Designed by Gilling Dod Architects, Ancora House is an award-winning 30-bed CAMHS unit built around an aluminium curtain wall structure.
When it was being built, the trust specified a need for practical and safe en-suite locksets that were also consistent with the window and door handles. We offered the perfect solution.
Fitting 1-way SOS locksets on all of the en-suite rooms provided superior safety as the two separate spindles operate independently, meaning staff can unlock the door even if the service user holds the turn/pull.
Standard anti-ligature push/pull handles were also fitted on the doors and windows, providing consistency across the ward.
Locksets and handles were then fitted elsewhere throughout the two-storey facility.
The trust were particularly satisfied with our electronic lockset, combining speed of access with convenience, as a single access card could be used to operate any door lock – reducing the number of keys carried in the ward and making it easier for staff to access a room in an emergency.
As the only electronic lockset with 5-way SOS, the trust chose our electronic lockset, passport. Offering service users control over their own living space by issuing a harmless key fob also met their requirements of promoting service user independence.
When the trust required new doorsets to combat their current safety and durability challenges, they turned to our extra-wide, single-leaf doorsets. With concealed hold-open closers, this helped to reduce the ligature risk whilst the vandal-resistant PVC facing helped to brighten the space and minimise maintenance costs.
The trust approached us for a reliable and complete override lockset system to minimise keyway tampering and ensure staff could always gain access. Combining our 5-way SOS system with the lifeline closed keyway, our designers were able to meet their specific needs.