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GEZE has the winning formula for New Balance’s canteen entrance

16 Dec 2015
Case study

The imposing Appleton House in Warrington is more than just an office complex. The interior has been transformed with a funky industrial gym theme fit for the European headquarters of global Sportswear brand New Balance.

As part of the renovation GEZE UK were commissioned to install a pair of bi-parting automatic doors powered by ECdrives to the entrance of the canteen.

The canteen, which provides an informal space to meet, relax and eat for over 100 employees based at the HQ, was commended as a catalyst for improved interaction between staff when the company won the Best Workplace Fit Out Award held by the British Council for Offices.

The doors separate the working space from the canteen which features bold geometric flooring with colourful accents.  Aluminium framed glass doors finished in grey satin were chosen to reflect the industrial theme while providing a stylish modern entrance.

ECdrives have been specifically designed for use in busy areas, making them ideal for the canteen where large numbers of people may wish to enter or exit simultaneously.  The drive uses GEZE’s activation technology to open the doors automatically to allow staff to access the canteen quickly and safely. It also features a self-cleaning roller carriage and thanks to its low friction design, is quiet, reliable and durable.

Commenting on the installation of the bi-parting automatic doors Fran Allen, New Balance’s Vice President EMEA region, said: “We all feel justifiably proud of our new, award winning European Head Quarters which has been especially designed to provide the best possible working environment for our associates. “

Allen continued: “The installation of these doors supports that central ethos and works exceptionally well both stylishly and practically.”

Andy Howland, sales director of GEZE UK said: “This project required a fairly swift installation, so we jumped into action to provide a solution that would meet the design, functionality and delivery requirements. 

“The bi-parting aluminium framed glass doors are in keeping with the wider office design that reflects the company’s product range and New Orleans’ heritage.  Meanwhile the ECdrives provide an efficient and effective automatic solution for high traffic areas.”