London’s Iconic Lighthouse Building – From mysterious past to bright future

Once on the Historic England’s unsafe register, the Grade II Listed Lighthouse building has been sensitively renovated into a warm and peaceful office and retail space with the support of Selectaglaze.

Adjacent to Kings Cross, sits the iconic Flat-Iron Lighthouse building. Records on when it was built are lost, but indications are that it was between 1875 and 1884.

Having lain derelict for over 20 years, UK Real Estate took on the challenge of revitalising the Lighthouse building into office and retail space and appointed Balfour Beatty as its main contractor. With two underground tunnels running underneath; the building’s restoration had to be carefully managed, confronting the issues of noise and vibrations.

The solution was to isolate all internal fixtures and fittings by inserting elastomeric bearing pads at all points of contact with the external structure. Secondary glazing was essential to this solution. As an independent internal window system, it allows the full sealing of the internal envelope.

Selectaglaze is the leading expert in the design, manufacture and installation of secondary glazing, working on a variety of building types.  Selectaglaze recommended 8mm toughened glass, glazed to Series 25 and Series 90 vertical sliders and Series 41 lift out units, suiting the style and sightlines of the primary window. Selectaglaze installed a total of 83 bespoke units.

When there is a cavity of at least 100mm between the primary and secondary glazing a reduction of 45dB is attainable. Furthermore, with the use of high performance twin seals, it eradicates unwanted drafts and a U-value of 1.8 is possible.

Selectaglaze units are fully reversible, so most heritage bodies accept it’s use on Listed buildings.

Established in 1966 and Royal Warrant Holder since 2004, Selectaglaze is the leading designer, manufacturer and installer of secondary glazing.

For further information, please contact Selectaglaze on 01727 837271/e mail: or visit:


DePuy Synthes calls upon Boon Edam to revamp UK head office

The DePuy Synthes Companies, part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, required an entrance refurbishment. With visitors coming from around the world, the reception area needed to better reflect the prestigious nature of the company. Boon Edam, a global market leader in entry solutions was appointed to provide a future proof product customised to the buildings requirements.

The refurbishment project to the 1970’s site in Leeds, had the aim of modernising the look of the building’s reception area, whilst providing enhanced security. With the door installation being the main design feature for the new reception, Boon Edam’s 140 years’ experience meant it was best placed to provide support throughout every stage of the project; from advising on the design and specification, to project management and installation.

Following consideration of the building’s requirements Boon Edam suggested and installed its most versatile entry solution; a full automatic Tourniket Revolving Door, with a security system and collapsible doorset. The Tourlock 360N security function has an electromagnetic lock which is engaged when the door is parked. Once activated, overhead anti-entrapment sensors scan the door compartments for the presence of a user and stop in the rest position upon the user’s exit, engaging the electric locks.

The collapsible leaves were added to the door specification as there is no pass door. Therefore, the Tourniket can be manually folded to increase the width, should it be required for large deliveries, disabled access or to allow for a high capacity throughput in the event of an emergency.

This entrance solution features two modes available via the Tourniket’s control panel, for automatic operation of the door. Day mode is activated via infra-red detectors, providing ease of use and automatic parking of the door. Night mode activates access from an external control system or a push button located internally; the doors begin rotating for 180 degrees to allow one authorised user to enter the building before returning to a stationary position.

The entrance formerly featured sliding doors which had made the area dark and unhospitable. Following the installation of Boon Edam’s Tourniket revolving door in a stainless-steel finish to further enhance the look of the entrance, the reception area was transformed to a light welcoming area. This solution also helps to prevent draft, dust and noise entering the building; as well as reducing the cold in the area, leading to increased building envelope efficiency.

Geoff Firth, Boon Edam’s Area Specification Manager commented, “We are delighted to have provided a solution for DePuy Synthes. The Tourniket revolving door is a versatile option for any building requiring a bespoke solution, and the objectives were effectively met in terms of sustainability, service and security requirements.”

DePuy Synthes has been committed to transforming the lives of patients worldwide since the 19th century and offers the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of orthopaedic and neuro products and services. The company offers products, services, programs and research and development capabilities for the advancement of healthcare.

About Boon Edam Ltd

With work environments becoming increasingly global and dynamic, the smart, safe entry has become the centre of activity in and around many buildings. Boon Edam is a global market leader in reliable entry solutions. We are the UK subsidiary of Royal Boon Edam International BV, a global market leader in entry solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, with 140 years of experience in engineering quality, we have gained extensive expertise in managing the transit of people through office buildings, airports, healthcare facilities, hotels and many other types of buildings. We are focussed on providing an optimal, sustainable experience for our clients and their clients. By working together with you, our client, we help determine the exact requirements for the entry point in and around your building and develop a solution that is customised for you in three key areas: sustainability, security and service. You can find more news about Boon Edam on


Union secure repeat orders from Lidl

Union Industries, the Great British manufacturer, has been working overtime to complete a series of installations for the German discounter, Lidl UK, which will help transform operations at one of the grocer’s largest multi-temperature warehouses.

Lidl, a long-standing client of Union Industries, has invested in four new high speed doors for its Kent-based site that will facilitate significant efficiency gains.

Three Ramdoors and one Bulldoor have been used to replace four existing doors at the warehouse which were supplied by one of Union’s competitors when the distribution centre was built in 2014. The original doors frequently required costly new parts, mainly as a result of impact damage by forklift & ride-on ped trucks. The new Union rapid roll doors will drastically reduce the downtime that Lidl experienced with the previous doors, which was caused by excessive lead times for parts and repair.

Union Industries’ doors have an excellent reputation in retail distribution for very high traffic use openings between various temperature controlled zones. The robust construction of the doors, coupled with Union’s ability to deliver exceptional after-sales service has been key to its success in securing contracts with multinational companies such as Lidl. Alternative suppliers in the industry tend to be agents and distributors rather than OEM manufacturers so cannot match the speed at which Union can react to customers’ requirements.

A team of Union’s highly trained technicians carried out the installations in a way that caused as little disruption as possible to Lidl’s operation, which involved working throughout the weekends and on evenings, when traffic in the warehouse was at its lowest.

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

Both door models are also covered by Union’s Lifetime Warranty Scheme, which was introduced several years ago. This cover not only provides an extensive guarantee but also includes service visits from Union’s highly trained technicians as required. Lidl saw the benefits of the Lifetime Warranty from day one and so have agreements in place for Union doors on their all warehouses in the UK.

Henry Patterson, Technical Sales Engineer for the South at Union Industries, said: “Businesses operating in industry are recognising the importance of investing in a high quality product, which is complemented by a responsive after-sales service.

“Too often cheaper imported doors, which are not durable, are used at warehouses and end up leading to spiralling costs. On the other hand, Union Industries’ doors can complete thousands of cycles without any maintenance and so should be seen as a long-term investment.”

Stacy Copley, Head of Logistics for Lidl UK in Northfleet, said: “Having reliable rapid rise doors between our temperature controlled rooms is important; however, having even better after-sales service support is our main priority as it ensures a fast response time on any repairs required that could affect our cold chain.

“We previously had to pay for regular call-outs, repairs, parts and maintenance of the doors we used, but since we invested in Union’s high quality doors with their brilliant warranty scheme, these problems have gone away.”

Picture shows: Stacy Copley, Head of Logistics for Lidl UK in Northfleet and Henry Patterson, Technical Sales Engineer for the South at Union Industries


GEZE UK achieves top industry accreditation

The UK’s leading door and window control system manufacturer, GEZE UK has received the highest level of accreditation from one of the world’s leading supply-chain management companies.

GEZE has passed a rigorous assessment process to achieve level five of the Achilles Building Confidence accreditation to supply the building and construction sectors.

Achilles is a global organisation that qualifies, evaluates and monitors suppliers on behalf of some of the world’s largest corporations. To reach the coveted standard, GEZE had to undertake an extensive pre-qualification questionnaire, followed by a robust two-day compliance and audit process.

The Achilles assessment examines every aspect of GEZE’s business from its products, services, research and development, regions of supply and subcontracting to personnel, legal, financial, health and safety, environment, social and ethical policies. The standard is reassessed annually.

Achieving Achilles Building Confidence accreditation demonstrates an across-the-board commitment to high standards throughout the business, giving organisations that use the service confidence in their suppliers.

“We are committed to delivering the highest levels of quality and service and as such take every aspect of our business extremely seriously, so are delighted to have achieved Achilles level five Building Confidence accreditation,” commented Steve Marshall , service director of GEZE UK.

“Thanks to the stringent assessment process we have undergone to achieve Achilles level five status, our customers and potential customers can be confident that we can meet their specific requirements and deliver to a standard of service that is second to none.”

For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of door and window control systems call 01543 443000 or visit