Keith Fulton, Associate Architect with RPS Consulting Services Limited, the Lead Designer for the new OMC depot commented,
“In addition to securing the building, there were a range of practical issues that were critical in the design of these doors. The major factor was accommodating live overhead electrification lines (OLE) which meant vertical opening doors would have been impractical.
“These were eight extremely large openings so effective thermal and acoustic insulation was important for the doors to ensure compliance with TfL’s strict environmental requirements.”
For visibility when closed, each door panel incorporates a 600 x 600mm argon filled, toughened glass, double glazed vision panel, and is fitted with multi-wall rubber seals to all edges to reduce water, air and dust ingress.
The doors are operated by a powerful, centrally mounted SEW drive unit, combined with a purpose designed control panel incorporating inverter control for smooth starts and stops.
Fulton added, “This is a high-profile flagship project and as Jewers are a tried and tested company in the rail sector, we were confident that the doors would be of the highest quality, fully meet the spec and provide reliable service for many years to come.”
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