GEZE UK has installed its automatic sliding doors within the new foyer extension at the Theatre Royal Glasgow.
Like many Victorian buildings, the Theatre Royal Glasgow suffered from limited accessibility and cramped, poorly functioning space. To bring the building up to 21st century standards, Page/Park Architects were contacted to make the theatre accessible to all, including the design of a new ‘street to seat’ entrance foyer.
GEZE UK was commissioned by Gray and Dick to install automatic sliding doors to create an entrance lobby on either side of the foyer. A further set of automatic sliding doors were also installed to access Glasgow’s only public roof terrace and a range of GEZE’s manual closers were installed throughout the building.
Built to hold up to 1,500 people per performance, two new entrances were created on Hope Street and Cowcaddens Road. GEZE’s Slimdrive SL NT single operators with ISO doors and pocket screens were specified to create entrance lobbies.
The lobby contributes to the building’s sustainability goals by ensuring heat loss and gain is minimised without limiting accessibility.
The Slimdrive SL operator features a slim design and drive unit height of 7cm, making it almost invisible in elevation. The entrance was fitted with girder profiles which hide the steel work above the door and enhance the slim profile of the doors.
Powerdrive PL operators were fitted to the two 2.7m high and 1.6 wide ISO glass doors, with girder profiles and pocket screens that provide access to the roof terrace.
The operators have been specifically designed to provide reliable opening and closing when used in installations where extremely large and heavy doors have been specified.
Throughout the rest of the foyer, internal doors have been fitted with GEZE’s range of Boxer manual closers. The specification includes the standard closer, electro mechanical hold-open closers and units with sequential closing.
The Boxer is an integrated closer, installed completely inside the door leaf, meaning the guide rail is only seen when the door is open.
Alex Reedijk, General Director at Scottish Opera said: “We are delighted with the audiences’ reaction to the new foyers and that they have been nationally recognised with the Scottish Design Award and the RIAS Cultural Building of the Year Award and nominated for the AJ 100 Cultural Building of the Year.
The Theatre Royal is now absolutely fit for purpose for the 21st Century and GEZE UK’s involvement and the work of the many other talented companies and individuals behind-the-scenes has been integral to the project.”
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