Physical Security

Fred Perry premises

by Mark Rowe

IDF Aluminium has installed doors and internal screenwork at the new headquarters of the sportswear brand Fred Perry in Clerkenwell, north London. The work includes use of transom door closers, pole handles and door handles from Alpro as part of the renovation of 19th-century warehouse buildings into a complex of offices, showrooms, exhibition space and a rooftop deck over 24,000 square feet.

The project extends across seven floors. The client gave all contractors a brief that the site should have robust security but preserve a welcoming atmosphere and an aesthetic that respected the fabric of the original Victorian warehouses. Alpro’s overhead transom closers provide a means of hydraulically controlling the opening and closing of aluminium doors and can have light, medium or heavy spring strengths to suit type of usage, with a 90-degree hold-open option. Transom closers are the manufacturer says suited for such use at industrial heritage buildings, since the alternative options of spring hinges and floor springs often present problems with adjustment flexibility.

The IDF installation also includes Alpro’s Functional 98 Series pull door handles on internal doors. These are made from 316-grade stainless steel and can be straight or offset. The handles are supplied with bolt-thru or back-to-back fixings as standard and powder or nylon-coated finishes to the user’s colour wishes. In this case a powder finish was chosen to match the framework.

The Fred Perry base is on the corner of Mount Pleasant Street and Warner Street opposite the former Mount Pleasant sorting office. The many considerations for architects BuckleyGrayYeoman included preserving an iconic façade and working round plaques commemorating damage suffered by the building during World War Two bombing. The interior fit-out including m & e systems was by Overbury and the base build contractor was Willmott Dixon. The new space was prepared to a four-month deadline.

About IDF Aluminium

The firm designs, manufactures and installs aluminium doors. The doors are designed for use in the commercial and public sectors where usage may be high but maintenance costs must be minimised. The company has 30 years’ experience in the shop front and commercial door market. IDF Aluminium fabricates all its doors and shop fronts in-house with no use of sub-contractors. The client portfolio covers transport, local government, healthcare and education. This is IDF’s second heritage architecture project using Alpro equipment and follows works at Henry Wood House, a former BBC property in Marylebone.

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