Allgood ironmongery and doorsets are providing fire safety at the new technology, engineering and maths (STEM) facilities at Kingston University, London.
The University began construction of new public-facing science and technology facilities in summer 2016.
The construction of the new technology facilities, outreach space and laboratories at the University’s Penrhyn Road campus are benefiting the general public as well as current and future students.
The teaching rooms on the second and third floors of the main building were replaced with new chemistry and pharmaceutics laboratories, providing students at the University with a modern environment packed with the latest state-of-the-art equipment.
The consideration of safety for the science laboratory was of paramount importance when it came to choosing elements such as the doors.
Additionally, because of the amount of traffic through the STEM department and use of doors, the university felt that reliability and durability were integral when it came to the ironmongery.
Allgood supplied 15 doorsets with traditional exposed lippings to provide extra protection to the door faces and ensure they can be easily repaired and replaced if necessary. Alite levers, latches, surface maglocks and hinges were also installed, providing the laboratories with fire protection for up to 30 minutes.
The Alite ironmongery range, a robust and hard wearing ironmongery solution, was developed specifically for use in busy commercial environments and was therefore suitable for the Kingston University STEM environment.
Vice Dean of Kingston University’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, Dr Lucy Jones explained that Allgood doorsets helped the University meet all fire safety requirements and ensure a high level of fire safety within the laboratories and teaching space. The company applied a special laminate finish to the laboratory doors to further boost fire door safety.
The L167 Dark Grey Sonae laminate was not the only bespoke feature that Allgood provided for the project as Michael Thornton, Site Manager for subcontractor ITC Concepts, explains: “Allgood supplied doors for the Kingston STEM project with apertures for the ironmongery ‘machined out’ in the factory. This offsite construction element was a huge benefit when it came to fitting the doors and saved us time and cost onsite.”
Adnan Latif, Specification Sales Manager at Allgood said: “Through our doorsets and ironmongery, we are proud to have contributed to the safety of the state of the art laboratories and teaching rooms – helping to transform the learning environment for both current and future students at the university and encouraging uptake of STEM subjects.”
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