An office and retail development in central London turned toGeze UK for a bespoke entrance.
Four Kingdom Street is the first of two office buildings to be completed at British Land’s canal-side Paddington Central development.
The nine-storey re-designed building includes more than 145,000ft2 of space near to Paddington railway station. With communal roof terraces on all floors, a roof garden with views over Little Venice and sporting facilities, including the highest basketball court in London, it needed a proud entrance to complete an imposing aspect.
A tailor-made solution was devised with Focchi, a leading company in the curtain walling sector.
Geze UK worked with its German parent company to adapt its TSA 325 NT manual revolving doors to produce two, three-leafed, glass-topped entrances with extra height – the doors are 3.5m high compared to the standard 3m.
The doors have positioning drives which mean that after someone has walked through them, they continue to rotate until parked with the leaf wings close to the edges of the openings. The parking mechanism is driven by a motor installed beneath the floor.
The doors were installed within the line of the building to provide a flush frontage under the overhang of the first floor. Inside, the leaves of the revolving doors are powder coated to match the facade and echo the engineering/transportation elements of the design concept, which is a subtle nod to the heritage of the site: a former railway goods yard.
Between the revolving doors is a pass door powered by Geze’sPowerturn swing door operator.