Monday 9 October 2017

dormakaba Delivers Door Closing Solution to CBeebies Land Hotel at Alton Towers Resort

dormakaba’s ITS96 and ITS96 EMF door closers have been specified by architectural ironmongers G Johns & Sons for the newly built CBeebies Land Hotel at the Alton Towers resort in Staffordshire. 

It was crucial that the products could provide a discreet solution, that would not spoil intricate vinyl leaf designs on the bedroom doors, whilst also ensuring compliance with both access and fire regulations.

Designed by The Manser Practice and located within the Alton Towers resort, it is the first hotel designed exclusively for children and young families. Having opened in July 2017, the hotel allows its visitors to immerse themselves within a selection of children’s TV shows, with each room featuring its own individual kids zone.

Having worked previously with dormkaba, G Johns & Sons specified ITS96 door closers for all 76 of the bedroom doors. The architect initially stipulated that overhead door closers were to be installed. However, it was decided that due to the nature of the fully screen-printed doors, complete with images of CBeebies characters, that it would be important to select more discreet door closers to ensure the design was not obstructed.

Jeremy Barltrop, Director of G Johns & Sons commented:

“Having received the brief from the architect, it was clear that the impact of the ironmongery on the vinyl design should be limited as much as possible. As such, we suggested that a concealed overhead door closer would be the best option for the project. Having worked with dormakaba previously and benefiting from the team’s technical expertise, we felt that the ITS96 and ITS96 would be the ideal solution.”

The ITS96 from dormakaba uses a slender cam and roller design to allow it to be fully concealed within the door leaf. This design also provides low opening forces to ensure ease of operation and compliance with the access requirements stated in Approved Document M. In addition, the ITS96 features a cushioned stop position that protects the door leaf and frame in the event of slamming or violent use - this position can be adjusted to an opening angle between 80° and 120°.

For the cross-corridor fire doors in the bedroom hallways and the doors leading from the staircase to each floor, the ITS96 EMF was specified. Ideal for high traffic areas, the door closer was installed specifically to ensure that corridor noise would be kept to a minimum during the evening when residents are sleeping.

It works by securing doors at an open position at all times, avoiding constant and unnecessary opening and closing. In the event of an emergency, or fault in the power supply, the unit will release and close the door – acting as a standard door closer until the alarm or power is reset.

Both the ITS96 and ITS96 EMF are third party tested to BS EN1155 and CERTIFIRE Approved, thus ensuring the door closers comply with both fire and access legislation.

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