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Compact Automatic Entrance for Hospice Refurbishment

28 Oct 2021
Case study

Nightingale House, a charitably run palliative care facility in Wrexham, has undertaken a significant programme of upgrade.  Improving accessibility into the facility, the main entrance now benefits from a double set of automatic folding doors from TORMAX, helping maintain the ambient temperature of the reception area by creating an internal lobby. 

With limited available space, the TORMAX folding door was the ideal solution with the four-leaf folding principle reducing the swivel range to just half that of a conventional two-leaf swing door.   Requiring a minimum built-in width of just 1060-2260mm, the doors still offer a generous opening width that is suitable for all pedestrians and wheelchair users visiting Nightingale House.

Servicing a wide area, Nightingale House hospice offers a 12-bed in-patient ward, a day care unit, an outpatient clinic as well as occupational and other complementary therapies.  Implemented by Read Construction, phase one of the refurbishment has seen a modernisation of one entire wing of the building, including accessible toilets and showers, energy-efficient systems throughout, as well as the new reception area. 

Ideal for retro-fitting during renovations such as this, the space-saving TORMAX folding door is an entirely pre-fabricated system that has been designed for ease of specification and installation.  Elegant door profiles optimise sealing whilst an intelligent processor control simplifies commissioning and automatically maximise motion performance.  Sophisticated engineering ensures the folding door opens smoothly from the centre, quickly and silently, every time.


As with the complete range of TORMAX automatic doors, the folding door is fitted with both vertical and horizontal threshold sensors, as well as a sensitive auto-reverse feature, which comes into operation when any obstacle is encountered during opening or closing.