Bryans Salads blown away by Union Industries’ efficiency

Union Industries has wasted no time in helping Lancashire-based Bryans Salads to improve access to its food production facility via an external opening exposed to the elements.

After receiving a call from Bryans Salads, Union Industries visited its site the very same day and provided a quotation for the installation of a Rapid Roll Door. Within a month, Union had installed its market-leading Bulldoor High Speed Door, complete with features such as radar infra-red activation, safety light curtain and photocells.

Union’s fast acting door replaces an inefficient and unreliable door manufactured by an overseas competitor, which was difficult to maintain due to limited access to replacement parts.

The 3.3m wide x 3.0m high Bulldoor, which opens automatically at approximately 1.6m per second, is ideal for external openings subject to moderate wind loads. It is widely used in many different applications across a range of industries and is capable of completing well over a million cycles each year.

The door at Bryans features a partial grade 304 stainless steel finish that consists of side guides, foot plate plinths and control panel enclosure. This upgrade in specification has proven to be popular within the food industry in moderate wash-down areas.

In common with the other doors in the range, the Bulldoor also features Union’s highly-regarded ‘Crash-Out’ and ‘Auto-Reset’ damage protection facility, which ensures the door remains operable if the heavy duty steel composite bottom beam is hit by a vehicle.

Bryans Salads grows a large proportion of its salad and vegetables in Tarleton near Preston, Lancashire. It has more than 40 full-time staff and provides additional employment for nearly 100 people in busy harvest periods. Its production facility is equipped with state of the art washing, mixing and bagging machinery, which are housed in a temperature controlled environment.

Neil Irwin, Technical Sales Engineer at Union Industries, said: “The Bulldoor has earned itself a reputation second to none in the food processing industry. Its durability, reliability, and in this case partial stainless steel finish will ensure it provides good service for many years to come.

“The robust manufacture, coupled with the speedy opening of the door makes it an ideal solution for companies operating in exposed locations where reducing the effects of cold wind is important to productivity and employee comfort.”

Sally Storey, Technical Manager at Bryans Salads, said: “I’ve been extremely impressed with the quality of Union’s Bulldoor. The high standard of the product has however been matched, if not bettered, by the customer service displayed before, during and after the installation.

“We initially called Union regarding a quote and to my surprise, Neil paid us a visit that same day. I’ve been well informed of the progress throughout since then and would recommend the company & its doors without a second thought.”


Reynaers CS 86-HI windows and doors system gets an upgrade

Reynaers multi-chamber, high insulation aluminium doors and aluminium window system CS 86-HI is now able to accommodate larger glass panes, including triple glazing and pivoting window options.

A special modification to CS 86 now allows the installation of glazing panels from the outside, avoiding the need to transport glass through buildings. The development also allows the use of larger and heavier glazed panels, including triple glazing up to 500kg, offering greater flexibility in terms of both design and installation.

Pivoting openers with hinges fully integrated into the profiles have also been introduced. Depending on the position of the hinges, the pivot window can be supplied with a horizontal axis (max. 200kg), or a vertical axis (max. 160kg). The new system helps create a more flexible building design, allowing glass panes up to a maximum height of 2500mm.

Used extensively on energy efficient and BREEAM rated buildings, Reynaers CS 86-HI aluminium windows and doors incorporate a unique insulation that ensures extreme stability and enhanced water and air tightness. The performance of the system for air and water tightness has subsequently been upgraded to 300 Pa.

Several of the CS 86-HI window and door configurations achieve the Minergie® and Minergie-P® component labels, which corresponds to Passivhaus standards of a Uw value of ≤0.8 W/m2K. When it comes to safety, variants of CS 86 are also compliant with the Secured by Design initiative offering optimum levels of security and performance.

Marketing Manager at Reynaers Rebecca Cope said: “Not only do we try to reduce the company’s energy consumption and its emissions of greenhouse gases with our architectural glazing; we also contribute to limiting the energy consumption of new and existing buildings through the development of energy-efficient windows and doors. The overall insulation value of the system’s HI+ variant makes it one of the most energy efficient systems available.”

Further details are available from: Reynaers Limited, Tel: 0121 421 1999, or email:, website:


The Victorian Grade II Listed ‘Elephant House’

Elephant House, built in 1890-1901, was a bottle store for Camden Brewery which was in the adjacent building until 1925.

Due to the special architectural interest of the Elephant House, this Victorian Building was granted Grade II Listing in 2009. It is a rare example of an industrial complex found in inner-city London as well as being sited alongside the city’s early Regent’s Canal.

In 2013 Hawkins\Brown was commissioned to draw up plans to change the use of the building to accommodate offices. In such an old building, with the addition of the heritage Listing, the project needed to be carefully considered.

The original single glazed windows, which could not be replaced presented a problem as they were draughty and did little to combat noise from the busy roads outside. Technical advice was sought from Selectaglaze to help work out a solution using bespoke designed Secondary Glazing.

A total of 8 windows were treated with two different styles of openings from their heritage range, which is readily accepted by English Heritage for use in Listed Buildings. A single hinged panel with a curved head was used in most of the openings, which mimics the original and allows access to the primary window. The discreet frames created a flawless look and achieved the desired benefits, without compromising the beauty of the original Victorian windows.

Lift-outs had to be used in two of the areas due to a lower ceiling level, which caused an obstruction when the window furniture was mounted. Blinds were cited at the top of the window just cutting access to the arched head. Therefore, the hinged casement would not have been able to open, so the use of a lift-out provided the benefits required from the secondary and also meant the primary window could be accessed for cleaning.

Established in 1966 and granted the Royal Warrant in 2004 Selectaglaze are the secondary glazing specialists.

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An open and shut case for in situ testing

Door hardware specialist HOPPE UK is urging ironmongers, contractors and architects to fully consider the real-life door conditions before specifying door closers. HOPPE UK’s Jason Tonks explains:

There are many closers on the market which have been successfully tested to BS 8300 with full third party accreditation but which, when fitted in a real life application, simply do not work effectively. These tests are carried out in controlled “laboratory” conditions with no seals, steady air pressure, appropriate hinges etc. So that when it is fitted on a real door, its performance may not truly reflect the test evidence.

AS well as these factors, there are other factors on site which can affect the operation of a door not least of which is fitting, not to mention the weight and, critically, the width of the door. A narrow flat entrance door might prove to be almost impossible to open with the wrong closer, especially for older and disabled users.

Using ball bearing hinges will add 2-4N/m t the opening force, seals another 4-12N/m. Any friction within the closer caused by poor installation will add yet more. Air pressure at the end of corridors or the top of stairs can have a considerable impact on the efficiency and efficacy of a closer. One of the most common mistakes is that, when air pressure is preventing the door from latching, users tend to turn the power up with the idea that this will give the closer more oomph to achieve a consistent latch. This is, in fact, the opposite of what should be done. The power of the closer should actually be turned down to allow air to escape through the doorway before the latching action kicks in.

When we receive a call from a customer who believes that a closer is not achieving its advertised opening force we inspect the closer on site. First we check first whether the closer has been fitted correctly and then we examine hinges, seals and the rest of the door’s hardware. Invariably we find that the closer has not been tested with this whole package.

The answer, of course, is to test the closer in situ. At HOPPE we are pleased to offer onsite samples to ensure that the closer plus a full technical back up service to advise on the best product to use for an individual application. For example it be more appropriate to fit an asymmetric rack and pinion closer like the ARRONE 8300 which is perfect for use on   high frequency doors such as in hospitals, nursing homes, surgeries schools along with other commercial applications where style finish and performance are required.

All ARRONE door closers are built to last and engineered to perform. Manufactured to conform with all quality and performance standards in ISO 9001 factories, there is an ARRONE door control to suit any door – either new build or retrofit. As well as traditional overhead closers, the ARRONE range also features concealed overhead closers, floor springs and Dorgard fire safety devices.

Founded in 1988 HOPPE (UK) Ltd is a market leader in the field of door and window hardware. Based in Wolverhampton, where it operates from a purpose built state-of-the-art distribution centre, HOPPE UK is committed to serving customers with pride. HOPPE’s products have been tested to meet the latest European and British standards, offering quality and innovation to all sectors of the market. The company is part of the family-owned HOPPE group with manufacturing plants across Europe and North America and more than 3000 employees.


Multi award-winning academy featuring Technal facade products wins another award


The widely-acclaimed Pegasus Academy at Whitehorse Manor in Surrey, which was designed by Hayhurst & Co and features a series of architectural aluminium glazing systems from Technal, has won another award for architecture and design.

The two-phase project, which has remodelled and expanded Whitehorse Manor Junior and Infant Schools to create an inspiring academy, has now been recognised with a Civic Trust Award 2015. This follows an RIBA Award (London category), the Schools Award in the AJ Retrofit Awards, Best Public Sector Interior at the FX International Interior Design Awards, and the scheme was shortlisted in the New London Awards.

The school’s innovative design brings together a fragmented site with a series of extensions that thread new teaching spaces through a complex fabric of early 20th century buildings. The expansion includes a new nursery, six new classrooms, an enlarged hall, and a new entrance and administrative areas that link the two existing buildings.

Technal’s façade systems were specified for both phases of the project and used throughout.

GEODE-MX Visible Grid curtain walling features on all elevations, including the roof glazing above the new entrance and with Technal’s casement window inserts for natural ventilation in both tilt/turn and top hung configurations.


Fixed light windows were installed in varying sizes into the building’s striking gold shingle cladding and into the nursery’s distinctive pitched roof which echoes the Victorian dormer windows to the infant hall. Ribbon glazing created from the same aluminium window system wraps around the nursery, set into curtain walling, to fill the rooms with natural light.

Sloped glazing was constructed from the GEODE-MX system for the stairways and involved complex detailing to the corner edges to meet the project’s stringent design requirements. Technal also supplied casement door systems in manual and automatic configurations, for the main entrance installed into curtain walling and to provide access to the courtyard, nursery and the play deck for the nursery at first floor level.

Commenting on the project, Nick Hayhurst, Director at architects Hayhurst & Co, said, “This was a complex façade project with some challenging geometry, such as angled ribbon glazing and long areas of continuous glazing at ground and first floor levels.”

“We had previously specified Technal’s products for our award-winning Hayes Primary School project in Croydon and were really pleased with the result. This meant we had no hesitation in specifying their systems again for both phases of the Pegasus Academy scheme.   We used a combination of floor-to-ceiling glazing and individual windows to bridge the ground and first floors. We are very happy with the finished building which has received national acclaim and would definitely use Technal again for future projects.”

All Technal’s façade systems were fabricated and installed by Everglade Windows and were finished in a dark green polyester powder coating with clear toughened glass units.

Technal has recently launched its most innovative casement window system to date, which has a host of technical advancements. The SOLEAL window has exceptional security, thermal, acoustic and weather performance, and unparalleled aesthetics from one single system that is available in numerous configurations.   The new system uses a 65mm deep profile and common components to give architects and contractors the benefit of an extensive choice of construction options combined with ease of specification and maximum efficiency in manufacturing.

The SOLEAL window can be specified in two distinctive casement styles – a stylish ‘visible’ opening frame with an infill up to 52mm for a contemporary finish, or a patented ‘minimalist’ opening frame with slim, subtle sight lines that reduce the visible aluminium and a glazing infill of up to 42mm.   Applications include education and healthcare buildings, apartments, office schemes, retail developments, sports centres, and custodial facilities.

For further information about the new SOLEAL casement window and other Technal façade products, call 01924 232323, email or visit


GEZE UK appointed to maintain a swift entrance

The UK’s leading manufacturer of door and window control systems, GEZE UK, has secured a service contract for ‘Britain’s Greatest Palace’.

The company has been awarded the contract to keep the automatic doors at Blenheim Palace’s new café and shop operating smoothly.

GEZE installed a pair of automatic sliding glass doors with Slimdrive SL operators at the main entrance to the visitor centre. Part of the Slimdrive range, the SL is almost invisible in elevation thanks to its extremely slim design and a drive unit height of just 7cm. It is an intelligent automatic door operator, which makes it perfect for high traffic areas where opening and closing a door manually would not be appropriate.

When the Slimdrive SL was approaching the end of its warranty period, the company’s team of experienced engineers provided a free-of-charge maintenance check – and won the maintenance contract on the spot.

Regular servicing is essential to ensure the longevity of an automatic door.   During each service, the engineers clean, assess and replace any moving parts and check the doors are not only operating correctly, but comply with the latest health and safety regulations. They then adjust the sensors accordingly to ensure the doors continue to open and close correctly.

Clive Wilkins, Construction Manager, at Blenheim Palace commented: “With in excess of 400,000 people using the entrance each year, it is essential to keep our doors up and running through planned maintenance.

“We were impressed by GEZE’s service and by the fact that they have regionally based engineers. This means that they can respond quickly should the doors ever develop an operating problem, which is essential for a visitor attraction as popular as Blenheim Palace.”

Steve Marshall, service director at GEZE UK added: “We are delighted to be able to support Blenheim Palace by providing the maintenance needed on the doors to the visitor centre.

“Preventative maintenance is essential to help cut the possibility of failure and extend the life of automatic doors, as well as ensuring that they work safely allowing visitors to enter and exit a visitor attraction quickly and easily.”

For more information about GEZE UK’s maintenance service or the Slimdrive SL automatic door system call 01543 443000 or visit




Colourful hardware scheme for Welsh care home

A newly refurbished care home near Abergavenny features nylon door hardware from HOPPE UK to great effect. Different coloured hardware has been used on each floor of the Glaslyn Retirement Home to help residents orientate themselves. The hardware schedule was put together in response to a tight brief to help keep residents safe and secure.

The HOPPE hardware was scheduled by architectural ironmongers Price and Oliver, working in closely with architect Roger Field at local practice FTAA. As part of the refurbishment of the home and the construction of a new extension, HOPPE nylon pull handles, kick and finger plates plus door stops and escutcheons were fitted on more than one hundred doors.

Robin Chatwin of Price and Oliver explains the thinking behind the hardware schedule. “We selected a different colour from the HOPPE nylon hardware range for each floor of the home to help the residents, many of whom have dementia, to find their way around more easily.” He continues “We wanted to give a feel that wasn’t too institutional but which met all of the myriad regulations and the client’s high specification for performance and safety.”

HOPPE’s Paris range handles in a variety of colours were selected as they comply with all of the dimensional requirements of BS8300 with a return to door design. The handles have a 21mm steel core and, as such have been successfully tested to BS EN1634 Part1 for 30 and 60 minutes timber fire doors.

Another important feature of the scheme is the use of HOPPE escape locks on the residents’ rooms. It was important for residents to be able to get out of their rooms quickly and easily in the event of fire,” says Robin Chatwin. “Using ARRONE AR915 escape locks from HOPPE with a compatible lever handles meant that we had a compete complete CE Marked Lockset to comply with regulations and which are so easy to use as the handle overrides the deadbolt and latch.”

Founded in 1988 HOPPE (UK) Ltd is a market leader in the field of door and window hardware. Based in Wolverhampton, where it operates from a purpose built state-of-the-art distribution centre, HOPPE UK is committed to serving customers with pride. HOPPE’s products have been tested to meet the latest European and British standards, offering quality and innovation to all sectors of the market. The company is part of the family-owned HOPPE group with manufacturing plants across Europe and North America and more than 3000 employees.



Astra closers to the fore!

Hundreds of Astra 3000 Series door closers have helped make newly refurbished homes in London’s Enfield safe and practical for tenants. New flat entrance doors, supplied by PDS Ltd are part of a major facelift and improvements at Fore Street Estate in Edmonton by ALMO Enfield Homes. The closers were selected for their ability to close these fire-rated doors efficiently while at the same time being unobtrusive, hard wearing and reliable. In addition, there is a closer in the 3000 Series for any size of door – no matter how narrow – making the doors eminently usable for tenants, no matter how able.

The upgrade of the flats on the Fore Street Estate has included the installation of new gas boilers, double glazed windows, and a new insulated roof and walls. Enfield Homes also took the opportunity to re-decorate the block internally and externally, including fitting Secured by Design Accredited flat entrance doors from PDS featuring the Astra 3000 Series concealed closers.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the FSO) came into force in October 2006 and brought the common parts of blocks of flats within the scope of mainstream fire safety legislation for the first time. Since flat entrance doors are critical to the safety of the common parts in the event of a fire within a flat, the FSO requires them to be fire-resisting and self-closing.

The 3000 series of concealed door closers from Astra is manufactured in the UK, in four different power sizes with adjustable closing speed and latching action for different size and weights of doors. In the case of the Fore Street Estate, 3001 (Size 1) and 3002 (size 2) Astra closers were specified to give the perfect combination of ease of use by residents with reliable closing and latching on narrow entrance doors where a Size 3 closer would have made the door too “heavy” and unusable by tenants.

“There are lots of reasons why we chose the Astra 300 series concealed closers on this project,” says Paul Goggins from PDS. “First of all they need to close the door efficiently but in a controlled manner which the Astra closers do reliably, every time. Astra concealed closers are much more discrete than overhead closers which can look rather institutional. As an extra bonus, these Series 3000 closers can’t be tampered with so they remain safe in use.”

PDS offers the unique service of factory prepping the door to accept the Astra closer on site. “This saves time and hassle for the contractor and means that the closers are fitted right first time every time,” says Paul Goggins.

The Astra closer have distinct space saving advantages over overhead closers too. “It is often the case with entrance doors to flats, that they cannot open much beyond 90 degrees, making it impractical to fit an overhead closer to the inside. Because Astra’s closers are tucked on the hinge edge, they take up no additional space,” says Paul Goggins.

The quality design and build of the Astra 3000 Series closers makes them perfect for applications like this Enfield House project. Unlike other concealed closers on the market, the Astra 3000 series is fully controlled and adjustable, making it a really viable alternative to overhead products at a sensible price. This adjustability helps specifiers to achieve doors which comply with the Equality Act 2010, Building Regs and PAS 24 for entrance doors and the RRO for fire doors.

Astra is well known for its door closer range including the popular Gibraltar range. The Lancashire-based company can demonstrate many years experience in the sector and carries out all of its own R&D in-house. It exports its British door closers all across the globe via a network of distributors and partner companies. Tel: 01772 796901


Selectaglaze takes on a Titan

“Atlas House”, 1 King Street is an impressive Grade II Listed building located on the corner of Cheapside and King Street in the heart of the City of London.

The building partly dates back to 1842 but has undergone a number of additions and renovations. TateHindle has designed the latest refurbishment, bringing the building up to the highest modern standards for office use.

The building has a classic façade with traditional sash windows, an important and attractive feature that could not be changed. However the original windows are thermally inefficient, draughty and incapable of dealing with the high noise levels, so not suited to present day needs. The solution was to install secondary glazing. An independent internal window frame set with a cavity of 100mm ensures that the two glass panes are acoustically decoupled, generally reducing noise levels by 45dB. The frame also traps an insulating layer of air between the windows and, together with efficient seals that minimise air leakage, markedly reduces heat loss.

TateHindle approached Selectaglaze, the UK’s leading designer of secondary glazing systems for advice and assistance as the latter has considerable experience of working within Listed buildings and has full laboratory test reports for noise attenuation capabilities. The solution was a hinged casement set with a cavity of 150mm. Twin compression seals minimise acoustic loss and colour matched flush hinges and flush locks ensure that the windows are discrete and unobtrusive. Full sized hinged casements were used wherever possible but in locations with lowered ceilings a high level fixed panel was introduced to allow the casement to clear. A total of 165 windows were treated.

Founded in 1966, Royal Warrant holder Selectaglaze is a specialist in the application of secondary glazing within buildings of all styles.

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Loddon’s Flood Doors Pass BRE Flood Test

Loddon Door Services Limited based near Reading have been supplying bespoke steel doors to utility companies for many years to address not only fire protection (up to 6 hours on single doors) and security issues but also those arising from floods. In July of 2014 a double door version of the Loddon Flood Door was tested to PAS 1188-1 for flood resistance by the BRE at their facility at Garston.

The floods of last winter were not a unique, once in a lifetime event. Since 2007 insurance claims for flood damage in the UK are estimated to be over £3 billion pounds. Many insurance companies are now starting to offer flood cover based on the actual level of risk. This is focussing attention on flood protection products and the standards that assess them. One of the foremost of these is PAS 1188-1 which refers to Building Aperture products and was developed in 2009. Among other things it provides test methods for evaluating the effectiveness of doors to withstand a static head of water at 3 depths up to 1460mm which is close to 5ft.

The Loddon Flood Door consists of a powder coated modified fire rated metal door with a bespoke flashing and seals to suit the structural opening. The door is fitted with a Von Duprin 9957 3-point panic bar that provides both security and access control.

Testing was conducted at 3 depths and assessed against a maximum allowable leakage of 7.1 litres per hour. At a depth of 487mm the actual leakage was only 0.24 litres per hour. At 973mm it was only 0.49 litres and at the full depth of 1460mm it was still only 0.58 litres per hour. The BRE declared the doors had passed the test using the criteria in place at the time, however, in a fast moving world PAS 1188 has already been updated to reduce the allowed leakage levels by half. The Loddon Flood doors still achieved the new more demanding requirements with ease.

A PAS is a Publicly Available Specification. This is a sponsored fast-track standard driven by the needs of the client organizations and developed according to guidelines set out by BSI. Key stakeholders are brought together to collaboratively produce a BSI-endorsed PAS that has all the functionality of a British Standard for the purposes of creating management systems, product benchmarks and codes of practice.

Numerous utility premises, including electricity sub-stations, have been fitted with Loddon’s commercial steel door solutions to protect against floods and fires as well as providing security and access control for the end user and enabling vital utility services to continue to operate in even in the most adverse conditions.

For further information contact Loddon Door Services Limited on 0118 934 4034, visit or email