GEZE UK LTD
Suppliers of: automatic door controls automatic revolving door gear closers sliding door gear frameless glass door automatic window openers Geze floor springs
GEZE is a world leader in the field of manual and automatic door and window control systems, plus smoke and heat ventilation systems.
GEZE also specialise in Glass products in particular, innovative frameless glass products, which can be partnered with GEZE manual or automatic door systems. Also available is a complete range of patch fittings for frameless glass doors.
GEZE have a nationwide network of distributors, which means that there is always a GEZE partner near you. Our extensive product range backed up by comprehensive project experience and technical support means that we are the perfect partner for any construction project. GEZE ranges include:
Combining elegant design aesthetics with cutting edge technology to produce world-leading automatic entrance systems. From design to installation GEZE can provide specifiers ranges of manual and automatic doors including glass revolving doors and curved glass entrance systems.
Our automatic doors in also include automatic folding door gear, sliding door controls, telescopic sliding doors and automatically opening swing door operators and drives. GEZE door controls are also now available with our iContact remote monitoring system.
An extensive range of safe and reliable closing systems for every application. GEZE door closers include overhead door closers, floor springs and concealed door closers, including a range of automatic fire and smoke door closers.
GEZE also supply ranges of sliding door gear which can be ceiling, wall or floor mounted for both frameless glass doors and timber doors.
With building regulations and fire prevention legislation becoming even more stringent, the needs are greater to get smoke out of protected escape routes as quickly as possible. GEZE electric window openers can be used for casement windows, roof windows and fanlights and can be automated centrally for emergency smoke ventilation.
GEZE are leaders in the design of frameless glass door patch fittings. The SGG range includes hinges, locks, door closers. The SGG range is available for 8mm, 10mm and 12mm as standard and 15mm and 19mm glass fittings are available upon request.
Our IGG range is an integrated complete glass system. By integrating both frame and fitting systems between the two panes of glass, architects are given freedom to create glass structures without visible mechanical intrusions.
GEZE ranges are sold through a national distributor network supported by our highly trained technical department and sales team.
further technical information is available via downloads on our BP Index library or alternatively via our comprehensive download section on our website here.
Opening the Doors to a Shoppers’ Paradise
GEZE UK is opening doors to more shoppers at Glasgow Fort which has recently launched a third phase of shops and leisure facilities at its out-of-town shopping and leisure complex.
With more than 100 outlets and parking for 2,500, Glasgow Fort is noted for being one of the few purpose-built uncovered shopping villages with a two-sided mall design intended to recreate a traditional high street.
That’s why installing the right doors were crucial in the design and specification of the new phase – not only to protect the new stores from the elements – but to maintain the fluidity of the stainless steel and glass aesthetic within its horseshoe layout.
The latest 175,000 sq ft extension – designed by Glasgow architects Cooper Cromar for owner British Land - includes an 80,000 sq ft Marks & Spencer department store housed within an iconic three-storey stainless steel-clad pavilion.
The store entrance has four sets of automatic sliding doors, powered by GEZE’s Slimdrive SL NT operators, to form a draught lobby and display area. The Slimdrive SL NT blends seamlessly into the uncluttered glazed frontage. With an operator height of just 7cm – it is almost invisible, virtually silent in operation and can move leaf weights of up to 125kg - ideal for buildings with high levels of footfall and a continuous flow of people moving in various directions.
GEZE UK worked with Gray & Dick Ltd and Greenfield Contracting to create the entrances for M&S and seven other shops and restaurants on the north of the site where the new development is located. They include:
• Fat Face
• JD Sports
• Mamas & Papas
• River Island
In total 12 GEZE products were supplied. In most cases the Slimdrive SL NTs were used to create the entrances for the units. Fat Face, Footasylum, Mamas & Papas, River Island, Wagamama and Waterstones chose seamless entrances, each with a pair of automatic sliding doors which provided flow and continuity with their glazed façades.
For JD Sports, a much larger unit, two Slimdrive SLT telescopic automatic sliding door operators were used to create two entrances across the span of its frontage – each fixed to glass. Like the Slimdrive SL NT, they operate quietly and boast an elegant drive design with a 7cm operator height.
Said Martin Revie, general manager for GEZE UK in Scotland: “This was a fascinating project on which to work. Glasgow Fort has become a ‘go-to’ destination for shopping and leisure in the region as it combines great facilities and shops, with an open, airy environment and contemporary design.
“The third phase of the development needed to combine the requirements of the businesses going into the new premises and incorporate functionality, safety and security while retaining the aesthetic values of the development as a whole.”
For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk.
Entering an Era of Elegance
Giving the Moderne a contemporary edge while maintaining the tenets of iconic 1930’s design has been realised in the redevelopment of a prestigious London building.
No 1 New Oxford Street – formerly known as Commonwealth House – now has an entrance which echoes its proud heritage, combining sleek elegant aesthetics with modern convenience.
The automatic circular sliding doors from GEZE UK make quite a statement, providing an entrance which blends seamlessly into the curved and streamlined contours of a building which stands proud, like the prow of a ship, on a site where New Oxford Street and High Holborn meet at an acute angle.
Unlike the sharp geometrics of the similarly placed Flatiron building in New York, No 1 New Oxford Street projects a rounded nose to its edifice, topped off by a modern-faced clock tower designed by its original architect Henry Philip Cart de Lafontaine in 1939.
Its new entrance had to meet this exacting vision. A GEZE Slimdrive SCR was used to provide the light and airy entrance, flanked by curving glass panels to the side which flow into the original columns, and topped with a glazed fanlight overhead. This frontage allowed the sliding doors to be recessed into the entrance, allowing it to seamlessly flow into a new lobby area.
One of the benefits of the Slimdrive SCR is that it combines high performance while remaining discreet. It has a low operator height of just 7 cm and is therefore very unobtrusive. In this case, the Slimdrive SCR was fitted as freestanding entrance – the 360° drive solution is usually incorporated into a building’s facade – but as this entrance was recessed, the installation was adapted to the bespoke requirements of the design.
A circular canopy and black glass wrap was placed over the doorway, blending into the metal framework of the frontage. This included additional detailing by Fleetwood Architectural Aluminium (FAA) which simulated the art deco style.
The canopy determined where the sensors could be fitted, so GEZE UK worked with Fleetwood to ensure that the design brief was met while ensuring that the sensors still performed correctly. GEZE’s GC 365 sensors were used - combining motion and safety detectors which operate the open and close mechanism while alleviating the need for separate sensors. Light rings featured in the lobby area have also been fitted inside the drum of the door – again reflecting the art deco style. And an air curtain was fitted into the installation to blow warm air over the entrance and stop cold air pushing into the building.
Outside, over the top of the impressive double-height entrance is faced with dark green tiles which evoke the style of the modern/deco aesthetic. This has been one of Lafontaine’s original design features but was considered too risqué by the Crown Estate at the time and was never applied.
Orms architects conscientiously researched the creator’s intentions and the effect is truly mesmerizing and so evocative of the time.
The entrance now leads into a distinctive mono-chromatic lobby with terrazzo flooring, fluted glass walls, gold coloured reception desk and a ‘Guggenheim-inspired’ stepped inner atrium that echoes the glamour of a bygone era. It incorporates a curved wall of back-lit white fluted glass which illuminates the reception with twin pendant lights referencing the geometrical forms of art deco.
The entrance was specified within a detailed brief by Orms Architects, which devised the plans for the £38 million refurbishment of what was created to be an ‘ultra-modern building of imposing appearance’.
Said Andy Howland, GEZE UK’s Sales and Marketing Director: “This project is an outstanding example of how the refurbishment of an historic building can enhance its facilities while remaining true to the vision of its original architect.
“Orms had very detailed requirements to refit No 1 New Oxford Street to such a high standard in order to future-proof the building to the demands that would be placed upon it. We are delighted that GEZE products were incorporated into this scheme which can rightly take its place among the landmark architecture of the capital.”
Kam Sagoo, Design Manager for Fleetwood Architectural Aluminum said that the level of detailing and installation needed to be very precise.
“GEZE UK was brought early during the design process and numerous meetings were held, with all relevant parties present, to fully understand the design intent, the detailing, coordination, sequencing, logistics and installation.
“Having an established relationship with GEZE UK meant that we could forge ahead with the technical design and realise a viable and compliant solution. The result is a stunning entrance screen which blends the GEZE Slimdrive SCR system effortlessly with the FAA bespoke facade.”
For more information about GEZE UK’s comprehensive range of automatic and manual door closers call 01543 443000 or visit www.geze.co.uk
The redevelopment has added 10,000 square feet across nine-storey and incorporated new lifts and bridge decks into the previous courtyard which overlook the new full-height glazed atrium at its heart.
It totals 12,250 sq ft of retail and 95,000 sq ft Grade A office space. Owned by TIAA Henderson Real Estate, its occupants now include H&M’s luxury brand COS.