Allgood ironmongery and doorsets are helping to provide exceptional fire safety at the new state of the art science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) facilities at Kingston University, London.
The University, which has roots going back more than 100 years and has approximately 19,500 enrolled students, began construction of new public-facing science and technology facilities in the summer of 2016. The construction of the new technology facilities, outreach space and laboratories at the University’s Penrhyn Road campus, which was aided by £1.9m in Government funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), are benefiting the general public as well as current and future students.
As with any science laboratory, the consideration of safety was of paramount importance when it came it to specifying elements such as the doors due to the use of flammable, toxic and dangerous chemicals. Additionally, because of the amount of traffic through the STEM department and thus the doors’ regularity of use, the university felt that reliability and durability were integral when it came to the ironmongery.
As such, Allgood supplied 15 doorsets with traditional exposed lippings. The exposed lippings provide extra protection to the door faces and ensure they can be easily repaired and replaced if necessary. Along with the doorsets, Alite levers, latches, surface maglocks and hinges were installed, providing the laboratories with fire protection for up to 30 minutes.
Speaking of the specification of Allgood ironmongery and doors, Vice Dean of Kingston University’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing, Dr Lucy Jones said: "Allgood was very efficient and timely - meeting build deadlines and providing support throughout the installation process”.