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When building a hospital, it's a bonus to have companies that can think laterally about healthcare requirements and come up with ways to resolve specific issues.

The design team for the new Auckland City Hospital discussed its requirements for special needs and recovering patients with IR Architectural Hardware.

"Special consideration was given to patients in wheel-chairs, crutches or walking frames, those attached to a drip or recovering from an operation," says the national sales manager of IR Architectural Hardware Andy Martin.

"All these people may find access through a normal or traditionally heavy door difficult."

The solution was a double-acting, reduced swing door designed to meet the stringent requirements of hospital use. In consultation with Jasmax and MSJ Architects, the door was further modified to improve durability to withstand the constant impact of beds, wheelchairs and hospital equipment.

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The doors come complete with frame, track, door set, pivot and a special Legge 990 Privacy Lockset for emergency entry. With protective aluminium bullnose edges to reduce wear and tear, the doors have either 900mm or 1200mm clear openings. Each features an innovative design that minimises the intrusion of the door leaf into a room, it folds back onto the jamb.

"This means the patient needs to push only lightly from either side to open the door – essential for the infirm or for those in recovery," says Andy Martin.

The extent of IR Architectural Hardware's work on the project was considerable. The company also supplied and installed Legge locks and door furniture, Von Duprin exit devices, LCN door closers and automatic hinge operators. Dor-O-Matic bi-parting automatic doors, Locknetics maglocks and housings, Dalco pull handles and the Schlage Everest restricted master key system were also supplied and installed by IR Architectural Hardware.

"The new Auckland City Hospital project was a challenging and rewarding experience. Everyone involved has been both professional and creative in meeting the criteria and solving problems as they arise quickly and effectively," says Andy Martin.

IR Architectural Hardware works on both commercial and residential projects, on a large or small scale. Contact IR Architectural Hardware, phone (09) 829 0550. Email: info@ingersoll-rand.co.nz.

First published date: 12 October 2003

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