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Article Date: 17th May 2018

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Etched Glass Access - University of Edinburgh - Sliding Doors

TORMAX glass entrance system

Providing access into the newly refurbished reception area of a listed building on the University of Edinburgh campus, TORMAX has installed a single and double set of automatic sliding doors, creating an impressive glass entrance system that is fully compliant with the Equality Act 2010. Both doors are powered by TORMAX iMotion operators which feature none of the working parts that generally wear out, such as gears and brushes, ensuring exceptionally reliable performance long into the future. The glass is finished with an impressive etched manifestation representing the four campuses of the University.

Charles Stewart House was built in 1875 and forms part of the University of Edinburgh’s estate. As part of a complete refurbishment of the entrance and reception, TORMAX was contracted by Cornhill Building Services Ltd, working with Lewis and Hickey Architects, to deliver an automatic entrance solution that would allow easy access into the building.

“The works involved the removal of three stone steps externally to form a level threshold into the building, meeting modern day accessibility requirements,” explains Matthew Fair, architect with Lewis and Hickey. “Three internal steps and a discreet platform lift have been installed within a glazed draught lobby, allowing all users to easily access the reception area within the building.”

The bi-parting set of sliding doors are powered by a TORMAX iMotion 2202 operator which features unique AC motor technology and a state-of-the-art microprocessor control system. These combine to ensure permanent monitoring of door movement, making automatic adjustments as necessary to maximise performance. As well as being certified for rescue and escape routes, an electro-mechanical locking mechanism ensures a high level of security burglary protection.

Being a relatively large entrance, TORMAX recommended using their iMotion 2302 to power the internal glass sliding door. Despite being housed in a particularly slim and unobtrusive casing that measures just 150mm high, the iMotion 2302 is still capable of automating a single door leaf of up to 180kg.

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