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News - May 2017

Closing the door on traditional products

Closing the door on traditional products

Door-closing solutions have been specified that echo the stylish design of a new care home in Dunstable.

dormakaba has provided a range of free-swing door closers and low-energy operators to help ensure ease of access and to comply with fire regulations at the new Priory View independent living development.

Specified by Aspex UK, the products were chosen as they offer a better aesthetic than standard options.

Designed by Kyle Smart Associates, and constructed by Galliford Try, the development is located in Church Street close to Dunstable Town Centre.

It consists of 83 apartments for people aged 55 and over who may need some support to remain independent.

The facility, nominated in the Top 60 Development Awards for 2016, is open to both residents and the public and has been designed to create a sense of community, providing assistive technology and stylish, adaptable accommodation for individuals and couples along with landscaped gardens, a restaurant, cafe, hair and beauty salon, and a therapy suite.

Commissioned and operated by Central Bedfordshire Council; the high-performance door closers and operators were chosen to strike the right balance between privacy and independence, while complying with the necessary fire regulations, Approved Document M, and the legal duties outlined within the Equality Act.

As such, TS99 electromagnetic free-swing closers from dormakaba were chosen for all 83 apartment entry doors.

Linked to the fire alarm system, they provide a free-swing function from a door opening angle of >0°, which allows the door to operate without the resistance of a door closer.

This means the door can be left open at any angle during normal use.

Upon activation of the fire alarm, or a power cut, the door closer is engaged, closing the door to prevent the spread of smoke or fire.

Free swing is a popular solution for individual room access within hospitals, homes, or residential care situations where the door is not on a circulation route.

For all general interior doors, dormakaba’s TS92 door closers were installed.

Featuring a unique cam action mechanism, the door closers offer high-efficiency, adjustable power and ease of operation while providing full and secure closing of the door to help meet both fire and accessibility requirements.

And, for the doors within circulation areas, ED 100 Low-Energy swing door operators were specified with IRS safety sensors to ensure on-demand assistance for the most-vulnerable users.

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