Scottish University fully specified by ASSA


Supplying a full project specification, security products from ASSA, part of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, a division of ASSA ABLOY UK, have been used throughout a new halls of residence development in Paisley.

The University of the West of Scotland’s most northerly campus, in Paisley, caters for around 10,000 students with courses ranging from business and engineering to social sciences and midwifery.

Helping to secure all areas of the new £13.2million student residences complex, a comprehensive product portfolio from ASSA including, the new ASSA ABLOY DC500A door closers, 765 Modular locks, Nordic U lever handles, Twin-combi cylinders and ASSURE panic hardware, has been used to provide robust and durable safety and access for students and authorised staff members.

Specified by Hypostyle Architects who worked with the ASSA Specification Team and Glasgow-based architectural ironmongers, Williams Ironmongery, Ian Carswell who was responsible for selecting and supplying the products, said:

“We specified ASSA products throughout the entire development, as we knew they had the product depth and range for an application of this size. 

“The guarantees that ASSA supply with its solutions were also a crucial factor when specifying security for this large-scale development. In addition, the robust and durable material used by ASSA ensures they can withstand the high level of wear and tear associated with student accommodation, reducing the maintenance and repair costs for the University.”

ASSA’s DC500A cam motion door closers were used to provide access for communal entrances and shared social facilities, with the cam motion functionality enabling doors to be easily opened by disabled users or elderly visiting relatives, assisting in fulfilling the duties required under The Equality Act, specifically BS8300 and Approved Document M of The Building Regulations.

Nordic U lever handles from the Scanflex range were used throughout the development to create uniform and streamline aesthetics. The attractive door furniture was supported by high security cylinders, such as the Twin-combi 5800, which is fully resistant to any known picking methods, and the 765 Modular locks, securing students’ possessions and personal safety.

Finally, panic hardware that has been tested and meets the requirements of BS EN 1125, including the ASSURE 8761 & 8762, was also installed on exit routes, ensuring student and staff safety in the event of a fire or emergency.

Barry Harris, Regional Sales Manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said:

“Our existing relationship with Williams Ironmongery and combined experience in the education sector meant we were confident that we could deliver our solutions on time and on budget. Williams’ decision to source all access and door opening systems from one contact helped to reduce project costs and ensured a smooth supply and installation process.”

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