|The site is a crescent-shaped development with 62 dwellings and a projecting lower ground floor|
Transom door closers and pull handles from Alpro Architectural Hardware have been installed at Leyton Mount, a five-storey mixed use building in Bournemouth.
Automated door opening & closing
The site is a crescent-shaped development with 62 dwellings and a projecting lower ground floor with commercial space and a café. The development is one of a planned programme of 17 major regeneration initiatives in the town.
The Alpro transom closers are being installed on doors manufactured by Poole-based Abbey Southern.
The 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 Leyton Mount which has a varied user base.
Transom closers are contained within the transom header bar of a door. They are therefore well suited to use at premium developments such as Leyton Mount where the design by architect Terence O’Rourke must not be compromised. Aesthetic concerns are also apparent in the specification of Alpro Impressionist 304-grade stainless steel pull door handles which have been used extensively across the complex.
Civils have been performed by residential construction and social housing specialists Lovell who excel in sustainable working methods. The building will accelerate regeneration of the Horseshoe Common area of Bournemouth. Funding includes a £5m grant from the Homes and Communities Agency’s ‘Get Britain Building’ loan and equity fund to house builders.
Keith Parry, Sales Director at Alpro, said: “Our transom closers are designed for durability and have been tested independently at 250,000 double-action cycles. Many of our products are made of aluminium or, as in the case of the closers and pull door handles at Leyton Mount, are designed to be used on aluminium doors.”
He continued: “Aluminium is a metal that is easily and endlessly recycled without quality loss and often within six weeks, a practice that is in accord with the sustainable building practices used throughout the Leyton Mount project. It’s gratifying that the carbon footprint of the project has been optimised in many ways. This is a brownfield site and Dorset-based suppliers like ourselves have been used wherever possible.”
Abbey Southern fabricates aluminium and uPVC doors, windows and curtain walling. The company serves end-users predominantly from the educational and housing association sectors. Abbey Southern supports a client base of approximately 150 independent window companies and installers. Founded by Abbas Mazrae, it operates throughout southern England and into the Midlands.