Thursday 14 January 2021

SBD companies double their Christmas community security door prize

Not one but two community buildings that help protect young people in supported accommodation will benefit from a brand new communal security door, door entry and access control system, donated by three Secured by Design (SBD) member companies.

The companies – F.Bamford (Engineering) Ltd, known in the industry as Bamford Doors, and its key partners Key Management Systems Ltd (KMS) and Entrotec Limited – were overwhelmed by the number of applications received for their competition held during December.

Heartened by the amount of great work going on in local communities across the country, the judging panel, which was made up of representatives from the three companies, could not decide on one worthy cause as they originally intended. Instead, they decided that they would double up their charitable donation and have two winning projects receive a complete communal door entry solution installed free to improve the security of their building.

The winners of this competition were:

A North Wales Housing owned refuge for young single parents facing a future alone with their child. Referred by their local authority, the tenants receive support to learn skills to live independently and provide for the needs of their child. They are likely to have come from housing where they were vulnerable, such as from abusive ex-partners or family members. The existing communal door to the share accommodation can be opened easily or tends to be left open by visitors – making tenants feel insecure and at risk.

Supported accommodation for young people aged 16-21 who are homeless, run by Riverside, a social housing provider. Situated in North East of England, the premises provides safe accommodation to prepare for independent living. Most residents are likely to have endured trauma such as neglect or finding themselves homeless due to family breakdown. Replacing the current door will revitalise the appearance of the building while also offering greater security to residents. 

Alexis Smith, Managing Director, of Bamford Doors, who is leading on this charitable initiative for the three companies, said: 
“We have been thrilled and delighted by the huge response and have been so impressed by the amount of good work going on in communities around the UK. It’s so great to learn what people are doing to help those who are most vulnerable and at risk in our society,” she added.
All three companies are long-standing members of SBD, the official police security initiative, which is a police-owned organisation working on behalf of the Police Service in the UK to deter and reduce crime. It does this by encouraging architects, developers and local authority planners to incorporate security related products, such as doors, windows, locks and walling systems that meet the Police Preferred Specification standards, into new developments. Sectors include housing, education, health, sport and leisure as well as business, retail, commercial and industrial premises.

Hazel Goss, Development Officer, SBD, said: 
“This is a fantastic initiative. These companies have got together to give their time and money to help people most in need. I am really blown away by their generosity and their commitment to make a positive difference. It’s brilliant work. My many congratulations to the two winners and thrilled that one of the successful initiatives is in North Wales where I live!”

Bamford Doors
Bamford Doors specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of Secured by Design communal solutions, meeting the needs of local authorities, housing associations, builders, private landlords, schools, student accommodation and other public and private sector buildings.

Entrotec are trusted pioneers and leading manufacturers of door entry solutions in UK residential and commercial markets. They are renowned for manufacturing and supplying high quality audio and video vandal resistant door entry, concierge systems and proximity access control systems. Established in 1987 Entrotec have significant experience designing and bringing to market innovative systems tailored to client specific requirements to ensure the security of their property, their people and their communities.

Key Management Systems Ltd (KMS) are the UK’s leading supplier of residential access control products and services, predominantly supplying the social housing sector (Local Authorities, Housing Associations etc) and Private Landlords. The SimpleKey Web system is a unique and innovative access control solution for all multi-user residences with instant fob administration from any web enabled device.

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