Devon House, originally built in 1989, forming part of a historic redevelopment by an Act of Parliament, has undergone a full refurbishment, with an entrance by Boon Edam. The refurbishment included a brand-new reception space and terrace with views over the River Thames.
Boon Edam were brought into the project at Stage 2 of the design process by Stiff + Trevillion. The client had already decided that the entrance would consist of one revolving door. With a predicted NIA of 92,819 sqft over multiple floors and, a variable design occupancy it was Boon Edam’s responsibility to formulate the best entrance solution for possible density increases.
For smaller buildings, it’s common to only require one revolving door that has the ability to cope with busy periods. In this instance, the choice of door came down to design. It was decided that a four wing Type One Tourniket would be the most suitable entry solution meeting both throughput and aesthetic requirements. A Type One inherits a slimline 18mm soffit from the all glass revolving door (Crystal Tourniket) with the overall structural features of a standard revolving door (Tourniket) such as aluminium framed profiles. This hybrid door allows for the drive to be located under the slab rather than in the canopy.
Along with the Type One Tourniket installation, it was understood from the beginning that Devon House would be designed with adaptability and growth in mind. Boon Edam were aware of the design capacity of the building from very early on from contractors Collins Construction. The building capacity helped to dictate the number of lanes needed. Boon Edam also had to consider DDA access which led to a wide lane set up on the east and west side of the reception area. A wide lane configuration would allow disabled users to enter/exit through a similar type of turnstile.
There also needed to be consideration made for peak times and bi-directional traffic. The Boon Edam business edition Lifelines were used, which are constructed from stainless steel and are coated with Black RAL finishing.