Assa Abloy safeguards college against fire attack

The ability to provide the ultimate in security and access control for education establishments was clearly demonstrated by ASSA ABLOY - the global leader in door opening solutions - when designing a bespoke security system for Chase Terrace Technology College in Burntwood, Staffordshire, following the devastation caused by a serious fire.

In addition to successfully integrating the new security system across both existing buildings and new replacement teaching facilities by supplying a variety of its products, ASSA ABLOY introduced a master key system to provide added security for the college, and the increasing number of students attending classes out of normal school hours.

Exclusively designed to work with the new design of the building, the security system comprises electromagnetic hold open units installed throughout all corridor doors to create a simple tunnel effect. Whilst allowing the free passage of students in everyday operation, these units help reduce the wear and tear on the actual door closers and the doors themselves and, if required, they also permit the doors to be individually locked. In the event of fire, they will automatically close the door.

For added security, all classroom doors were fitted with stainless steel door furniture and classroom escape locks to protect against forced entry and to provide quick and convenient exit if required.

In order to provide convenience of movement with added security, ASSA ABLOY also installed one of its popular master key systems. Creating departmental pass groups and floor sub masters, this system allows keyholders to move freely, but only through areas they need to enter. Extension capability was also factored in so that further buildings could be added to the college at a later date.

Commenting on behalf of ASSA ABLOY, Tom Jones, Specification Development Manager, said: “Chase Terrace Technology College is a prime example of the group’s ability and expertise in providing bespoke design solutions for schools and colleges.”

ASSA ABLOY provides complete door and locking solutions to the specification sector. The company specialises in developing one-stop-shop solutions designed to provide the ultimate in physical security, safety and convenience, drawing on the wider resources of the ASSA ABLOY group when required. All solutions are designed to withstand the rigours of demanding environments and achieve the highest legislative accreditations.

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