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NEOS Protect praises SBD for giving it ‘key market focus’ to secure properties

A company specialising in the design, manufacture and installation of an extensive range of access controlled communal entrance doors and glazed screens for the housing, education and commercial sectors, has renewed its membership with Secured by Design (SBD), the official police security initiative.

Based in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NEOS Protect Limited meets all the mandatory security requirements for communal entrance doorsets contained in Approved Document Q (ADQ) of the Building Regulations 2010, which became effective in England in October 2015.

NEOS Protect has nine products that have been accredited by SBD, which requires that doors are not only tested by the manufacturer, but also have been certified by a certification body approved by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) – and therefore exceed the requirements of ADQ.

The company was further endorsed in May 2017 by LHC, a central purchasing body for all local authorities, housing associations and other public sector bodies funded by public finance throughout England and Wales, with a four year ‘Framework Award’ as the sole supplier of Mild Steel Communal Doorsets for England and Wales.

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Contractors the company has worked with include Barratt Homes, Berkeley Homes, Countryside Properties plc, Crest Nicholson, Keepmoat plc, KIER Services, Quadrant Construction and Wates.

Housing association projects have included working with East Thames, Glasgow HA, Hereford Housing, L&Q Group, McCarthy and Stone, Places for People, and Swan New Homes.

In addition, building relationships with door entry and access control installers as well as curtain walling and façade companies, has led to NEOS working directly for these companies to provide a complete entry and access solutions package for a number of clients.

Projects have included new developments of:
-53 apartments in a single block, which is part of the Nine Elms urban regeneration near the new American Embassy between Vauxhall and Battersea. NEOS supplied all external main entrance doors which included undergoing tests to provide fully compliant, fully glazed, inward opening access controlled main entrance doors in line with SBD requirements. (See photo below).

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-400 homes for sale, rent and shared ownership on an East Thames Housing, brownfield riverside development at New Union Wharf, Isle of Dogs, London. NEOS was awarded the contract to provide all the external main entrance doors, including the fire performance internal lobby doors. (See photo below).

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-1,176 homes on a seven acre, multi-phased, brownfield site development at Aberfeldy New Village, Tower Hamlets, London, to include shops, healthcare and community facilities. NEOS is providing all external main entrance doors as well as door automation and fire performance internal lobby doors where specified. (See photo below).

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-386 apartments as part of a regeneration of an industrial site at Stoke Quay, Ipswich overlooking the marina. NEOS provided all external main entrance doors, common doors, fire resistant underground carpark doors plus fire and non-fire compartmental landing doors throughout the estate.

Kirsty Thomas, National Sales Manager at NEOS, said: “At NEOS, we believe we have a unique portfolio of security doors and screens and we owe a large debt of gratitude to the SBD scheme in securing our place in the market.

“The SBD scheme enabled us to focus on our key market, and it has led us to continually develop our product, thereby giving our clients greater choice and quality when specifying security doors.

“In the post-Grenfell world, we are adding fire certification to our range of doors. This dual certification of Certisecure and Certifire will give us an even greater advantage, securing more properties, and securing jobs into the future.”

National SBD Manager, Kenny McHugh, said: “NEOS Protect is a highly valued member company committed to incorporating security into a wide range of building types in a number of key sectors. I am delighted that they are continuing their membership with us. Their mission statement says the company is ‘dedicated to the protection of lives’. That’s great for us, but more importantly, that’s a very strong message and benefit for their customers.”

SBD Senior Technical Officer, Alfie Hosker, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Kirsty and her Team at NEOS have continued their SBD membership with us. They have been great advocates of the UK Police Service flagship crime prevention initiative for years and I look forward to this continuing for years to come.”
Specific SBD requirements for access control and additional requirements for buildings containing multiple dwellings are included in SBD’s Design Guide ‘Homes 2019, Version 2, March 2019’.

For details of the LHC Award:

Further details of ADQ:

For details of SBD accredited NEOS Protect products visit:

Kirsty Thomas
NEOS Protect Ltd
Tel: 0191 438 0226