The Grove, Middlesex University

The Grove, Middlesex University

Client: Middlesex University
Type of works: supplied 361 doorsets.

The Grove, Middlesex University’s state-of-the-art new Art Design and Media Centre, has been designed to provide an inspirational environment and give students the best possible start to their careers. The Hendon-based building varies in height between two and fives storeys with an overall floor space of 15,460m2. It has some of the UK’s most impressive facilities including art and design studios, digital media labs, workshops, photographic studios and darkrooms and TV studios as well as the more conventional seminar and teaching rooms and a cafeteria. A huge atrium has been designed as a venue for events, exhibitions and fashion shows, a superb space to showcase student work.

BPR Architects specified 361 doorsets for the project from Leaderflush Shapland’s Designer, Plasform and Pivette ranges. Performance characteristics included up to 60 minutes fire resistance, 32 RwdB sound reduction and smoke control; doorsets from the designer range were finished in crown cut American White Oak Veneer and in Hygieniform Shadow from the Plasform range.

These ranges can help to raise hygiene standards in schools by controlling the spread of infections through Hygienilac, a highly effective anti-microbial additive which kills harmful species of bacteria and is incorporated into the lacquer of all veneered doorsets as standard and incorporated throughout the complete 2mm thickness of Hygieniform him impact PVC doors.

The Pivette range offers a cost-effective solution to a wide range of design problems presented by Part M of the Building Regulations, BS 8300:2009 and the Equality Act. The range is based on a unique design of a two-leaf articulated door which minimises the door swing area whilst maximising the clear opening width. Doors are easy to operate manually needing only light pressure to move aside and well out of the way.

Middlesex University has been built with environmentally friendly construction materials such as FSC timber and reused aggregates. Doorsets supplied were constructed using Leaderflush Shapland’s exclusive engineered performance core – EnduraCor - which is manufactured using mainly man-made materials or materials which are either FSC or verified, legal and sustainable and has helped the Grove to achieve an ‘excellent’ BREEAM rating. EnduraCor’s durability and stability makes it especially suitable for harsh environments like schools and colleges.

Leaderflush Shapland has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the education sector and can provide cost effective, rationalised doorset solutions that consider the latest guidance, whilst satisfying a wide range of technical performance requirements such as fire resistance, smoke control, sound reduction and infection control.

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