Client: Victorian Library, Guernsey
Type of works: supply of remote diagnostic device, iContact.
Guernseys iconic Victorian library has adopted a high tech solution for the maintenance and service of its new automatic entrance, by installing an entrance system from GEZE UK fitted with its remote diagnostic device, iContact.
During an extensive one-year refurbishment project of the historic Guilles Allès library in St Peter Port, the UKs leading manufacturer of door and window control systems installed two glass automatic entrances, one of which was fitted with the state-of-the-art GSM device.
With no ADSA qualified service engineers on the island, it was feared that the maintenance of the new entrance would prove to be an expensive and time-consuming challenge. But with iContact installed, the entrance can be monitored remotely 24/7 and if any operational or safety issues occur, the problem can often be remotely repaired without the need for an engineer visit. Comprehensive reports about the usage, footfall and efficiency of the door can be produced, so public buildings, such as Guilles Allès, can effectively asses their environmental impact.
This high tech approach is in stark contrast to the traditionalist design of the original library. The redesign of the librarys lobby included the removal of an old-fashioned 1980s timber and glazed screen, which had previously caused access issues.
Bringing together old and new design, architects Create Limited designed a glass entrance lobby that would enhance the elegant design of the original building while allowing visitors to admire the whole reception area, unobstructed by lobby walls.
GEZE worked with Salisbury Glass to create the contemporary glass porch with a bi-parting Slimdrive SL sliding door operator creating a seamless, spacious, welcoming and user-friendly entrance.
Providing disabled access, a TSA 160 NT automatic swing door was chosen for the side door to provide an accessible, stylish and sustainable solution.
Steve Marshall, GEZE UKs service director commented: iContact has revolutionised servicing and maintenance and its benefits are particularly apparent in Guernsey where there are no ADSA qualified engineers, which means it can take up to 24-hours for repairs to be carried out.
Our customers know that they have dedicated iContact service advisors who are constantly looking for ways to offer cost savings, improve efficiencies and most importantly addressing potential life-safety issues as they arise.
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