Bifold doors, 3 Merchant Square, Paddington

by Scott Edwards
Feb
12

We have recently completed manufacture and installation of oak bi-folding doors and internal doors at the prestigious 3 Merchant Square apartments development in Paddington, London. Visit the website for the development here http://www.merchantsquare.co.uk/

We were delighted to be part of this luxury development, having been subcontracted by one of our London clients, Atlantic Contracts, to undertake the work for the main contractor, Mace.

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The Royal Hotel

by Scott Edwards
Mar
04

We have supplied the majority of required joinery items for the Royal Hotel in Waterloo for many years. The hotel is situated in a conservation area overlooking Crosby marina and the Liverpool estuary. This prominent position affords guests beautiful views and sunsets, and has proven a popular venue for many wedding parties as well as business travellers and tourists. Although such a location provides spectacular scenery, it also means that the building is exposed to the full force of nature. Subsequently maintenance is an ongoing project.

When the time came to replace the hotels traditional sash windows and elegant front façade the hotels owner employed our services to manufacture everything in timber. Being in a conservation area, modern products such as UPVC or aluminium are completely taboo. Even if these materials were permitted for use they would not have bonded well with the hotels traditional character so wood was the only viable option.

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London Bi Folding Doors

by Scott Edwards
Dec
14

The vast majority of bi folding doors are manufactured with fully glazed panels and a consistent door frame section. This is by far the most popular style that customers request, but many do not realise that in fact any style of door can be manufactured and fitted to a bi folding mechanism, and there are multiple options on how to configure them.

A good example of what is achievable with bi fold doors is when we were approached by the founder of London based children’s clothing chain Jojo Maman Bebe to manufacture a custom bi folding door system for her home. Our clients chosen design is technically referred to as “marginal lights” and is commonly seen in traditional sash windows and some French doors on Edwardian and Victorian buildings throughout the UK. The marginal style inserts small squares in each corner of the frame which are then connected with bars to create a margin, hence the term “Marginal lights”. The margins can then be glazed clear or with coloured glass to add more character which is exactly what our client opted to do. She further requested that the standard part timber, part aluminium cill be manufactured completely from timber. The aluminium exterior section is used because it has an inbuilt drainage system to keep the guidance track clear of water, whereas a timber cill must be manufactured to incorporate drainage that won’t cause rot. Early bi folding doors had their weight centred on the cill but this was problematic over time as a build up of debris would inhibit the smooth function, which is why almost all systems are now manufactured with the weight and operation in the head of the frame with the cill track solely for directional guidance.

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Front Doors

by Scott Edwards
Dec
08

A front entrance door is an individual item in any property. Therefore it can and should make a statement. There are a number of factors to take into consideration when choosing a new front door, yet some of the most important ones are all too often overlooked.

Security is always the primary issue with any entrance door, and this should not be compromised in any way. The security of a front door is reliant upon two factors. The first is the composition of the material from which the door is constructed, and the second is the strength of its locking system. The strongest doors by far are either composite engineered or solid timber. These doors are almost impossible to break through, whereas those constructed with upvc panels are relatively easy to destruct.

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