Tuesday, 16 July 2019

dormakaba Delivers Bespoke Access Solutions to Sutton Coldfield Church


Leading security and access solutions provider, dormakaba, has delivered a range of bespoke products to Holy Trinity, a parish church located in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. 

The dormakaba team installed its Folding Sliding Wall (FSW) system within the under-gallery of the church, as well as brand new front and side entrance doors. 

As part of wider refurbishment work to Holy Trinity, dormakaba was appointed to install a range of access solutions within the church. To ensure the church could make full use of the under-gallery area, dormakaba installed a bespoke version of its FSW folding wall solution – enabling the church to create either one, two or three rooms depending on requirements. dormakaba also added a custom designed logo onto each of the glass panels, to provide a unique, personal solution for the church. 

When expanded, the glass panels can create a maximum of three rooms - alternatively, the FSW can be folded back to divide the under-gallery area into one or two rooms. dormakaba’s FSW has enabled the church to better utilise the space and ensure that it can accommodate a wide range of uses – for example, FSW can be expanded to create meeting rooms or completely folded back for larger events such as lectures and seminars, where maximum space is required.


Brian Woodcock, Midlands Project Sales, New Equipment at dormakaba, said:
“A major criterion for this project was making sure Holy Trinity’s original features and character were maintained. The team was required to install the FSW walls onto six of the church’s original wooden beams – as a result, we had to work to a detailed and thorough plan to ensure the original structure would not be damaged. 

“When installing the FSW walls, the dormakaba team also had to make sure that all fixings were hidden – we were asked to make sure that, other than the glass panels, only stainless steel would be visible. This was to make sure that the visual impact of the new panels would be minimal.”

As part of the conservation work at Holy Trinity, dormakaba also provided a bespoke entrance way. Using dormakaba MANET fixings and AP glass, the team was able to create a frameless swing door to compliment the building’s original arch-shaped tower entrance way.

In addition to the front entrance door, dormakaba installed a new main entrance to the church – this was also made from AP glass and MANET fixings to create a subtle yet stylish finish. Similar to the glass used for the FSW, the glass panels to the new entrance of the church also included custom designed manifestations.

To find out more about dormakaba UK visit www.dormakaba.co.uk





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Monday, 15 July 2019

P C Henderson Specified for Luxury Restaurant at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bali


Indonesia based sliding and folding door hardware provider – P.T. Roda Bangun Mandiri – has recently specified P C Henderson for a sliding door hardware project at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bali. 

The Taman Gita Restaurant, based within the hotel, has recently undergone an extensive refurbishment project which has given the restaurant a completely new look. The restaurant reopened its famous doors last year and now features an elegant, contemporary interior - accented with Balinese ornaments, high ceilings and monumental pillars.

Roda worked with interior design and consultancy businesses - Arcadis and PT. Caturgriya Naradipa - to specify a sliding door system which could hold two large partition doors separating the dining area of the restaurant from the open plan kitchen.


Measuring the full ceiling height of 5.4m, with a width of 1.4m the doors were extremely heavy - weighing approximately 230kg each. A system was required which could comfortably hold such large and heavy doors whilst also ensuring a smooth and effortless operation. 

P C Henderson’s Soltaire 250 sliding door hardware was specified as the best system for the project. With a maximum capacity of 250kg, the system comfortably supports the weight of the doors and utilises its low friction technology to provide a smooth fingertip operation.


Components from P C Henderson’s Telescopic system were also applied - allowing the two doors to traverse in a telescopic motion in front of a fixed panel.

The restaurant make over is part of a much wider refurbishment project, P C Henderson’s Husky sliding door hardware was also specified for 300 plus hotel rooms at the resort.

Bernardus Rizky, Head of Sales and Marketing at P.T. Roda Bangun Mandiri commented:
“Roda has been a distributor of P C Henderson products since our establishment in 1974 and so we have a lot of confidence and experience in the quality of the product.
“Originally the contractor had specified a different brand of sliding door hardware but it was soon discovered that it would not support the extremities of the project brief. We were in no doubt that a P C Henderson system would be able to fulfill the project requirements exactly.  
“Soltaire is an extremely smooth system. The heavy doors are able to be moved with minimal effort and zero friction – proving the quality of the hardware used”. 

 P C Henderson’s Soltaire system is available for doors weighing up to 120kg, 180kg and 250kg. Available in kit pack format or individual specified components – the system is extremely flexible in the type of projects it can cater for.

Made from 316 stainless steel, the system is available for interior and exterior applications, providing high levels of corrosion resistance.

For further information visit www.pchenderson.com





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Sunday, 14 July 2019

Eagle Salutes its Heritage with Triple Celebration at Goodwood


The top Jaguar E-Type specialist Eagle celebrates three important milestones in its history this year, held celebrations along with Eagle E-Type owners at Goodwood last week. 

The company whose own heritage has developed alongside that of arguably the most famous British sportscar of all time, the Jaguar E-Type, is 35 years old; the model for which Eagle is most famous, the Eagle E-Type, is a quarter of a century; and the Eagle Speedster, first of the Special Editions, has been crafted for a decade. 

With perfection as the ultimate goal for every single E-Type rebuild commission that the British company has undertaken, Eagle was born in 1984 to redefine the concept of restoration but also, in time, created its own legend by developing bespoke E-Types.

The Eagle E-Type is infused with Eagle’s unique obsession for detail, cleverly weaving modern upgrades into the fabric of original E-Types, each built to blend perfectly with its individual owner’s vision.


In the process of restoring, rebuilding and reliving the E-Type dream, in fittingly British rural surroundings and combining tradition with sophisticated technology, the company has also gained and nurtured passionate and knowledgeable clients, whose aspirations are equal to their expectations.

This symbiotic relationship pushed Eagle’s E-Types into further raising the bar: 
“We received a request for something even more exclusive, an individual design and engineering feat still paying homage to the original legend, resulting in the first of the Eagle E-Type Special Editions, the Eagle Speedster (n.1),” says Technical Director Paul Brace. 
In the words of Jeremy Clarkson (BBC Top Gear): “The most beautiful car I have ever seen” was born. The Speedster is another important milestone in the history of Eagle and celebrates its tenth birthday this year. 

Predictably, Goodwood was chosen for the triple celebration. Owners of commissioned Eagle E-types from all over the globe and other special guests were invited to a three-day feat of sunshine and a triumph of Eagle display, from Eagle E-Types to Speedsters, Low Drag GTs and the latest variation, the Eagle Spyder GT. 

“It had to be Goodwood,” muses Eagle founder and E-Type rally-winner Henry Pearman; “There isn’t another venue to compete with a place which is so steeped in racing and automotive tradition.
“We very much feel we belong to the heritage of Jaguar and its E-Type, as we carefully handle precious pieces of the marque’s history and bring them back to life.
Our customers are part of the same Eagle family, and enjoy a special connection, which was most evident at the anniversary celebrations. Thirty-five years of exclusive achievements were honoured with those who share our commitment and passion.” 

“The E-Type” publication catches the spirit of the celebrations perfectly: 
“Eagle have taken the E-type narrative to another level and kept that great story alive, adding another few chapters.
With an inspired combination of fine engineering and stunning design, they have evolved and expanded the E-type range for the modern age.
Cleverly, they have shown respect for the originals …. but pushed the boundaries while avoiding conflicting with the heritage. 
One instinctively feels Bill Heynes, Bob Knight and Malcolm Sayer would have been thrilled to know their creations were being treated with such loving respect and evolved with sensitivity, integrity and style.”

www.eaglegb.com





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Saturday, 13 July 2019

How a Fire Door Could Save Your Life


Fire doors have proven to be invaluable when it comes to protecting buildings, belongings and people. The safety features built into these specially designed doors can be the difference between a singed room and serious injury, or even fatalities.

Anatomy of a fire door

There are many important elements to fire doors and all need to be fully-functioning in order to provide the best protection. Ordinarily, they feature overhead door closers to ensure that they shut automatically, with intumescent and smoke seals around the frame to stop the spread of flames and contain harmful fumes that could otherwise suffocate people.

The intumescent seals are designed to expand to several times their original size when exposed to heat, sealing the gap between the door and frame.

When the doors feature glazed apertures, the glass is specially manufactured to resist the sudden temperature changes and high temperatures of a fire - normal glass would quickly break or shatter when exposed to heat.

The ironmongery fitted to a fire door is as important as the door itself. Latches, locks, door closers and other items all need to be certified and compatible with the door itself, otherwise they could easily fail in the event of a fire,

For fire doors in public buildings push bars or pads provide a quick exit when fires break out. It's all well and good having the fire door for protection but you also need to be able to easily escape the room that the fire is in, making sure that the door is sealed once again to slow or stop the spread of flames.

Why certain buildings need fire doors

In the majority of commercial buildings and accommodation premises (this includes blocks of flats, sheltered accommodation, houses of multiple occupancy, etc), fire doors are a legal requirement for the safety and protection of those within. When kept shut in a fire they provide proven protection to both people and property.

Importance of maintenance

Whilst having a fire door in place can make all the difference, there is little point if it is not looked after and maintained. Just like most things, a doors performance over time can deteriorate due to general wear and tear.

To keep your door in optimum condition, you should have it checked biannually. If you notice a problem with the door shutting, gaps forming, or any general damage, be sure to get it addressed as soon as the problem arises.

It is also vital that your fire door is properly fitted in the first place to ensure that it functions as it was designed. You need a skilled, experienced joiner who is aware of, and abides by, the installation guidelines of each doorset. Ideally they would have third party certification for installing fire doors.

To conclude, the protection a fire door offers during a crisis is unparalleled. They save lives, even if it is just by giving individuals more time to escape. They are essential in public buildings, to lower risk factors and to keep people safe.

Visit Doorpac's website to view their different doorsets, including fire doors.





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Friday, 12 July 2019

DHF sets the standard by offering Ofqual regulated training


Tamworth-based trade association, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), has announced that it is the very first UK organisation to offer an official theory-based qualification for three of the industries it serves. 

 The ABBE-accredited one-day training courses for those working in the automated gate, industrial door and domestic garage door sectors, is approved and regulated by Ofqual, the Government Office of Examination Regulation, and is a benefit described by DHF’s Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens, as ‘ground-breaking’.

ABBE (Awarding Body of the Built Environment) is the UK’s leading awarding organisation providing qualifications for the built environment. ABBE was established in 1997 and offers qualifications in the building and construction industry. As an Awarding Organisation, ABBE’s role is to develop qualifications and assessments which are valid, reliable and responsive to customer needs. 

 
Their qualifications are offered through its network of assessment centres, approved against a set of national criteria, laid down by Ofqual, the regulator of qualifications, tests and examinations in England.

“We are beyond delighted to be able to offer ABBE-accredited one-day courses for installers wishing to enlist on either the automated gate or industrial and garage door training programmes, and are excited and privileged to be the very first organisation in the UK to do so,” said Patricia.
“These formal qualifications, presented by an awarding body and recognised by employers, are critical in demonstrating a competent workforce. They underpin our continuing commitment to appropriate levels of training so that individuals meet the necessary industry requirements and are suitably prepared for their roles. There are so many benefits to having accreditation.”

The one-day formally accredited courses fully complement the current NVQ qualification (although don’t replace it), help support PQQ (pre-qualification questionnaire) applications, can be used as part of an apprenticeship scheme and result in a ‘level two’ award. There is an additional cost of £50 per learner to the already value for money comprehensive course.

“This is a real game changer, and adds for the first time, an official formal theory qualification to the already popular National Vocational Qualification. As the first UK organisation to offer ABBE-accredited one-day training courses, we’re ahead of the game for our industries,” explains Patricia.
“This brings DHF one step closer to our objective: to offer a ‘one stop shop’ for our members and respond effectively to their needs. We are already widely renowned as experts in technical knowledge and training; now, we can add accredited courses to our ever-expanding list of benefits. The six months it has taken for us to achieve accreditation has been worth the wait.”

Door & Hardware Federation

01827 52337

www.dhfonline.org.uk





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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Have a Great Night's Sleep with Norseal


In keeping with their ‘Good Night Guarantee,’ promise, Premier Inns across the UK are providing quiet guest room environments with help from retrofit Norseal acoustic door seals.

Acoustics for around 400 Premier Inn bedroom doors have been improved through a number of retrospective acoustic refurbishments including fitting hundreds of Norseal NOR820 surface- mounted automatic drop seals, which are perfect for retrofit applications. 

By fixing Norseal seals to existing hotel room doors, the hotel’s acoustics are improved for a peaceful night’s sleep for guests, with acoustic sealing efficiency of up to 92 per cent.

NOR820 drop seals from Norseal are engineered with retrofit in mind to make it the best method for enhancing the acoustic performance of existing doors. They include clever design features which allow the acoustic seal to be fitted in minutes to either the inward or outward face of a door. 

This includes a clip-in actuator which can be easily adjusted by hand to ensure installation is simple and quick; great for improving hotel room acoustics without any hassle.

Additionally, the seals specified at the Premier Inns keep heat in, whilst reducing the transfer of smoke, draughts and light coming through door bottom gaps, further enhancing the comfort and safety of hotel guests. 

Norseal NOR820 helps doors meet the requirements of BS9999, the standard which details the performance criteria for smoke sealed doorsets in the UK and can be added to fire doors without any detriment to the door’s fire performance.

For more information on Norseal’s comprehensive range of fire, smoke, acoustic and weather seals, specifiers, joiners and ironmongers can visit www.norseal.co.uk or phone 01661 830088.





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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

The rise of DIY

Nick Cowley, Managing Director, Euramax Solutions

According to the 2018 Hiscox Renovations and Extensions Report, the number of people who chose to improve their home, rather than relocate, reached 26 per cent, compared to just three per cent in 2013. 

But how has this increase of at home renovators changed the building supplies industry? Here, Nick Cowley, managing director of PVCu windows and doors supplier, Euramax Solutions, discusses the rise of ’DIYers’ and the position of the industry.

Nowadays, people want to do it themselves. The rise of ‘DIY’ or ‘do it yourself’ has been heavily influenced by DIY video tutorials and home renovation programmes, along with the difficulty some face getting onto the property ladder and the increasing availability and scope of builder’s merchants.

Taking it online

From learning a foreign language to learning how to build a table or remodel a bathroom, the internet offers an outlet to learn new things. This is particularly apparent, as searches for ‘how to’ videos on YouTube are growing by 70 per cent, year on year.

Traditionally, consumers would have had to rely on instruction manuals or hire a professional tradesperson to complete a home improvement job. Nowadays, many homeowners turn to their nearest device and are beginning to take it upon themselves to learn how to do home improvement tasks.

As a result, many home improvement stores, particularly across the USA, are adding their own content to platforms like YouTube to help inspire, educate and guide consumers in their DIY journey.

The screen influence

With popular DIY and home improvement television programmes like Grand Designs and DIY SOS attracting millions of viewers each week, it’s not surprising that consumer confidence in DIY is on the rise. Home improvement programmes showcase the endless possibilities that can be created, and the personal satisfaction and rewards that can be achieved from ‘doing it yourself’.

The worldwide appeal of real estate reality programmes can also be responsible for home design trends spreading across the globe, whether that be colours, materials or furniture styles. From glamourous expansive panes of glass to rustic and farmhouse style colour options, it’s clear to see the impact.

Materials matter

But what does all this mean for the industry? DIY, trade and builders merchant stores offer affordable products and are becoming an increasingly convenient and popular option for ‘DIYers’. It’s not just businesses that can use builders’ merchants, now they are opening their doors to individual ‘DIYers’ who are looking to renovate their homes.

With well recognised suppliers opening their doors to trade and consumers alike, it means that at-home DIYers can have access to industry leading products, such as those from Euramax. Making these types of products more accessible is further supporting the growth of the DIY market.

As the way people learn to do their own home improvements changes, television programmes continue to influence design trends and trade stores offer more choice to consumers, it’s easy to understand the rise of DIY.

With a 23 per cent increase in people that chose to improve their home rather than move in the short space of five years, it’s only likely that this number will continue to increase. We’ll all be installing new windows, knocking down walls for patio doors and renovating bathrooms before you know it.

www.euramax.co.uk




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Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Abloy launches new RIBA approved CPD: Digital Transformation in Physical Security


Abloy UK has launched a new CPD training course approved by RIBA, entitled ‘Digital Transformation in Physical Security’, which attendees can complete to achieve double CPD points.

This course provides insight into the disruptive world of digital technology, and how it’s impacting on conventional physical security with the introduction of mechatronic locks and keys. Delegates will learn how the technology can be deployed to achieve an innovative, integrated and future-proof locking solution.

The course reveals the benefits of this technology including improved levels of security, traceability and management of assets. Attendees will also examine how improvements in efficiency can reduce an organisation’s carbon footprint to create a more sustainable future.

Another topic covered is how digital technology can be integrated into an organisation’s operational systems and processes to deliver a safer, more efficient work place - leading to a rapid return on investment.

The course explains how the data from a locking system can be shared with health, safety, and staff competency processes to contribute towards seamless corporate compliance.

In addition, an explanation is given as to why this technology is more cost effective and quicker to deploy, while at the same time being more aesthetically pleasing than many conventional access control solutions.

Attendees of the course will work towards a number of learning outcomes, such as how to improve the design and usability of buildings with the inclusion of digital, future-proof mechatronic locking solutions to help achieve Smart Buildings.

They will also learn how the cost-effective, aesthetic deployment can return a speedy ROI, and take confidence in being able to deliver scalable and flexible locking solutions, which can quickly and easily be adapted as the building or end user’s needs change.

Insights will also be given into how a mechatronic locking solution reduces cost and improves sustainability, and has become part of the IoT and Big Data, and the benefits that delivers.

Pip Courcoux, Sales and Product Manager - CLIQ Systems at Abloy UK, explained: 
“Here at Abloy we have a long standing heritage in manufacturing high quality products and delivering innovative and compliant locking solutions for the most demanding of applications.
“Our Academy has underpinned this by providing training courses to educate and inform on standards, legislation, best practice and now developing technology with this brand new CPD.”

To book a place on this new course, or further information on products and services available from Abloy UK visit the Abloy Academy Registration Page, email info@abloy.co.uk or call 01902 364 500.






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Monday, 8 July 2019

Day in the Life of Phillip Clark: UK Service and Parts Manager at Hörmann UK


In this article we talk with Phillip Clark, UK Service and Parts Manager at Hörmann UK, who in conjuction with a team of service engineers, ensures end users receive excellent aftersales care and support. 

How long have you worked with Hörmann?

I joined Hörmann UK in 2015, having moved over from another European manufacturer where I held a similar position.

What is your job at Hörmann?

I am the UK Service and Parts Manager at Hörmann UK and manage a team of more than 20 Service Engineers.

What training was required?

Over the years at Hörmann I have developed my product knowledge through our training forum in Steinhagen, as well as completing DHF’s two-day safety diploma.

Phillip Clark
What does a normal day look like?

I manage two departments at Hörmann UK, the Technical Support and Parts department and the UK Service Engineers, who ensure our end users receive excellent aftersales care and support. Each day is different from the next, so my role remains exciting. My time is usually split between the office and visiting customers to discuss their service agreements or parts and technical support plans.  I have also started to discuss training requirements with installers in order to find out how Hörmann UK is able to help them with current and future projects.

What are the best and hardest parts of the job?

Working for one of the leading manufacturers of industrial doors and loading bays means there is a lot of knowledge within the wider business, which all contributes toward improving the company and its overall success. I enjoy working with the team to ensure we can drive the business forward and meet the needs of our customers.

Have you worked on any interesting projects?

I have recently been quite heavily involved in the creation of Hörmann UK’s Training Academy. It’s our purpose built centre for our trade customers and engineers where we will be running installation training courses throughout 2019 for both industrial and domestic partners. I’m excited to see this project come to life this year.

What has been your proudest moment at Hörmann?

Since I joined Hörmann UK, I have been able to witness a significant growth in our industrial division, particularly with our service offering. In this time, we have quadrupled the turnover of the department, as well as double our engineering fleet. We have worked hard to bring the Training Academy to life, which will help bring the next generation of engineers through our doors.


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Sunday, 7 July 2019

Limited-Edition, Track-Only Ford GT Mk II the Next Level of Ford GT Supercar Performance


Ford and Multimatic revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed the Ford GT Mk II, a limited-edition, track-only GT that represents the next stage in Ford GT performance. 

With a 700 horsepower 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine, race-proven aerodynamics and competition-oriented handling, the GT Mk II has been co-developed by Ford Performance and Multimatic based on competitive learnings from Ford’s successful FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaigns with the Ford GT race car – yet GT Mk II is engineered independent of race series rules, regulations and limitations.


“The GT Mk II unleashes the full performance potential of the Ford GT without any artificial performance limitations dictated by racing sanctioning bodies,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer. “It’s the closest GT owners can get to the Le Mans-winning performance and exhilarating feeling of crossing the finish line in the Ford GT race car.”

Limited to just 45 vehicles, with a starting MSRP of $1.2 million, the GT Mk II joins the GT race car that won the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Ford GT supercar.


“The true off-the-hook performance capability of the GT hasn’t yet been fully showcased,” said Multimatic’s chief technical officer, Larry Holt. “The road car is obviously limited by the many global homologation requirements that it must comply with, and the race car suffers from the restriction of the dreaded Balance of Performance, resulting in it being 150 horsepower down to the road car. The Mk II answers the regularly asked question of how would the car perform with all the limitations lifted: the answer is spectacularly.”

Built in Markham, Ontario, the Mk II begins life at the main Ford GT plant before being transferred to a specialist facility at Multimatic Motorsports where it is crafted into the Ford GT Mk II.


The best of both worlds

The Ford GT Mk II is focused around aerodynamic and engine improvements and shares key features with both the street-legal GT supercar as well as the GT race car. Many of its components have been track-proven in the world’s most challenging endurance racing events.

The large dual-element rear wing exceeds what the Ford GT race car offers in terms of downforce. An all-new front racing splitter and diffuser have been incorporated along with new fender louvres and dive planes, which help balance out the extra rear downforce.


These aggressive aerodynamic changes enable the GT Mk II to generate over 400 per cent more downforce than the Ford GT while fixed aerodynamic elements along with its race-proven suspension and Michelin Pilot Sport racing tyres enable the car to pull more than 2 g of lateral grip.

GT Mk II is also lighter and more agile. The street car’s adjustable ride height and drive modes have been removed, providing a weight savings of over 90 kg while 5-way adjustable DSSV shock absorbers work with a lowered and fixed ride height to improve handling and keep the Mk II as aerodynamically efficient as possible.


The Ford GT Mk II features the 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine that powers both the Ford GT race car and the road car but since the Mk II is not limited by any racing sanctioning body it is able to generate 200 horsepower more than the race car, making the Mk II the most powerful version of the Ford GT. The 3.5-litre EcoBoost is paired with the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission from the Ford GT but specially calibrated for this track-exclusive application.

To add stamina to power, the GT Mk II adds innovative engine cooling technology, including a high capacity air-to-air outboard mounted charge air cooler with water spray technology. The water spray automatically activates in high temperature situations to provide cooling by applying atomised water on the charge air cooler allowing the Ford GT Mk II to maintain a consistent level of power at high temperatures.

A roof-mounted intake reminiscent of the race car engine air intake has been added for the Mk II to feed auxiliary engine, clutch and transmission coolers, giving the Mk II optimal cooling for the most extreme track day duty.


Increased engine power is paired with improved stopping power. The Mk II features braking performance beyond that of the GT race car by utilising the street car’s carbon ceramic brakes, including 15.5-inch front and 14.1-inch rear Brembo brakes. Unique forged aluminium 19-inch wheels cover the massive brakes with race-proven Michelin Pilot Sport GT tyres.

The front fascia and hood of the Mk II are similar to the street car as well as the stylised Ford GT headlamps with signature running lights.

Interior changes include a bespoke Sparco racing seat with a six-point racing harness and an optional passenger seat. A full MoTeC data acquisition system has also added to provide vital information for a track racer, which also doubles as a display for the rear camera.


Latest GT family member

The Ford GT production car, which made its first Goodwood appearance in 2017, is the most advanced and exclusive Ford road car ever, limited to volumes of no more than 250 a year, globally.

Built for the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, the Ford GT race car has been a great success for Ford, winning the GTE Pro class at Le Mans on its first attempt in 2016, exactly 50 years on from the first of four successive Le Mans victories for the Ford GT40 at Le Mans.

Ford ended its competitive GT racing program in the FIA World Endurance Championship at the 2019 Le Mans in the GTE Pro class. The Ford GTs will continue to race through the remainder of the IMSA season, which culminates at Road Atlanta in October.

The GT Mk II makes its public debut running in the Supercar class at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and will be sold directly to customers by Multimatic. Customers interested in purchasing a Mk II are invited to contact Multimatic via FordGTMkII.com.





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Saturday, 6 July 2019

Making the grade: the difference between grade 4 and 5 of BS 8607

UNION CodeGUARD 5 is the first access control device
available to meet the new BS 8607 grade 5 standards.

Craig Birch, Product Category Manager at UNION, outlines what the new grade 5 for BS 8607 includes, why it has been introduced and the benefits that it can help deliver.

At present, mechanically operated push button locksets are not typically security products, but rather access control ones. For example, think about the last time you went to your local doctor’s surgery. No doubt there will have been a lock on the door behind the receptionist, protecting the sensitive information they hold – a demand that has become only more critical with the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

However, the truth is that the lock protecting the restricted area in question is probably little more than a tubular latch. Essentially, it’s not a security device, but rather one that is used for convenience to simply meet the access control needs of a site.

However, BS 8607 – a standard for mechanically operated push button locksets – offers a series of grades that these locks can meet for strength and robustness. Introduced only recently, grade 5 is the newest and most stringent level for delivering assured security and access control. But what does it offer that grade 4 does not?

What is BS 8607?
The British Standards Institution (BSI) states that BS 8607:2014 specifies the requirements and test methods for durability, strength and function for mechanically operated push button locksets and their locking plates for use on doors, windows doors and entrance doors in buildings.

Both grade 4 and grade 5 of BS 8607 stipulate that products meeting these standards must be suitable for ‘applications where security, abuse and usage levels are expected to be equivalent to BS 3621’, which relates to thief-resistant locks.

But if the security, abuse and usage levels are the same, what then is the difference between the two grades?

What is the difference between grade 4 and 5?
Put simply, those rated as grade 4 can only achieve this standard with the help of an integral additional locking unit. So, with a grade 4 product, users must lock and unlock the solution from the inside with a key, and then operate the push button from the outside to unlock a door.

In contrast, a mechanically operated push button lockset that meets grade 5 standards provides a ‘one-stop’ security and access control solution; one that does not require a separate locking unit. In short, with a grade 5 product the latch and lock are integrated and tested together, without the need for an additional key. The result is a solution that offers keyless egress. This means that, when it shuts, a grade 5 solution automatically locks. Then, should you need to exit a room, it’s simply a one handle operation to unlock the door.

While it’s intended that both grade 4 and 5 devices offer the same resistance to attack and it’s simply the way it is locked that is different, the fact that a user has to physically lock a door themselves with a grade 4 product means the technology is reliant on key holders to secure the premises themselves. Ultimately, users have to take responsibility and ownership for the security of a site. But with a grade 5 solution, security is assured as the door will lock automatically.

Why has grade 5 been introduced?
Essentially, grade 5 has been introduced because it provides a BSI Kitemark approved certification.  This means any mechanically operated push button locksets advertised as meeting grade 5 standards will be fully tested and inspected to this certification, offering complete peace of mind to users, installers and specifiers.

As a result, there is no question that a grade 5 product will meet the security and access control needs that so many commercial environments demand. A grade 4 product is reliant on an additional locking unit that meets BS 3621 being used too, whereas a grade 5 solution delivers assured protection and access control in a single package. Finally, the BSI Kitemark for a grade 5 solution is an official stamp of approval for the quality of the service offered.

To date, it is this combination of security and convenience that has not yet been seen in mechanically operated push button devices. Grade 5 of BS 8607 looks set to change all that.

UNION has just launched CodeGUARD 5, the first access control device available to meet the new BS 8607 grade 5 standards.

Find out more at www.uniononline.co.uk/codeguard5.



Image caption: UNION CodeGUARD 5 is the first access control device available to meet the new BS 8607 grade 5 standards.





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Friday, 5 July 2019

dormakaba UK Acquires Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd


dormakaba UK acquired Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd on 1st August 2018 and has since been working to integrate the business through an important transition phase. 

The full merger – which was completed on 1st July 2019 - will see dormakaba UK extend its product offering and assist its growth and expansion into new sectors.

Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd specialises in automatic, security and fabrication solutions. Its product offering ranges from automatic and manual doors, and gates and barriers to bollards and roller shutters – which will complement dormakaba UK’s existing service offering. The acquisition will provide an opportunity for dormakaba UK to achieve greater customer reach.

Paul Wright, Regional Service Director at dormakaba UK said:
“I’m really pleased with how well our businesses have interacted over this successful process and I am delighted to welcome Chartwell Doors into our Service organisation. This exciting news, with its clear customer first attitude and reputation, will further strengthen us in our Service Delivery whilst seeing us continue with profitable growth. We look forward to welcoming everyone from Chartwell Doors into our business and continuing our journey over the new financial year.” 

The acquisition demonstrates dormakaba’s commitment to providing its customers with quality access solutions, and shows its ambition to become the trusted industry leader. A broader range of customers will be able to access the full, combined product range from both dormakaba UK and Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd from the 1st July 2019. The fabrication and service branch of dormakaba UK will be located at the Fareham site.

Ken Norish, Managing Director of Chartwell Doors and Security Solutions Ltd said: 
“Chartwell Doors has grown strongly over the past 10 years – but the business had reached a natural limit that couldn’t be exceeded without external investment. Through the acquisition, dormakaba will provide access to an additional customer base, a much broader pool of engineers and the back-office systems we need to ensure efficiency. This is an exciting new horizon and I’m looking forward to working together to achieve continued success in our sector.”

To find out more about dormakaba UK visit: www.dormakaba.co.uk 






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Thursday, 4 July 2019

West Port’s fastener focus helps deliver assured fire door performance


Rapierstar’s specialist technical support has played a key role in helping West Port to achieve high performing fire rated door-sets, by eliminating the risk of failure during testing as a result of the incorrect choice and application of fasteners.

Rapierstar, which is the UK’s market-leading supplier of window and door fasteners, is recommending that fire door manufacturers follow West Port’s lead and not overlook the major role that these smallest of components play in a door-set’s structural integrity, durability and long term quality. West Port door-sets offer outstanding performance in either 30-minute or 60-minute options, providing installers with a trusted fire protection solution.

Andy Tyas, Operations Director at West Port says: 
“From the outset we wanted to create fire doors that offer performance that far exceeds the ratings they are awarded, demonstrated by our 30 minute fire doors actually achieving 42 minutes in testing. Our 60 minute fire door is another really important development which, like our FD30 option, is built using only technically superior components.”
Rapierstar, whose collective technical expertise in fastener design, manufacture and application totals more than 100 years, has provided West Port with detailed guidance on which fasteners to use throughout the door-set’s construction in order to achieve the 30 and 60 minute fire ratings. In addition to input at the design stage, this includes training to ensure fabricators use fasteners correctly, and regular auditing of the factory to maintain consistency in the quality and promised protection level in finished door-sets.

Paul Balfe, Technical Consultant at Rapierstar, says: 
“Any door is only as good as its weakest components, and all too often that turns out to be the fasteners as a result of choosing the wrong type of screws for the application or sourcing poor quality screws. With fire doors, it goes without saying that weak points simply must not exist, given that their role is to protect lives and assets. That’s why it’s vitally important that fastener choice is given the same attention and scrutiny as the glass type, the insulating qualities of the door slab, the intumescent seals, etc.
“A fire rated door-set is tested as a complete system, so there is absolutely no scope to substitute the components at a later stage, no matter how small. We can help eliminate the risk of fasteners being substituted through a process of regular reviews and monitoring to provide assurance to end-customers.”
To find out more about how Rapierstar fasteners can provide a reliable solution in fire rated door-sets, please call 01260 223311 or visit www.rapierstar.com.




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Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Alliance Open Doors to New Training Centre and Showroom



Alliance Door Engineering, leading trade supplier of high-performance industrial doors and shutters, have recently completed construction of their new training centre and showroom.

The new facility, a prominent feature within their extensive 17,000 square foot premises, has been designed to provide the platform for both new and existing trade customer’s surveyors and engineers to enhance the efficiency of their product specification, installation and fault diagnosing.

It will also provide engineers the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of the installation of products such as the Cheetah rapid roll door and Ram-Fold sliding, folding door prior to installation, ensuring a higher level of competency.



With 18 years trading history already behind them, exciting times are planned ahead, with many new features planned for 2019, to add further value to the products they provide to their trade clientele. Currently under construction is their new trade counter, which will be stocked with a comprehensive inventory of components to service the immediate needs of their trade customers’ repair and maintenance work.

In addition, Alliance Doors are also in the process of designing new product literature, with the possibility of adding their customer’s branding, and other marketing material, designed to assist trade partners with product selection and configuration.

Alliance’s Business Development Manager, Tim Stuart comments: 
“We work closely with our customers, firmly believing in partnerships, and we strive to offer consistently high-quality products combined with service to ensure the partnerships are mutually successful. The training centre, showroom, new literature and other promotional material soon to be available, will assist both ourselves, and our customers to go from strength to strength”

For more information about the company please visit www.alliancedoors.co.uk or call: 01942 683601 / email: info@alliancedoors.co.uk



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