Wednesday 16 January 2013


In the heart of Islington, a neglected 1980’s office block has been dramatically transformed into an award-winning contemporary urban office space with a stunning curved frontage.  Central to the design of this £72 million redevelopment was the careful specification of high performance and proven materials including door closers from DORMA - the trusted global partner for premium access solutions and services.

Designed by Alford Hall Monaghan Morris and built by BAM Construction for client Derwent London, this revitalised six storey building features new interiors and a tailored facade to St John’s Street which sweeps round to the Pentonville Road.  The RIBA Stirling nominated building retains the original structure but has been completely remodelled inside and features retail units on the ground level and a stunning new full height atrium.

When it came to the specification of door closers for the new entrance, retail units and internal doors, DORMA’s TS93 cam action door closers and DORMA BTS80F floor springs proved ideal. With their compact and elegant design, they matched the modern vision of this high end office space. Safe, reliable and robust, they are also ideal for heavily trafficked buildings.

Architectural Ironmonger Bellsure Supplies Ltd supplied the DORMA TS93 cam action door closers in the stylish Contur design with a silver finish. Unlike rack and pinion slide-channel door closers, the DORMA TS93 system uses a linear drive mechanism and heart-shaped cam to ensure resistance encountered when opening the door decreases virtually instantly with the opening action. The rapidly decreasing opening force ensures that each door can be opened with minimal resistance to meet the requirements of BS8300 and Approved Document M, offering ease of use for children and elderly people as well as improved disabled access.

DORMA BTS80F universal floor springs feature a two-valve controllable closing cycle, adjustable closing speed and backcheck. A comprehensive programme of accessories ensures that they can be used successfully with a wide variety of floor coverings and door constructions including glass.

DORMA’s TS93 cam action door closers and BTS80F floor springs are both CERTIFIRE approved and CE marked to BS EN 1154.

Sustainability was also high on the agenda in the redesign of the 263,000 sq foot building with clever re-use of the concrete frame, intelligent lighting, biomass boilers, high performance glazing and low energy lifts being testament to its BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. 
DORMA is a company known for its sustainable values, manufacturing products designed to be environmentally responsible by utilising innovative technology and high recycled content. With proven durability DORMA’s floorsprings and door closers were perfect for the Angel Building - helping to  lower maintenance costs and provide long-term best value performance throughout the life cycle of the building.

This meticulous, aesthetic and sustainable approach to the regeneration of the Angel Building has led to it winning several awards, including AIA UK Excellence in Design Commendation 2012, New London Award for Working 2011, the RIBA Award for Architecture 2011 as well as being nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2011.

Once again, DORMA has proved why its products are used for success stories like the Angel Building and a shining example of what can be achieved with the high specification of the products and materials used in a detailed construction process.

For more information please visit All DORMA products are backed up by a nationwide team of locally based service and maintenance engineers.

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