Community and amenity
Product / system manufacture
North East England
Purcell (architects), Glass Design Solutions
As part of a £3m restoration at Hexham Abbey, TORMAX was contracted to install three advanced iMotion underfloor swing-door operators, successfully automating key entrances without affecting the aesthetics of the interior.
Designed in-house, iMotion 1401 operators combine reliability with minimal maintenance requirements. They are housed in a steel box that is located within the floor and have been installed in buildings of historic importance worldwide.
The work at Hexham Abbey was carried out by principal contractor, William Anelay and included the complete renovation of the former monastic buildings and adjacent magistrates’ court. The Abbey now welcomes visitors with an interactive exhibition, function room and new cafe The Refectory. TORMAX worked with Glass Design Solutions and architects Purcell to automate a traditional external entrance, as well as two full-glass internal doors.
“It was essential that the newly renovated areas could be easily accessed by all members of the public", comments Toni Bush, Education and Community Officer at Hexham Abbey. “However, we also wanted to preserve the historic features of each doorway. Underfloor operators were the ideal solution, allowing clear access whilst keeping pedestrian foot-traffic moving smoothly at busy times.”
TORMAX iMotion operators feature powerful synchronous motors that do not have any abrading parts to cause friction wear, such as brushes or gears. This cuts maintenance down to an absolute minimum and makes installation under the floor a practical reality. Further reducing maintenance, the technology incorporates a health and safety self-monitoring system which automatically adapts door operation to take account of factors such as high winds or a build-up of dirt, which may otherwise cause the door to slow down.
“It is not unheard of for our operators to still be going strong 15-20 years after installation" confirms Simon Roberts, MD for TORMAX. “The current iMotion operators stand head and shoulders above the competition, making TORMAX an incredibly cost-effective solution.”