Alpro Architectural Hardware (a division of IEC Limited)
- Company Certifications
- BS EN ISO 9001:2008
- Access Control
- Precision mechanical components
- Door Hardware
Alpro Architectural Hardware (a division of IEC Limited) news
Safety measures include use of Touch Bar two-point panic latches on fire and exit doors Panic hardware from Alpro is being used by Ashington Football Club on a new 250-seater stand and clubhouse at its Woodhorn Lane ground in Northumberland. The spectator and hospitality facilities are part of a wider £74m investment scheme in the town. Touch Bar two-point panic latches Safety measures include use of Touch Bar two-point panic latches from Alpro on fire and exit doors. The latches allow rapid exit down escape routes in the event of an incident and offer the option to lock off the hardware on non-match days to give easy operation of the door. After activation, the emergency door hardware allows authorised entry back into the site once an evacuation has been carried out. Panic hardware is a life-safety device and Alpro models are CE-rated as well as complying with EN1125. During design, the two-point latches undertook 1.5 million test cycles which is seven times the most rigorous requirements of standards bodies. They are fitted on single or double door combinations and can be used with or without an external lever-based access device which is also available from Alpro. Straightforward installation The latches are non-handed meaning they are suitable for left or right applications. The tactile aluminium touch bar is easily cut to length on site by the installer, and the products are valued by engineers for simplicity and speed of implementation. The application at Ashington FC employs the two-point latch but there are also single and triple-point models in the Touch Bar range. The equipment was specified at Woodhorn Lane for reasons of build quality and compatibility with door materials. The equipment was specified at Woodhorn Lane for reasons of build quality and compatibility with door materials Keith Parry, Sales Director at Alpro, said: “This is one of many successful projects in the leisure sector. Our footballing loyalties are mixed in so far as we have other applications at Manchester United and Reading FC. We also cross both codes of the game with an installation at Exeter Rugby Chiefs.” Numerous certifications The Alpro latches for this project have been fitted on doors created and installed by Tyne & Wear-based Metal Services Limited. The company has particular strengths in the residential, retail, commercial and transport sectors with a portfolio including major high street brands and a regional airport. Metal Services has many certifications including ISO 9001, Constructionline, and the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme. Ashington Football Club was formed in 1883. Ashington is the birthplace of 1966 World Cup heroes Jack and Bobby Charlton. Former players include an athlete who has gained fame in another sport: Steve Harmison, a member of an England Ashes-winning cricket team and once ranked as the best fast bowler in the world, played in midfield for the club before concentrating on cricket. Ashington has impeccable credentials in terms of producing managers: former defender Patrick O'Connell not only played for Ireland but managed one of the biggest clubs in the world, FC Barcelona.
The Alpro Functional 97 pull handles are suitable for general users & those who may have an impaired ability to grip Pull door handles from Alpro are being used on office buildings at Silverstone Business Park. The park is a high-performance technology and motorsport cluster adjacent to the Silverstone Circuit, which is the current venue for the British Grand Prix. The handles are Alpro’s Functional 97 pull handles which cater for a broad user base since their wide diameter (38mm) makes them suitable for both general users and those who may have an impaired ability to grip. Durable door handles These stainless steel handles offer clients the build quality and durability associated with 316 grade and can be satin anodised, satin stainless, polished stainless, powder coated or nylon coated. The handles are supplied with bolt-thru or back-to-back fixing and an F27 fixing kit as standard. The Functional 97 series pull handles can be used in pair or single arrangement. Many customers appreciate the ability to have an offset bracket that allows staff keyed access to the premises without any obstruction from the throw of the handle. These handles are a fast turnaround item; for standard finishes the lead-time can be as little as two days though tailored finishes require additional notice. Precise colour matching to a client’s livery is a frequent requirement and one at which Alpro excel. Reflecting aesthetic appeal Keith Parry, Sales Director at Alpro, said: “The sleek lines of these pull handles reflect the fact that fabricators now take account of every detail that contributes to the aesthetic appeal of a building. Silverstone Business Park is a centre of engineering excellence and we’re proud to be contributing to its appearance.” The Alpro handles at Silverstone have been fitted on doors created by Ridgeway Glazing Limited who cover the whole of the UK from their purpose-built factory base in Gloucester. Ridgeway is a family-run business with a reputation for innovative design solutions across commercial and leisure sectors. Specialisms include thermally broken curtain walling, windows and doors as well as automatic entrance screens and solar shading. Recent work includes a £1.2m project for McLaren Construction at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club’s training academy. Silverstone Business Park is occupied by companies in engineering and automotive sectors. The 275-acre site received a financial boost in 2015 when its potential for rapid growth was recognised by designation as an enterprise zone.
Alpro’s transom closers are a means of hydraulically controlling the opening and closing of aluminium doors Transom closers and hook locks from Alpro have been installed in a new visitor centre at Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe in Gloucestershire. Hydraulically controlled door closers The castle lies in a 1,200-acre estate on the Costwold Hills and was used by Richard III as a base during the Wars of the Roses. It is also the last resting place of Katherine Parr, a wife of Henry VIII who outlived him. The Alpro transom closers are being used on aluminium doors created by Stroud-based Hybrid Windows who work with clients on timber composite curtain walling as an enhancement for façades. The company’s Hybrid suite is the only UK timber composite fenestration range to include curtain walling. Alpro’s transom closers are a means of hydraulically controlling the opening and closing of aluminium doors. Builders and glaziers benefit from the ability to adjust the latching and closing force created by the hydraulic valve according to the weight and height of individual doors as well as type of usage. Precise adjustment of closing force is vital at a site such as the Sudeley Castle visitor centre which will have a varied user base. Alpro round mortice cylinder hook deadlocks The castle visitor centre also features Alpro’s round mortice cylinder hook lock deadlocks which are available in both bar and hookbolt versions for sliding doors and the swing doors used on this project. The hookbolt is made from stainless steel and is a five-ply laminated construction with the centre core case hardened and complete with a hardened roll pin to resist hacksaw attack. Sudeley Castle has recently opened up rooms that have never been seen before by the public. There are nine individual gardens with notable recent gardeners including celebrity gardening journalist Sir Roddy Llewellyn who lives in the Cotswolds. The Knot Garden (pictured) is based on the pattern of a dress worn by Elizabeth I who was an admirer of the hundreds of types of roses planted here. There are over 1,200 box hedges in the garden’s intricate geometric design which centres on a Moorish mosaic fountain. The comprehensive range offered by Hybrid Windows includes products that combine long-life and low-maintenance aluminium on the outside with the high insulation performance and environmentally-focused benefits of 100% PEFC-accredited timber to the inside. (PEFC is an international sustainable forest management organisation.) Leonard Roberts, a Director of Hybrid Windows, said: “The Alpro transom closers are our regular choice for aluminium doors. The units do not disturb the outline of the door and the precise adjustment of closing force as well as a hold-open option help our engineers give customers the performance they want.”