Running rings around the competition

By Ben Brocklesby, director at Origin.

The summer months, when we expect warmer, sunnier days, is when bifolding doors come into their own. This isn’t only the case for residential properties, but we see a growing trend of commercial sites – such as cafés, restaurants and bars – installing this style of door, giving them the competitive edge in attracting customers who want to make the most of the great British weather.

At Origin, we are used to seeing our doors being used in commercial properties in hotter climates, for example across Europe, Dubai and the US, where the temperature lends itself to the al fresco culture. However, this movement has made its way to the UK, and we are finding the use of bifolding doors in commercial premises exponentially rising.

By installing Origin Bi-fold Doors into a commercial property, you are going to get the same benefits as you would for residential use – high quality product, gold standard of service, top U-values and unrivalled security. But, you will also be able to quickly and effortlessly open up an establishment into an al fresco dining experience, or create free movement between a restaurant and its balcony on a warm evening.

Bifolding doors will instantly make any premises look larger, busier and more inviting, maximising the space available, which is perfect for a city venue. Plus, the aluminium used in the Origin Bi-fold Door is extremely strong, yet weighs 67% less than steel, meaning that commercial users can boast slim sightlines, therefore offering better views, which is perfect for a country pub or harbourside dining venue.

One member of our Origin family, three times Olympic swimmer Fran Halsall, has just opened up a café on the outskirts of Manchester with fellow Olympians Jessica Varnish and Liam Phillips. Aptly named ‘Common Ground’, to show a mutual love of sport and good coffee, the venue has just opened following a full renovation and the installation of Origin Bi-fold Doors.

Powder-coated in anthracite grey, they were chosen specifically to match the minimalist and Scandinavian décor. The café is already running rings around the competition as customers can sit and enjoy a coffee in the fresh air when the doors are open.