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How ASSA ABLOY achieved bespoke safety and security for two very different buildings

A Secured by Design (SBD) member company delivered bespoke solutions for two very different projects – one for an upgrade to a children’s nursery for the Royal Air Force and another for a huge retail and office development in central London.

The contracts were awarded to Project Specification Group, a unit of ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland, which supports architects, property developers and design-led contractors at each stage during a project.

At RAF Benson in Oxfordshire, Project Specification Group specified a series of door opening solutions for an extension to an existing nursery building to allow for more than 100 children.

The specification demanded products that were fully compliant and tailored to the needs of young children to deliver assured access and safety. These products included door closers, which require low opening forces but close to satisfy fire legislation, finger guards on doors to protect against trapped fingers and thumb locks on toilet doors installed at lower heights.

David Shields, National Specification Manager at Project Specification Group, explained: “The plans for the build were incredibly multi-faceted, but as we have access to such a wide range of products, we were able to adapt and supply a bespoke specification.

“On a project like this, it’s not only about the products but also the added value that the team can provide, such as performance guarantees, door scheduling and understanding of the building’s on-going use.”

Project Specification Group worked in partnership with designers Frankham Consultancy Group and contractors Antac.

Pix 3 ASSA ABLOY PSG RAF Benson nursery

At the 16-storey, commercial development at One New Street Square near Farringdon Station, Project Specification Group delivered a bespoke range of 204 complete doorset solutions from across the ASSA ABLOY portfolio worth £345,000.

Working closely with Robin Partington Architects and principal contractor, Skanska, these products included high-security steel doors, architectural ironmongery and a range of door closers. The building aimed to achieve BREEAM’s ‘Excellent’ environmental standard using sustainable building methods throughout construction.

Pix 1 ASSA ABLOY One New St Square web

Project Specification Group’s David Shields said they worked closely with partners to recommend the most suitable solutions for each aspect of the building to combine the highest security with premium aesthetics.

“As the building aimed to secure a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, it was important to the client that we had a good understanding of how to integrate our products and still meet the requirements of an energy efficient building.”

Pix 2 ASSA ABLOY One New St Square web

Hazel Goss, Development Officer, SBD, said: “These examples show how ASSA ABLOY is working with its partners to deliver specifications to be fit for purpose for specific developments.

“With RAF Benson, it was all about putting the needs of children first so they can move about safely and easily. At the Farringdon development, it was about bringing together security, aesthetics and delivering energy efficiencies. These are two excellent projects,” added Hazel.

In August, SBD carried a news story on its website reporting how the Door Group, a unit of ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland, had supplied and installed security doors for London Underground stations including London Bridge, Bond Street, King’s Cross and Victoria as well as at Crossrail’s Elizabeth line stations at Canary Wharf, Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Woolwich and Custom House – and at other sites along the route. This story can be viewed here:

ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland, Project Specification Group:
Project Specification Group, a unit of ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland, supports architects, property developers and design-led contractors at every stage of a building project. Working across all major vertical sectors, Project Specification Group has a tailored range of solutions, combined with design capability and market knowledge to support clients from conception to completion.

Contact: David Shields
Tel: 0845 071 0882