The town centre is just three miles from the court and offers plenty for residents to do. Shrewsbury market hall is open four days a week and nearby Quarry Park holds a variety of events including concerts, flower shows, fairs and circuses. Shrewsbury has many attractions including a theatre, leisure centre, cinema, bowling alley, pubs, restaurants, cafés and National Trust properties.
Richard Onslow Court has a range of on-site facilities including a residents’ lounge, communal kitchen, laundry, and a guest room.
The court is set in very attractive and child-friendly gardens with extensive lawns, flowerbeds and mature trees. Residents are welcome to look after an area of the garden if they choose. The gardens attract a variety of wildlife including birds, squirrels and hedgehogs.
Richard Onslow Court required a recent upgrade to their automatic door systems throughout. Aging and failing parts, obsolescence and additional doors requiring automation led Housing21 to contact our Refurbishment Solutions Specialist regarding the refurbishment works required. Following an extensive site survey and client concept meetings we provided Housing21 a bespoke tailored quotation.
Working closely with the client we identified 13 doors which required upgrades / additions. Our bespoke automatic door division offered to supply 13 no aluminium doors as per site drawings received from housing21, all with double maglock post.
TIS also considered the safety of the systems proposed and the likelihood of injury due to misuse. 8 doors were automated with a Record DFA 127 operator, 2no Bea 4safe safety sensors, finger guards and 4” push pads, break glasses and safety covers. In addition 5 manual doorways were fitted with integral non-hold open closers.
Listening carefully to the needs of the client we recognised that the doorways needed to be supplied and fitted with recessed maglocks and armature housing. All doorways were trimmed with UPVC fascias and silicone finished.
Housing21 were also supported to identify additional doors which required access control installation, during our detailed site survey we identified a need for Access Control on 5 rear doors and 3 leading to the communal lounge area.
Installation of access control would have met the needs of Housing21 but it would not have met the needs of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. We ensured that Housing21 were cognisant of their responsibilities to ensure Fire Safety measures were also met in full, and supported them to ensure the 3 communal lounge area doors were interfaced to the Fire alarm.
Working to British Standards and Safety legislation includes supporting our clients to understand what is required of them, Housing21 were fully aware that under the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order (2005) that any person who has some level of control in premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire and make sure people can safely escape if there is a fire. Interfacing the access control and automatic door systems with the fire alarm system allowed for the doors to fail unlocked in the event of an emergency, providing a clear route of escape from within the communal lounge.
Our engineers have worked in many Housing21 settings over the years, and our engineers operate in harmony with our detailed work instructions and health and safety requirements. Working with Housing21 we ensure that we cause minimal disruption, supporting Housing21’s objective to provide a peaceful and enjoyable atmosphere for their residents. We scheduled works around client care plans, operating under restricted working hours where required to maintain client dignity and care and meeting not only Housing21’s safeguarding policy but our own.
We continually monitored and maintained the Health and Safety of the site through risk assessments, method statements and common sense practice. TIS ensured that all egress routes were clear and where a route was obstructed due to ongoing works that appropriate measures were put in place to offer alternative routes.
TIS always work in a safe manner and believe that a tidy site is a safe site, this motto has earned us a faultless record of safety with Housing21 and many other competitive tender awards have been received as a result of our flawless track record.
The works were carefully programmed by our qualified Project Manager, Simon, who met regularly with the client to ensure that the project was kept on schedule, and where possible accelerated through careful application of resources between our Refurbishment team and our Automation team.
Working closely with the Court Manager and care team members at Richard Onslow Court, we ensured that all on site received appropriate training in the correct use and safety features of the new automatic door systems once fully installed and commissioned.
Now in the 52 week defect period, we are continuing to support Housing21 with requests and requirements, when and where needed.
TIS are dedicated to providing the very best service and quality to Housing21 and this diligent approach has enabled our partnership to flourish and pay dividends for both parties.