University refurbishment project

Fentrade recently manufactured 13 sets of single and double entrance doors for the refurbishment of the University of Bath’s main campus.

The project’s main contractor was Bray and Slaughter and the window contractor was Fentrade customer EWS Facade.

Chris Reeks, director of Fentrade, said: “We were delighted to be asked to manufacture the doors for this high-profile project and it was great to work with EWS Facade to deliver a high-quality result.”

Stuart Davis, managing director at EWS Facade, said: “Fentrade provided a very professional and prompt service throughout which is important on these types of projects. We look forward to working with them again in the near future.”

The doors incorporated a variety of locking systems, including electric strikes latches for automatic gearing, standard hook locks and concealed emergency panic bar systems on emergency exits. To allow high light transmittance but reduce heat transfer, SKN176, a specialist neutral coloured solar control glass, was specified in many areas.

Full height glass units featured manifestation to comply with health and safety regulations, and reinforced panelling was supplied to allow signage to be installed easily when required. A RAL9005 matt finish profile and several different handle shapes were specified to complement the existing fenestration.

The project was carried out during the summer of 2020, so stringent Covid-19 protocols needed to be followed. The project was delivered in a number of stages in line with the requirements of the contractors and installers, with social distancing and enhanced safety measures in place for deliveries and site visits.