Access control and door-opening systems to Scottish university


Security products such as door closers and locks from ASSA have been used throughout new halls of residence development in the University of the West of Scotland’s campus in Paisley, Scotland.

The University of the West of Scotland’s most northerly campus, in Paisley, Renfrewshire, caters for around 10,000 students with courses ranging from business and engineering to social sciences and midwifery.

A range of ASSA products – including the new ASSA ABLOY DC500A door closers, 765 Modular locks, Nordic U lever handles, Twin Combi cylinder locks and ASSURE panic hardware – were used to secure all areas of the new GBP 13.2 million student residences complex.

The products were specified by Hypostyle Architects, who worked with the ASSA Specification Team and Glasgow-based architectural ironmongers, Williams Ironmongery. Ian Carswell, who was responsible for selecting and supplying the products, said: “We specified ASSA products throughout the entire development, as we knew they had the product depth and range for an application of this size.”

ASSA’s DC500A door closers were used to provide access for communal entrances and shared social facilities, with the cam-motion functionality enabling doors to be easily opened by disabled users or elderly visiting relatives.

Nordic U lever handles from the Scanflex range were used throughout the development to create uniform and minimalist aesthetics. The attractive door furniture was supported by high-security cylinders, such as the Twin Combi 5800, which is fully resistant to any known picking methods, and the 765 Modular locks.

Finally, panic hardware that has been tested and meets the requirements of BS EN 1125, including ASSURE 8761 and 8762, was installed on exit routes, thereby ensuring student and staff safety in the event of a fire or emergency.

Barry Harris, regional sales manager for ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions, said: “Our existing relationship with Williams Ironmongery and combined experience in the education sector meant we were confident that we could deliver our solutions on time and on budget. Williams’ decision to source all access control and door-opening systems from one contact helped to reduce project costs and ensured a smooth supply and installation process.”