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Premier is proud to have been engaged in the re-development one of London’s most prestigious city projects.

We were appointed by chief contractor McClaren to design and produce probably the most unusual and challenging fire/security doors we’ve ever been asked to carry out.

The project, at 160 Aldersgate Street, London EC1, to extensively redevelop 266,000 sq ft of quality office accommodation required a full replacement of the existing façade, a dramatic reconfiguration of the existing atrium and main entrance and new open roof terraces. The building was also elevated with the addition of an extra floor.

McClaren’s brief for Premier was to produce two power-assist, steel, fire-rated security doors to be sited in the building’s prestigious main reception area. That, itself, was not a major problem for our designers and fabricators. The big challenge came in the second part of the order.

Architects Fletcher Priest wanted the doors to integrate with the exquisitely designed surroundings and would need to be clad with high-quality stone facia weighing a hefty 150 kilos.

Premier MD Neil Johns has more than 20 years’ experience delivering high end, fire-rated steel security door systems, but this was a first.

He explained:” At first, I thought they had made a mistake and the cladding would weigh 50 kilos. When the order was double checked, it was thinking time for us. We love a challenge at Premier, and this project was certainly a good one.”

Suffice to say, the challenge was met and production and installation received universal approval.

“The whole project is quite stunning,” added Mr Johns. “160 Aldersgate Street is a prestigious address and the new design takes it to a whole new level. Creating a power-assisted, fire-rated steel door with the added 150 kg load was a test of everyone’s ingenuity. I am delighted that we overcame the challenge and delivered exactly what the client required.”

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