Doors have just completed the installation of forty six Swift fast acting,
bi-fold doors for nine new London Fire
Brigade (LFB) stations under a £51.5 million Private Finance Initiative (PFI) project
constructed by Blue3 consortium, comprising Kier and DIF Infrastructure.
been specifying bi-folding doors to all new and refurbishment projects for over
25 years, and Jewers have been supplying a large proportion of those projects, so
Swift doors were first choice for Kier on this 28 year PFI project.” commented
Mark Jewers, Director of Jewers Doors. “The
Swift door opens fully in less than 7 seconds, making them ideal for fire stations
where appliances need to exit rapidly under ‘blue light’ emergency response conditions.
That’s less than half the time it takes for typical vertical lifting doors to
are designed with safety and security as standard. Leading edges of the door are fitted with
full height pressure sensitive edges, so if a door meets any resistance during
closing, it immediately stops and reverses.
In addition, photocell beams inside and outside,
create a safe area around the door which greatly reduces the risk of an impact
ever occurring. In the event of power
failure, each door can be instantly and effortlessly opened by hand in around 2
added, “The sideways opening action and the large vision panel within each door
leaf provides the fire appliance driver full visibility of the door position
and the street outside, to exit the bay safety at all times. With vertical lifting doors, it is difficult to
judge when there is sufficient height clearance, and in an emergency situation,
it’s not unknown for the appliance to hit the bottom of the door before it’s
fully open, resulting in downtime, costly repairs to the door and often the fire
as a single piece construction, Swift door panels are fully insulated with
CFC-free foam materials to optimise thermal efficiency and reduce noise
pollution by 25dB. Options for partial or fully glazed doors are available.
fire stations at Mitcham, Old Kent Road, Plaistow, Orpington and Dagenham are
now in full service and the remaining four stations at Leytonstone, Shadwell,
Purley and Dockhead are due for completion in early 2016.