Securing venue safety with security doors


With the Olympic games less than 12 months away, sports stadia are taking centre stage in the UK construction industry – but what factors need to be considered when specifying security doors for sports and entertainment venues? ASSA ABLOY Security Doors investigates.

High security steel and timber doors can deliver reduced maintenance costs, vandal resistance, improved security and visual appeal in both front of house and back office areas in sports and leisure arenas.

When specifying stadia doors, fire safety and means of emergency escape are extremely important. According to the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds 2008, fire risk should be minimised and measures should be taken to restrict the rate of early fire growth and fire spread. Fire doors with at least 30 minutes resistance should be installed in rooms or buildings used for storing waste, litter, upholstered seating or hazardous materials. Fire doors should also be used in kitchens, catering outlets, hospitality areas, boiler rooms and enclosed or underground car parks.

Plus, any door forming part of the enclosure to an escape route should be signed as a fire exit and be self-closing with at least 30 minutes fire resistance. To be confident of a door’s fire resistance, check that it has been tested to BS EN 1634-1.

The security of back office areas is also essential. Cash from ticket and refreshment sales as well as information and data will need securing in finance and administration offices, while dressing/changing rooms and VIP areas will require maximum security to ensure performer and player safety. When specifying security doors for such areas, look for evidence of attack resistance – doors should be certified to loss prevention standard, LPS 1175. It’s also important to check that high security hardware is fitted to the doors to help prevent entry and theft.

Security doors should also be robust enough to withstand intense periods of heavy usage. Although doors in main public areas are unlikely to be used everyday, they will be used by many thousands of spectators during a short period of time, so durability is essential.

Finally, vandal resistance is another important consideration. Instances of graffiti and damage should be relatively rare, but external doors in particular can be at risk of vandalism. Specifying security doors that are resistant to abuse will reduce maintenance requirements and help maintain a pleasant environment that contributes to spectators’ experience and enjoyment.

By specifying the right security doors certified to the latest performance standards, developers and facilities managers can be confident that their chosen door solution will contribute to fire safety, aid emergency escape, protect people and assets, and help to create an enjoyable leisure environment.
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