Sunday, 30 September 2018

Pioneering Indianapolis manufacturer makes first ever appearance on Veteran Car Run


Roll out the red carpet: this year’s Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox will feature another premiere… and, appropriately, this time the magical marque making its debut on the world’s longest motoring event is a Premier!

Founded in Indianapolis in 1903, the Premier Motor Manufacturing Company quickly earned itself a reputation for producing technically advanced cars.

The company’s early claim to fame was the use of an oak leaf on its radiator badge, which it said was the first use of an emblem as an automotive trademark. The badge also emphasised Premier’s engineering philosophy by proudly bearing the words ‘Quality Car’.

The company initially built automobiles with air-cooled engines and, like many other pioneering motoring firms of the era, used motor sport to promote and improve the brand including starts in the local Indianapolis 500.


Despite producing more than 10,000 cars before being taken over in 1926, very few Premiers have survived the rigours of time. Indeed, just a couple of early pre-1905 models eligible for the famous Veteran Car Run are known to be in existence.

One of these ¬– a twin-cylinder 16hp example – fittingly resides in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum; the other has recently been restored and is coming to London for this year’s Regent Street Motor Show Concours d’Elegance (3 Nov) and the following day’s legendary trip to Brighton.

Now looking resplendent in Brewster Green with canary running gear, this four-cylinder Model F was found in tired but substantially complete order during the late 1980s. It then underwent an exacting restoration based on the information available, and a new rear-entrance body was constructed in keeping with period images.


Although at the time an application was made to the Veteran Car Club of Great Britain for an official dating certificate, the handsome Premier never actually crossed the Atlantic to take part in the Run.

The car, though, was offered for sale at last autumn’s Bonhams auction at Quail Lodge and its new owner, Elkhart-based businessman Steven Haines, is now bringing it to these shores.

“It’s always been on my bucket list to have a car that’s eligible for the Run,” explained Haines, who collects brass era cars from his own Indiana state. “I came once before as a passenger, but this will be my first time driving my own car.”
“I remember Hyde Park was beautiful and sunny but, by the time we got to Brighton, it was pouring down with rain and I don’t think I’ve ever been colder in my life! But it was still fun and that’s why I’m now really looking forward to coming back.”

The Premier should give Haines a good run to the Sussex coast, too. Dating back to an era of single-cylinder planetary-transmission cars, the forward-thinking Model F featured an overhead valve four-cylinder engine and a sliding gear transmission.


Contemporary advertisements described it as offering a speed range of five to 40mph and promoted its sizeable 10-gallon tank, offering a 182-mile range – ample capacity for the 60-mile trip from capital to coast.
“It’s fun to drive and really gets up and goes!” reported Haines. “It accelerates surprisingly quick and boasts some good torque.” 
The Premier isn’t the only venerable motor manufacturer making its premiere in November. It will be joined on the ‘rookie roster’ by an equally significant Vabis – a Swedish rarity and the seed that spawned globally-renowned Scania.

The Premier and Vabis will be just two of more than 400 pre-1905 cars following the celebrated route from London to Brighton. Full information can be found on the official website: www.veterancarrun.com

As in recent years, the Bonhams Veteran Car Run supported by Hiscox provides a fitting grand finale to the Royal Automobile Club’s busy London Motor Week – during which the Club presents an array of functions and events, a highlight being the free-to-view Regent Street Motor Show, now held annually on the Saturday immediately before the Run.

The renowned auctioneer Bonhams will host a special Veteran Car Run sale on the preceding Friday afternoon with an exciting selection of veteran cars and related memorabilia coming under the hammer.

For more information visit: www.veterancarrun.com





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Saturday, 29 September 2018

Impossible to rule out another Grenfell – Fire Safety Review author warns


The author of an independent review into fire safety and building regulations has warned it is impossible to rule out another “catastrophic event” like the Grenfell Tower tragedy if changes aren’t made to the regulatory system.

Addressing delegates at IOSH 2018, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s annual international conference last week, Dame Judith Hackitt said she was “truly shocked” about standards in the built environment when she started her review.

She said it is vital that there is a culture change implemented as soon as possible, while the horrors of Grenfell are still fresh in people’s memories.

Part of that culture change, she said, involves the construction industry having the same sense of care for those using buildings as it does for those involved in constructing them.

Dame Judith said:
“When I looked from the outside into standards in the built environment, what I encountered was truly shocking. The system for fire safety in high-rise and complex buildings was weak and ineffective.
“People actually said things like ‘we always knew something like this would happen’. They knew the system wasn’t working but didn’t know how to fix it. There was a race to the bottom. Companies were looking to do things as cheap as possible, getting around the rules. It was about cost, not quality.
“Unless we fix the system, we have no way of guaranteeing that there won’t be another catastrophic event.
“We need to get to a point where people those who construct a building are as responsible for those who use it over the next ten or 20 years as they are employee safety. What we are calling for is collaboration and joined-up thinking across the built environment sector, not self-interested groups protecting their own turf, something I have seen a lot of.”

Dame Judith’s review, commissioned following Grenfell, was published earlier this year and included 53 recommendations aimed at providing a stronger and tougher – but easier to follow – regulatory.

She said some industry groups and the government are already looking at how to implement some of the measures.

This, she said, includes bringing together bodies such as the Health and Safety Executive, local authority building control and fire and rescue authorities and having the same risk-based approach as there is across industry.

She added that there needs to be stronger powers of enforcement, to provide more deterrent to cost-cutting.
“Right now, the level of penalties when people are caught out is not strong enough,” she said. “There is no deterrent. 
“We also need a system where people can raise concerns in the knowledge they will be acted on. The same goes for within industry, for example we don’t want people thinking they don’t know who to tell if there are concerns.”

IOSH 2018 was held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on 17-18 September.





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Friday, 28 September 2018

Abloy Launches Innovative Escape Door System


Security expert Abloy UK has launched an innovative Escape Door System (EDS) that offers easy access and egress while ensuring compliance, security and the ability to implement dynamic lockdown procedures. 

With the EDS, it is now possible to provide a compliant solution for an escape door when read-in / read-out access control is specified, combining the three components required for BS EN 13637 (electronically controlled escape door systems for doors along escape routes).

The EDS offers Blocking, with a fail-unlocked locking element that does not require any mechanical input to operate, and intelligent Control that allows connection to fire alarm systems or other building control systems to ensure escape in an emergency.

In addition, the Trigger unit incorporates a key-switch and a push button that tells the controller to release the locking mechanism to allow safe escape. To be a valid BS EN 13637 solution, these three components must be tested together to ensure compliance and safety.

Abloy also understands the importance of being able to quickly restrict access in response to threats, which is why the EDS provides dynamic lockdown, allowing specific zones that may be at risk within a building to be cordoned off, while still allowing escape.

Models available include the EDS 1386 No Delay Terminal - Surface Mounted
Escape door 24 V DC, and the EDS 1386 T1 Delay Terminal - Surface Mounted
Escape door 24 V DC.

What’s more, Abloy offers free Academy courses – including the Foundations and Foundations Plus - to provide training of the highest standard on compliant locking solutions, with dedicated facilities for presentations and hands-on practical training.

Caroline Jones, OEM Product Manager at Abloy UK, said:
“The importance of emergency escape systems is often underestimated because such events are relatively rare, but getting it wrong can lead to the loss of life, substantial fines and even custodial sentences.
“Security products and systems are always implemented to protect some form of asset, but at Abloy UK we firmly believe that the most valuable asset is life – which is why we offer products such as the EDS as well as pioneering education of life safety standards with our free Academy courses.”

For further information on EDS go to bit.ly/2Qp37Rz, for info products and services available from Abloy UK and Academy courses, visit www.abloy.co.uk, call 01902 364 500, or email info@abloy.co.uk.





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Thursday, 27 September 2018

P C Henderson Launches Rustic 80 Soft Close System



Sliding and folding door manufacturer – P C Henderson – is pleased to launch a new Rustic 80 Soft Close system to further enhance the sophistication of its popular selling Rustic 80 barn door hardware.

The Rustic Soft Close is a high quality accessory which catches the door in its final moments of travel (80mm) and gently pulls the door into its final position, preventing slamming and adding to the overall longevity of the core product.

The product has been expertly designed so that it can be installed quickly and easily onto new or existing applications. Unlike other similar systems there is no requirement for the track to be removed in order to install the soft close, the mechanism simply slides over the top of the track fittings with no special tooling necessary. Sitting snug behind the track, the product can barely be seen – providing an extremely discreet finish.


Tested to 100,000 cycles – which is the equivalent of opening and closing the door 5 times over the course of 55 years – the system is extremely durable and follows the P C Henderson ethos of withstanding the test of time. 

Ian Sproat, Product Development Manager at P C Henderson, commented:
“Rustic 80 is one of the most popular products in our range and so we wanted to create a soft close add on which was just as easy to retrofit as it was to install new – we have most definitely achieved that. I would say this is one of the easiest to install products of its kind on the market with a design that is completely unique to P C Henderson”.
The competitively priced system can be used to create a soft open, soft close or both soft close and open when purchasing two kits.

Due to its traditional look Rustic 80 is ideal for barn conversions, period properties or simply for a unique feature in the home. Suitable for internal doors weighing up 80kg, the system is available in 2m and 3m track lengths and in a matt black or stainless steel finish. 

To view the full range of P C Henderson products visit www.pchenderson.com.





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Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Abloy Promotes Fire Door Compliance with Infographic


To mark the start of Fire Door Safety Week (24th – 30th September 2018), security expert Abloy UK has highlighted alarming statistics in an infographic, showing an increase in the number of fires and fatalities and decrease in fire safety audits.

The infographic features brand new information from the Home Office released earlier this year, including fire and rescue incident statistics, and fire prevention and protection statistics.

Pat Jefferies, Commercial Director at Abloy UK, said:
“Abloy is a big Fire Door Safety Week supporter and we promote the crucial importance of fire doors in saving lives and protecting property – not just during the initiative but all year round. 
“Our infographic features some worrying figures, with an increase in the number of fires and associated injuries and fatalities. What’s more, the research shows there are fewer fire safety audits being carried out, with nearly a third of those audited deemed unsatisfactory.
“When it comes to fire door safety there is no margin for error, and non-compliance can lead to the substantial fines, custodial sentences, and most critically the loss of life.
“Here at Abloy we champion the crucial role of fire door standards, and because we truly believe education of life safety standards is vital for any business involved with access control specification, we offer a number of free Academy courses at our head office.”

Search for AbloyMedia on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and follow Abloy’s social channels during Fire Door Safety Week.

For further information on products and services available from Abloy UK and Academy courses, visit www.abloy.co.uk call 01902 364 500, or email info@abloy.co.uk.






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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Fire door safety ignored despite Grenfell tragedy


Despite the shocking tragedy of the Grenfell fire in London last summer, an online poll has revealed that 50% of tradespeople don’t feel confident in advising customers on fire door safety. 

Despite extensive media coverage about the dangers of inadequate fire protection in offices and homes since the disaster, less than 20% of tradespeople polled have seen an increase in demand for fire safety products or parts such as replacement intumescent strips for fire doors.

The results are published in support of Fire Door Safety Week (24 September – 30 September) which aims to raise awareness of the importance of fire doors in saving lives.

The poll followed a national survey of 2,000 adults across the country, carried out by online trade supplier IronmongeryDirect and supported by the Fire Industry Association. The results illustrate an alarming lack of general public awareness of the life-saving role of fire doors which are a legal requirement in all commercial, public and multi-occupancy buildings.

A particularly disturbing outcome was that 70% of respondents would not know who to contact if they noticed a problem with a fire door. In addition, almost one in two people surveyed admitted that they do not know how to identify a fire door.

Ian Moore, CEO at the Fire Industry Association, said:
“Fire doors are one of many essential elements to keeping safe from fire.  In all cases, a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment should be carried out by the responsible person - usually the building owner.  A fire risk assessment should determine, through thorough inspection, any potential risks or hazards so that they may be resolved.  If you are worried about hazards and risks from fire, you can always contact us, the Fire Industry Association, for free and impartial information and we will be able to direct you to an expert on the subject.”

This research highlights the need for tradespeople and the wider public to be more aware of the essential role that fire doors play in keeping them safe. Fire doors are specifically designed to withstand fire for between 30 and 240 minutes and, when used correctly, they can make a significant difference in saving lives and protecting buildings.

In addition, 34% of people nationally said they would prop a fire door open to let in fresh air or give easier access, among other reasons.

According to the British Woodworking Federation, the organisation behind Fire Door Safety Week, three million fire doors are installed each year. However, they remain a significant area of neglect and should be regularly checked and maintained by those responsible for the upkeep of the building.

Managing Director of IronmongeryDirect, Wayne Lysaght-Mason, commented:
“We are now over a year on from the Grenfell Tower fire and it is disturbing that a significant proportion of the general public appear to lack basic fire door knowledge.” 

The safety campaign says that fire doors are often the first line of defence in a fire and their correct specification, maintenance and management can be the difference between life and death for building occupants.

Visit www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk/fdsw for a video guide on fire door safety.





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Monday, 24 September 2018

Heras delivers High Security Entrance Control to protect Financial Data Centre


Vocalink, a Mastercard company, has been leading the way in the payments industry for nearly 50 years. 

It designs, builds and operates industry‐leading bank account‐based payment systems and its technologies power the UK’s real‐time payments, settlements and direct debit systems.

The company pioneered the UK’s first network of ATMs and now powers over 70,000 ATMs across the country. In 2016, Vocalink processed over 90 percent of salaries, more than 70 percent of household bills and almost all state benefits in the UK. No wonder security is a major priority for the company.


Physical perimeter security is often the first line of defence against a malicious attack and so in order to protect its critical infrastructure, premises and staff, Vocalink needed to update its existing system at one of its major UK centres, which had become out of date and no longer met stringent security standards on its own.

David Barclay, Head of Physical Security at Vocalink commented;
“As an organisation that deals with huge amounts of sensitive and financial data, security is paramount. We needed a physical perimeter solution that would protect our buildings, assets and people and give us peace of mind on a daily basis.”
Solution

Vocalink turned to Heras, one of the leading perimeter security specialists in the UK to discuss its needs. Heras quickly understood Vocalink’s requirements and recommended a high security solution that would provide the best possible chance to deter, delay and detect unwanted intrusion while simultaneously enabling controlled access for authorised parties. Vocalink appointed Heras to manage the entire process from scoping, survey and drawings to manufacture and installation.


The new solution incorporated two crash-rated bifold gates Broughton 370, pedestrian turnstile system Broughton 700with integrated motorised Broughton 360 pedestrian gate, bespoke pedestrian gate to match existing fence line and a set of automatic barriers. 

The bifold gate offered the right combination of access control, safety, speed and operational reliability for the Vocalink site where vehicle movements were frequent and controlled access was required. 


The Heras gate specification coupled with its positioning would also prevent a vehicle gathering sufficient speed to conduct an effective attack on the premises. The pedestrian turnstile system would provide easy‐to‐use, rugged and reliable, high security pedestrian control, allowing only authorised personnel access to the premises.

Installation

During installation, the site could not be shut while the civil and digging works were carried out. Therefore, Heras devised and agreed a method of work that would allow at least one lane of traffic open to give access to personnel and other authorised entrants. After the initial project discussions with Vocalink, Heras completed the project in just 10 weeks.


David Barclay, Head of Physical Security at Vocalink said;
“The installation of the gates was done with professionalism and care, it was easily identifiable that this team took pride in their work and did not rush just to finish on time. The installation was fine‐tuned and tested numerous times to ensure that both Heras and Vocalink were satisfied and were able to sign‐off the installation.”


Benefits

Vocalink wanted a new high security solution that would protect its business from physical attack or intrusion and any associated risk to highly sensitive customer and financial data stored within the site ‐ and Heras has delivered. Vocalink’s new high security perimeter protection system has provided a robust solution that meets the company’s rigorous standards.

The system has limited the potential of disruption, intrusion, attack, while allowing secure entry for personnel, who now feel safer in their workplace. Vehicle entry is now controlled, secure and efficient.

For more information visit heras.co.uk/case-studies


Heras: Experts in perimeter protection

Heras design, manufacture, install and service perimeter protection solutions across business, community and industry sectors. They supply demarcation (fencing), entrance control (access gates) and detection products. They also provide project management, system integration and installation, service and maintenance capabilities for perimeter protection projects throughout Europe. The company's aim is to become Europe’s number one premium perimeter protection brand, proven by our commitment, expertise and reliability.








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Sunday, 23 September 2018

Beaulieu launches Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years exhibition


To celebrate the golden half century of one of the world’s favourite films Beaulieu is to launch its Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years exhibition which can be seen in the National Motor Museum from October 20th.

The exhibition will tell the story of Chitty as the star of the fantasmagorical family adventure and feature an original screen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Humber 8hp driven by Truly Scrumptious in the much-loved musical film.


Coggins’ Garage will be recreated in the museum to house the amazingly inventive machines of Rowland Emett seen in the film, including the Humbug Major Sweet Machine, Clockwork Lullabye, Little Dragon Carpet Sweeper and Hot Air Rocking Chair.

Standing outside will be a full-size replica of Grandpa Potts’ hut, recreated using the original 50-year-old technical drawings from the archive of EON Productions. The actual Spy Phone prop used in the film will be on show alongside.

Costumes as seen in the film will include those of the infamous Child Catcher and Sally Anne Howes’ life-size music box doll dress which she wore while dancing with Dick Van Dyke for Baron Bomburst’s birthday surprise. 


A timeline wall will chart the Chitty story from its beginnings – as James Bond creator Ian Fleming’s inspirational book about the magical flying car – to Cubby Broccoli’s unique interpretation on film. Fleming was inspired by the real-life exploits of racing driver Count Louis Zborowski who designed and built four aero-engined racing cars that were named Chitty Bang Bang because of the sound they made while standing idle. The exhaust and leather bonnet strap from the Count’s original Mercedes Chitty will be on display as part of his legacy. 


The cloud-shaped wall will also feature first edition copies of Fleming’s book which he wrote for his son Caspar and was published posthumously in 1964, alongside producer Cubby Broccoli’s programme from the Royal World Premiere of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang film in 1968. Weird and wonderful Chitty memorabilia includes signatures of the star-studded cast, pedal and Corgi cars, comics, computer games, pop-up books and even lunch boxes made to celebrate the children’s favourite film.

Never exhibited before original film concept art by Sir Ken Adam, storyboard watercolour artwork by Robert Laing and technical drawings by Peter Lamont will be on display, along with the solid silver Chitty model bought for producer Cubby Broccoli by his wife Dana.


Outside in the grounds, visitors to Beaulieu can see a stunning Chitty Chitty Bang Bang reconstruction being driven around the attraction – you may even be lucky enough to go for a ride!

Thanks to Fleming’s brilliant story about the beautiful, magical car and Roald Dahl’s screenplay adaptation, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang remains as popular today as it ever has been.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years can be seen as part of the general admission to Beaulieu, which includes entrance to the National Motor Museum, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, the ancestral Montagu family home of Palace House, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey and the grounds and gardens. 

To buy tickets in advance online or for more information see www.beaulieu.co.uk or call 01590 612345.

Find Beaulieu on Twitter @Beaulieu_Hants, Facebook at /nationalmotormuseum or Instagram @national_motor_museum and join the conversation with #Chitty50years.





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Saturday, 22 September 2018

Yale Pledges Support for Fire Door Safety Week


Yale is continuing its commitment to improving fire safety in residential buildings with its support of Fire Door Safety week, an annual initiative designed to raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors.

The campaign, which runs from the 24th September to 30th September, aims to draw attention to specific issues within the fire door industry, such as poor installation and maintenance, and will encourage building owners and specifiers to be more proactive when checking the operation and condition of current fire doors.

This year’s initiative is more important than ever after current legislation for fire safety in high-risk residential buildings is under scrutiny following the Dame Judith Hackitt review.

Brett Evans, Technical Director for Door Hardware at Yale Door and Window Solutions, commented: 
“Fire safety should be regarded with critical importance. The recent Hackitt review has definitely been a step in the right direction, but we hope this year’s Fire Door Safety week initiative can further the good work done and propel issues surrounding fire door safety into the mainstream. That’s why we’re proud to support Fire Door Safety week to help engage and educate property owners to end users on the importance of fire safety.
“At Yale, we have a wide range of door hardware specifically designed to help building owners and contractors ensure they meet or exceed the required fire safety standards. For example, we have recently updated Lockmaster Panic Exit device for improved fabrication, installation and use. Instead of using adjustable bosses, the device now features straight through fixings to guarantee smoother operation.”
The Yale portfolio also includes the Yale AutoSecure – a multi-point locking system that can assist with gaining fire safety accreditation. The lock can be instrumental in achieving FD60 and contributes to satisfying fire safety requirements.

Additionally, Yale’s leading Platinum 3 Star cylinder is available in a thumbturn variant, to save homeowners the search for keys in the event of a fire.

To find out more about Yale’s full range of fire door safety products, please visit www.yaledws.co.uk or call 01902 366800.

For product information and updates, follow @YaleDWS on Twitter.





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Friday, 21 September 2018

Yale sponsors National Home Security Month to help fortify Britain’s homes


Yale Door and Window Solutions is proud to sponsor National Home Security Month (NHSM) for its sixth year this October. 

The campaign, which highlights the importance of home security to UK homeowners, is helping drive demand for security products and installation services nationwide.

The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Make your home your castle’, playing on the old English proverb. A person’s property should be a place they take pride in, spend time with loved ones and most of all feel safe.

However, much like a castle needs to have defences in place from attacks, homeowners need to protect their sanctuary from the threat of burglars. As a result, NHSM will be providing information and advice throughout the month.

Paul Atkinson, Sales and Commercial Director for Yale Door and Window Solutions, commented:
“NHSM is a great initiative to get involved with. Taking place in October, it coincides with the onset of the clocks going back and darker winter evenings which is a pivotal period for security sales and a time when people consider upgrading doors and windows, when consumers awareness of home burglary increases.
“Unfortunately, across the UK, a considerable number of homeowners admit to having no home security measures in place, with most turning to security reactively when a burglary occurs, rather than preventing the issue beforehand. NHSM is attempting to change this attitude by pushing home security to the forefront of people’s minds. This presents a lucrative opportunity to installers and fabricators alike to raise awareness of the subject and engage with customers.”

Week two of the campaign in particular presents a prime opportunity for door and window fabricators and installers, as it looks at securing the entry points of a home and valuables within it. Dubbed ‘Setting the standard’, the week explores traditional window and door locks and delves into the latest standards and technical specifications such as PAS24 and TS008.

This provides an ideal opportunity to up-sell British Standard locking solutions, such as the Yale Platinum 3 Star cylinder, Platinum 2 Star cylinder pull, and the Postmaster Professional TS008 Letter-plate.

However, opportunities are not limited to week two. Week four of the campaign falls when the clocks go back, and while the rest of the UK winds back, NHSM is looking forward with its ‘Future focused’ week. This will have a particular emphasis on smart door locks, such as the Conexis L1.

More and more homeowners are investing in smart security devices that can be controlled remotely via a smartphone but want a trade professional to install devices for them. This week will provide information to customers on the benefits of smart security and gives installers a great opportunity to capitalise on a growing marketplace.

Other weeks include a focus on alarms, outdoor security and how homeowners can protect their sheds and outbuildings, and also a seasonal look at Halloween and Bonfire Night – statistically the worst time of year for domestic burglaries and damage*.

For those fabricators, distributors and installers that sign up to support this year’s campaign, NHSM will provide a range of promotional collateral and marketing materials that can be distributed to customers and used online and in-store to help raise awareness of the campaign and boost security sales.

For further information about National Home Security Month please visit www.homesecuritymonth.com or email info@homesecuritymonth.com.

For the latest updates about Yale DWS, visit www.yaledws.co.uk or follow @YaleDWS on Twitter.


*The Telegraph






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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Hörmann hosts its first Partner Day for the NSBRC


On 2nd July, Hörmann hosted the National Self Build and Renovation Centre’s (NSBRC) Partner Day. Designed to bring together industry leaders to discuss the workings of the centre, the Partner Day at Hörmann was the first time the NSBRC chose to hold the event regionally.

Following a guided tour of Hörmann’s warehouse facilities, as well as a series of presentations from both the leading door manufacturer and representatives from the NSBRC, the decision to host the Partner Day was well received by all who attended.

Hörmann's marketing manager, David O’Mara, confirms: 
“The NSBRC Partner Day was a really enjoyable event that gave people the chance to share ideas about the centre, get to know the different exhibitors, and network with other industry experts. As the NSBRC plays a major part in generating sales leads for us, we were delighted when they asked us if we would host the event. The overall feedback was very positive with attendees commenting on how beneficial the day was. Not only does it provide us with great exposure, but it’s brilliant to be able to speak about how important the centre is, and work to improve the experience of those visiting it.” 

Harvey Fremlin, managing director of the NSBRC, said:
“As one of our biggest exhibitors, we were really pleased when Hörmann agreed to hold our Partner Day at their UK head office in Leicestershire. The event was a big success, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Hörmann for not only hosting the event this year, but for helping make it so interesting and insightful. We hope to continue our long-standing partnership with Hörmann for many years to come.” 

For further details about Hörmann and the services it offers, visit www.hormann.co.uk, or visit www.nsbrc.co.uk to find out more about the centre itself.






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Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Codelocks CL4520 Smart Lock makes its debut in the market this week



Codelocks’ CL4520 smart lock combines convenience, flexibility and a powerful mortice lock with a double cylinder. This fresh, new lock is ideal for buildings and environments that experience high traffic or for busy Building Managers seeking to streamline their activities.

Presenting the same lever and keypad as the popular CL4510 lock, the CL4520 takes security to the next level. It features a euro profile mortice sash lock with deadbolt and latchbolt safety function.

This versatile lock can be set with or without a key-operated deadbolt feature allowing building managers to restrict or allow access by code. With safety at the forefront of all Codelocks products, accidental lock ins are avoided with the provision of an inside lever handle to retract the deadbolt and latchbolt simultaneously.

“The CL4520 is the next generation of lock – it is smart, convenient and effective. With the introduction of a mortice lock to the system, it delivers the option of even greater levels of security,” said Colin Campbell, Managing Director at Codelocks. 

“The lock is designed to support Building Managers by ensuring they have control at their fingertips via a smartphone and it has been engineered with safety in mind, to prevent accidental lock ins. It is a real asset to anyone seeking to manage a building efficiently and securely.”

The CL4520 offers a range of entry methods which can be controlled and monitored via a Bluetooth compatible smartphone. The wireless technology, accessed via the K3 Connect App*, empowers Building Managers to activate the lock, generate codes for easy access, issue smart cards and track and control entry with a full audit trail via a smartphone.


Smart control is facilitated by issuing NetCodes; time-sensitive codes which can allow temporary access generated and sent via email or SMS. NetCodes can be issued for short term single use or medium to long term use during allocated timeslots. Using time-sensitive codes is a more secure way to grant access as the code will not work outside the designated timeslot.

The CL4520 also offers the opportunity for keyless entry on an individual basis by creating a code, sending an invitation to a mobile phone or allocating a MIFARE® compatible card. In addition, it is possible for Building Managers to schedule up to 10 code-free times per day, when access is required and permitted for cleaning, maintenance, deliveries or visitor access.

Codelocks’ CL4520 supports up to 350 users divided between 100 user codes, 100 phone clients and 150 smart cards. Its user interface gives Building Managers complete control from the convenience of their smartphone whether updating basic settings, creating multiple individual access periods or downloading audit trail data.



*The locks can be managed with the K3 Connect App by any Bluetooth compatible smartphone. The App is available on Apple App Store for Apple devices or Google Play™ for Android™ devices by searching for K3 Connect. Apple, the Apple logo, and iPhone are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Android, Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google Inc.







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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Locks, Alarms and Security rank high for Consumers Searching for Trades


Locks, alarms and security are among the top 10 services consumers search for according to Checkatrade, the leading online trade directory with 30,000 trade members and 1.5million consumer searches on its site every month.

The online platform, which is sponsoring The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show (21-23 September 2018 at ExCeL), is offering a new rapid response trade service called Checkatrade Now. 

The 24/7 on demand emergency service is currently being trialled in Hampshire before a national roll-out and will assist locks, alarms and security businesses with raising their profile, building their reputations and generating incremental work. Checkatrade Now will also assist the 12 million plus people who trust Checkatrade to help them find a reputable tradesperson.


Traders attending the upcoming event can save over 28 per cent on their monthly membership price when they sign up to Checkatrade.

Richard Harpin, CEO and founder of Homeserve, which owns Checkatrade, will be taking part in The London Homebuilding & Renovating Show on 24 September to talk to industry professionals about how Checkatrade can help them grow their businesses.

Richard says, 
“We’re constantly looking for ways to help our members and we believe that Checkatrade Now will provide an additional stream of opportunities by offering a quick, simple and effective method to gain more work and help those customers in need of an urgent but professionally done job.”

Nick Noble, commercial & events director at Future PLC, comments, 
“Our commitment is always to ensure that our trade exhibitors gain maximum value from our Homebuilding & Renovating Show and Checkatrade’s passion for helping the trades grow their businesses aligns perfectly with our objectives.
“We’re confident Checkatrade’s sponsorship of the show and Richard’s talk will reinforce to consumers why Checkatrade has grown to the huge influential platform it is today and reassure the tradespeople from the wide range of sectors exhibiting at and visiting the show that it is fully committed to helping them generate and win more work.”

The Homebuilding & Renovating Show’s portfolio consists of seven shows this year, covering key venues including Birmingham, London, Harrogate, Glasgow, Surrey, Somerset, Edinburgh, and their nearby affluent areas. 

In addition to these locations, the event organisers are planning the brand’s expansion by launching another exhibition at Farnborough International Exhibition & Conference Centre in January 2019. 

Those interested in attending The Homebuilding & Renovating Show can claim free tickets via www.homebuildingshow.co.uk/trade
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Monday, 17 September 2018

Door closers create safer high-rise homes


The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has placed the spotlight on fire safety measures in high-rise flats and apartments. Understandably, much of the focus has been on the cladding used in the building’s refurbishment. 

However, reports also suggest that there was a failure in compartmentation which contributed towards the spread of fire and smoke within the lobbies, lifts and stairwells. This was attributed to a total absence of door closers on the main entrance doors to some of the flats.

Samuel Heath has seen an increase in demand for Powermatic door closers from local authorities and social landlords seeking to update fire safety measures in high-rise and other properties.

Future improvements will undoubtedly see a greater emphasis being placed on the performance, quality and reliability of products used, which can only be good news for reputable manufacturers and installers of doors and hardware.

Providing safe, secure and comfortable accommodation in the social housing sector imposes enormous responsibilities on social landlords and those delegated to design, build and maintain the housing stock and this will only increase with proposals put forward in the post-fire reports now appearing.

Samuel Heath, the original manufacturer of jamb-mounted door closers, believes that its Powermatic controlled, concealed door closers deliver many benefits that other door closing devices cannot match, not only meeting regulatory performance requirements, but also helping to assure reliability in service, minimise maintenance costs and enhance the comfort, safety and well-being of residents.


Fire and accessibility

Where performance is concerned, the key areas of consideration when selecting door closers are fire safety and accessibility. The industry will be well-aware of the legislation and performance standards governing these, including CE marking, Building Regulations, the Regulatory Reform Order and the Equality Act.

Most reputable door closer manufacturers will satisfy these requirements, but some single-spring jamb-mounted devices struggle with accessibility performance when providing the necessary latching action. Whilst a door closer in itself cannot claim compliance with the requirements of Approved Document M and BS 8300, they do have a significant effect on the doorset’s ability to comply. Door closers such as Powermatic have dual-power mechanisms which assure low opening forces and consistently return operating efficiencies which enable doors to meet the regulatory requirements.

Additional benefits

In addition to the many regulations and performance standards that relate directly to fire safety and accessibility, consideration also needs to be given to the needs of tenants and the situation in which the door closers are being used. Here, again, the performance, functionality and features of particular door closers can provide added benefits that make them more suitable for many social housing applications.

Surface-mounted door closers have protruding mechanical arms and control boxes, which can make them unsuitable for installations where there is restricted space behind the door, for example with 90-degree reveals. They also make the door closer very visible, which can pose challenges in a number of areas, such as safety, well-being and reliability.

Fitting neatly between the door and frame, Powermatic jamb-mounted door closers are completely invisible when the door is closed, and particularly unobtrusive when the door is open. These attributes help to overcome the challenges and offer the high-rise sector a very practical, convenient solution.


Not just a pretty face

Powermatic concealed door closers have long been used by designers and architects to assure the aesthetics of interiors in a wide variety of buildings, notably hotels and high-end apartments. The principle of improved aesthetics is now becoming more widely valued in social housing developments, and it is not only for the sole purpose of a better looking interior; the lack of functional, mechanical devices creates a more homely, less institutionalised atmosphere which contributes towards the comfort and well-being of residents.

A more practical and financially astute reason for selecting a concealed door closer is the fact that they are far less likely to be damaged, whether by a deliberate act, lack of care, misuse or tampering.

This can mean reduced maintenance costs, less inconvenience for residents and more reliable fire safety.

Another benefit of concealment, which is particularly vital in dwellings occupied by tenants with psychological or mental health challenges, is the fact that when the door is closed, concealed door closers do not offer a point from which a ligature can be suspended. Powermatic door closers further reduce this risk as they can be mounted at a low height in the door.

Free swing convenience


Where fire doors need to be free to open in normal operation, or where there might be a risk of a fire door being wedged open, Powermatic Free Swing concealed door closers can provide a useful solution. Connected to the low voltage fire alarm system, the door closer can be set to allow the door to operate normally until the alarm is activated or there is a power shortage, at which point the door closer becomes active and closes the door automatically at a controlled rate. The closer is particularly favoured for care and residential homes, but is equally suited to many similar situations.

Choose wisely

When selecting door closers, specifiers and door manufacturers should be particularly careful to choose products which will stand up to the rigours of day-to-day use in social housing situations and which will perform reliably. Powermatic door closers include a unique twin-power mechanism and undergo exacting cycle testing.

Unlike other jamb-mounted door closers, Powermatics can be adjusted without being removed from the door, further helping to reduce installation and maintenance costs.

Powermatic door closers come with a 10-year warranty and, of course, there is the comfort of knowing that they are manufactured in the UK by Samuel Heath, which, with more than 50 years’ experience, is the foremost authority when it comes to concealed door closers.

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