Monday, 18 November 2019

Allegion launch new ISONAS Pure IP access control to UK market


Allegion UK, a leading specialist in fire safety and security products, has launched the ISONAS Pure IP family of access control solutions in the UK.

ISONAS believes access control belongs on the network and should have the ability to be managed from anywhere across an unlimited number of facilities, that is why ISONAS created Pure IP Access Control Hardware.

Patented reader controllers eliminate the need for cumbersome control panels at every door, removing complex wiring and power supplies – meaning it is simple to install. By utilising standard category cabling installation time is significantly reduced making it the ideal choice for integrators.


Commenting on the launch, Trevor Ball, business development manager at Allegion UK and Ireland said:
“Since Allegion’s acquisition of ISONAS in 2018, ISONAS is generating a huge amount of interest in the UK market.
“Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of ISONAS is the ability to manage and administer devices across the globe. The ability to program the system centrally and manage many different remote sites is an intrinsic benefit. This singular advantage is one of the reasons why many customers are choosing to invest in ISONAS Pure IP access control.
“With the flexibility, scalability and accessibility of ISONAS, I’m certain that this is the future of access control.”

Built in Bluetooth Low Energy enables the door to be configured directly from smartphones and tablets. This permits them to be installed, managed and monitored remotely from one single device.

Pure IP hardware also eliminates the need for a physical card, allowing organizations to efficiently manage an unlimited number of credentials and manage access control in real-time.

ISONAS’s innovative access control solutions allow businesses to use their existing security network to bring intelligent decision-making to the forefront and to embrace an open platform with both an API for 3rd party software integrations and an SDK for integration of our patented Pure IP hardware.

ISONAS Pure IP access control is not technology of the future. It is a technology of today and here to stay making it a logical choice for businesses that want full control over their security and a proven IP solution at their door.

Full details of the ISONAS Pure IP access control solutions can be found at: www.isonas.com

For more information on Allegion’s door solutions portfolio, please go to: www.allegion.co.uk





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Sunday, 17 November 2019

GT40s and Cobras as used in the movie Le Mans 66 now available from Le Mans Coupes


The story of Ford versus Ferrari is as compelling as any in motor racing history, and the much anticipated 20th Century Fox movie immortalising it, and starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, hit our screens on Friday. 

Aptly entitled “Le Mans ‘66” it reputedly involved no less than 423 vehicles of multiple makes and origins, but the key cars, the GT40s and Cobras, are exact evocations of the now priceless originals.


They were produced by Superformance – the only company licensed to build genuine continuation examples complete with Shelby chassis numbers – and identical versions are available to order right now, courtesy of the sole UK importer Le Mans Coupes Ltd.

Built in South Africa by Hi-Tech Automotive, they are accurate to the finest detail and were spared no quarter in the making of this macho movie. The GT40 MKII that won the 1966 Le Mans race is worth many millions of dollars now, while the MKI model that was victorious in France in both 1968 and 1969 is said to be insured for a staggering $100 million.

All of which makes the Superformance GT40s incredible value for money. With prices starting from just £162,000, it’s small wonder that some 50 examples have already found homes in the UK.


Le Mans Coupes Managing Director Oliver Hulme said:
“The unrivalled pedigree of the Superformance cars has made them increasingly popular over the last few years – they are the perfect antidote to the anodyne vehicles of today.
“Unsurprisingly, interest in them has risen still higher since details of the landmark film were announced, and I can imagine our phones will be ringing long after general cinema goers have moved on to other topics, as “Le Mans ‘66” will be introducing these matchless motorcars to a whole new era of enthusiasts.”

For full details of the evocation GT40s, Cobra Roadsters, Cobra Daytona Coupe and Corvette Grand Sport available from Le Mans Coupes Ltd, see www.lemanscoupes.com.





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Saturday, 16 November 2019

Marco Takes On Direct Responsibility


Marco Verdonkschot has been appointed Managing Director of Manutan’s Traders Division, which incorporates IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect. 

The move also sees him joining the Manutan Group Board. The appointment follows current Managing Director, Wayne Lysaght-Mason’s move to a European role on the Manutan group board, where he will be responsible for driving growth across the region.

Marco Verdonkschot has a wealth of experience in multi-channel operations, having held global senior management positions with General Electric, SC Johnson and Diversey where he has built his reputation of growing businesses through building unique customer and supplier relationships.

From a role as Head of Business Transformation & Operations, Online for Staples Inc., Marco also brings a specific expertise in online retailing.

On his new challenge, Marco commented: 
“I am very excited to be joining such a dynamic business.  In his 12 year tenure, Wayne has successfully taken IronmongeryDirect from a £5m business to a £50m industry leader and launched the ElectricalDirect brand. I will now relish the opportunity to take both businesses to the next level.” 

On Marco’s appointment, Wayne Lysaght-Mason said:
“I’m delighted that Marco will be taking over the helm. He not only offers a wealth of relevant experience but he is the right cultural fit for the company.  Our success has been very much down to our people and the relationships we build and I am confident that Marco will continue to instil that ethos.”

IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect are part of Manutan, a leading multi-channel B2B retailer group, operating across Europe.  IronmongeryDirect has been supplying architectural ironmongery to the trade for over 50 years, with ElectricalDirect joining the group in 2017.

With a huge range of quality products in stock for next day delivery as standard, an award-winning service and low trade prices, IronmongeryDirect and Electrical Direct are proud to be masters of their trade.

For further information visit:
www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk
www.electricaldirect.co.uk
www.manutan.com/en




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Friday, 15 November 2019

An Evolution in GEZE Design


A popular GEZE product is now available in a new and improved design as part of an eco-friendly, heat-saving solution.

The latest ECdrive T2 has all advantages of the previous ECdrive but with enhanced features and is offered as a complete package with the new thermally separated profile system – the GCprofile Therm.

Slimmer than its predecessor, the ECdrive T2 has a reduced cover height of 100mm compared to 120mm. Its sleek design is aesthetically pleasing, less obtrusive, provides smoother running and can be installed in a wide range of buildings.

It also has capacity for moving increased leaf weights of up to 140 kg, is suitable for high traffic areas for standard, or escape and rescue route doors, in all types of buildings.

Like all GEZE sliding door systems, the ECdrive T2 is capable of networking and can be integrated via the GEZE DCU103 CAN bus interface and the GEZE IO 420 interface module via BACnet™ into networking solutions such as the GEZE Cockpit.

This means that it can be easily integrated into wider building management systems – controlled from a central point or by using remote devices for safety and security purposes.

The GCprofile Therm uses slim aluminium frames which reduce visible sightlines by approx. 30 mm – giving designers greater ability to produce a clean design aesthetic while providing greater efficiency.

The profile system accommodates up to 32 mm glass thickness in either two-pane insulation glass with 2x ESG 6mm, UG value 1.0, or three-pane insulation glass with 3x ESG 4 mm, UG value 0.8.

With increased performance for leaf weight of up to 140 kg, the GCprofile Therm also boasts improved air tightness (compared to other ISO profile systems), better sound insulation and improved wet weather durability aided by its fit and an optional floor guide with drainage.

It can be combined with manual and motorised GEZE hook bolt locks, without losing thermal separation and the appearance of the system remains discreet, even with locking.

A new brochure has been produced to explain the package. This is available by calling the marketing team on 01543 443015 or emailing info.uk@geze.com.

For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk .






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Thursday, 14 November 2019

Day in the Life of Hörmann UK Staff Member: Martyn French


In this feature article we interview one of Hörmann UKs employees, Martyn French, who is a manager responsible for looking after the key business systems used by the company in the day-to-day operation of their business.

How long have you worked with Hörmann? 
I joined Hörmann UK as a permanent member of staff more than 15 years ago. Back then I was the sole person responsible for IT at our Coalville, Leicestershire, headquarters.

What is your job at Hörmann? 
I currently lead the systems department as a Manager, where I am responsible for the day-to-day management of our key business systems. The team provides support and training on our internal systems, as well as our customer-facing applications, including iHAAS.

iHAAS is our configurator system that is free to all Hörmann approved dealers. It has simplified the quotation process by allowing customers to specify their door and gain access to a complete quote too.

As you might expect, we also co-ordinate all IT hardware and mobile devices throughout the business. We liaise with our IT colleagues at our head office in Germany to co-ordinate larger projects and review how we can continuously improve our systems and processes.

What training was required for your first role?
I joined Hörmann UK as the company was approaching a major change in its IT systems, which allowed me to get up to speed through training programmes and support from colleagues. Aside from this, I have also received training on reporting and analytics at our German head office, along with product training.

I like to learn, so I enjoy gaining proficiency in as many of our various applications as possible. As the business has developed, we have expanded training into areas such as leadership, mental health awareness and quality management systems.

What does a normal day look like? 
I wouldn’t be the first person to say that there is no such thing as a normal day in the world of IT. It is usually a mixture of structured and planned work that relates to long-term goals. This is interspersed with ample amounts of reactive troubleshooting when the inevitable problems occur.

What are the best and hardest parts of the job?
One of the hardest parts is to strike the right balance between the planned and reactive work. It can be challenging to find the best approach when providing support across the business, as everyone has a different level of knowledge when it comes to IT systems. 

The best part of the job is the satisfaction you get from introducing the continual improvements to our IT systems, as well as being able to tackle and deal with unexpected issues that technology can throw our way.

Have you worked on any interesting projects?
I’ve worked at Hörmann UK for more than a decade, which means I have witnessed and been involved in many positive changes over the years. Some interesting projects include upgrading the whole fleet of user systems to modern equipment, implementing a much more capable telephone system and the introduction of new applications and databases to suit different needs of the business. Project work is often very rewarding, especially when the improvements bring positive responses among all users.

What has been your proudest moment at Hörmann? 
I’m proud to have seen the whole business rally together to run very successful customer open days earlier this year. The IT team was heavily involved in these sessions, running training workshops on iHAAS for our dealers and customers.

To find out more about the product ranges Hörmann UK offers visit: www.hormann.co.uk .





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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

DHF launches CSCS Card Partner Scheme

DHF’s Training Coordinator, Beth Woodward, issues the very first DHF
CSCS card to Richard Warmington, Director of Titan Door Systems Ltd

Tamworth-based trade association, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), has, this week, launched its CSCS-approved card partner scheme in collaboration with the Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA).  

The DHF CSCS card provision is for those who work with industrial doors, domestic garage doors, automated gates & traffic barriers and metal or timber doors.

DHF’s Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens explains:
“Whilst not a legislative requirement, CSCS cards are supported by the government and provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the appropriate training and qualifications for the job that they are doing,
“By ensuring that the workforce is appropriately qualified or experienced, the card plays a vital role in improving standards and safety on UK construction sites.  Indeed, the majority of principal contractors and major house builders require construction workers on their sites to hold a valid card.”  
As part of the scheme, and in addition to any criteria set by CSCS such as a relevant NVQ for the Skilled Worker card, DHF is asking that anyone who is applying for a card has evidence of CPD (continued professional development).  This will usually be in the form of a valid DHF training course certificate.
“Each card is specific to the requirement,” continues Patricia.  “In addition to the Blue Skilled Worker card, there are several other cards available, check the DHF website for further information.”
The launch of the CSCS card partner scheme is a further ‘feather in the cap’ for the pro-active federation who, in July of this year, announced that it is the very first UK organisation to offer an official theory-based ABBE-qualification for three of the industries it serves, approved and regulated by Ofqual, the Government Office of Examination Regulation.  The move was described as ‘ground-breaking’. 

The launch of CSCS cards is further endorsement of DHF’s drive for safety and best practice.

Gordon Jenkins, Director of Operations at CSCS comments: 
“CSCS is pleased to see the collaboration between DHF and ADSA in the issuing of cards for the Doors sector.  This collaboration demonstrates DHF’s commitment to meeting the requirements of the CLC and ensuring that construction site workers are appropriately qualified. 
“In the process, we are all playing our part in improving standards and safety on UK construction sites.  CSCS looks forward to a long and productive relationship between our three organisations.”

For further information, or to apply for a CSCS card, please visit: www.dhfonline.org.uk





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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Fife Housing chooses Secured by Design member Videx for Acess Control to Apartments


One of East Scotland’s largest independent housing associations, Fife Housing, has teamed up with Secured by Design member company Videx, a leading access control and door entry manufacturer and supplier, to equip 84 social housing flats in and around the Fife area.

The 14 separate residential blocks, each comprising six apartments, have been fitted with bespoke access control systems that have been tailor-made to meet the security and accessibility needs of residents and visitors.

Speaking at the Security Twenty 19 Security Conference and Exhibition in Dublin, Billy Paton, Videx’s Scotland and Ireland Sales Manager, explained that their VR120 vandal resistant entry system had access panels fitted to the flats with Videx’s standalone, offline proximity system, MiAccess.

This provides a multiple entrance system without the need to cable between devices and has the added advantage that it enables remote programming and replacement of entry key fobs without an engineer having to visit the development.

Billy said:
“The requirement was clear – Fife Housing needed a robust access control solution that was simple to use and navigate yet highly secure. The panels we made are to a bespoke size with many features to suit the specific needs of those who live there.”
Features include:

  • high visibility yellow ring bezel buttons
  • remote programming / replacement of fobs
  • housing staff access to all blocks
  • enhanced security via remote relay for locks
  • sized fully-engraved panels including addresses
  • user friendly

Fife Housing reported that they are pleased with the new system with residents expressing great feedback on how easy they are to use while being a nice modern design too.

A spokesman for Fife Housing said: 
“Security yet ease of access and a user friendly system that could be specifically made to meet the entry needs of all different types of residents, including those with disabilities, was imperative and the Videx system has provided exactly that.
“What’s more, the team have been really supportive and hands-on throughout the entire installation, working closely and positively with our installer and providing technical and practical advice before, during and after installation.
“I also know that if I had any issues with the systems, or need to modify it according to entry needs, this wouldn’t be a problem and Videx would be on hand to help us do this. It’s been a pleasure to work with Videx – the system is doing a sterling job.”
National Secured by Design Manager, Kenny McHugh, said:
“The Videx installation at these flats is an excellent example of how Secured by Design and our member companies are working together to make a real difference to help people live safely.”

Stuart Ward, Police Scotland's National Designing Out Crime Manager, said he is delighted that Fife Housing and Videx, which has a range of security related products accredited by SBD, have come together to provide access control security at these flats.
“Including SBD accredited products in new or existing developments will go a long way to ensuring that the risks associated with criminal activity will be significantly reduced. This in turn ensures that police resources in the Fife division are available for other tasks and are not being further tied up in the investigation of preventable criminal activity such as housebreaking/burglary,” explained Stuart.
Throughout Scotland, Police Designing Out Crime Officers are available to assist housing associations, developers and designers to consider the risk of criminal activity and can provide security options through SBD, such as the Videx solutions.

Support and advice can be provided through contacting the National Designing Out Crime Manager either by email: architectural.liaison@scotland.pnn.police.uk or alternatively by phoning 01592 418461.

Videx has been supplying and manufacturing access control and door entry systems for more than 30 years. Their systems are fully compliant with statutory and regulatory requirements including IS09001:2015 Quality Management Standard, the Equality Act 2010 guidelines, and Secured by Design, the national police crime prevention initiative, which accredits companies for security-related products that meet robust standards required by the Police Service throughout the UK to deter and reduce crime in local communities.

Videx can manufacture to a specific style, shape and size and engrave it with 6mm in-filled black characters to identify each button. Optional colours for specific applications can also be specified along with custom logos.

The company offers 24 months’ warranty and provide spare or replacement parts for up to 15 years following installation. During the entire lifecycle of a system, Videx will provide full technical support to all local authorities and housing associations at no extra cost.

www.videxuk.com





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Monday, 11 November 2019

The Nuki Smart Lock launches new night mode


Nuki, the European market-leading name in smart locks proudly announces the introduction of its ‘Night Mode’ feature, an update and new feature-set designed to help customers as winter approaches.

Nuki’s Night Mode brings a new level of comfort and safety to the Nuki Smart Lock by combining and automatically activating specific features of the Smart Lock during the night. This ensures, amongst other features, the greatest possible security at night by double-locking the door.

Users can use this function to meet their individual needs and have the option to disable Auto Unlock during the night should they wish. The Nuki Smart Lock also switches to low-power mode at night and sends out a Bluetooth signal less frequently, therefore significantly increasing battery life.


Improved User Experience

Nuki’s day and night profiles allow customers to adapt their Smart Lock to their individual needs. For example, families with small children whose sleep could be easily disturbed by Auto Unlock can disable it and instead use a normal key when they come home late.

The same applies if you work from home during the day and don’t need Auto Lock during this period but want to make sure that your house is always safely locked during the night.


Improved Low Battery Warning

Do not be afraid of low batteries! Before the current update, Nuki notified users via a notification in the app and optional push notifications as soon as battery power was below 20 percent. With the new update a battery warning will now be displayed in the lock overview of the app for extra reassurance.


About Nuki

Devised by multi award-winning Austrian designers EOOS.com, built in Europe, and utilising bank-grade security software, the Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 and Nuki Opener are fully compatible with Android and iOS and can be used to assign digital access rights to friends, family, and service providers via the companion app.

Nuki offers the convenience of the optional Nuki Fob and Nuki Keypad –ideal access solutions for children, tradespeople, carers and for those without a smartphone. The optional Nuki Opener also enables the operation of the front door to apartment buildings simply via the Nuki app, as well as remotely.

To date, Nuki has delivered over 70,000 Nuki Smart Locks to customers, by the end of 2019 the company expects to surpass 100,000 installed locks.

"We are incredibly proud of how positively our system has been received by customers and that we are experiencing fast and healthy growth", says Martin Pansy. "With over 70 million detached houses and 50 million apartment buildings in Europe, our core market, there's still plenty of room to grow."

For more information go to Nuki’s website to check out their full list of products - https://nuki.io/en/






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Sunday, 10 November 2019

IndyCar Legend Dario Franchitti to make Race of Remembrance Debut

Dario Franchitti

Mission Motorsport, the charity that supports the rehabilitation and employment of former military personnel, has announced a star line up in the unique Race of Remembrance at Anglesey circuit.


Four-times IndyCar Champion Dario Franchitti MBE joins a Mission Motorsport-run squad, partnering with his brother Marino Franchitti, racing journalist Dickie Meaden and Ferrari Challenge UK Champion Jamie Clarke. 

This formidable line-up also includes charity beneficiary Sophie Burt who will be making her racing debut at the Race of Remembrance.

Sophie Burt joined the Army in 2007 and having gained her HGV 1 licence at 18 was posted to military logistics in support of the British Army in Germany. In late 2009 she spent six months in Kandahar on Operation HERRICK where her camp was under mortar and small arms fire daily. 

Returning to Germany in 2010 she was posted to 6 Supply Regiment in Gutersloh where she fulfilled a variety of roles. As a mark of her ability and professionalism, she was promoted to Corporal in 2013 aged just 23. 

Sophie Burt

Health issues including PTSD meant she was forced to surrender her driving licence in 2016, isolating her from friends and family, and was downgraded and signed off from work. She battled to recover and came to Mission Motorsport in early 2017 where, she says, “I found a new family that helped me focus and gave me hope and quite honestly saved my life.” In January 2018 she drove in the Live Action Arena at Autosport in front of thousands.


Dario Franchitti is a four-time IndyCar Series champion (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011), a three-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 (2007, 2010, 2012) and winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona (2008). 

Following an injury from a racing accident in 2013, Franchitti announced his retirement from racing and became an advisor for Chip Ganassi Racing and co-commentator for Formula E.

Dario returned to motor racing, albeit as an amateur, at the 2019 Goodwood Revival – the Race of Remembrance is the second race since his comeback. The squad will be driving a Mazda MX-5 prepared and run by Mission Motorsport employees and charity beneficiaries.

Marino Franchitti
Marino began a successful racing career in the late 90s. He won the GTO Championship in British GT, raced for numerous factory teams including Panoz, Acura and Ford, and has raced at Le Mans on multiple occasions. 

He’s the 2013 ALMS LMP2 Champion and took overall victory in the prestigious 12-hours of Sebring in 2014. 

He continues to race sports cars at the highest level and finds the time to be an official development driver for Singer – the brand that restores and modifies ultra-high-end Porsches.

“It’s a real honour to race with Sophie and Mission Motorsport,” says Dario Franchitti. “I have a great appreciation for the charity and while I’ve never raced at Anglesey before I can’t wait to get out there.”
Marino Franchitti added:
 “There is no event like the Race of Remembrance. It really does make a huge difference, and I can’t wait to join my brother and Sophie in this year’s race.”
James Cameron, CEO, Mission Motorsport stated:
 “I’m still pinching myself. To have Dario, Marino, Dickie and Jamie join Sophie in a team run by Mission Motorsport will not only make a huge difference to her but also shine a light on a unique event that truly aids the recovery journey of so many others.”
Dickie
 Richard Meaden, co-founder of evo magazine and one of the most respected motoring writers in the world, is also a successful racer – with a win at the Goodwood Revival on his CV. He has also competed in the Nürburgring 24 Hours and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

“It’s a pleasure to share the car with Dario, Marino and Jamie – but most importantly with Sophie. This shows just how effective Mission Motorsport is in assisting those who most need it,” says Meaden.

Clarke, the 2019 Ferrari Challenge UK champion, swaps a mid-engined supercar for a front engine sports car but is equally relishing the challenge: “To be in a team that’s crewed by Mission Motorsport and to share a car with Sophie is a real honour.”

The 12-hour Race of Remembrance hosts over 50 teams, taking place at the Anglesey Circuit in North Wales over the weekend of 9-10th November. Mission Motorsport will be running four of these teams, crewed by over 40 charity beneficiaries in a variety of roles across the event – all of whom are working towards individual recovery goals.

Now in its sixth year, the Race of Remembrance is the culmination of the Charity’s sporting year and raises awareness for the recovery and rehabilitation of those affected by military operations. The race is suspended at 11am on Remembrance Sunday for a unique pitlane remembrance service, then restarted to its eventual climax at approximately 1500 on the same day.

www.missionmotorsport.org




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Saturday, 9 November 2019

DHF’s Growing Team Welcomes Two New Members

Membership Manager, Craig Wilde

DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) has announced it has welcomed two new members of staff to the team. Craig Wilde joined DHF’s proactive group of employees in July as the new Membership Manager.  

With more than 10 years' experience in business-to-business projects and customer service across a range of sectors, Craig is perfectly placed to take DHF’s every-growing membership to even greater levels.  His responsibilities will include overseeing the customer service process of retention, and recruitment of members, in addition to progressing the CRM system used.

Training & Compliance Officer, Steve Hill
 Craig is joined by new Training & Compliance Officer, Steve Hill, who has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry. 

Steve has worked for a variety of organisations that are current DHF members and has represented past employers at various DHF group meetings. 

Therefore, he had an excellent knowledge of DHF’s training offering, benefits and services ahead of taking up his new post.


Renowned for delivering outstanding levels of training, this is one of the areas for which DHF has become most known.  Over the past 12 months, almost 800 people have been trained by DHF, with more than 550 candidates attending the two-day safety diploma courses and more than 220 trainees opting for the one-day safety training certificate. 

More than 2500 individuals have now completed at least one of DHF’s safety training courses, whether a diploma or certificate course.  Training continues to be the backbone of DHF’s operations.

Both Craig and Steve join a flourishing team at the federation which is enjoying another highly successful year.  Members have swelled to more than 500 with more than 60 joining DHF this year alone. 

The high-profile organisation continues to prioritise its members – and its employees - with 15 employees and six consultants driving DHF’s objectives. 

Commercial Manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens said: 
“We are delighted to welcome both Craig and Steve to DHF and look forward to benefiting from their knowledge and experience. 
“By creating a new membership position and placing a further staff member into our training function, DHF continues to highlight the importance of these particular areas of the business.  
“2019 has been another exceptional year for DHF across all areas of the federation and we are confident that, with Craig and Steve on board, we will continue to grow successfully and maintain our position as the UK’s foremost trade association in the areas that we serve.”

For further information about DHF, please visit: www.dhfonline.org.uk





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Friday, 8 November 2019

The Joinery Network Launches Test Licences for Fully Certified Timber Doors and Windows


Joiners can benefit from a fully certified system of timber doors and windows thanks to testing done by The Joinery Network.

The co-operative, which has been set up to help joinery companies manufacture superior, fully certified windows and doors, has successfully tested a range of timber products against a selection of tests to meet regulations.

Vertical sliding box sash windows, vertical sliding spiral balance, top & side swing flush casement and storm-proof windows, entrance doors, (including low thresholds), French doors, Single doors, (including in & out opening), and bifold doors have all passed tests for PAS 24:2016 and Document Q for security, BS 6375: 1 and Document L1B for weathertightness and energy efficiency, and Document M for accessibility.

O T Dare Joinery Consultant, Owen Dare, and one of the founder directors at The Joinery Network, says: 
“We’ve tested a comprehensive range of timber products against all of the necessary tests for Building Regulations compliance so that joiners can offer a suited range of certified windows and doors.
“Joiners can choose what they need, getting licences for each product, against each test result and cascading the data to use as their own. This means that that both big and small joiners, offering a full or selective range, can comply with regulations and won’t have to worry about falling foul of the law.
“They also don’t have the hassle of spending upwards of £80,000 into testing themselves as The Joinery Network has already made that investment. It’s an easy way for joiners to show that their products comply with Building Regulations and win more sales.”

The Joinery Network was created to support joiners looking to grow their business by getting into the new build market. The founders, BJ Waller, Balls2 Marketing, Close Brothers, DJH Group Ltd, Fiscale, Leitz Tooling UK, and OT Dare Joinery Consultants, offer expertise through every step of the supply chain and are on hand to offer advice.

“We’re really pleased that every product passed each test and we’re glad to play a part in supporting the timber industry and back UK manufacturers providing superior, high quality timber window and doors,” adds Owen.

Joiners can get licences for their timber door and windows by calling 0333 344 9895 or emailing hello@thejoinerynetwork.co.uk

Find out more at: www.thejoinerynetwork.co.uk





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Thursday, 7 November 2019

GEZE Doors Hit the Right Note


GEZE’s automatic doors have hit just the right note in the development of a London building which is the new home of Universal Music.

Two automatic circular sliding doors create a chart-topping entrance to 4 Pancras Square - one of a cluster of new buildings that have led to the emergence of Kings Cross as a creative hub.

They are a statement piece to the 11-storey angular building which reflects the area’s lineage as a former goods yard to King’s Cross railway. With an exposed weathered steel frame, Eric Parry Architects’ building echoes the industrial revolution which enabled the expansion of London.

Positioned side by side, the two Slimdrive SCRs provide a 360° drive solution combining high performance with unobtrusive operation – the  drives are just 7 cm in height and very discreet – and as pass doors are not needed, they maintain the clean aesthetics of the glazed facade.

Focchi undertook the installation of the façade:  glazing, entrance and building envelop and worked with GEZE UK to identify the right solution – moving away from an original design featuring revolving  doors which would have prompted requirements for pass doors.

There are also environmental benefits to the Slimdrive SCR selection – having only one set of doors open at a time, reduces heat loss and air pollution. Emergency buttons on reception were also added to immediately close the doors and prohibit the building being surged by fans in the wake of a visiting celebrity!

There is also bespoke lettering in the canopy of the Slimdrive SCR which was laser cut by GEZE UK  and  bespoke bronze lettering was added.
Other GEZE products used around the building include a Slimdrive SL NT automatic sliding door with access control. This allows workers to access a cycle ramp, meaning that they can ride straight up to a cycle store – an ideal solution for city commutes.

The Slimdrive SL NT is a good solution for buildings with high levels of footfall and a continuous flow of people moving in various directions. Almost invisible, it is virtually silent in operation and can move leaf weights of up to 125kg.

In addition, there are eight pairs of TS 550 floor springs fitted to retails units within the building. This provides an option to automate the entrances in the future– effectively ‘future proofing’ them.

Extensive rooftop gardens were added to the office block, which were intended to evoke a ‘windswept moorland’ and provide a peaceful oasis in the midst of the city with panoramic views across London.

Said GEZE UK sales and marketing director Andy Howland: 
“Music is so important to our cultural landscape, so we are delighted to be opening doors for Universal Music which will no doubt benefit from its move to such an exhilarating part of the capital and present an inspiring environment from which to work.”

The relocation puts Universal amongst a vibrant set of neighbours, including Google, global media company Havas, Louis Vuitton and PRS, as well as Central Saint Martins, the world’s leading fashion college.

For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk





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Wednesday, 6 November 2019

The Stig helps shift GAI Awards into Top Gear


Former Top Gear Stig, Ben Collins, has been announced as this year’s guest speaker at the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) Education Awards.  

Ben will join the awards, which recognise the outstanding educational achievements of the door hardware industry, at the Royal Lancaster hotel in London tomorrow, 7th November.

Ben started his motorsport career in 1994, competing in Formula First, Formula Vauxhall Junior and International Formula 3. He is best known as The Stig from BBC’s Top Gear, but throughout his career he has also been a television presenter, author, stunt driver and World Record holder.

The GAI Education Awards include Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for the top students in the GAI Diploma, as well as the Pinnacle Award, sponsored by Eurobond Doors, for the student with the best aggregate results over the three years of the Diploma programme. 

The GAI Diploma is designed to give students a high level of product knowledge and the ability to write accurate hardware specifications and quotations. The qualification is particularly suited to those in customer facing roles, contract management, scheduling and estimating, and sales. 

GAI president, Julian Newman, said: 
“Scrutiny of the skills and competence of everyone in the building industry has never been higher, and each part of the supply chain needs to prove its worth. The GAI Diploma makes this possible in our sector – it is the only recognised architectural ironmongery qualification to British and European standards in the world.
“As we celebrate the fantastic achievements of this cohort of students, it’s important to reflect on how far the education programme has come and to recognise the hard work of our members and committees that have shaped the course to ensure it is always relevant to today’s ironmongery professionals.” 
The Guild’s education programme has been running for more than 50 years, training future generations of architectural ironmongers to British and European standards.  

This year’s GAI Education Awards is sponsored by ASSA ABLOY opening solutions.

To book your tickets to the 2019 GAI Education Awards, visit the GAI website.

www.gai.org.uk


*Ben Collins - Photo Credit Hundred and Seventh Ltd and Lions Gate International (UK)



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Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Secured by Design are working to ensure development in East London is safe and secure


The Metropolitan Police working closely with Secured by Design, the national police crime prevention initiative, is working to ensure the development of 3,000 homes at Beam Park between Dagenham and Rainham in East London are going to be safe and secure for residents.

Building work began earlier this year at the £1bn development of homes beside the River Beam. The first homes are due to be ready in 2020 and the development due for completion in 2030.

All the homes are being built to Secured by Design standards. This will ensure that doors, windows and locks, will be of sufficient robust quality to deter and reduce crime.

Situated on part of the former Ford plant at Dagenham, which was one of the largest car plants in the world and the backdrop for the iconic British film ‘Made in Dagenham’, its 72 acres will provide up to 50% of affordable homes, two new primary schools and a generous allocation for parkland and open spaces.

Beam Park will have its own railway station, which is scheduled to open in May 2022 providing a 20-minute commute to Fenchurch Street in the City. It will be fronted by a station square, which is hoped will become a community hub with dining, health and leisure facilities.

Beam Park is a partnership between the Greater London Authority, the boroughs of Barking and Dagenham and Havering, and Countryside and L&Q.

Vicky Savage, London Managing Director at L&Q, said:
“L&Q is committed to providing quality affordable homes for everyone, within a neighbourhood they can be proud of. Barking Riverside and Beam Park are truly fantastic new developments, which have been designed to be safe and welcoming for everyone.
“We are proud that our work has been recognised in this way and look forward to continuing our journey with our partners at the GLA and Countryside.”

Commander Mark McEwan, of the Metropolitan Police, said: 
“This is another example of the important work being completed by our Designing Out Crime Officers across London in reducing crime by influencing the built environment.”

SBD is a police initiative that improves the security of buildings and their immediate surroundings to provide safe places to live, work, shop and visit - find out more at www.securedbydesign.com .




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