Thursday, 30 October 2014

Combining innovative design and high performance in new sports centre

A new sports and leisure centre has installed 133 Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw performance timber doorsets as part of its drive to create a state-of-the-art facility.

Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw was selected to work alongside Graham Construction on the £17million Michael Woods Sports and Leisure Centre development in Glenrothes, Kirkcaldy, because of its ability to create doorset solutions that meet the varied performance and design demands of a leisure environment.

The centre’s facilities include an eight-lane short course championship 25m pool, training and teaching pools, seating for 250 spectators and an 80-station fitness suite as well as a café, administration area and meeting rooms. Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw worked closely with Graham Construction and architects Cre8 Architecture during the specification process to identify the best products for each application and address project specific requirements. 
This included specifying Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw’s innovative Envision door facing. Envision enables the intricate detail of high definition, photographic images to be incorporated into a factory assembled doorset. The image or design is digitally reverse painted and encapsulated behind 2mm of material, providing protection against wear.

This design capability allowed clear, bright graphics of activities, such as weightlifting and swimming, or objects, such as showerheads, to be incorporated into doors to help people navigate their way around the building.

Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw’s Group Marketing Manager Shafiq Sharif says: 
“We worked with the architects to identify the best solutions for each situation and because of the flexible nature of Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw’s products we could tailor them to meet specific requirements. For example, the image of a camera on the viewing platform doorset runs from the door face onto the glass. This meant we had to change the pigment slightly in the Envision material to match the manifestation colour.”
Also specified was the Plasform WR performance doorset which is designed for use in wet areas such as swimming pools and changing rooms. Plasform WR’s fully sealed cores and glazing systems offer enhanced water resistance in addition to the PVC encapsulation that characterises the Plasform range. This provides protection against the daily demands of leisure environments, in which fixtures are exposed to humidity, water and chlorine based disinfectants.

Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw’s expertise, combined with its range of performance products, ensure it is able to create solutions that rise to these specific challenges, which is why contractors such as Graham Construction value it so highly as a partner on leisure sector projects.
About Leaderflush Shapland Laidlaw
As 2 great brands Leaderflush Shapland and Laidlaw Ironmongery manufacture performance doorsets and are a leading supplier of architectural ironmongery to the healthcare, education, leisure and the commercial sectors. Together they are a leading partner in providing an integrated solution for doorsets and ironmongery where the highest performance levels and specialist requirements are called for.
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