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Archway Spec Award Entry

Project: Vantage Point Archway
Ironmonger: Glutz UK
Architect: GRID
Client: Essential Living

Archway tower was once a notoriously monolithic 1970s office building looming over London’s Islington. Now it has been transformed by architect GRID for client Essential Living who have developed the building into 118 apartments for rent. Although the building’s concrete frame has been retained, an outer cladding system has transformed the brutalist appearance of the building and accommodates picture windows and natural ventilation openings. A roof terrace with open and enclosed communal areas and a modern lobby complete the makeover.

Because of the large number of apartments in the building with frequently changing tenants, Essential Living placed an extremely high importance on key control and security, as well as ease of maintenance and fire safety.

Essential Living has previously described keeping track of thousands of keys, dealing with lost keys and the problem of ex-tenants having access to the property through rogue keys as “a nightmare”. Glutz UK was able to solve this problem in one fell swoop with its eAccess system, which together with the rest of the door set, proffered a PAS24 tested solution. Each of the 118 apartment entrance doors features a Glutz eAccess handle and locking system in a stylish Lugano design in practical and hardwearing stainless steel.

Each entrance door uses a key fob to lock on the outer side, with a simple push button locking mechanism on the inside. This allows the doors to meet Secured by Design (SbD) and NHBC guidance requirements that all the entrance doors to apartments on the first floor and above should not close locked without a key, so that tenants must have a key to lock the door behind them when they leave. The same system is used for communal areas with wall readers for the fobs needed to open the doors. Repeaters throughout the building boost the system signal to ensure seamless operation.

The system which Glutz designed allows Essential Living to operate, maintain and secure the door system easily and effectively. Audit information on every door is held not only at the door, but also within the system software. When a tenant leaves, the system can be updated centrally negating the risk of rogue keys and without the expense and hassle of having to change locks.

All door hardware was scheduled and supplied by Glutz. This included concealed overhead closers to maintain the building’s sleek, minimalist design, and maintenance-free hinges in keeping with the client’s minimal maintenance policy.