Wednesday 31 July 2013

Dorma Stays Top Of The Class For New £2bn Priority School Building Programme

As part of the Government’s new £2 billion Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), 261 of the UK’s most dilapidated schools will be rebuilt over the next five years, with 42 of the most in need to be started immediately and complete by 2014. To ensure door and access solutions meet stringent building regulations and performance criteria, DORMA has produced a comprehensive brochure which provides specification guidance for automatic doors, manual doors and space management systems.

‘DORMA for Education & Schools’ not only showcases the company’s comprehensive range of internal and external access products but advises which meet the performance criteria defined by the Department for Education and Schools, Approved Document M and Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (SENDA).

With detailed information for both manual and automatic door types, the brochure advises on both internal and external door applications including automatic sliding door systems – ideal for heavy traffic areas. It also details a range of automatic swing door systems, as well as low energy door operators, automatic folding and revolving door options.

The majority of doors in an education organisation will be manually operated fire doors. The brochure looks at the criteria involved in making the right selection for door closers in order to meet the opening force requirements of SENDA and BS8300, and details the options available – which include a whole range of cam action, free swing and electro-magnetic hold open devices.

Of particular importance to educational establishments is the selection of robust panic hardware to ensure that security and safe egress come together at final exit doors. The client can choose from self-locking latches and in addition to conventional operation, swipe cards and other electronic security devices can be interfaced with the DORMA range. DORMA also offer a large selection of CERTIFIRE approved locks for general use throughout the building to provide peace of mind.

The brochure also details internal space management options ideal for schools, colleges and universities, and for the ultimate in adaptable space, DORMA’s unique lightweight movable MOVEO® wall system, (which is approximately half the weight of conventional systems), allows large areas such as halls to be converted into smaller spaces in seconds.

With the Priority Schools Building Programme set to inject investment into the building of UK educational establishments, the DORMA Schools brochure will make the selection of internal and external doors and their hardware easier.

For a copy of the brochure – DORMA for Education and Schools – download at, contact 01462 477600 or email


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