on-site to help them keep cool at work.

Wayne Lysaght-Mason, Managing Director of IronmongeryDirect, has questioned whether more should be done to protect tradespeople in extraordinary weather conditions: 
“This heatwave has been more prolonged and relentless than anything I can remember. With it not beyond the realms of possibility for this type of weather to become more frequent, I think it’s vitally important for tradespeople to receive more protection.”
The heatwave is not all bad news. It has resulted in more work for builders - 25% of poll participants said they are being asked to install more swimming pools and 1 in 2 have noticed a higher demand for outdoor decking.

www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk




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Tuesday, 7 August 2018

dormakaba Supplies Cutting Edge Access Solutions for New AC Hotel Belfast by Marriott


dormakaba has recently supplied a collection of hotel locks together with a pitch free pivoting system for toughened glass doors to the brand new Marriott hotel, AC Hotel Belfast.

With panoramic views across the River Lagan, towards the Titanic Quarter, the new AC Hotel Belfast has officially opened its doors and is the first Marriott hotel in Northern Ireland – joining an extensive portfolio of more than 6,500 properties worldwide. The £25 million-pound investment, by owners Belfast Harbour, is set to target both leisure and corporate business travelers, with the facilities including a signature restaurant and bar, as well as an elegant meeting space. 

Having previously supplied its pioneering products to the AC Hotels by Marriott in Birmingham, dormakaba was contracted to deliver high quality access solutions to the new luxury Belfast property. The scope of works included the supply of 226 Saflok Quantum RFID locks as well as 185 sets of BEYOND pivoting systems. 


With 188 guest bedrooms, the hotel is among the city’s largest and as such requires locks which can provide enhanced security and superior guest experience. dormakaba’s award winning Saflok Quantum RFID locks in chrome and satin finish provided the ideal solution.

The market leading two-piece modular design features Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), providing a flexible alternative to keycards as guests can use their mobile device as a key. Guests can check in and out online with their mobile device and even grant or remove room access to other guests via the app – offering ultimate convenience.

Additionally, the advanced technology features tracking mortise for door ajar reporting which allows hoteliers to easily review lock status reports and resolve any issues quickly and efficiently.

dormakaba also specified its patented BEYOND system. The secure, functional and unique design features a pivot point positioned in the middle of the glass axle and close to the glass edge, delivering optimum safety by preventing the risk of trapped fingers.

“The dormakaba products installed in the hotel have been excellent,” commented Alan Rankin, Maintenance Manager at AC Hotel Belfast. “The Saflok Quantum RFID locks are very user-friendly and easy to use. The BEYOND system looks elegant, adding to the hotel aesthetic. Overall, dormakaba has definitely added to the quality of guest experiences here.”

Nick Baldwin, UK Key Account Manager at dormakaba commented:
“We are extremely proud to again be working in collaboration with Marriott Hotels and share our innovative approach to enhancing customer experience. Following the AC Hotel in Birmingham, the AC Hotel Belfast is the next hotel in the UK to introduce mobile check-in, and we are excited to have been part of this project.” 
For more information on dormakaba solutions, visit www.dormakaba.co.uk





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Monday, 6 August 2018

Klevio launches Smart Intercom that Opens Doors with your Phone


Klevio - the smart home startup - has just released its first product, Klevio One, a smart intercom that lets you open doors from anywhere. 

The company is using smart technology to change the way we manage access to homes, offices and apartment buildings. Klevio reduces the stress and hassle of having to manage keys and access.

Since joining forces to develop smart home solutions, the founders of onefinestay and CubeSensors have notched their first success with Klevio One.


The initial keyless entry concept was prototyped at onefinestay who faced the challenge of managing access for thousands of homes. After the exit to Accor in 2016, onefinestay founder Demetrios Zoppos partnered with two other investors to create Klevio.

onefinestay co-founder Greg Marsh is an early investor in the company, alongside another prominent angel investor. To date Klevio has attracted £1.2 million in funding.

The Klevio team, based in London and Ljubljana, is pioneering innovation in an activity we all take for granted: opening doors. Physical keys have been around for thousands of years and Klevio’s team - with several startups under their belts - are leading the charge in bringing access into the digital age.


Rather than replacing your lock and keys, Klevio One connects to an existing intercom system inside a home and is operated via an iOS or Android app. Klevio can be fitted in any home with no need to change existing locks.

It works with multiple doors and there’s no need to modify the communal area of apartment buildings when installing it, since the device is located within the flat. The app connects to the device, allowing users to open their private and communal doors from anywhere with a swipe and press of a button.


Klevio is complementary to traditional keys rather than a replacement. It provides users with new options to manage their homes and properties without any compromise on security. Users keep their existing locks and old keys as a backup, and the use of Klevio is not obvious to anyone outside the building.

With Klevio, users can also share and revoke digital keys instantly, a feature that comes in handy whenever someone needs access to a home when the owner is not present, or to let in an Airbnb guest or a contractor.

Greg Marsh, onefinestay co-founder and an early investor in Klevio, said:

"Managing multiple properties is hard. At onefinestay we managed thousands of high end homes in city centres. And when we realised how much time we were wasting getting keys to our guests, we started working on the keyless entry system that has today been perfected as Klevio One.

"Klevio saves time for apartment hosts, property managers and householders and, as a smart home device, it also improves security.

"I'm proud to see something we invented at onefinestay become a category leading product in its own right. More than anything that is a testament to the hard work and expertise of the Klevio team."


Currently, Klevio is available in London where 1,000 users tested digital keys in a successful 10-month pilot.


The Company has plans to expand coverage across the UK and beyond.

For more information, go to klevio.com





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Sunday, 5 August 2018

Porsche 917K Leads Host of Endurance Racing Legends at Concours of Elegance 2018


Hampton Court Palace will play host to a selection of global endurance racing legends from 31 August to 2 September, as the world-renowned Concours of Elegance gets underway. 

Appearing among over sixty of the rarest cars ever created are a series of motorsport icons, spearheaded by the Porsche 917K driven by Steve McQueen in the classic film Le Mans.

But this car was more than just a silver screen star, it was a genuinely successful racer on-track. Despite being damaged during filming for Le Mans, it was rebuilt using another chassis and went on to win at Daytona, Monza, the Osterreichring, Spa and Monthlery in 1971.


Visitors to the Concours of Elegance will also have the chance to see the iconic Mercedes CLK LM. The LM was based on the CLK GTR, which won the FIA GT Championship in both 1997 and 1998, but with a few choice revisions.

Fitted with a V8 thought to be more suited to prolonged speeds than the GTR’s V12 to, as well as a new aerodynamic package, it was honed specifically for 24 hours of racing at Le Mans. However, despite the two cars qualifying in 1st and 3rd during the 1997 Le Mans 24 Hours, both retired with engine failure.


No motorsport celebration would be complete without the legendary Ford GT40, and Concours of Elegance will be bringing a Gulf-liveried car, which competed in the Competition Sports Cars category with a 4.7-litre engine during 1968. This very car was raced by Paul Hawkins and David Hobbs to fourth place at the Spa 1000km race in May of that year.

This year’s event is the largest and most diverse yet, not only featuring one of the most incredible collections of vehicles ever seen in the Main Concours display but also a number of other special motoring features. The Harry’s Garage feature, for example, will gather a selection of the fastest four-door cars ever created, while the Future Concours will feature the latest coachbuilt, one-off and limited run supercars.


Concours of Elegance Director, Andrew Evans, said:
“We believe at the Concours of Elegance that every car has a story, and these incredible racing cars each have quite the tale to tell. From Hollywood film stars, to grueling motorsport victories, there’s a reason that each and every one of these cars is instantly recognisable to motor racing fans all over the world. And we’re privileged enough to have them all in one place, gathered at Hampton Court Palace among a selection of the rarest cars ever created.”

Concours of Elegance is working in conjunction with a number of organisations to offer bespoke experiences for visitors, including the Octane Tour, held on Sunday. To join the Octane Tour contact iain@thoroughevents.co.uk.

The Concours has also partnered with Tom’s Kitchen – founded by Tom Aikens –  to offer new deli picnics for visitors. Presented in individual jute bags, the picnics will include a substantial chicken or vegetarian main course plus salads with a generous cheese and fruit box and a delicious strawberry and white chocolate dessert.

Tickets to the Concours of Elegance are on sale now, available from: www.concoursofelegance.co.uk/tickets





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Saturday, 4 August 2018

Garador Appoints New Managing Director, Neil Discombe


Leading UK based garage door manufacturer, Garador, is pleased to announce the appointment of Neil Discombe as their new Managing Director. 

Neil joins Garador with a solid background in Industrial Engineering with a Degree & Diploma in Advanced Manufacturing Technology and extensive experience in leading manufacturing facilities in Europe and Asia. In his new role, Neil will focus on the development of Garador’s production facility, as well as continuing its commercial success.

Neil Discombe commented:
“I am delighted to have been appointed Garador’s new Managing Director. With its long history of manufacturing quality garage doors, it is a fantastic opportunity and I am excited to take on this new challenge.”
Garador was established in 1948 by Westland Engineers Limited, as part of a diversification strategy away from military products. A purpose-built manufacturing facility was opened in Yeovil in 1984. Since its inception, Garador has grown into one of the UK’s most renowned garage door manufacturers and continues to go from strength to strength.

Neil will replace Simon Hipgrave who, after a long and successful tenure at Garador, is moving onto pastures new.

For more information on Garador and its products, please visit www.garador.co.uk



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Friday, 3 August 2018

Hörmann UK announces first of several initiatives to reduce impact on environment



In order to adopt a more environmentally friendly approach to manufacturing and reduce its impact on the environment, Hörmann UK, is pleased to announce that it has made significant changes to the way its products are packaged. 

While the leading door manufacturer currently recycles up to 94% of all its waste, the business acknowledged that there were further improvements to be made, and as a result of this, it will be putting a number of initiatives in place to help protect the environment.

The first of which will see the removal of wrapping on its range of up and over garage doors, saving approximately 225,000 sqm of polythene wrap a year, which is the equivalent to 180 Olympic-sized swimming pools or 34 football pitches. In addition to this, Hörmann UK has also started to use recyclable foam to help reduce its use of polystyrene by 70%. In just a year, this will save 228 cubic meters, which is the equivalent of three full size shipping containers worth.

As polythene wrapping and polystyrene is not biodegradable, the decision to reduce the use of both of these and stop it from going to landfill was an important decision for Hörmann UK as Paul Tomlin, Operations Manager at Hörmann UK, confirms: 

“With TV programs like Blue Planet highlighting the damaging effect human activity has on the planet, we felt that as a large business we have a responsibility to change our attitude towards packaging and waste. By reducing the use of polythene wrap and polystyrene in the business, we are hoping to achieve our target of 100% reduction by the middle of next year. 
“By explaining to our staff, customers and suppliers, we are hoping it might change their mind-sets and hopefully help them reduce their impact on the environment. I’m incredibly proud of the changes we’ve made so far and we will continue to push the business towards more sustainable modes of operation through a number of initiatives that we are rolling out over the coming months.”

Hörmann UK is committed to ensuring that all operations are as environmentally friendly as possible, for more information on the ways in which Hörmann UK is taking steps towards a sustainable future visit, www.hormann.co.uk or call 01530 513000.



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Thursday, 2 August 2018

Creating an Access Strategy for your building


Whether you are designing a brand-new healthcare facility or planning a refurbishment of an existing hotel, your access strategy should be at the forefront of the initial planning stage. 

The purpose of an access strategy is to allow a designer to detail the “how” and the “why” of their access plans in terms of ‘how’ it will function and comply with building regulations, and ‘why’ they are choosing this approach for this project. We spoke to industry specialists KCC Architectural about their advice for architects or construction professionals on designing an effective, integrated access strategy.


Norman White, Director of KCC Architectural’s Munster operations, has worked with architects and designers to create customised, integrated access strategies for projects across all sectors including healthcare, education, retail, hospitality and commercial to name a few.

Norman says “Each project is looked at individually, we don’t go for a ‘one size fits all’ approach because each clients’ needs are different. For example; if we are working on a hospital build, they are going to have different access requirements to a hotel – in a hospital, they’ll need to restrict access to certain areas such as drug storage areas or intensive care units or a psychiatric ward for example. In a hotel, we look at bedroom locking systems, restricted access to staff areas and how to link it all into the Building Management System (BMS). We work with our clients to create a bespoke access strategy for their project”.


Norman details how they analyse the access requirements of a project saying “Part of it comes down to experience, part of it down to compliance with building regulations and requirements and part of it comes down to common sense. We look at the building as a whole – starting with the front of the building – how do you get in? who needs to get in? – we move inside the building to the reception area or lobby and again, depending on the building in question, there’s going to be access requirements here too. Then we look at the greater building area, i.e. different floors, corridors, areas and we identify the individual access requirements for all of these.”

Looking at KCC’s method for logically breaking down the building externally and internally, Norman brings us through their approach in greater detail using a typical healthcare project example as a reference point.



Externally – The front entrance

“If we take the example of a hospital, there are a few different elements that need to be considered, such as the Access needs of those who will be using the entrance. For a hospital you can assume that is a mix of patients, visitors and staff, for example. The front entrance is generally a universal access point, accessed by all of the above so the door should be simple to use and operate efficiently whilst meeting the building standards and the design brief,” Norman advises.

“The security needs of the building also need to be taken into consideration – is there a need for security? Does the door need to function freely 24 hours a day or should access be restricted after visiting hours? We can create timed systems that work around the specific requirements of the building.”


Norman says the level of usage of a buildings’ entrance can vary dramatically – For example, a commercial office development may have busy times of day but in general the footfall going through the entrance is relatively low, whereas in a hospital environment, there could be a steady flow of people entering and exiting the building all day long. “The usage of a main entrance of a hospital is generally going to be extremely high, so the choice of motor needs to be fit for purpose and the access control system needs to work in tangent with the requirements of the door system in question.”

Aesthetics also play a major role in the external access control strategy in terms of the entrance system selected. The main entrance is the first experience people have of a building and needs to set the tone. While this often comes down to the architect or designer’s personal preference or design intent, KCC work with them to advise on the most aesthetically-pleasing, yet functional solution, whether that be a sliding door system or a revolving door.

“We also need to be aware of the overall energy performance requirements of the building”, says Norman. “The façade of the building will have an insulation and energy performance rating and therefore we have to identify the most appropriate front entrance system that will meet the energy performance requirements whilst providing efficient access.”


KCC are known within the architectural and construction world for being ‘compliance experts’ in terms of their product range. When designing an access strategy Norman mentions the need to ensure that the access and automation systems chosen are compliant with both Part M of the building regulations for accessibility and European standard EN16005:2012 for automation.

Another very important element to consider as part of the access strategy is Fire Safety. Does the main entrance need to be an escape door also? Is it part of the smoke evacuation plan for the building? Norman and his team liaise very closely with the project Architect and Engineer in this regard to ensure the automation or access control systems link into the smoke escape system, meaning they will automatically open if the fire alarm goes off to allow smoke and heat to escape as quickly as possible. Special doors such as security doors require electric locking systems and can be case-specific. Norman’s team would liaise with the Project team and fire consultant to ensure these are fully compliant and fit for purpose.


Internally – access requirements within the building

“Most multiple-occupancy buildings will also require an internal access strategy. We assess each individual door in the same manner looking at it from the point of view of access needs, security needs, compliance, energy requirements, aesthetics, level of use, type of user and function,” says Norman.

“Picture a hospital corridor – generally there will be double fire doors intermittently along the corridor, and then either single doors off into offices or double doors off into more corridors. Those double doors may need have swing door operation to allow hospital trolleys or equipment to pass through easily and efficiently. These corridor doors might also require a hold-open device to allow for high levels of footfall to pass through but can then be linked to the BMS to automatically close in the event of a fire or even just after certain hours. Part of this can be dictated by Part M of the Building Regulations, but there is also a certain degree of what is convenient to the end user for ease of access,” says Norman.

“Internal doors may also require an access control system, maybe a fob or swipe card, restricting the flow of traffic in and out of the area to staff or specific personnel. Certain areas will require push-pad automation for wheelchair access. Other areas such as a drug storage room might require a restricted access system whereby access can be monitored and recorded by management”, Norman tells us.


In healthcare settings where hygiene and infection control are of paramount importance, KCC also provide hermetically sealed and cleanroom doorsets, designed specifically for healthcare environments that can be fully automated to allow for hands-free access.

KCC are renowned for working with their clients to create bespoke solutions for their project requirements. “Traditionally we were known as an ironmongery supplier but over the years we have grown the business to provide a vast array of products across several different business units which has allowed us to provide our clients with ‘solutions’ not just ‘products’,” says Norman.

KCC currently has three offices in Ireland, one in Dublin, one in Cork and one in Belfast and they are delighted to be celebrating their 20th birthday this year.

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