Sharp Design at the Shard

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ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, part of ASSA ABLOY UK, has supplied innovative fire doorsets for The Shard, the new build set to “redefine” London’s skyline.

The Shard lies on the South Bank in the city’s vibrant new London Bridge Quarter. The “vertical city” will be the tallest building in Western Europe, at 1,016ft tall, and will house offices, restaurants, luxury residencies and a top-class hotel.

The ‘View from The Shard’ is set to become one of the capital’s most sought-after visitor attractions, offering an impressive and unrivalled observatory, with views spanning 40 miles across the city. Steel fire doors from ASSA ABLOY Security Doors have been installed into the risers of the Spire core, above the viewing galleries, to maintain public safety in anticipation of the high-volume of visitors.

Innovative projection hinges were integrated into the doorsets, allowing sub-contractor, EMTEC, to apply a surface cladding panel to the door, leveling it flush to the wall and creating a clean, modern finish, in-keeping with the sharp design principles of the build.

Ian Marchant, Managing Director for EMTEC, said: “On such a high-profile build it was important to work with experienced suppliers and well-known brands. ASSA ABLOY Security Doors had the expertise and product depth to deliver fit for purpose solutions, as well as vast experience in the balance between providing access and preventing security and fire threats.”

Nigel Cronin, Sales Manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, said: “The Shard is certainly an exciting project to be involved with, and has allowed ASSA ABLOY Security Doors to prove its product offering can meet with the required levels of fire safety, as well as being aesthetically pleasing.

“Working with the specialist sub-contractors EMTEC, we were able to deliver products in-keeping with the iconic build.”

ASSA ABLOY Security Doors supply fire doors of up to 240-minutes integrity on single-action doors, measuring up to 3m x 3m, designed and manufactured by ASSA ABLOY Security Doors expert draughtsmen at its Lisburn-based factory.

For further information on the full range of Powershield steel doors and Safeguard timber doors available from ASSA ABLOY Security Doors, visit www.assaabloy.co.uk/securitydoors or telephone 02892 662200.