Thursday, 7 May 2015

Sky’s The Limit For Security Doors

Security Doors, a division of ASSA ABLOY UK, has successfully completed a £5m design, supply and installation of Powershield steel doors to the new Terminal 2A at Heathrow Airport.

The first flights arrived at The Queen’s Terminal at the beginning of June 2014, almost 60 years after the original Terminal 2 opened as the airport’s first passenger terminal. The £2.5 billion project is now home to 26 airlines and has 332 daily flights to 54 global destinations. The development includes the terminal building, associated satellite pier (T2B) and a new cooling station and energy centre.

To help provide the highest level of security for the project, ASSA ABLOY Security Doors supplied Powershield fire and personnel doorsets, all of which have special polyester powder coat finishes and full height wrap-around stainless steel push and kick plates for added durability and a high-end finish.

Brian Sofley, Managing Director for ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, said: 
“The project was one of the UK’s biggest construction sites and one of the biggest challenges we have faced at ASSA ABLOY Security Doors. Working in airports presents huge logistical issues that are not normally found on other construction projects, such as delivery restrictions and the complexity and volume of other works being carried out during door installation, due to the large footprints of airport sites. We ensured that there was a full time management and supervisory team on site at all times to oversee the installation of the completed doorsets and to ensure that high quality, safe, secure solutions were delivered.

“Our steel doors are extremely durable and provide a high level of fire protection that could prevent the spread of fire and create maximum evacuation time for passangers and staff in the event of an emergency – an essential safety feature in busy transport hubs like airports.”

Powershield fire doors have been tested in accordance with BS EN 1634-1:2000 and are accredited under the Certifire Compliance Scheme.

Barry Weekes, Head of Design Development, at Heathrow, said:
 “As the UK’s only hub airport, Heathrow required a high quality solution to meet our exacting security requirements.

“The superior strength, durability and security of all the steel doors supplied to this project, combined with their relatively low maintenance requirements makes them the ideal choice.”
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