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With minimal visible fixings and two-second anti-barricade access, our 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.

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

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.

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.

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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 and the simple fact 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.

Explore our symphony doorset range




Looks institutional

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


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

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

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 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.

The safer solution


After careful consultation, we realised what was needed to improve the anti-barricade doorstop – and only then did we get to work. The result is a discreet, collapsible doorstop that makes it almost impossible for a service user to barricade a room.

Even if force is applied to the door, staff can still override and gain access. Sturdy, quick and easy to use, it’s one of the many separate elements that work together perfectly in Symphony. It’s also practically invisible – so you’ll only notice it when you really need it.




Enhances staff safety

Staff can activate the anti-barricade doorstop with one hand. Plus, because they’re positioned to the side of the swing path, they won’t be hit if the door is rammed. So they stay safe and are in the best position to offer rapid assistance.

No unsupervised ligature point

Thanks to its reduced height and angled top the top section is visible – so staff have a clear view of the door corner, without opening the vision panel, enabling casual observations as staff walk past – enhancing service user safety.

Single release point

The internal multi-point lock system, which ensures day-to-day robustness, is activated with a quarter turn of the staff-only Lifeline key or swipe card – providing access within two seconds.  Plus it’s so intuitive that agency staff can quickly learn to operate it.


One-key access


Using the one-key access, the same Lifeline key is used for observations and to operate the anti-barricade stop – providing emergency access in just two seconds.


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