Harris Academy

Sector: Education Solution type: Ironmongery

The challenge.

The supply of high quality doorset and ironmongery solutions to the £18.5 million refurbishment and extension of Harris Academy Purley in South Croydon. The iromongery supplied needed to be both aesthetically pleasing and compliant with fire resistance properties.

The solution.

Laidlaw Builds Smart

The £18.5 million remodeling and extension of Harris Academy Purley in South Croydon, has benefited from the supply and installation of Laidlaw’s specialist doorset and ironmongery solutions. Teaming up with Willmott Dixon and Aedas Architects, Laidlaw has supplied approximately 250 Orbis doorsets as part of this project, comprising primed hardwood frames along with Formica laminate faced doors with steamed beech lippings and glazing beads. Due to the nature of the project, Laidlaw’s 30-minute fire resistant FD30 doorsets along with one-hour fire resistant FD60 doorsets were installed, helping to ensure the safety of pupils and staff alike.

Of the doorsets supplied, a vast majority are also acoustically rated, offering acoustic insulation levels between 33dB and 38db, which essentially help to reduce the transfer of noise – something which can otherwise cause a problem, especially in a school environment.

All doorsets were completed with 150mm satin stainless steel kickplates, fitted to the bottom of the doors to protect from scuffs and shoe marks. Satin stainless steel ironmongery from Laidlaw's Centurion range was also fitted, complementing the doors aesthetically. Specifically designed for fire doors, to resist against the effects of heat for either 30 or 60 minutes, H102 Fixed Hinges were also fitted and finished in bright zinc plating. 


Laidlaw got involved in the project at the end of February 2012 and saw it through to completion in October 2012.

Abed Shad, Senior Architect at Aedas Architects said: "Laidlaw was incredibly helpful throughout the project and the team was on hand to provide the knowledge and expertise we required. Considering the scale and phasing of the project, Laidlaw delivered on time and to a very high standard, meaning we were able to hand the completed academy over in good time, allowing pupils and staff to settle in as soon as possible."

Chris Yates, Project Manager from Willmott Dixon said: "It was a pleasure to work with the team at Laidlaw – they were dedicated to helping us find the right solution and were on hand to offer their help and advice at every step of the way. They were incredibly proactive and were always willing to offer a solution when needed."

Chris Risebero Doorset Scheduler at Laidlaw said: "This high end project was great to work on, Laidlaw worked closely with Willmott Dixon and Aedas Architects to ensure we met the design ambitions of the school and to ensure that Laidlaw supplied a complete range of products that would work well with the specific needs of the building."


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