Slimdrive SF

GEZE's Canterbury tale

The UK’s leading manufacturer of door and window control systems, GEZE UK, has helped Canterbury’s Age Concern day centre out of tight spot with a space-saving folding automatic door to enable access for all.

Retrofitting automatic doors into existing buildings can be a squeeze, but for Age Concern, easy access to their day centre for their elderly and disabled visitors was essential. GEZE UK specified its Slimdrive SF automatic sliding doors to provide an elegant, effective solution that maximised the available opening width.

Part of GEZE’s Slimdrive range, the SF operator is just 7cm high, which enables the drives to be discreetly located while operating within limited space. By using folding doors, GEZE was able to maximise the opening space through the doors, as they don’t require the space on either side of the entrance like sliding doors, or the depth in the corridor need for hinged swing doors.

Using state-of-the-art control technology, the Slimdrive SF has a high performance motor that ensures the doors open smoothly, while being highly efficient and quiet. Its excellent safety features include built-in finger guards and an electro-mechanical locking system as standard. Built to GEZE’s high standards, the energy efficient Slimdrive SF is type-approved, certified to DIN 18650 and provides barrier free access, aiding compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).

Judith Griffiths, Chief Officer at Age Concern said:  “Easy access for our elderly visitors is vital and it can be hard to find products that are simply able to do the job. GEZE’s automatic folding door is reliable, effective and gives visitors plenty of room to enter and exit, even with walking sticks, frames or mobility scooters. As we get older, frailer and perhaps show signs of arthritis, even a door handle can prove problematic. The automatic door is easy to maintain and a great boost for us all.“ 

GEZE UK’s operations director Paul Ryan added: “Making inaccessible buildings accessible can be very difficult and even a simple request from a client to enable easy access for older people, can leave specifiers struggling. By combining glass folding doors with reliable automatic operators from our Slimdrive range, GEZE UK really can offer the most compact solution on the market. The Slimdrive SF fitted the bill perfectly.”