Saturday, 19 September 2020

Origin Bounces Back to Business


Origin, the UK’s leading manufacturer of aluminium doors and windows, has adapted quickly to the new COVID-19 regulations, bouncing back strongly from lockdown to ensure it is business as usual for its Partners. 

In fact, in July 2020, Origin received 30 percent more orders than in the same time frame the previous year.

Daniel Baker, Origin’s new Managing Director, comments:
“COVID-19 was obviously an incredibly difficult time for most businesses, with those operating in the manufacturing industry particularly feeling the pressures of lockdown. Thankfully, we have come out the other side and business is strong. This is in part due to our ability to adapt and innovate quickly, us being able to confidently offer a reliable service to customers new and old, as well as the demand being driven as consumers are wanting a change after spending so long in their homes over lockdown. To have 30 percent more orders than from July 2019 is remarkable given the circumstances.”   

Origin’s ability to react to change quickly has allowed it to steal a march on the rest of the market in terms of lead times and consistently of being able to deliver on time and in full. It has been well documented that Origin’s ‘Your Lead Time, Not Ours’ promise changed the way in which the manufacture of bespoke products was viewed. The company has triumphed again, this time, with the speed at which it was able to bring its lead times back down to normal after lockdown, whilst the rest of the industry struggles to compete. 

Origin Partners have become accustomed to an unrivalled service, which ensures they stand out above the crowd in a busy marketplace. The Partners will be relieved at the speed Origin has been able to recover, meaning that they never have to miss an install day and are able to get pre-lockdown projects back on track, improving their financial performance and reputation in the process.

Daniel Baker continues:
“We have had to adapt the way in which we run on a day to day basis, incorporating all of the necessary social distancing and quarantine rules. We started out relatively slowly, with longer lead times than we are used to, but through innovative thinking and introducing different shift patterns in the factory, we have been able to bring the lead times across all of our products back in line with what we and our Partners are used to. It has been a big challenge to overcome, but one we have tackled head on.”
In July alone, the Origin factory manufactured enough doors to cover five kilometres when fully pushed open. To put that into perspective, that is the same distance as fifteen and a half Eiffel Towers, or doors stretching 60 percent of the way up Everest, in just one month.

Daniel Baker concludes:
“In the current economic climate, no business can afford to lose money unnecessarily, so we take our part in the business success of our Partners incredibly seriously. Our Partners are vital to us as a business, so we support them wherever we can, providing them with the necessary tools for success, and us being able to deliver makes their offering a lot more competitive.”

For more information about Origin or becoming an Origin Partner, please visit www.origin-global.com.




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Friday, 18 September 2020

Assa Abloy Door Group Educate on the Importance of Fire Door Inspections in Schools


With this year’s Fire Door Safety Week campaign running 21-27 September, Door Group – a unit of ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland – is calling for higher standards of fire door inspections within education buildings.

Shockingly, there are over 1,000 school fires a year in the UK, costing an average of £2.8m in larger incidents, with one education insurer reporting that the large majority of UK schools are found to have ‘poor’ fire protection systems .

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires schools to undertake risk assessments to identify the general fire precautions needed to safeguard the safety of occupants in case of fire, including their safe means of escape. But with fire protection systems failing time and time again, it is clear that more needs to be done.


Fire doors are one of the most important safety features in a building, and regular inspections are essential to fully ensure health and safety measures are met. Education buildings can present highly specific requirements for fire doorsets, with particularly varied legislation and building regulations surrounding fire doors in schools.

As part of its commitment to fire door safety, Door Group provide a fully comprehensive inspection which can be carried out every three, four, six or 12 months to suit specific requirements.

Following inspections, Door Group offers detailed reports containing advice and recommendations on necessary improvements, with the knowledge that identifying any potential issues that could impact safety and product performance can be lifesaving.

If any issues do occur, a tailored repair proposal is issued to include anything from replacement doors to a regular maintenance program. Door Group inspectors are BRE-certified and will ensure that all fire doors inspected meet all necessary standards and regulations.


Brian Sofley, Managing Director for ASSA ABLOY Door Group, explains:
“The figures we’re seeing regarding fires in the education sector are terrifying. An education building should be a safe and secure place for students and staff to work and learn, yet in recent inspections we have found a significant percentage (in some cases >90%) of fire doorsets in schools failing to meet fire compliancy requirements.

“Door Group is committed to making schools, colleges and universities across the UK fire protected. With regular and thorough inspections, we can ensure the compliance and performance of fire doorsets in an effort to improve overall fire safety in the educational environment.”
 
For more information please visit www.assaabloyopeningsolutions.co.uk.




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Thursday, 17 September 2020

IronmongeryDirect Releases new Infographic and Fire Protection Guide to support Fire Door Safety Week


Leading specialist ironmongery supplier, IronmongeryDirect, has pledged its support to this year’s Fire Door Safety Week. 

As part of the commitment to ensuring compliance with this life saving legislation, IronmongeryDirect has also released a five-step infographic and fire protection guide to explain the requirements. 

The infographic, available on the IronmongeryDirect website, has been designed as a visual reference guide on the five fire door checks regarding certification, seals, hinges, closers and gaps around the door, in order to ensure these lifesaving pieces of equipment function as intended. 

Dominick Sandford, Director and Head of Merchandising at IronmongeryDirect says:
“Fire door safety is crucial all year round, and we want to ensure our customers, regardless of profession, are aware of the requirements surrounding fire doors – as even the slightest misconception can be a huge risk to human life.  
“As such, in support of Fire Door Safety Week 2020, we’ve created our infographic and fire protection guide to raise awareness of the critical role that fire doors play in the safety of building occupants and to help ensure these doors are correctly installed and maintained.” 

Now in its eighth year, Fire Door Safety Week is an awareness campaign designed to increase public understanding of the role that fire doors play in protecting life and property.

For more information please visit www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk






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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Eurobond Doors, of Cardiff, renews with Secured by Design


A major steel door supplier that produces high quality commercial and industrial doors, with projects ranging from advanced data centres through to huge storage facilities, has renewed its membership with Secured by Design (SBD), the official police security initiative.


Eurobond Doors, which is based on the outskirts of Cardiff, has made customer service and the production of quality performance doors its top priorities since launch in 1987.

Over the years it has achieved ISO certification, implemented efficient best practice systems within its door manufacturing processes and embraced security to protect lives and property.

Eurobond steel doorsets are designed and produced to be high-impact and threat-resistant against opportunist burglars using small tools through to attempted forced entry with high powered equipment.


Security features include sash locks, panic escape bars and access control along with panic exit security and external access security with single and double doorset options.

The company’s doors have gained Certisecure certification for burglary rating one and two and been accredited by SBD.

All its steel, commercial and industrial doors, which include security, fire, acoustic, rebound and hygienic doors, are produced on-site within their factory at the Wentloog Corporate Park, Cardiff. Its project management services include product specification, design, manufacture, delivery and installation.

Today, Eurobond Doors has clients across the UK and Europe.

Eurobond Doors’ Technical Sales Director, Dave Timson, said: 
“Quality is at the heart of how we work encompassing our doors, our services and our working relationships. We work to make every order or project a success.
“Security has become increasingly important and our products offer unrivalled resistance to threats to clients’ businesses or premises.
“We are delighted to have renewed our membership with Secured by Design to help design out crime through the use of high-quality innovative products and processes. It’s a requirement of SBD that our doors must adhere to rigorous test standards. We carry this level of meticulous design and performance through our entire range of doors,” explained Dave.

Hazel Goss, Development Officer, SBD, said: 
“We are delighted that Eurobond Doors is continuing to work with Secured by Design. This is a company that’s going from strength to strength, covers the whole process from design through to manufacture and installation, and has projects across the UK and Europe. We welcome the company’s commitment across its range of products to make people and premises safer.”

Eurobond’s projects include designing and manufacturing riser and access-controlled doors for eight storeys of one of Europe’s most advanced data centres at Canary Wharf, London. Working with the contractor and architect, Eurobond Doors delivered secure riser doors to provide protection to internal ducts, containing cabling and plumbing, and personnel doors that could be electronically controlled to restrict access and to provide an audit trail of personnel movement.

Another project involved designing and manufacturing high quality, steel fire doorsets for one of the UK’s ‘top five’ self-storage companies. Working under the imperative that the storage site passes fire protection regulations, Eurobond Doors produced 26 new fire and bathroom doorsets to assist compartmentalise the layout and prevent the spread of fire.

You can find out more about Eurobond Doors Limited and their SBD accredited security products here: www.securedbydesign.com

Contact details:

T: 02920 361111
E: sales@eurobonddoors.co.uk
W: www.eurobonddoors.co.uk





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Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Join dormakaba’s Fire Door Safety Week Webinar to Help Protect Lives


Leading entrance and smart access solutions provider dormakaba is inviting specifiers, installers, building owners and users to join its free RIBA Accredited CPD webinar ‘Requirements for Door Hardware on Fire Doors: Meeting Fire and Access Requirements’ this Fire Door Safety Week.

Fire Door Safety Week 2020, which is running from 21st – 27th September 2020, aims to raise awareness of the importance of fire doors in protecting life and property – including ensuring the correct specification and installation for each individual building.

In support of this, dormakaba is hosting its free, RIBA Accredited CPD webinar ‘Accredited Requirements for Door Hardware on Fire Doors: Meeting Fire and Access Requirements’.

During the hour long session, dormakaba will cover the requirements for fire doors in relation to the latest accessibility and fire safety regulations and will provide examples of solutions that can meet these demands.

dormakaba will also outline the door controls available and how to select the most suitable product for different applications. Attendees will receive a RIBA accredited, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) certificate on the day.


Graham Hulland, Product Marketing Manager at dormakaba said: 
“In the event of a fire, a fire door can delay the spread of the fire and smoke, thereby protecting lives and property by allowing time for those inside to evacuate and the fire services to enter the building. Our CPD webinar aims to raise awareness on the importance of correctly specifying, installing and maintaining fire doors and provides practical guidance.”

dormakaba’s ‘Door Hardware on Fire Doors: Meeting Fire and Access Requirements’ CPD webinar is running on 22nd and 24th September at 10:00 am.

Sign up today by visiting: www.dormakaba.com




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Monday, 14 September 2020

Mul-T-Lock supports the fight against rural theft


Theft has daily devastating consequences for the entire rural community, including farmers, livestock owners and agricultural businesses. 

NFU Mutual’s theft claim figures reveal that rural crime cost the UK £54.3m in 2019. This is an increase of nearly 9 percent on the previous year, making it the highest cost recorded in eight years.

For the second year running, the sharp rise was driven by thefts of high-value tractors (£9.3m) and quad bikes and other farm vehicles (£3.1m). Livestock theft also increased to £3m last year, with organised gangs taking large numbers of stock stolen for slaughter.

According to NFU's Rural Crime Report 2020, this year’s COVID-19 lockdown resulted in an initial reduction in thefts, but keen to cash in on the crisis, criminals continued to target the countryside and there were spikes in crimes such as livestock rustling.

Protecting rural property today requires vigilance and an agile response. With thieves constantly seeking ways to defeat security measures, leading security expert Mul-T-Lock is suggesting a number of ways in which farmers and agricultural business owners can protect their assets.




For those looking for an access control solution that offers convenience and comprehensive audit trails, Mul-T-Lock’s eCLIQ technology includes the ability to schedule individual access permissions, provide time-limited access and revoke access to particular keys as and when needed.

A completely electronic locking system, eCLIQ cam locks can be quickly and easily retrofitted to any existing mechanical door lock and eCLIQ padlocks are ideal for multiple applications, including external gates, cattle sheds and even firearms cabinets.

Being able to revoke access if a key is lost or misplaced not only offers enhanced security but also significantly reduces whole life costing, as it removes the need to replace physical locks; and keys can be validated daily, weekly or monthly to keep them continuously secure.

What’s more, the eCLIQ system’s audit trail capabilities mean that farmers and rural business owners are provided with comprehensive data illustrating who accesses which lock, where and when; ideal for those who want to determine who should have access to livestock, firearms and expensive machinery such as tractors, quads and ATVs.

Working on a modular system, eCLIQ locks are quick and easy to install with no cabling required, offering an easy-to-install and low maintenance solution for farmers and rural business owners. Not only is maintenance not required for up to 200,000 cycles, but key batteries are also fast and easy to replace once every 30,000 operations, at a nominal cost to the business, with no need for specialist tools.

For those looking for a high security mechanical solution, Mul-T-Lock’s range of heavy duty padlocks are ideal for securing large containers, cattle sheds and livestock pens.

Leading the series are the NE and NG range of padlocks, which are capable of functioning with high reliability in all conditions, providing excellent resistance against physical attacks and maximum resistance against weather and other environmental conditions and impacts, such as corrosion.

The NE and NG range is not only CEN Rated, but also Sold Secure Bronze, Silver and Gold certified by the Master Locksmith Association.

In addition, Mul-T-Lock’s HaspLock Diamond is a convenient and highly cost-effective high security mechanical locking solution with a weather resistant, stainless steel casing body, with a locking bolt that cannot be removed.

Mul-T-Lock also boasts an extensive range of advanced products that provide protection to commercial and private vehicles of all types, including lock cases, Thatcham accredited slam locks, deadlocks, euro cylinders, camlocks and padlocks. These products are adapted to suit market needs and are of the highest specification and quality, having evolved to a heavy-duty commercial offering.

To learn more about Mul-T-Lock’s array of security solutions to help protect against rural theft, please call 01902 364200, email internalsales@mul-t-lock.co.uk or visit www.mul-t-lock.co.uk.





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Sunday, 13 September 2020

The Warwickshire Collection Part II: 89 Rare and Eclectic Cars to go under the Hammer


Classic Car Auctions next sale will take place over two days, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September, as a Live Online Auction.


Day one is made up of The Warwickshire Collection Part II, 89 eclectic classics which span a range of decades and marques. 

Earlier this year CCA’s sister company, Silverstone Auctions, successfully sold The Warwickshire Collection Part I, and now CCA have the opportunity to sell the second half of this exciting collection.

Gary Dunne, CCA’s Sales Manager commented: 
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to offer these 89 rare and collectable cars.
“The Warwickshire Collection features some really interesting examples and furthermore, a proportion of the cars are offered without reserve, so this collection is not to be missed”.

1949 Bentley MkVI two-door Coupe with "New Look"
bodywork by James Young

One of the stand outs is the 1949 Bentley MkVI two-door Coupe with "New Look" bodywork by James Young which is estimated at £40,000 - £50,000. 

At the time, the design was somewhat polarising and just three were ordered, however, hindsight tells us that the appearance of the “New Look” has since influenced the design of many luxury cars since. 

Finished in Silver with Tudor Grey over a red leather interior, this is an important car in Bentley’s history.

1961 Morris Minor Million

Another special car in the collection is the Lilac 1961 Morris Minor Million, which is one of 349 examples made to celebrate the production of one million Morris Minors. 

CCA are offering number 21, which features its special choice of colour, white leather seats trimmed with black, wheel trim embellishers and the Morris 1,000,000 badging on the rear. MA2S31000021 is estimated at £15,000 – 20,000

1932 BSA 'Family Four' Vee Twin Three-Wheeler

One of the oldest cars in the collection is the 1932 BSA ‘Family Four’ Vee Twin Three-Wheeler which benefitted from a bare metal restoration in 2009 and has since travelled just a small amount of miles. 

The restoration retained an extensive list of all the major components that were original to the car including the engine and chassis. The body was completely rebuilt using new ash framework as required, although 40% of it is original and the car is estimated at £8,000 - £10,000.

1953 Ford Consul Mk1 Farnham Estate

The last of four cars to be previewed from the 89-strong collection is the 1953 Ford Consul Mk1 Farnham Estate. This example is a well-known show car and is fresh from the British Motor Museum in Gaydon. 

Finished in Dorchester Grey, it is fitted with an exterior sun visor, chrome luggage rack, driving lamps, badge bar and signpost light and is estimated at £7,000 - £9,000.

Viewing of the cars is available in person (by appointment only) from now through to Thursday 17th September at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire and CCA are recommending interested buyers take the opportunity to view the cars to satisfy themselves as to the condition of the cars. 

To book at appointment, contact the CCA team on 01926 640888 or email enquiries@classiccarauctions.co.uk

For this auction, the buyers premium is 11% + VAT and bidding is available online with either The Saleroom or Proxibid, on the telephone or via a commission (pre) bid.

Website: www.classiccarauctions.co.uk

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Saturday, 12 September 2020

Experienced Sales Manager appointed to grow Industrial Door Sales in the South East

Sebastian James, Area Sales Manager
(South East) at Hart Door Systems

Hart Door Systems has appointed Sebastian James as area sales manager for the South East to help increase its presence in the region.

The company, based in Newcastle, is a long-established and pioneering designer and manufacturer of commercial and industrial doors.

Sebastian, born in the UK, emigrated to South Africa as a child. He has since had a lengthy career in the door industry with Roll-Up Serranda, the oldest and biggest roller shutter door manufacturer in South Africa. The company manufactures custom made industrial roller shutter doors for the industrial, commercial and domestic industry.

With more than 30 years in the industry Sebastian has a wealth of experience, which includes specifying and tailoring designs to meet the needs of customers.

In his role with Hart Door Systems, Sebastian will engage with current customers and contacts and develop relationships with new companies. Based in Kent, Sebastian will be working across the South East to increase Hart Door System’s profile in the region.

Commenting on his new role Sebastian James, area sales manager – South East at Hart Door Systems, said:

“I was looking to move back to the UK and after an internet search I quickly came across Hart Door Systems. I was drawn to the company because of its family-run history, longevity and innovative product range.
“The company’s ethos of looking at ways to respond to and resolve a customer’s challenge resonates with me and how I work, so I knew we would be a good fit for each other.”

Nick Hart, Managing Director at Hart Door Systems added:
“We are delighted to be welcoming Sebastian into the company. Not only does he have some fantastic experience which he can bring to the team, but his appointment also marks a significant step forward in developing our presence in the South East region of the UK.”

Designed and made in Britain, Hart Doors Systems’ commercial and industrial doors are used across the globe, and the company works hand-in-hand with customers to ensure effective and efficient installation and operation – whatever environment its door systems are applied to.

The company, which has been operational throughout the Covid-19 lockdown supporting customers in key sectors, has implemented a number of new manufacturing processes to ensure the safety of its workers and all those who they come into contact with.

More information: www.hartdoors.com





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Friday, 11 September 2020

JD (UK) Introduce New Sectional Door Range


JD (UK) are pleased to announce the launch of the Prestige sectional door range, a welcome addition to the current range on offer.

With the use of specialised industrial digital printing, a complex image can be applied to the door leaf, allowing each door design to be completely unique and bespoke. And for those that appreciate authenticity and natural design, there are numerous wood and stone patterns available.

The Prestige door range features:
  • Innovative Technical Solutions
  • 45mm Sandwich Panel
  • Outstanding Design
  • Perfect Comfort
  • Phenomenal Safety
  • Durability


Jason Wade, JD (UK) National Sales Manager commented:
“We are pleased to bring Prestige to the market. It’s a truly fantastic product and will be a real asset to our customers and will allow the most extraordinary ideas and designs to be brought to life.”

For further details on the range, call the JD (UK) team.

W: jdukltd.co.uk
T: 01924 472 924
E: sales@jdukltd.co.uk





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Thursday, 10 September 2020

Lorient plans week of online events for Fire Door Safety Week 2020


Lorient has a respected reputation for designing and manufacturing a wide range of products for fire and smoke containment, that spans over 40 years. 

It’s intumescent fire and smoke seals form a vital part of a fire door assembly, helping to defend buildings against the spread of fire; and restricting smoke movement around a building - giving people time to escape, and reducing property damage.

Lorient has proudly supported Fire Door Safety Week (FDSW) since its inception. The annual campaign run by the British Woodworking Federation is designed to increase public understanding of the role that fire doors play in protecting life and property.

Throughout FDSW (21st – 27th September 2020) Lorient is scheduling a collection of events and interactive seminars.

An indicative fire test will be streamed live from the company's Testing & Technical Services centre in Devon via Click Meeting. The test will show the shocking difference between a sealed door versus an unsealed door; highlighting the critical role of intumescent seals.

Three live webinars presented by expert speakers with Q&As that include: 

  • The Role and Performance of Fire & Smoke-Resisting Door Assemblies
  • The Specification & Design of Air Transfer Grilles / Dampers
  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 & its implications for fire doors

All of the above live webinars will feature throughout the week.

Finally Lorient will be releasing a video showing their Certificated Fire Door Inspectors who are fully qualified under the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS); carrying out a five step fire door check.

www.lorientuk.com

Lorient Polyproducts Ltd,
Endeavour House,
Fairfax Road,
Heathfield Industrial Estate,
Newton Abbot
TQ12 6UD



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Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Yale pledges support for Fire Door Safety Week


Following its commitment to fire safety in residential, commercial and public buildings, Yale has pledged its support to Fire Door Safety Week for the fourth year running.

Running from 21 – 29 September, the Fire Door Safety Week campaign is a response to a legacy of fire door neglect. Drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance, the annual initiative aims to engage and educate specifiers, building owners and the general public on fire door safety.

Fire doors are one of the most fundamental elements of a building’s passive fire protection, acting as the first line of defence in a fire and providing those vital minutes for occupants to evacuate the building safely.

With this in mind, Yale has created a full suite of hardware to collectively exceed 60 minutes protection against fires. Yale’s AutoEngage multi-point door lock, KM TS007 1-star Cylinder, TS008 letterplate and TS007 2-star handle were collectively fitted and tested on a 54mm door with Lorient’s intumescent seal, passing the test requirements of BS 476-22:1987 and exceeding the FD60 time test by an additional 25%.

This doorset assembly now allows architects, specifiers and OEMs to be FD60-compliant, helping to defend buildings against the spread of fire.


Brett Evans, Technical Director for Door Hardware at Yale DWS, comments:
“All of us at Yale are incredibly proud to have this suite of hardware far exceed the FD60 test, further reinforcing our responsibility to our fire door safety commitments. Each product can make a critical difference, as without these seemingly small pieces of hardware, the effectiveness of a fire doorset can be significantly reduced.”

“Over the past year we have seen some great progress in fire door safety. Following the Dame Judith Hackitt review in 2018, we can already see a change in attitude towards the critical importance of fire door safety. We hope that by supporting Fire Door Safety Week year on year, the initiative will highlight the issues surrounding fire door safety and move the industry forward.”

To find out more about Yale’s full range of fire door safety products, including its FD60 doorset range, visit www.yaledws.co.uk or call 01902 366800.

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Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Garador gets new Totem Sign and Entrance Signs


The UK’s leading manufacturer of garage doors, Garador, has just invested in two new signs, to further reinforce their presence in their home town of Yeovil. 

The new signs are part of a comprehensive investment programme to improve Garador and its production facility.


A new steel and aluminium totem sign, measuring 6 metres tall has been installed in the Northwest corner of the grounds to make the company more visible to customers and visitors to the site, driving in on the A3088 road. An additional sign has also been installed on the main entrance to Garador factory on Bunford Lane to greet visitors as they drive in.

Find out more about Garador and the range of garage doors it offers by visiting www.garador.co.uk or calling 01935 443701.





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Monday, 7 September 2020

The Successful Specification of Anti-Terrorism Solutions


Professionals involved in the planning, design and ongoing management of public spaces and streetscapes must consider and address a number of factors when looking at site security and safety. 

Here, Mark Lester of Hörmann UK, explores the key issues and the solutions available to help mitigate against potential terrorist threats, without altering the overall landscape.

As crowded places remain an attractive target for terrorists, architects and specifiers have an increasing challenge to successfully blend counter-terrorism protective security measures with the urban design principles of the public space they are creating.

Within the government’s ‘Protecting Crowded Places: Design and Technical Issues’ guide, it provides those involved in the development and maintenance of the built environment with a comprehensive basis for the appropriate specification of anti-terrorism solutions. The document offers advice and guidance on how high design quality can be upheld throughout the commissioning and planning of new development schemes, without impacting on the overall style and intention of the place in question.

Using this guide as a basis, professionals should first understand the varying circumstances and associated degrees of risk that each project presents, before looking to specify solutions that aim to reduce the vulnerability of the location from a terrorism perspective.


For many public spaces, its crowd density may be temporary. In this instance, a specifier will be responsible for locations housing concerts or events that do not have a constant level of visitors, rather one that is concentrated at peak times. Here, the specification of temporary anti-terrorism solutions presents an appealing approach as the desired attraction of the space can easily be retained, without compromising the safety and security of the environment during high footfall periods.

One of the main benefits of temporary anti-terrorism systems that are designed to specifically manage hostile vehicle mitigation is that they offer the potential for continued flexibility, particularly when compared to fixed systems that must be permanently installed. As the very nature of temporary systems lends their application to a wide range of configurations that can be transported to different areas of the location, the evolving requirements of the environment can continue to be met, without impacting on the level of security and safety provided.

By first assessing the potential levels of security risk the space presents, professionals can then understand the integrity of the protective technologies required. Here temporary systems, such as certified single units, enable professionals to successfully meet the exact levels of integrity needed, as the quantity and configuration is tailored to the individual project and its level of risk.

For example, mobile vehicle blockers that are certified as a single unit can provide effective protection against unauthorised vehicles, without restricting pedestrian access or altering the intention and accessibility of the urban public space. As the solutions are temporary, consideration of the subsurface and the materials specified do not need to be addressed, as no physical fixings are required to keep the blockers in place.


This also offers significant cost and resource savings throughout the lifetime of the project, whilst ensuring the continued adaptability of the systems to best meet the specified requirements and intentions of the environment as it evolves.

The benefit of a solution that can be arranged individually, in rows or offset, offers a completely flexible system that does not require any compromises to be made to the initial design plans and can adapt to meet the specific needs of the space. For example, narrow pavements or cycle paths can be effectively secured with a single blocker unit, whilst a sluice or slalom arrangement can create defined passage points for emergency and rescue vehicles.

Professionals should also look to explore blockers that feature axisymmetric geometry as they have no predefined impact side. This means the angle of the collision is inconsequential, providing the highest levels of security, regardless of the direction the vehicle is travelling from.

Temporary solutions may also be an effective consideration for the retrofitting of anti-terrorism systems at historical or sensitive sites, such as conservation areas, where fixed solutions would impact the physical design and integrity of the site.

To ensure compliance with all relevant legislations and provide a clear audit trail of due diligence, professionals must specify hostile vehicle mitigation solutions that have been certified according to internationally recognised standards and standardised crash tests. This will evidence the products can withstand the force of a specific test weight and speed, enabling architects to specify solutions that are tailored to meet the integrity requirements of each specific project.

By taking a proactive approach from the initial concept stages and working closely with manufacturers, individuals can ensure the anti-terrorism solutions they specify are not only fit for purpose, but have minimal impact on the overall design intentions of the project.

For more information on Hörmann’s exterior perimeter protection systems, visit www.hormann.co.uk or call 01530 516868.





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Sunday, 6 September 2020

Vauxhall Offers Rare Chance to Buy Surplus Heritage Vehicles


Vauxhall Motors’ famous Heritage Collection is selling 11 of its vehicles due to space constraints, prior to its relocation at the end of the year.

The vehicles, which are not part of the core collection, and either require some recommissioning, or duplicate models already held, will be auctioned at Brightwells’ online sale on September 24.

Nine cars, one van and one coach are being offered at the sale, all with no reserve. The oldest is a 1924 M-Type 14/40 Melton tourer, and the youngest a 2013 Corsa Black Edition. 

Highlights include a 1931 Bedford WHB 14-seat coach from the first year of Bedford production, an immaculate base-model Chevette from 1982, and a rare 1966 Victor FC Estate in need of recommissioning.

‘Our priority is to preserve the core Vauxhall Heritage Collection, which was founded over 70 years ago, and includes most of the important and iconic models we’ve produced from 1903 to 2017,’ said Simon Hucknall, Vauxhall’s Head of PR. 
‘We have 80 vehicles, but many are duplicated, and some require either recommissioning or complete restoration, which we do not have time to undertake. Our focus now is right-sizing the Collection to include usable and significant Vauxhalls and Bedfords that best tell the story about our long and diverse heritage.’

Potential buyers will be able to view short videos of the vehicles online three days before the auction, from Monday, September 21. Bids can also be placed from this date, with each vehicle being allocated a final bidding slot on auction day.
‘We’re delighted that Vauxhall has entrusted us with the sale of these vehicles,’ said Matthew Parkin, Head of Classic Motoring at Brightwells. 
‘To our knowledge, this is the first time that any Vauxhall Heritage vehicles have been offered at auction, and with no reserve, we’re expecting a healthy interest in these cars and commercials, all of which are highly original and complete.’

The vehicles being offered at auction are as follows:


1924 14/40 M-type (partly dismantled) - est. £12-16k/no reserve
  • Owned by Vauxhall Heritage since 1998
  • Paperwork going back to 1925
  • 2-seater with dickie
  • New Chevron Cord tyres all round
  • Needs mechanical recommission


1931 Bedford WHB 14-seater coach (in need of recommission) – est. £10-12k/no reserve
  • Purchased by Vauxhall from original owners – Arlington Motor Company Ltd. – in 1999
  • Subject of older restoration


1934 ASY Light Six (mechanical work required) – est. £3-5k/no reserve
  • Owned by Vauxhall since 1999
  • Originally registered in Cheltenham, Gloucs.
  • Original registration paperwork


1938 H-type 10/4 (in need of recommission) – est. £2-3k/no reserve
  • Known as ‘The Duchess’
  • Bequeathed to Vauxhall by original owner, who purchased car as a teenager in 1938
  • Original/complete, needs recommissioning


1966 FC Victor Estate (in need of recommission) – est. £3-4k/no reserve
  • Owned by Vauxhall since 1999
  • Brake overhaul needed
  • Welding required along sills


1981 Chevette L – est. £4-5.5k/no reserve
  • Large history file


1997 Combo van – est. £800-1k/no reserve
  • Immaculate inside and out; rare survivor
  • Owned by Vauxhall since 2017
  • Used at launch of current Combo van


2004 Corsa C 1.8 – est. £1-2k/no reserve
  • Rare 1.8 SRi model
  • Used in marketing and PR launch of last generation Corsa


2004 Zafira GSi – est. £600-1k/no reserve
  • Owned by former Vauxhall Heritage Centre restorer prior to going into the Vauxhall Collection
  • Extensive history file


2007 Vectra C 2.0T – est. £2-4k/no reserve

  • Low mileage car
  • 2013 Corsa D Black Edition

To find out more about Brightwells’ sale of Vauxhall Heritage cars, please go to: www.brightwellslive.com





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