Thursday 24 October 2019

dormakaba Unlocks Success at Temple Farm Development

Leading manufacturer of access and security solutions, dormakaba has had a number of its Dorma TS92 and TS93 Door Closers solutions and BTS80 floor sprung hinges specified as part of a major development in Chelmsford. Once completed, the project will become the new headquarters for the Jehovah’s Witnesses organisation. 

When the organisational body of the Jehovah’s Witnesses began its search for a new headquarters, those involved had a specific idea of what they wanted from the project. Set on delivering the desired outcome, the team searched over 300 sites before deciding on the Temple Farm Development in Chelmsford. The project team’s search for excellence carried over into the build process, with only the highest-quality building products used throughout the development. To this end, the team specified a number of door solutions from dormakaba’s industry-leading product portfolio.

Choosing dormakaba was a logical choice for the project team, who had put safety and sustainability as a top priority on the build. The company offers long-life, door technology solutions specifically designed for premium design quality, build longevity and compliance. As well as being high-quality, dormakaba represents a single-source solution, allowing the project team to save time sourcing and securing different elements from across the supply chain. Instead, the project team could rely on the company to deliver all the necessary units needed for an effective and sustainable solution.

Such reliability was crucial, as the Temple Farm Development is a significant project, spread across 85 acres on the site of a former scrapyard. The project comprises an office block, two warehouse buildings, a sports hall and a swimming pool building. The site will also feature six residence blocks, which will eventually house the staff who work on the live-work headquarters. One of the blocks will be dedicated to the early and infirm members of the headquarter ‘family’ including a wing devoted to aged volunteers who now require round the clock care.

Additionally, the team on site have built a multi-purpose building that can be used for events and gatherings. dormakaba’s Dorma TS92 and TS93 Door Closers have been installed on the doors accessing the kitchens and changing rooms across this multi-purpose building. Suitable for all project application requirements, the door closer systems provide a high-quality architectural solution. The systems feature dormakaba’s heart-shaped cam to ensure exceptional ease of opening. As well as being practical, the systems are CERTIFIRE approved and have all been successfully third party tested to BS EN1154.

Graham Hulland commented: 
“We take great pride in being part of developments like the Temple Farm Development, which put safety and sustainability as a top priority. Not only has the site received an ‘Outstanding’ assessment from BREEAM but it has delivered a net gain in ecological biodiversity achieved in the surrounding area. The development has been five years in the making and we can’t wait to what the finished article looks like.”

Since 2014, well over four million volunteer hours have been delivered at the Temple Farm Development highlighting how important the project is for those involved. Together, all parties have built a project that’s designed to turn heads and receive acclaim. Already, BREEAM have praised the site for the admirable way it’s helped to reduce carbon emissions and congestion on surrounding roads. As a result, the project has already become only the second development to receive an ‘Outstanding’ assessment by BREEAM under its community scheme. 

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