No Trip-Ups for Jewers Doors at Portsmouth’s Boathouse 4
have installed two ‘thresholdless’ versions of their Kingfisher sliding door system
in Boathouse 4 at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. The doors were purpose
designed to ensure trip-free access between workshops and formed part of a £3.5
million restoration programme recently completed by Interserve.
Boathouse 4 was
originally built during WWII and was one of only two locations where specialist
assault and infantry landing craft were manufactured in preparation for the
D-Day landings. The restored building is now home to the International
Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) and a fully functional Boatbuilding Skills
Training Centre, where traditional boatbuilding and related skills required to
conserve wooden boats are taught.
of Walters and Cohen Architects commented, “Boathouse 4 is an important
historic building and we felt the aesthetics of straight sliding doors between
the workshops would be more sympathetic to the design and help maintain the
classic industrial feel to the structure.
As this will be a very active centre building and restoring large boats,
it was important that once the doors were slid back, there would be no
obstruction to the movement of large, heavy boats or materials. We approached Jewers Doors who were very
helpful and were prepared to put in the time to design a customised door that
fully met the demanding specification of this unusual building.”
Each Kingfisher straight-sliding
doors is in a single, top-hung leaf, hanging from Jewers own pendant hanger and
top track system, but instead of incorporating bottom tracks within the floor, surface
mounted torpedo guides are used to stabilise the doors. These are situated
behind the adjoining walls to ensure unrestricted access between the
workshops. An integral wicket door
allows staff and students access between the workshops when the main sliding
door is closed, and this has also been designed without a bottom threshold to
eliminate any trip hazard.
Director of Jewers Doors added, “Thresholdless doors are not a new development,
however, the integration of a thresholdless wicket door is a recent innovation for
our Kingfisher and Osprey doors, and we are confident that they will prove
popular in any environment requiring large industrial doors and unobstructed
pedestrian access without having to open the main door. Wicket doors can be fitted with simple lever
furniture or panic bars for emergency escape
The Kingfisher door is one of a trio of insulated sliding and folding door products available from the Phoenix range of doors from Jewers Doors. All doors can be customised to suit a client's individual needs with options such as solid insulated panels, partial or full glazing, wicket doors, full height pass doors, electric or manual operation and a multitude of finish options.