Monday, 27 April 2015

A Cloistered Life for Keylex at Wells Cathedral

Construction of Wells Cathedral commenced in 1175 with constant development and refurbishment ever since. Following the latest phase in the implementation of the current masterplan for the cathedral, it was decided to make a small store room available to the volunteers who run the information desk and the guided tours so that they could have personal lockers and somewhere to store their equipment.

 This room opens directly onto the cloisters and is accessed via a large medieval door. It was impractical to issue keys to all the volunteers but some of the doors in the recent new development already used digital door locks to grant access to those in possession of the relevant door code and these were all working very well. So Jez Fry, the cathedral's Clerk of Works, referred back to the specification for these locks and found them to be Keylex K500 models in dark bronze and lever operated both sides.

Keylex locks are supplied in the UK by Devizes based Relcross Ltd, specifiers and distributors of high performance heavy duty door hardware. Jez readily found their e-commerce site at which clearly lays out all the options available regarding finishes, door thicknesses and accessories.
"The information on the web site was very useful" said Jez, "It re-assured me that I was ordering the right lock and that it would come with everything needed for the installation, which proved to be very straightforward."

The dark bronze finish harmonises well with the medieval doors as does the entirely mechanical operation that requires no electronics or wiring. The slipping clutch mechanism protects the lock furniture from attempted forced entry, vandalism or just over enthusiastic use.

For further information call 01380 729600 or visit either for Keylex locks or for the full range of Relcross door hardware.

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