The University of Liverpool is using transom door closers from Alpro Architectural Hardware at student residences on its south campus adjacent to the Management School and Law Faculty.
Alpro’s overhead transom closers are a means of hydraulically controlling the opening and closing of aluminium doors and can have light, medium or heavy spring strengths to suit type of usage, with a 90 degree hold-open option.
Transom closers are well suited for use at universities and colleges since alternative options such as spring hinges and floor springs can restrict adjustment flexibility which is crucial for a student population. The newest accommodation hall at Liverpool offers catered and self-catering facilities for around 750 students. The university’s commitment to invest £660m in the ‘Student Experience’ has seen approximately £250m invested on facilities of this kind.
The £35m building meets Tourism England standards and provides conference accommodation outside term times. Architects Stride Treglown achieved a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating for a design based on sustainable features which include rainwater harvesting, solar thermal hot water and green and brown roofs.
Keith Parry, Divisional Sales Manager at Alpro, said: “Transom overhead door closers are designed to be contained within the transom header bar of the door. The concealed operation lends itself to academia and the clean Art Deco line of this particular project since the aesthetic appearance of doors is left uncompromised. The Liverpool campus is also using Alpro’s door handles and general door hardware. Our educational portfolio is widening and Alpro equipment is also protecting the University of Westminster and the University of Portsmouth.”
The transom closers at the University of Liverpool form part of aluminium doors installed by EYG Commercial Glazing Solutions who have a portfolio of multi-million-pound projects across sectors including student accommodation, modular buildings, health care and housing associations. The company is based in Kingston upon Hull and employs 300 plus personnel on curtain walling and commercial glazing projects and product development. A Special Projects Division is geared specifically to the Rail, MoD and aviation sectors.
The University of Liverpool began in 1881 as a university college. It is ranked among the top one percent of universities worldwide according to global benchmark the Shanghai Ranking and has produced eight Nobel prize winners. Notable post World War Two students include footballer and manager Steve Coppell, Channel 4 presenter Jon Snow and the current poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy. The student population is over 21,000.