UNION Architectural Hardware, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a division of The ASSA ABLOY Group, has had yet another success story with its popular KeyULTRA™ master key system, this time at a hospital in Sutton Coldfield.

Part of the Heart of England NHS foundation trust, the Good Hope Hospital, which began life as a large Victorian house, is now a modern medical facility, home to the Partnership Learning Centre, part-funded by the University of Birmingham. The hospital has undergone numerous extensions and refurbishments, the latest of which being the opening of a new treatment centre, in 2005.

As part of its continual update and refurbishment programme, Laidlaw, an architectural ironmongers, have supplied UNION’s KeyULTRA™ 6pin master key system, which has been installed throughout the hospital, providing improved key control for NHS security and facilities managers.

With one of the longest patents on the market, lasting until 2028, based on its DuraPIN™ technology, this prevents the unauthorised copying of keys on the high street, providing the hospital with complete key control and permitting access to authorised personnel only. Cont/d… 2/…

Featuring self-lubricating materials designed to enhance its resistance to wear and tear, UNION’s KeyULTRA™ is ideal for busy environments, such as hospitals, and can also help to reduce maintenance costs, whilst ensuring the security product remains completely effective over a sustained period of time.

Mark Davies of Laidlaw, commented:

“Hospitals house a large amount of sensitive information and expensive equipment, therefore high security products are paramount. KeyULTRA™ has the highest security grading for any product of its kind, which was one of the deciding factors in specifying this for Good Hope Hospital.

“In addition, to its high grade security, KeyULTRA also provides peace of mind for building owner’s and users, thanks to its key management and control features. Large hospitals have a high staff turnover, as well as a variety of official visitors who will require access to various areas of the building. The master key system from UNION is an effective way of ensuring that no nauthorized keys are cut, meaning facilities and security managers have knowledge of everyone with access to each area of the building.”

Eryl Jones, Commercial Manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, added:

“Working with an architectural ironmonger, as experienced as Laidlaw, meant the hospital received the best possible security specification, delivered on time and on budget.

“Proposed NHS reforms will impact on security specifications, so it is important that trusted and experienced suppliers are used, who will deliver the best possible system but within the agreed cost and timescales. “

In addition, the KeyULTRA™ master key system is designed to create long-term cost savings thanks to its durability and nauthorized key duplication prevention, both which can save hospitals a fortune in cylinder replacement.” 

UNION’s KeyULTRA™ also boasts enhanced features including the highest key related security, as per BS EN 1303:2005, along with resistance to bumping, drilling, picking and plug extraction. The master key system is also approved for use on 60-minute fire doors in accordance with BS EN 1634-1, making it suitable for a variety of locations.

UNION Architectural Hardware supplies an extensive range of locks and architectural hardware used in many applications through professional locksmiths and ironmongers. UNION is part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a division of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions.

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