Create an environment that is built to last

In high occupancy buildings such as hospitals, universities and schools, doorsets are subject to high levels of impact and stress, sometimes even abuse. Door hardware (hinges and closing mechanisms) will quickly require attention if incorrectly specified.

Research has shown that where doors and ironmongery represented less than 1% of a building’s initial cost, they can account for up to 80% of building maintenance costs. Incorrect hardware specification is the main cause of excessive stress on hardware and doorset failure.

How can architects, specifiers and clients strike the right balance between cost, long term reliability and performance?  Selecting a trustworty, secure and safe door closer reduces the potential for damage caused by inefficient opneing – a common issue faced by heavily trafficked doors.

At DORMA quality and good design are inherrent product attributes, along with a proven track record to back up claims of longevity.

Careful, considered specification

In one of the most demanding interior environments, the modern hospital presents a number of specification challenges.  Specified over 20 years ago, the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital stands as a shining example of how correct specification and quality products can provide true best value in practice.

In 1974, the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital moved to a new purpose built facility on the Heavitree cricket field at Wonford, Exeter. Plans were drawn up by the South West Regional Health Authority Architects to build a new low-level hospital at a cost of £۴۰ million. It was the desire of the architects to specify DORMA door closers throughout the new project. However before proceeding they contacted the Exeter Area Health Authority to obtain their view on door closers – a sensible approach in that they were the client and would be responsible for the building once completed.

The Exeter Health Authority had been using DORMA products for a number of years and was pleased with their reliability and performance. With architect and client of the same mind as to performance and value for money, DORMA products were specified throughout the new project.

The first phase of the new hospital was completed in 1992, by main contractor Costain Construction, with the DORMA products supplied via Parker, Winder and Achurch. The specification included DORMA TS83 EN2-6 Delayed Action and Backcheck overhead door closers, TS73EMF Electro-magnetic Hold Open Closers and BTS80EMB Electro-magnetic hold open floor springs.

Quality matters

Some 20 years on from their installation, the original DORMA products supplied are continuing to function fully and correctly on the original doors, a testament indeed to the reliability and endurance of DORMA products.  As well as their continued performance, what is truly astonishing is that the products comply with all current Building Regulations and Product Standards. “Despite being supplied in 1991 and there being numerous changes to legislation over the years,” commented Graham Hulland, “the DORMA products still meet the necessary legal requirements. This has meant that there has been no need to replace products to meet the requirements of BS8300 or the Fire Safety Order.”

In fact, all of the products supplied to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital twenty years ago are still being supplied to hospitals being built today. All are CE Marked and Certifire Approved, and they also enable door sets to meet the requirements of ADM and BS8300 for user comfort and convenience.

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