Friday, 30 June 2017

HOPPE handles add security by design

HOPPE UK’s PAS24 security handle has been specified for use on a range of premium homes in Surrey. 

Leithfield Park is a new build development by David Wilson Homes in Milford, Surrey. Surrounded by the Surrey Hills, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, the award-winning site consists of a selection of 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes designed to be in keeping with the surrounding picturesque landscape.

When work began at Leithfield Park in 2014, building control specified that all window and doorsets should meet Secure by Design (SBD) recommendations, in addition to existing building regulations including Approved Document Q that specifies security in dwellings.

For Bracknell Glass Ltd, the door and window supplier for the site, this meant that it needed to use ironmongery that met the SBD Design Guide recommendations. The guide advises that front doorsets and windows meet one standard from a recommended list - including PAS (Publicly Available Specification) 24:2012.

PAS 24:2012 is a minimum standard produced by British Standards Institution (BSI). Every door and window is tested to the standards specification with a fail or pass - there are no higher or lower grades of security.

PAS 24:2012 provides a method for testing and assessing the enhanced security performance requirements of external door sets and window types. It helps homeowners to resist the levels and methods of attack most often experienced in the UK that are usually associated with the casual or opportunist burglar.

With such a specific set of requirements to meet, Bracknell Glass Ltd turned to HOPPE UK.

“There were limited options as not many handles in the market are SBD rated,” said Glenn Cullip, technical manager of Bracknell Glass Ltd. “The HOPPE Atlanta handle passed the SBD testing and was extremely competitive on price. It was an easy decision for us to use it on all of the doors and windows we were supplying to the site.”

The HOPPE PAS24 security handle is designed to enclose the locking cylinder to protect against snapping and extraction. The Atlanta handles has passed cylinder and door hardware attack tests to deliver enhanced security performance and therefore a greater protection of property.

With six finishes, aesthetics and hardware can work in unison to create a striking design without having to compromise on security.

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