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ANTI-BARRICADE DOORSET for mental health

With minimal visible fixings and two-second anti-barricade access, our anti-barricade doorset is ideal for bedrooms.

Like all our doorsets, it's suite of separate elements work together in perfect harmony, taking best practise from the hotel industry to create a modern, recovery-focused environment.


Minimal visible fixings

Service users and architects told us that visible metalwork on a door was institutional and out of step with current best practice.  

They also commented how the high number of visible fixings undermined them and suggested they were not to be trusted.  

So just like at home, the only visible metalwork on the bedroom side is the handle. And we powder coat visible screws to reduce their visual impact. All in all, we help create a familiar and reassuring environment.

Fastest anti-barricade access

Every second counts when gaining emergency access to a room.  

So we designed a robust, easy-to-use doorstop that’s activated from a single release point by staff safely positioned to the side, giving emergency access in just two seconds – the fastest anti-barricade access of any Mental Health doorset.

Speed of access is maximised, service users are safer and staff can perform their jobs more effectively – with no compromise on robustness or aesthetics.

Plus the locking mechanism can also be unified with the rest of the door – reducing confusion in stressful situations.

Eliminates institutional 1.5 leaf arrangement

Thanks to our superior fire test evidence, our extra-wide single doors offer a clear opening of 1050mm.

This more robust solution eliminates some ironmongery and the bulky hinged stop – offering a more cost-effective solution.  

The result is also a more familiar, homely looking door that’s a practical size for a modern ward.

Peace and privacy: 31db acoustic rating

Taking best practice from the hotel sector and a feature that’s standard in European Mental Health design, our doorsets can be fitted with an anti-tamper acoustic threshold seal.  

This provides a 31dB acoustic rating to minimise – but not block – noise transfer, providing peace and privacy for service users.  

Our seals can also be fitted on interview or tribunal rooms to improve confidentiality.

Explore our acoustic seals




Case study: Merseycare


When Merseycare upgraded their existing leaf-and-a-half bedroom door arrangements, they wanted to improve the anti-barricade access and robustness – while still having a clear opening of 1000mm.  They found the leaf-and-a-half arrangement wasn’t ideal because fitting them with anti-barricade access creates a very-bulky meeting stile on the two door leaves.

Plus these doors can look very institutional, with additional exposed metalwork – you would never expect to see a door like this in your own home.

To address this we proposed an extra-wide single leaf Symphony doorset. Aided by market-leading fire evidence, the leaf is 1100mm providing a clear opening of 1050mm – more than enough for a service user and two members of staff.

It also means beds can be moved in and out, which the Trust wanted. And the speed of installation was critical too because they wanted to keep rooms available while work was carried out – minimising disruption to service users.  Our rapid-install frames allowed the installers to remove and replace the doorsets in under four hours, including fitting a wall in-fill section.



Integal to developing a best-in-class anti-barricade doorset is an anti-barricade doorstop that's fit for purpose.  We worked closely with NHS and private care providers to understand the limitations of existing anti-barricade stops – and created a product that addresses those limitations.

Looks institutional

Looks institutional

Customers told us that hinged stops are bulky and the exposed hinge knuckle looks institutional.

Vulnerable to internal pressure

Vulnerable to internal pressure

The hinged stop moves across the face of the door upon release. However, if pressure is applied on the inside of the door, the mechanism suffers increased friction. This can cause it to stick – delaying access and putting the service user at risk.

This is a particular issue for three-sided strike plates because there’s no resistance from the inside out. This strike plate design also creates a mechanical vulnerability, cause break out of ironmongery following abuse.

Impacts staff safety

Impacts staff safety

Staff put their hands in front of the door to operate hinged doorstops. So if a service user is applying pressure to the door or ramming it, this could cause staff injury.

Conceals a ligature point

Conceals a ligature point

Full-height stops create a concealed ligature point at the top corner of the door, providing the risk of self-harm.

Multiple unlocking points

Multiple unlocking points

Multiple unlocking points delay entry and can cause confusion in stressful situations. If just one locking point remains unactivated, the stop will not release and staff must work out which it is – increasing stress.



After listening carefully to clinical staff, architects and estate teams, we understood the ideal stop needed to address the limitations of existing solutions, look discreet, be easy to use and work reliably in challenging environments.

The result?  A collapsible anti-barricade stop (swiftstop) that provides the fastest emergency access in Mental Health without compromising aesthetics, reliability or robustness.  Even if force is applied to the door, staff can still override and gain access. 



Glasgow office

Level 4, Skypark 3
14 Elliot Place
G3 8EP

t: 0330 058 0988

Blackpool office 

Unit 8 Bankfield House
250 Bristol Avenue

e: info@safehingeprimera.com


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