ASSA restores Blair Tower to its former glory
ASSA’s masterkey suite and ASSA ABLOY door closers
ASSA’s masterkey suite and ASSA ABLOY door closers have been specified to help restore the historic clock tower at Blair Castle to its former glory.
The 13th century clock tower was devasted by a fire last year. It has now been fully restored.
The Tower, part of the original build, houses a vast library of archives, access to which is now controlled by ASSA’s Flexcore Plus masterkey system.
Specified by architect, Purcell Miller Tritton and installed by Dundee-based contractor, W H Brown Construction (Dundee) Ltd, ASSA modular locks, Classic levers and concealed door closers have also been used on the restoration project.
John Thain, specification manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “This project was a new challenge for ASSA, as not only did we have to provide the correct balance between access and security to the sensitive and priceless material stored in the archives, but we also had to consider the additional requirements and restrictions of a Grade A listed building.
“Classic styles and brass finishes were used to keep the design as sympathetic to the historic nature of the building. Whilst concealed closers were used so that crucial access devices could perform their function whilst remaining relatively undetected.
“Additional considerations included the fire regulations relating to historical Scottish properties.
“To that end fire-rated blanks with bespoke cladding were used on about 25doors within the iconic clock tower.”
Ian Lindsay, Managing Director for W H Brown Construction (Dundee) Ltd, added: “There were various considerations with this project from legislative requirements to multiple access restrictions and permissions…”