The Si Yuan Centre of Contemporary Chinese Studies at the University of Nottingham has been constructed to provide high quality office, teaching and learning spaces including language labs for the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, the Confucius Institute and the University in general. Completed to an extremely high standard throughout, the Si Yuan Centre incorporates numerous innovative sustainable initiatives such as photovoltaic panels for electricity generation and ground source heat pumps.
Creating an impressive frontage, a TORMAX circular-sliding automatic entrance welcomes staff and students to the Si Yuan Centre. Delivering an entrance up to 40% larger than linear sliding doors, this dual set of contemporary 180° glass doors create a strong architectural statement whilst maximising available space to ensure smooth through-flow of pedestrian traffic.
“We first installed a curved-sliding entrance system at the University in 2011, as part of the £5.4m Humanities building development,” explains MD for TORMAX, Simon Roberts. “The configuration of two sets of sliding doors working in harmony represents a superb combination of functionality and aesthetics, significantly helping minimise heat-loss from the interior.” As pedestrians approach, the external doors slide automatically apart to allow access into a small lobby area where they face a second set of doors leading directly into the building’s reception.
The University’s estate portfolio benefits from over seventy-five TORMAX automatic entrance systems. A planned service and maintenance contract ensures ongoing reliability of key entrances, whilst minimising call-out charges and unscheduled down-time.
“Since the first TORMAX entrance was installed in 1998 the University has been impressed with the reliability of our technologically-advanced automatic door operators,” comments Chris Russon, TORMAX Area Account Manager. “The service contract has proven to be a cost-effective way of ensuring all entrances remain in good working order and compliant with current legislation.”