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Alpro Hardware, specialist in access solutions has supplied over 100 MFI stores nationwide with purpose built bespoke handles for the stores disabled toilets. With the new Disability and Discrimination Act 2004 now on the statute books, MFI needed a pragmatic and cost effect solution to ensure compliance throughout their stores with the above legislation. Known within the UK security and hardware industry for their comprehensive range of quality and aesthetically pleasing pull handles, coupled with their knowledge of the new DDA regulations, Alpro carried out the production of a suitable handle range designed exclusively for MFI. Keith Parry Alpro Hardware's Product Manager confirmed that using bespoke manufacturing facilities and the latest handle technology; the production of the handles was completed within a very tight timescale. "When you work with industry partners and achieve an end result that is both cost effective and practical, it shows that as a company Alpro are leading the way with product modification and industry knowledge to suit the ever-changing needs of the macro environment and the companies within it. Once again illustrating the innovative access solutions we are able to offer".
When Great Ormond Street hospital needed to refurbish the existing entrance doors, Alpro stepped in with a pleasing aesthetic solution which was not only cost effective but was an 'off the shelf solution' ensuring no delays to the contactors were incurred, thus ensuring no disruption to the vital work the hospital carries out on a daily basis.Alpro supplied the ES8000 series V lock which overcomes the problems of alignment with double swing doors. The unit further eliminates the need and cost of an additional key override, due the fail open motor locking mechanism. The units can be installed on glass, steel and timber door installations and various accessories are available for the individual application in question. Keith Parry, Alpro's Divisional Sales Manager, commented: "With this unit, Alpro have once again illustrated their commitment to excellence by offering a cost effective and speedy resolution to an egress/ingress problem. By working with the principle stakeholders involved, Alpro were once again able to demonstrate its ability to respond to the external environment and solve problems".
Electric bolts from Alpro Architectural Hardware are protecting students, staff and visitors at the University of Westminster headquarters in Regent Street, London. The Alpro EB1001 is a 12 VDC stainless steel bolt and strike plate assembly with a 15mm diameter and throw. It allows remote access and exit control of most timber, metal and UPVC doors. The units offer installers optimum flexibility and can be fitted in the frame or on the door itself. A plug-in LED bolt indicator and stainless steel dress plate for covering the brushed aluminium faceplate are supplied as standard. Facilities managers can set the auto relock function for 0, 3, 6 or 9 seconds and installers can use a chromate steel surface mounting kit where required. These bolt and strike plates operate with an activating current of 1000mA and a holding current of 250mA. They feature a continuously rated solenoid and are fully protected against transient and reverse polarity. The varied installation options are designed to provide concealed high security locking on any single or double-action hinged or sliding door in timber or metal for vertical or horizontal mounting. Keith Parry, Divisional Sales Manager at Alpro, said: “Our coverage is nationwide but in the capital alone, Alpro equipment has been installed at landmarks and major infrastructure sites including Great Ormond Street Hospital, the London Eye and St Pancras International. The university’s Regent Street site has a ramped entrance and stair climbers, and the Alpro units have been installed in compliance with the Disability and Discrimination Act 2004, this being standard practice across all of the company’s operations.” The University of Westminster currently has over 20,000 students from 150 countries and is recognised for excellence in both undergraduate achievement and research work across art and design, electronic engineering and the media. The Regent Street premises have been a centre for public education since 1840. The Alpo bolts and strike plates are protecting a building which houses the Vice Chancellor’s office, the school of social sciences and the departments of humanities and languages. Former students of the University of Westminster include fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, sculptor Sir Anthony Caro and pop musician Charlie Watts.
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